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School funding fix needed

School funding fix needed

State failing its constitutional obligation to public education

PUBLIC SCHOOLS TODAY find themselves under a microscope and pulled by competing forces like never before. Education is a system in flux as it strives to institute necessary change in order to effectively meet the demands of today’s students and society. Change never comes without cost, be that time, money, resources, or personnel. These elements(...)

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Where the food deserts are

Where the food deserts are

Gateway Cities tend to have less access to grocery stores

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CHELSEA, SPRINGFIELD, AND TAUNTON top a new list of cities with the highest percentage of low-income residents lacking access to grocery stores, a problem with nutrition ramifications that is most acute in rural areas and so-called Gateway Cities, according to new data. In low-income areas where there is limited grocery store(...)

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Downtown Crossing’s renaissance

For those wondering what the turnaround of Downtown Crossing means for the city of Boston, two stories this week in the Boston Globe and CommonWealth magazine provide some perspective. The Globe on Wednesday splashed a column by Thomas Farragher across its front page proclaiming that Downtown Crossing “is back in the show.” Farragher does a(...)

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Lawmakers must remove autonomous vehicle roadblocks

Lawmakers must remove autonomous vehicle roadblocks

Self-driving cars will ease congestion and promote economic growth

WHAT IF YOU COULD REMOVE error as a cause of motor vehicle crashes? The reality is we are getting closer to that point every day. Cars are getting smarter, and smarter means safer. Advanced braking systems can detect a potential collision and help a car stop before it happens, and features such as adaptive cruise(...)

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Incoming UMass Boston chief says budget process ‘broken’

Incoming UMass Boston chief says budget process ‘broken’

Mills says campus faces hard choices; Motley says he leaves with no regrets

BARRY MILLS, who is slated to take the reins as interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, painted a dire picture of finances and operations at the campus, saying the budget process is broken and that tough choices lie ahead for the school. Mills spoke at meeting of the UMass board of trustees where(...)

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A later last call for casinos?

A later last call for casinos?

House budget plan allows drinking until 4 a.m.

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION could allow casinos to sell liquor to gamblers an extra two hours – until 4 a.m. – under an outside section of the House Ways and Means budget proposal. Current law bars liquor sales at casinos beyond 2 a.m., which matches existing state law. The House proposal would allow the Gaming(...)

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Court decision opens door to Vineyard casino

Court decision opens door to Vineyard casino

MA loses federal appeal filed by Gay Head tribe

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT on Monday overturned a lower court ruling that had denied the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head the right to build a casino gaming facility on Martha’s Vineyard, opening the door to another possible casino in Massachusetts. A US District Court judge in 2015 ruled that the(...)

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The view from $10m up

The view from $10m up

What the ultra-luxury invasion of Downtown Crossing means for Boston

Research assistance by Michael Malpiede BOSTON’S DOWNTOWN CROSSING has always been a crossroads, a place where subways, streets, and people from all walks of life intersect. Foot traffic tended to be heaviest during the day, with the area emptying out at night after the stores shut down. But that’s starting to change. Emerson College and(...)

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Voc-tech tension

Voc-tech tension

Massachusetts vocational schools are a big success story, but are they shutting out those who might need them most?

Photographs by Mark Ostow KELSEY CLARK, A SENIOR at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, is showing a visitor work from her graphic design portfolio. There is a pointillism-style poster she drew for assignment to promote a rock concert (she says it left her practically drawing dots in her sleep). A brightly colored(...)

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