Spring 2010

Spring 2010

Ka-ching!

Ka-ching!

A Pennsylvania city finds out what happens when a casino moves into the neighborhood

UPDATE: On April 7, after two months of deliberation, Pennsylvania’s gaming control board renewed the Sands’ operating license and approved the casino’s application to introduce table games in Bethlehem. At the same hearing, the Sands announced that the community would not have to wait much longer for the long-stalled hotel; construction will resume in May.(...)

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Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis

The ratings given to Bay State nursing homes are not as informative, or as consistent, as they may first appear

it’s one thing to use five-star ratings to rank restaurants and movies, but is it possible to rate nursing homes the same way? The federal government thinks it is. Just over a year ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new five-star rating system, available on its Nursing Home Compare website,(...)

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Number 41

Number 41

As a first-term senator, Scott Brown is likely to burnish his credentials
as an independent

with his election win in January, Scott Brown disappointed a lot of Democrats. But aside from his opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, no one lost more in that election than Ben Nelson. A Nebraska Democrat, Nelson was considered the Democrats’ 60th vote before Brown knocked him down a peg. After Brown’s upset victory, Nelson is(...)

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Hidden treasure

Hidden treasure

The state's library and archives are underfunded, understaffed, and inaccessible to both researchers and ordinary citizens

A sense of awe envelops Nancy Powell as she waxes eloquently about The Birds of America, a multi-volume set of John James Audubon’s hand-painted prints of life-size images of 435 birds like the ruff-necked hummingbird, the cerulean warbler, and the gold-winged woodpecker.   IMAGES FROM THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY(...)

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Political preview 2010

Political preview 2010

the surprise election of Republican Scott Brown as US Senator in January (get complete town-level results here) was only the beginning of what promises to be a tumultuous year of politics in Massachusetts. We’ve put together some stats on some of the major factors in statewide politics in the past and future. party down Democrats(...)

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A dynasty’s demise

A dynasty’s demise

The Kennedy name is no longer enough to launch a political career

i have decided not to run for Congress. So you may stop reading and instead check msnbc.com to see what the talking heads are saying about me — unless you’re wondering why I imagine my decision to be worthy of a news story. Of course it’s not, since my name is Lobron. But if my(...)

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Redefining parents

Redefining parents

by traditional definitions, the percentage of children living in “single-parent” households has risen steadily over the past few decades, both nationally and in Massachusetts. One measure is the share of all births to unmarried mothers; nationally, that’s gone from 28 percent in 1990 to 34 percent in 2000 to an estimated 40 percent in 2007.(...)

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Time for a renovation

Time for a renovation

We need to update our approach to K-12 education to meet the challenges of
the new century

our region and nation are coping with how to meet the economic and civic demands of the 21st century. The economic downturn has placed heightened attention on these demands, but the writing has been on the wall for some time. Both our economy and our way of life are evolving at an unprecedented rate. At(...)

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