Recent Stories

Schools need to focus more on relevance than rigor

Schools need to focus more on relevance than rigor

Ed reform has gone stale and needs a reboot

IN THIS CRAZY, chaotic and often perplexing age we live in teachers are required, more than ever before, to fill a larger role in our children’s lives. Teachers have always been an important influence, but now the support they provide transcends the classroom as they help students find their way in this confusing challenging time.(...)

Read More »

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

New move to withhold funding from clinics providing abortion services could affect all states

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

Read More »

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

Read More »

Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views

Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views

Debate reveals little difference between Democrats on issues

HE WAS NOWHERE to be seen, but Gov. Charlie Baker came in for a pummeling as the two Democrats vying for the right to take him on in November trained their fire on the state’s popular incumbent Republican, not each other, in a debate on Thursday afternoon at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Jay Gonzalez(...)

Read More »

How Capeless plotted succession plan

How Capeless plotted succession plan

DA pulled nomination papers to throw off reporters

DAVID CAPELESS WORKED CLOSELY with Gov. Charlie Baker to choreograph the handoff of his job as Berkshire Country district attorney to a top aide, going so far as to pull nomination papers for himself to throw reporters off the scent. Emails obtained from the district attorney’s office under the Public Records Law indicate Capeless was concerned that reporters might(...)

Read More »

For casino job hunters, good news and bad

For casino job hunters, good news and bad

A clearer path for those with criminal records, but credit history could trip some up

SOME GOOD NEWS recently for the MGM casino in Springfield and for folks hoping to land jobs there: The casino now has more discretion to handle criminal background checks for potential employees. Some background. Last year, at MGM’s request, the state Gaming Commission reviewed the law governing casino employment and concluded, to MGM’s disappointment, that(...)

Read More »

Gas pains

Gas pains

Surging gas prices give Mass even more reason to improve public transportation

After several years of relatively agreeable gas prices, the surge has begun again and where it stops, nobody knows. The cost of a gallon of gas nationally has risen to $2.90, according to AAA, with Massachusetts prices just a tick behind at $2.89. That’s an increase of 22.6 percent from a year ago and while it’s not(...)

Read More »

Gas pains

After several years of relatively agreeable gas prices, the surge has begun again and where it stops, nobody knows. The cost of a gallon of gas nationally has risen to $2.90, according to AAA, with Massachusetts prices just a tick behind at $2.89. That’s an increase of 22.6 percent from a year ago and while it’s not(...)

Read More »

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Mount Ida official said school faced 'perfect storm of failures'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who told state senators on Wednesday they should expect to see more colleges close. “There are going to be other closures,(...)

Read More »

Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open

Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open

Region's grid operator warns of rolling blackouts without them

EXELON GENERATION told federal regulators on Wednesday that it is willing to keep operating two power plants and a liquefied natural gas facility in Everett from 2022 to 2024 if the company is allowed to collect less than $1 a month from all of the electricity customers in New England over the two-year period. Chicago-based(...)

Read More »