Winter 2002

Winter 2002

Economists give their prognoses for recovery

Economists give their prognoses for recovery

Left to right: Adrienne Ortyl, Paul Harrington, and Alan Clayton-Matthews. Back in March, when economists and other observers were trying to figure out what kept consumers spending even as indicators of an impending downturn piled up, The Boston Globe‘s Adam Pertman trotted out this theory: “Many Americans [are] feeling certain that any downturn probably will(...)

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Shooting for selfsufficiency

Shooting for selfsufficiency

It took Mary Lou Rockwell, a job counselor and social worker at the Metro South/West Regional Employment Board’s Framingham office, three days to get through what is usually a one-hour introductory session. But Jenifer Lang, her new client, was nervous, and she couldn’t look Rockwell in the eye. However much she hid it, Lang was(...)

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Bill Bratton on the new crime paradigm

Bill Bratton on the new crime paradigm

In Boston and New York, Bill Bratton brought modern management to police work. We asked Bratton what he learned from combating urban crime, and the fear associated with it, that can help in the quest for security in an age of terrorism. His answer? Law enforcement and intelligence agencies need to work together. And the(...)

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Terrorism boosts business for Lau

Terrorism boosts business for Lau

INTRO TEXT Six months ago, Joanna Lau was fending off skeptics who regarded her company’s face-recognition software as another iffy high-tech toy, an intriguing technology with an uncertain market and troubling implications. Its most publicized tryout–at last year’s Super Bowl, where the faces of 75,000 entering fans were scanned and matched against a database of(...)

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Government reform in a time of crisis

INTRO TEXT Following the events of September 11, the need to reinvent government “is only more stark,” former Al Gore advisor Elaine Kamarck told the Commonwealth Forum October 18, in a discussion of government reform. “The Challenge of Change: The Future of Government Reform,” moderated by MassINC executive director Tripp Jones, examined the effects of(...)

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Cape Verdeans struggle with crime

Cape Verdeans struggle with crime

INTRO TEXT In the recent incidents of violent youth crime in Boston, no community has been turned inside out more than that of immigrants from Cape Verde. To judge from a packed neighborhood meeting in early December, coming up with a coherent community response to the violence may be almost as wrenching. More than 80(...)

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A busy season for recount lawyers

INTRO TEXT From a 15-vote margin in the Quincy mayor’s race to a dead heat in the contest for mayor of Melrose, November’s municipal elections produced a surfeit of electoral cliffhangers. The razor-thin margins led to an anxious night of nail biting for candidates, but they were music to the ears of one group: the(...)

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The Speaker Who Believed in Democracy

The Speaker Who Believed in Democracy

Ask someone today, “Who is George Keverian?” and the typical response is a blank stare. Those who recall him at all might say he was the portly Speaker who presided over an out-of-control House of Representatives that bungled the state’s response to the fiscal crisis of 1989-90. But even among Massachusetts politicos, Keverian has faded(...)

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Life After Lucent

Life After Lucent

The tale has all the hallmarks of a modern-day mill closing. A large manufacturing company tries to cut costs by selling off one of its biggest plants. Longtime employees–some of them children or grandchildren of workers at the same factory–suffer the loss of high-wage jobs and wait, almost certainly in vain, to be asked back.(...)

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