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Can Ocasio-Cortez return the favor for Ayanna Pressley?

Can Ocasio-Cortez return the favor for Ayanna Pressley?

Pressley's best endorsement may be from the district, not the Bronx

GOING INTO THE 7th Congressional District debate this week, Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley trailed the incumbent, Rep. Michael Capuano, by 13 points, according to the latest WBUR poll. The debate was less about issues than it was whether voters want experience or a new perspective in Congress. That’s in keeping with the polling: Only 19(...)

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Mass. puts wind power in gear

Mass. puts wind power in gear

Vineyard Wind’s low price due to synergies

TWO MAJOR EVENTS LAST WEEK have augured a new era for offshore wind in Massachusetts. The Legislature passed the Clean Energy Future Act on July 31, officially laying out a path to doubling Massachusetts’ procurement of offshore wind to 3,200 MW. The next day, Gov. Charlie Baker’s Department of Energy Resources publicly released the pricing(...)

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T closing Alewife garage over weekend

T closing Alewife garage over weekend

More concrete problems surface; getting vehicles out a concern

THE MBTA SAID on Friday that it uncovered more problems with deteriorated concrete at its Alewife garage and plans to shut down the entire facility over the weekend “to allow for continued repairs and a comprehensive engineering assessment.” The transit agency said its priority on Friday would be for its engineering teams to ensure “a(...)

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Freeze criticism of ICE?

Freeze criticism of ICE?

Even US attorney bringing charges seems to dismiss the idea

A CAMBRIDGE RESIDENT was arrested Thursday morning in New York City for allegedly tweeting that he would pay $500 to anyone who killed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Today’s Boston Herald goes all in on the story, putting it on its front-page and featuring a newspaper editorial and column by Joe Battenfeld on the(...)

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Pot notes: Everything but the labs

Pot notes: Everything but the labs

Also, cannabis commission unveils public awareness campaign, Worc. County maintains application lead

THE STATE CANNABIS Control Commission approved seven more provisional licenses for recreational marijuana, bringing the total to 19 retail stores, cultivation facilities, and manufacturers. But the commission still has not approved any license for a testing laboratory and, by law, nothing can be sold without the approval of a licensed lab. Shawn Collins, executive director(...)

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T tries to patch up Alewife parking garage

T tries to patch up Alewife parking garage

Even with millions of dollars in repairs, ‘long-term plan’ still needed

THE MBTA ON THURSDAY announced what amounted to a three-phase plan to deal with ongoing structural and cosmetic problems at the Alewife parking garage after a patch of concrete fell from the roof of the second level on to a car. No one was injured when the concrete fell on Wednesday, but T officials said(...)

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Another twist for legal pot

Another twist for legal pot

Commission wants to review unlawful community host agreements, may reject licenses

THE STATE’S MARIJUANA oversight board wants to put a halt to communities demanding payments from legal pot businesses in excess of what’s allowed by law but the panel’s decision could move the opening of retail stores even further back. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday put off for two weeks a proposal by Commissioner Shaleen(...)

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State sees huge growth of urgent care centers and retail clinics

State sees huge growth of urgent care centers and retail clinics

Trend could help tamp down health care costs

RETAIL MEDICAL CLINICS and emergency care centers are growing at breakneck speed in Massachusetts, a trend that suggests strong demand for the lower-cost alternatives to standard outpatient and hospital emergency services. The number of urgent care centers increased eight-fold from 18 centers in 2010 to 145 at the end of 2017, according to a report(...)

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Why 1,500 sheet metal workers are on strike

Why 1,500 sheet metal workers are on strike

Apprentice pay is not keeping up with cost of living

SHEET METAL WORKERS are building our region’s future, and they want their families to be a part of it. That’s why right now 1,500 union sheet metal workers are on strike. They work hard to make mortgage payments, educate their kids, provide good healthcare coverage for their families, and remain in the middle class. Like(...)

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