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Judge turns down plea deal from US attorney

The district court judge accused of allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade capture by federal authorities is not going gently into that goodnight. The Boston Globe reports that Judge Shelley Joseph turned down a plea offer from US Attorney Andrew Lelling‘s office that would have avoided prosecution and potentially allowed her to remain on the(...)

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Judge turns down plea deal from US attorney

Lawyer: Joseph rejected offer because she’s not guilty

THE DISTRICT COURT judge accused of allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade capture by federal authorities is not going gently into that goodnight. The Boston Globe reports that Judge Shelley Joseph turned down a plea offer from US Attorney Andrew Lelling‘s office that would have avoided prosecution and potentially allowed her to remain on the(...)

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New Bedford charter school plan on the ropes

Home rule debate revives statewide education battle

A PLAN TOUTED by state education leaders as a breakthrough compromise aimed at healing the rift between district and charter schools has instead inflamed passions on Beacon Hill where the proposal is faltering and has reignited one of the state’s most enduring education battles. The plan would put in place a novel structure for a(...)

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Boston officials need to fund violence prevention

‘We need funding, not performative politics’

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH recently submitted his proposed fiscal 2020 operating and capital budget to the Boston City Council. From April 22 to May 21, the City Council held hearing after hearing on specific line items and proposed capital improvements. In all of this deliberation, there was one glaring omission: no hearing, and not a(...)

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Boston students get unfortunate education in racism

Along with all the art on the walls, Boston seventh graders on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts last week saw some upsetting displays of modern-day racism. It was another shameful chapter in Boston’s long-running history of making black people feel unwelcome. The incident received a lot of press coverage, probably because(...)

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Boston students get unfortunate education in racism

School trip to Museum of Fine Arts turned sour

ALONG WITH ALL the art on the walls, Boston seventh graders on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts last week saw some upsetting displays of modern-day racism. It was another shameful chapter in Boston’s long-running history of making black people feel unwelcome. The incident received a lot of press coverage, probably because(...)

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Boncore withdraws pharma-friendly budget amendment

Senate disagreement over drug pricing looming with House

WITH A PHARMA-FRIENDLY amendment withdrawn from consideration, the Senate is on track to stick with its more hardline approach toward MassHealth drug pricing in the fiscal 2020 budget. That would set up a big disagreement with the House, which amended the drug-pricing approach in its budget bill by plugging in language that was welcomed by(...)

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Encore president says casino will open on time

Regulators approve drinks for gamblers until 4 a.m.

THE TOP OFFICIAL at Encore Boston Harbor told state regulators on Wednesday that the Everett hotel and casino will open on schedule at 10 a.m. June 23. It will also be allowed to serve complimentary alcoholic drinks to active gambling customers until 4 a.m., thanks to a ruling by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The opening(...)

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What’s in your electricity bill?

There’s a lot more than just the cost of power

It’s a simple question – what charges are contained in your electricity bill?  But the answer isn’t that simple. Indeed, there’s a lot more going on with your bill than you might think. In CommonWealth’s latest Reel Deal explainer video, we show how your electricity bill has become a major driver of state energy policy.(...)

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In Newton, the everyday version of “Varsity Blues” scandal

One of every three students at high school get special allowance for SAT and ACT tests

NEVER MIND BRIBING the college tennis coach and all its potential downsides — like a felony conviction and jail time. It turns out going to Newton North High School also sets up students for an extra edge in the college admission race, with the added bonus of being perfectly legal. There were plenty of jaw-dropping(...)

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