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DCR hiring a debt collection agency

DCR hiring a debt collection agency

Agency was owed $422,000 at end of September

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION and Recreation – the largest landowner in the state — is in the process of hiring a debt-collection company to go after tenants who owe the agency thousands of dollars in delinquent rent. As of the end of September, DCR was owed $422,000 in back rent by a total of(...)

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TransitMatters co-founder leaving for Keolis

TransitMatters co-founder leaving for Keolis

As Ebuña leaves, group looking for a COO

MARC EBUNA, the co-founder and president of TransitMatters, is leaving the transportation advocacy group to take what he described as an entry level job at Keolis Commuter Services, which operates commuter rail for the MBTA. Ebuña, who disclosed his departure while asking a question at a forum on commuter rail Wednesday night, said he starts(...)

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Mega misses — or wins?

Mega misses — or wins?

With no Olympics or Amazon, we’ll just have to do our jobs

LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL KID  working to move past an unrequited crush, Boston told Amazon it just wasn’t that into the e-commerce giant anyway. Mayor Marty Walsh said he was proud to have made it to the “short list” in the HQ2 sweepstakes, but added, “our future will not be defined by a single company.”(...)

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Mega misses — or wins?

With no Olympics or Amazon, we’ll just have to do our jobs

Like a high school kid working to move past an unrequited crush, Boston told Amazon it just wasn’t that into the e-commerce giant anyway. Mayor Marty Walsh said he was proud to have made it to the “short list” in the HQ2 sweepstakes, but added, “our future will not be defined by a single company.”(...)

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Civics law provides solid foundation for teachers, students

Civics law provides solid foundation for teachers, students

Criticism of statute misses breadth of mandate

IN A RECENT CommonWealth piece, University of Massachusetts Lowell professor Jack Schneider took issue with a civics education bill recently signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. The measure is primarily designed to teach and engage students through project-based civics education, an instructional approach also known as “action civics.” Schneider took issue with the new civic education(...)

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Homelessness no longer just a big-city issue

Homelessness no longer just a big-city issue

Western Mass. towns struggling just like urban counterparts

MADELYNN MALLOY and Bob Morin, a homeless couple frustrated by the lack of affordable housing in rural Franklin County, rolled out their blankets this summer on Greenfield Town Common and slept under the stars. Word spread quickly and soon other homeless people around the area joined them. By mid-summer, brightly colored nylon tents all but(...)

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Another data-point on the rise of ride-hailing apps

Another data-point on the rise of ride-hailing apps

Uber, Lyft providing 91,000 rides a day in Seattle

Most transportation analysts are convinced Uber and Lyft are transforming the way people get around in the United States, but there’s been relatively little hard data. New York City for years has required the ride-hailing apps to disclose how many drivers are working for them and how many trips they provide. Massachusetts earlier this year(...)

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Another data-point on the rise of ride-hailing apps

Most transportation analysts are convinced Uber and Lyft are transforming the way people get around in the United States, but there’s been relatively little hard data. New York City for years has required the ride-hailing apps to disclose how many drivers are working for them and how many trips they provide. Massachusetts earlier this year(...)

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Nurse staffing study left union in the dark

Nurse staffing study left union in the dark

Nurses’ association faults state panel on pivotal report

THE CONTENTIOUS BALLOT QUESTION campaign over nurse staffing levels may be over, but bitter feelings remain over a study that played a pivotal role in the high-profile debate. In early October, the state Health Policy Commission released an analysis estimating the potential impacts of Question 1, which would have mandated minimum nurse staffing levels in(...)

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Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Company claims new rules violate constitutional rights

AIRBNB FILED SUIT against the city of Boston Tuesday seeking to block officials from implementing new regulations on short-term rentals set to take effect January 1, claiming the rules illegally require the company to turn over private host information and to bar investors from listing multiple units. In its lawsuit, Airbnb portrays itself as merely(...)

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