Summer 2001

Summer 2001

Campus activism makes a comeback

Campus activism makes a comeback

Student activist Susan Misra was in a pickle. Thousands of anti-globalization protesters were about to converge on Quebec City to protest the trade agreement being ratified at the Summit of the Americas. But that very week in mid-April, her fellow Harvard students were poised to begin a sit-in at the school’s main administration building, demanding(...)

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Whats new Democrat

Whats new Democrat

With his White House days winding down, President Bill Clinton journeyed to upstate New York last year to deliver his swan song address to the Democratic Leadership Council, the centrist group whose “Third Way” approach to politics carried him to two terms in office. Reaching for a rhetorical device that has become a fixture of(...)

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Brothers Behind Bars

Brothers Behind Bars

They are 45 of the roughest and toughest inmates at the Hampden County Jail and House of Correction just outside Springfield, the sullen slackers who sleep through the bells and skip GED classes and AA meetings. But on this afternoon they are quiet and attentive. The inmates are sitting in rows in the cavernous day(...)

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Aspiring principals get onthejob training

Aspiring principals get onthejob training

It’s just after 11 on a steamy spring morning and principal-in-training Benadette Manning races from a difficult meeting at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School to her office down the hall. She’s hungry. She’s cranky. And the hook on the back of her blouse keeps coming undone. She’d like to sit and think about the emotional(...)

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The other founding father

John AdamsBy David McCulloughSimon & Schuster, New York, 736 pages As the host of the PBS American Experience documentaries, David McCullough is the closest thing America has to a public historian. And it is as our public historian that McCullough has written a biography of John Adams, the least understood and least appreciated of the(...)

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Ode to New Englands mills reborn

Reused factories provide haunts for the ghosts of our industrial past In western Massachusetts, where I live, many rivers bear resonant names. A few conjure up attributes (the Swift, the Cold); some echo the oh-to-be-in-England titles of neighboring towns (the Deerfield, the Westfield); others recall fine, kinetic tribal names (the Housatonic, the Konkapot). But the(...)

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Home alone

The Connection Gap: Why Americans Feel So AloneBy Laura PappanoRutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 224 pages It’s as American as apple pie to fret over the state of the national psyche. When the frontier closed down, Americans worried about the demise of the independent man who could pull up stakes anytime he wanted and(...)

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Time to unclog water permits

Massachusetts municipalities that seek approvals for new water supplies are entering into an intensifying public policy debate and treacherous regulatory terrain (“Tapped Out,” CW, Fall ’00). The permitting process is becoming longer and costlier, more technically complex and politically controversial, with procedures that are often redundant and results that are unpredictable. As a consequence, many(...)

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Kerrys lean and hungry look

Kerrys lean and hungry look

Summer is here, and Democrats in Washington are smiling again. In the bleak days of late winter and early spring, many a dispirited Dem felt overwhelmed by an unexpectedly nimble Bush administration. Predictions that the quirky election that put him into office would make Bush an impotent leader fizzled fast. In his first 100 days,(...)

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