Spring 2006

Spring 2006

The pilot school concept comes to Fitchburg

The pilot school concept comes to Fitchburg

INTRO TEXT would you lend ancient Chinese masterpieces to a middle school? Maybe not, but the Sackler Foundation didn’t blink before sending 33 priceless artifacts, among them Chinese Buddhas and tomb figures dating from 2000 BC, for use at Fitchburg’s Museum Partnership School. “We think that’s a unique situation,” says Roger Dell, education director at(...)

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Statistically Significant

Statistically Significant

Illustrations By Travis Foster GLOBAL SOUL MATES We usually compare Massachusetts with other states, but there’s a whole world out there to search for possible doppelgangers. According to the 2006 World Almanac, Massachusetts matches up almost exactly with Paraguay for total population (about 6.4 million), El Salvador for population density (820 people per square mile),(...)

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Postrelease supervision gets little traction

INTRO TEXT a new yorker cartoon captured the problem succinctly. It showed a prison cellblock with a large banner hanging overhead: WELCOME BACK, RECIDIVISTS! According to a 2002 report by the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, 49 percent of those released from state and county correctional facilities commit a new offense within one year, a figure that(...)

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Kerry gets a new aide with game

INTRO TEXT jon jennings knows a thing or two about the transition game. And not just the kind he helped direct during eight years with the Boston Celtics, the last four as one of the NBA’s youngest assistant coaches. The 43-year-old Indiana native has also managed to move smoothly between the worlds of sports and(...)

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Then and Now

Then and Now

in the lifetime of a magazine, 10 years can be an eternity. In the case of CommonWealth, they represent 44 issues on the shelf and, considering the failure rate of magazine start-ups, proud defiance of the odds. But for the rest of the world, 10 years is a decade, the smallest unit of chronology with(...)

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Shifting Ground

Shifting Ground

Politically, Massachusetts is really 10 states, not one. And the borders keep moving.

 Illustrations By Travis Foster Four years ago, Mitt Romney beat Shannon O’Brien to become governor of Massachusetts. Another way to look at it is that the town of Westwood, where the Republican percentage of the vote increased by 10 points between 1998 and 2002, beat the city of New Bedford, where the Republican share dropped(...)

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Heritage Road Revisited

Heritage Road Revisited

In a Billerica subdivision, making it in the middle class is still a full-time job john and laura Peters ended up on Heritage Road in much the same way many others have landed on this quiet street of split-level ranch homes in a Billerica subdivision. After dreaming big, they came down to earth. The street(...)

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