Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Hold your fire

Hold your fire

David Kennedy, architect of Boston’s successful anti-gang strategy of the 1990s and author of a book describing it, is determined to show that the mayhem of urban gun violence can be stopped

DAVID KENNEDY IS an unlikely figure to be leading the charge on behalf of an innovative policing strategy to combat urban gun violence. For starters, he’s not a cop and has no law enforcement background. Though he’s a full professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, the 54-year-old Kennedy has no formal(...)

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Natural gas: Good news and bad news

Natural gas: Good news and bad news

A growing supply is driving down prices, but the fuel’s dominance is posing challenges

in january 2011, extremely cold temperatures enveloped New England, and demand for natural gas soared. Why does demand for natural gas matter to ISO New England, which operates the regional electricity grid and manages the wholesale electricity markets? Because natural gas has become the dominant fuel used to generate electricity in our region. The story(...)

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Out front on climate change

Out front on climate change

Reducing emissions is a worthy goal, but costs should also be considered

massinc’s recent research report, Rising to the Challenge: Assessing the Massachusetts Response to Climate Change, was billed as “the first independent assessment of state action on climate change.” We, at NAIOP Massachusetts, believe that it missed an opportunity to provide a more complete, non-partisan account. Although it is acceptable to inquire into the progress that(...)

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Changes in laws keep teen drivers safer

Changes in laws keep teen drivers safer

for most teens, obtaining a drivers’ license means newfound freedom and independence. For many decades, it also meant something more sobering: a higher risk than any other age group that they would die on the road. But new statistics indicate that risk is diminishing. Teen driver fatalities have fallen to a record low in Massa­chu­setts(...)

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Glove, glove me do

Odds are one of the four Republican state senators in Massachusetts has a better chance of getting one of his bills passed than he does of catching a foul ball at a Major League Baseball game. Unless that senator is Robert Hedlund. The 11-term incumbent from Wey­mouth is a magnet when it comes to foul(...)

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Risky business

Risky business

When it comes to cleaning up a mess at the former Medfield State Hospital, can the state police itself?

Correction: The story says a second budget amendment proposed by Sen. James Timilty would require the Division of Capital Asset Management to clean up the former hospital site so it could be used without any restrictions. The amendment, which was subsequently signed into law, actually requires DCAM to review its cleanup plan and then report(...)

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