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Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Extra pay will ease pay cut for giving up president's job

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN SHE HANDED OVER the Senate president’s gavel last month, Sen. Harriette Chandler made a soft landing financially thanks to the creation of a new title that was accompanied by a $35,000 stipend. As president, Chandler had been paid at an annual rate of a little more than $160,000. After she(...)

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Opioids’ path of destruction in construction

Differences in health patterns among different population groups is a well-established fact. Indeed, it forms the foundation for an entire field of health research, epidemiology, which has contributed enormously to our understanding of the causes of disease. But a new report from the state Department of Public Health documenting the astonishingly high rate of opioid(...)

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Opioids’ path of destruction in construction

Opioids’ path of destruction in construction

Sector accounts for one-quarter of all overdose deaths

DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH patterns among different population groups is a well-established fact. Indeed, it forms the foundation for an entire field of health research, epidemiology, which has contributed enormously to our understanding of the causes of disease. But a new report from the state Department of Public Health documenting the astonishingly high rate of opioid(...)

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Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Officials say driving drunk and driving on pot the same

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS on Wednesday launched a public awareness campaign to urge drivers to find alternate transportation if they have been drinking or using marijuana. An average of 125 drunk or high drivers die on Massachusetts roads each year, said Jennifer Queally, the undersecretary for public safety and security. A(...)

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Union lawsuit claims T payroll system error-riddled

Union lawsuit claims T payroll system error-riddled

Agency sees no widespread issues; Carmen say problems never get fixed

THE BOSTON CARMEN’S UNION is suing the MBTA, alleging that its payroll system is so poorly managed and so prone to errors that many employees have given up trying to recover money they are owed “because there is no reasonable prospect that the errors will be corrected.” In a class action lawsuit filed in Suffolk(...)

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NYC, Boston view ride-hailing apps differently

NYC, Boston view ride-hailing apps differently

As Big Apple cracks down, Beantown puts issue on mute

NEW YORK CITY and Boston are night and day when it comes to ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft. New York is engaged in a fierce policy debate about the apps, amid fears they are contributing to crippling congestion and exploiting drivers. In Boston and at the MBTA, meanwhile, the issue is largely on(...)

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Spilka put hold on racing/simulcast legislation

Spilka put hold on racing/simulcast legislation

State House insiders wonder whether she was sending a message

SENATE PRESIDENT KAREN SPILKA’S office said she made the decision to postpone action on horse-racing and simulcasting legislation last week during the Legislature’s final session of the year, leaving final approval until an informal session two days later. “Senate President Spilka prioritized legislation which required a roll call vote,” said spokeswoman Sarah Blodgett in a(...)

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Developer says he’s selling a lot of ultra-luxury condos

Developer says he’s selling a lot of ultra-luxury condos

At One Dalton, prices range from $1.5m to $40m

RICHARD FRIEDMAN, the developer of the ultra-luxury One Dalton tower in the Back Bay, said at a ceremonial topping-off ceremony on Tuesday that his company has already sold a lot of the building’s condos. Friedman did not provide any details and no sales have been recorded yet with the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, but(...)

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Silencing speech or rejecting hate?

Silencing speech or rejecting hate?

Big tech bans Alex Jones and InfoWars for violations

WHEN THEN-GOVERNOR Deval Patrick stepped to the microphone for the first press conference the evening of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, the first question stopped him and nearly everyone in attendance in their tracks. “Why were the loud speakers telling people in the audience to be calm moments before the bombs went off?” the questioner(...)

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