Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2013 correspondence and updates

DPH chief criticized It is unfortunate that Interim Department of Public Health Commis­sioner Dr. Lauren Smith made statements regarding patients with chronic Lyme disease that do not reflect evolving understanding about the persistent symptoms that many patients experience because of delayed or inadequate treatment. [After the Winter ’13 issue went to press with the article(...)

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The MBTA’s got a ticket to write

The MBTA’s got a ticket to write

THE STATE AND MOST MUNICIPALITIES impose a surcharge for parking violations and give the vehicle owner 21 days to appeal before assessing a penalty. The MBTA, by contrast, assesses a penalty after just three days, appeal or no appeal. Someone caught parking in a T lot without putting the proper payment in the honor box(...)

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Holyoke mayor trying to get back on track

Holyoke mayor trying to get back on track

ALEX MORSE took Holyoke by storm two years ago. The 22-year-old freshly minted Brown University graduate shocked the city’s political establishment by defeating Holyoke’s incumbent mayor in a campaign that drew heavily on his youth and energy. Morse argued that the beleaguered former mill city needs to embrace the innovation and arts economy in order(...)

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Natural gas dependence creates close calls

Natural gas dependence creates close calls

Grid operator sees escalating strategic risk

THE REGION’S POWER GRID had a close call during the February blizzard. Six power plants running on natural gas ran out of fuel and couldn’t obtain any more. Several oil-fired plants said their fuel stocks were depleted so they couldn’t supply any more electricity. Along with other plants shut down because of storm-related outages, more(...)

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A souper campaign

A souper campaign

Fall River mayor mixes soup and politics

FALLR RIVER MAYOR WILL FLANAGAN is up for reelection this year. He’s also launching a new soup that will be sold in area supermarkets, with the proceeds going to provide scholarships for the city’s students. In the mayor’s mind, his candidacy and his soup are unrelated. But there is obviously some synergy between the campaign(...)

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Secondhand chemo

Secondhand chemo

Cancer drugs help patients, but could they also be endangering caregivers, family members, and the environment?

  Workers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center prepare chemotherapy drugs in a clean room. NOT TOO LONG ago people smoked everywhere and gave little thought to how their smoke might be affecting others. Then scientific studies began exploring the danger of secondhand smoke, and in 1993 the Environ­mental Pro­tec­tion Agency concluded that secondhand smoke(...)

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Look who’s talking

Look who’s talking

The man behind Cape Wind and the project's biggest opponent have been negotiating privately for more than a decade

AFTER SPENDING 12 YEARS and $65 million trying to bring wind turbines to Nantucket Sound, Jim Gordon thinks the end of his struggle is in sight. “This is the year,” he says in February at a Boston conference attended by about 150 offshore wind industry officials from around the world. Gordon is cautious by nature,(...)

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One on One

One on One

UMass Boston professor Ellen Douglas maps the impact of rising sea levels in Boston

Your report on rising sea levels suggests Boston dodged a bullet with Hurricane Sandy. The report says if Sandy had come ashore five hours earlier, at high tide, 6.6 percent of the city would have been flooded, with water reaching all the way to City Hall. What did we learn from Sandy? Sandy did us(...)

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Capitol turnover

Capitol turnover

When it comes to congressional clout, seniority isn’t what it used to be

MASSACHUSETTS REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS have for decades enjoyed key committee and leadership posts in Congress because of their seniority, and the state has reaped the benefits, both in funding from Washington and in policy advantageous to the state. Before his death in 2009, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy delivered funding for state projects ranging from the(...)

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