Summer 2002

Summer 2002

GOP cyberkibitzer

GOP cyberkibitzer

INTRO TEXT Last fall, lots of Bay State Republicans were quietly fretting over acting Gov. Jane Swift’s sinking poll numbers, but only one posted his impolitic assessment of his party’s presumptive standard-bearer on the World Wide Web for all to see: Todd Sharek, GOP loyalist and Internet provocateur. WHO’S KIDDING WHOM? read the headline, posted(...)

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Crime labs morbid state

Crime labs morbid state

INTRO TEXT There is a rapist on the loose somewhere on the Cape, and Michael O’Keefe, first assistant district attorney for Cape Cod and the islands, says he’s pretty sure he knows who it is. But nearly a year after a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in a home invasion, the prosecutor has been(...)

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Mapping Massachusetts Politics

Mapping Massachusetts Politics

Just as the candidates will tell you, there’s a clear choice to be made in this year’s gubernatorial election, but it’s not about them. Mitt Romney and the Democratic nominee will get the headlines, but they’re only surrogates for more powerful forces. Bay State voters will really have to decide between Plymouth and Concord, and(...)

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Converting to Modernity

Converting to Modernity

The series of events that began with the conviction of John Geoghan in Boston on charges of sexual abuse–along with the revelations that the Boston archdiocese had known about his problems and had nonetheless transferred him from parish to parish–are unprecedented in the history of American Catholicism. The consequences have been shattering: a lack of(...)

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Does job training work

Does job training work

The Job Training CharadeBy Gordon LaferCornell University Press, Ithaca, 320 pages Even after a long economic boom, the United States continues to have many adults trapped in an unacceptably large low-wage labor market. In 2000 nearly 10 million full-time, year-round workers had incomes below $15,000. Everyone’s favorite solution to this challenge is an amalgam of(...)

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Campaign Contributions

Already the most reliably Democratic state in national politics, Massachusetts puts its money where its mouth is. The Commonwealth is a cash cow for the national Democratic Party, but it’s of only middling financial significance to the Republicans. As of June 3, Democratic and Republican national committees and congressional candidates raised $15 million in the(...)

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Uncovering thirdparty candidates

Uncovering thirdparty candidates

Carla Howell has been avoiding me. For the past several weeks I’ve been trying to interview her, only to be told by her staff that she was too busy to sit down and talk. So on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May I’ve come to check out a pro-gun rally on the Boston Common, where(...)

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Inching toward acceptance

Le Petite Café, where I get my favorite French baguette sandwich, is a small, family-owned restaurant in an enclave of real estate agencies, cell phone providers, and medical offices at Pailin Plaza, the Cambodian business district on Middlesex Street. At lunchtime, I often gather among my fellow Cambodians, men and women of various ages. I(...)

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Whats the big idea

By any measure, the gubernatorial race of 2002 is shaping up as a watershed election. It could mark the end of the Weld-Cellucci-Swift era, a remarkable 12-year reign for the over-achieving standard-bearers of the state’s minority party. This would mean a return to the one-party rule of the 1980s, altering the dynamics of Beacon Hill(...)

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