Summer 2004

Summer 2004

Technology upgrade

Technology upgrade

On a sunny April morning, three dozen people drift into a sterile white conference room at the University of Phoenix job-training center in Westborough and collect in small groups, making idle conversation. Most are male, and most are white. Virtually all are age 45 or older. To a person, they have experience in electronics or(...)

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Offshore leave

Offshore leave

The 4th Congressional District, represented by 12-term Democrat Barney Frank, snakes its way from the pricey Boston suburbs of Newton and Wellesley more than 50 miles south to the blue-collar city of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay. A product of various redistricting maneuvers over the years, it is probably the oddest shaped of the 10(...)

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Flunking out

Flunking out

What do we do about them? Julie Holly, a Winchendon mom, has put out Snickerdoodles and croissants, muffins and chocolate chip bread. Four other moms are seated around the table, but no one’s touching the sweets. Having the label of “underperforming” slapped on your school district—and by extension your town, your teachers, your kids, and(...)

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