Winter 2003

Winter 2003

Scene of the crime

Scene of the crime

IN THE LATE 1980s and early 1990s, when the city was teeming with crack cocaine and drive-by shootings, Boston police sergeant Robert Merner watched the life drain out of more victims of gunfire than he cares to count. Back then, says Merner, who has spent much of his 16 years on the force working the(...)

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Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

It is a blustery autumn afternoon and the Framingham Community Charter School is in lockdown mode. Just moments before, the school’s 96 sixth-graders were on the playground after lunch when school principal Michael Delman got word over his walkie-talkie that, as he puts it, “somebody was shot in the neighborhood and the shooter was missing.”(...)

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A question of commitment

A question of commitment

Barbara Schwartz wears big glasses and uses a trained dog named Thomas to help her get around. She is small, funny, sarcastic, and sometimes dismissive of those she deems unworthy. But Schwartz is a pit bull, and if you care about protecting the public against sexual predators, she should be your hero. Schwartz came to(...)

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The budget and reform challenge ahead

If there were similarities between the gubernatorial campaigns of 1990 and 2002, the parallel between 1991 and 2003–new Republican governor facing fiscal crisis–is even closer. There are a handful of reasons to believe that Mitt Romney could be better able to manage the fiscal retrenchment and bureaucratic restructuring ahead than Bill Weld was in slaying(...)

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Handing over the keys

Dear Mitt: By now, I’m sure you’ve grown accustomed to the joys of being governor. You know what I’m talking about: The invitations to forums and events. The endless meeting requests. The hours of poring over your first budget proposal. You have close aides and advisors to help you sort those things out. Here is(...)

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