Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Getting along

Getting along

A better approach to public sector collective bargaining can improve labor relations – and improve schools.

WHEN BOSTON SCHOOL officials and the city’s teachers union announced an agreement last year on extending the K-8 school day by 40 minutes, it was hailed as an important breakthrough that had eluded city leaders for many years. What went largely unnoticed was the fact that the agreement also represented a breakthrough in Massachusetts labor(...)

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Editor's note: Spring 2015

Editor’s note: Spring 2015

EB-5, state takeovers of schools, probation

I’M IN FAVOR of jobs and investments as much as the next guy, but something doesn’t smell right about the so-called EB-5 immigration program, the subject of our cover story, “Selling citizenship.” The program essentially lets foreign investors acquire a green card for themselves and their immediate family members if they invest $500,000 in a(...)

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Time to end offshore tax loophole

Time to end offshore tax loophole

Let creativity flourish in the marketplace, not the tax code

IT COULD BUY a dozen new energy-efficient locomotives for the MBTA every year, put nearly 1,000 more police on our streets, or pay for more than 8,000 needy children to attend preschool. It’s a corporate tax loophole that allows a select few Massachusetts companies to stash US profits in offshore tax havens and avoid corporate(...)

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Charting postpartum depression

Charting postpartum depression

Advocates want to identify at-risk mothers before tragedy strikes, but universal screening is not an easy sell

WHENEVER SHE PICKED UP a knife, Jamie Zahlaway Belsito thought about stabbing herself. The thought intruded so often that the mother-to-be thought it was a sign that having a baby was a mistake. The dark-haired, vivacious former Philips executive used to jet back and forth between Boston and the technology company’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Belsito(...)

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Sketchy federal program sells citizenship

Sketchy federal program sells citizenship

Green cards go to foreigners who invest $500,000

Photos by Michael Manning THE BASTILLE KITCHEN is the kind of destination restaurant that stamps a redeveloped neighborhood as a success. The Innovation District bistro, owned in part by renowned restaurateur and nightclub czar Seth Greenberg, draws such bold-faced names as Derek Jeter and Scott Brown and adds an air of panache to the renovated(...)

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Spotlight movie brings issue of credit to fore

Spotlight movie brings issue of credit to fore

Screenwriters paid visit to ex-Phoenix writer

THE TWO SCREENWRITERS of Spotlight, the upcoming movie about the Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s investigation of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church, paid a visit to a former reporter for the now-defunct Boston Phoenix as they were doing research on the screenplay. Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, who is also the director of the movie,(...)

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What really happened at Probation's electronic monitoring operation?

What really happened at Probation’s electronic monitoring operation?

Last summer's trial raised questions but provided few answers

IT STARTED WITH Michael Bizanowicz, a dangerous sex offender who broke into a Woburn home in 2004 and raped and killed Joanne Presti and then murdered her 12-year-old daughter, Alyssa. The crime was so shocking that state lawmakers a year later passed a law requiring sex offenders on probation or parole to be outfitted with(...)

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