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The ‘wolf’ of solitary confinement

Baker has shown little willingness so far to try a new path

AFTER THE ENACTMENT of the Missouri Compromise in 1820 prolonged the impasse over slavery with little hope for a peaceful resolution, Thomas Jefferson offered this assessment of the nation’s quandary: “We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go.” That image — a perilous dilemma from(...)

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Say yes to redeveloping former Edison plant

Move could bring affordable housing, parking to area desperate for both

THE REDEVELOPMENT OF the former Edison power plant has the potential to further revitalize South Boston and should be given the green light to move forward.      The plan, which includes 1,344 condominium units, commercial business space for restaurants, retail shops, hotels, and offices, promises to boost the local economy. It will bring in hundreds of good jobs(...)

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Don’t ‘fly-over’ Mayor Pete

Tufts students in awe of South Bend leader

IF YOU THOUGHT you could get through the 2020 election cycle without needing to learn the proper pronunciation of “Buttigieg,” guess again. On Friday, March 8, the three of us drove to New Hampshire with open minds to hear Pete Buttigieg make his case for the presidency. We left at 5:30 a.m. to get to the(...)

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Springfield police cases not adding up

Long-ago convictions haunting the department today

IF YOU BELIEVE THE WITNESSES who have testified in Jose Omar Ortiz’s bid for a new trial, then two decades ago Springfield police bullied their way to a confession for a murder and they got the wrong man. For starters, another person testified last week that he – not Ortiz – killed Eddy Reynoso in(...)

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Springfield police cases not adding up

If you believe the witnesses who have testified in Jose Omar Ortiz’s bid for a new trial, then two decades ago Springfield police bullied their way to a confession for a murder and they got the wrong man. For starters, another person testified last week that he – not Ortiz – killed Eddy Reynoso in(...)

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School committee OKs novel New Bedford charter deal

Even its supporters say they don’t like the arrangement

THE NEW BEDFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE voted 5-2 on Thursday night in favor of a precedent-setting expansion deal with a local charter school operator, but even the five supporters insisted they didn’t like the arrangement and were voting for it only because state officials were figuratively holding a gun to their head. The school committee vote(...)

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How much is enough to fix education aid formula?

Funding for low-income students, accountability will be centerstage at Friday hearing

BEACON HILL IS bracing for what’s likely to be one of the biggest legislative hearings in recent years, as hundreds of advocates, parents, local officials, union leaders, and students are expected to descend on the State House on Friday to push for a revamp of the state’s 26-year-old education funding law. The formula determining state(...)

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Should the state follow Massport’s lead?

Many are pushing an increase in ride-hailing fees

MASSPORT OFFICIALS on Thursday proposed a hefty increase in fees on Uber and Lyft as part of a broader response to congestion at Logan International Airport, and the question now for state policymakers is whether they should follow suit. Airport officials say the ride-hailing apps are starting to overrun the airport, and the limited available(...)

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Massport proposes major response to congestion at Logan

Big hike in Uber, Lyft fees, centralized pickups/drop-offs, Logan Express expansion

TO REDUCE CONGESTION at Logan International Airport, officials at Massport are proposing much higher fees and new dropoff and pickup procedures for Uber and Lyft passengers as well as a series of new policies to double ridership on Logan Express buses from downtown and suburban locations to 4 million passengers a year. At a meeting(...)

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Was ‘Reefer Madness’ right?

Alex Berenson says we’re ignoring the dangers of marijuana

IN THE MID-1930s, a church group financed a film intended to frighten parents about the dangers their children face from marijuana. Reefer Madness portrayed cannabis as a powerful drug capable of sending users into psychotic, violent rages. The movie has become something of a cult classic in recent decades, mocked as a laughable example of(...)

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