Summer 2010

Summer 2010

Mystery solved

Mystery solved

Tucked deep inside an April report by Boston’s Climate Action Leadership Com­mittee is a photo of a wharf seemingly under water. There is no explanation with the photo—indeed, no mention at all in the report—but the implication is that Boston’s waterfront is already feeling the effects of climate change. It turns out the photo was(...)

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Overexposed

Overexposed

Massachusetts has become a medical imaging mecca, a place where diagnostic scans are fueling cutting-edge medicine— and runaway health care costs.

Gov. Deval Patrick in April took the unprecedented step of rejecting double-digit rate increases being sought by most of the state’s health insurers for their small business plans. It was a popular move politically, but the governor was basically shooting the messenger because he didn’t like the message being delivered. He may have even shot(...)

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Just plain ugly

Just plain ugly

Everyone agrees that the Harbor Garage is unattractive, a blight on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the harborfront. But getting to yes on redeveloping the stie hasn't been and isn't going to be easy. The problem has been reduced to a punchline: It's personal. The developer, Don Chiofaro, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino don't get along. But the soap opera over the garage on the Greenw

Bill Pedersen is a principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Asso­ciates in New York, a powerhouse architectural firm known for designing tall towers across the globe. He personally oversaw the design of the Shanghai World Financial Center, which looks a lot like a bottle opener, and, at 1,614 feet, is one of the tallest buildings in(...)

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Deval on the defense

Deval on the defense

An economic downturn and a GOP resurgence

complicate the electoral geography for 2010

Four years ago, the Democratic Party reached a new apex in Massa­chusetts with the landslide election of Deval Patrick as governor. And the demographics seemed to portend further happy days, with Demo­crats doing especially well among growing populations such as non-whites, urban residents, and college graduates. New voters were another source of encouragement, as exit(...)

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Shrinking coverage

Massachusetts news outlets, with the exception of the Globe, have pulled out of Washington

In the last five years, Massachusetts newspapers have dramatically altered the way they cover—or don’t cover—the state’s congressional delegation in Washington. Every Bay State newspaper except the Boston Globe has pulled out of Washington. The Globe, which is owned by the New York Times, has closed its foreign bureaus and demanded financial give-backs from its(...)

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The Brown effect

The Brown effect

in washington He said he wanted to be “a Brown Republican,” but what does that mean? Judging from his voting record from the time he took office in February until June 15, Scott Brown is difficult to pigeon-hole. He is as likely to throw his lot in with Democrats as with Republicans, but most often(...)

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Saying sorry

Michigan project’s response when medical procedures go awry is resulting in lower malpractice insurance costs and better communication between doctors and patients

Rick Boothman still thinks about a malpractice case he won 30 years ago. Fresh out of law school, Boothman represented a surgeon who had been sued by a former patient. “As the jury was filing out, the lady who sued my client leaned around the podium and I learned this was the first time she’d(...)

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Probation location

Probation location

the battle rages over which branch of government will control probation—and its $150 million budget—in Massa­chusetts. But looking for help to see how other states do it offers little in the way of guidance. According to the American Probation and Parole Asso­ciation, there is no one-size-fits-all approach or best-practices template to overseeing the people who(...)

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Teachers are not to blame

Teachers are not to blame

Tools that help teachers, not firings, are the key to education success

in the past few months, President Obama, Gov. Deval Patrick, and the press have practically made “education reform” synonymous with “firing teachers.” The president praised a Rhode Island school superintendent for firing high school teachers. Patrick proposed legislation to make it easier for superintendents to dismiss teachers in underperforming schools. The US Department of Educa­tion(...)

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