Current Affairs

When not guilty is not innocent

Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man. Technically. The former New England Patriots star tight end, who apparently took his life early this morning in his cell at the state’s maximum security prison in Shirley, was acquitted of a double murder last week but was still serving a life sentence for the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.(...)

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The long-running soap opera of Roxbury Community College

There was a time that missteps by administrators at Roxbury Community College were met with sighs and snickers over the continual stream of malfeasance at the two-year state school. But the recurrence of questions over administration and finances continues to roil what was planned to be a crown jewel for the beleaguered community and will once(...)

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1984? Try 10 years earlier

Critics of President Donald Trump’s 26-day tenure liken it to an Orwellian world, where “alternative facts” and “fake news” mean the opposite of what we’ve always believed. But with the breathtaking events of the past 24 to 72 hours, a better comparison than 1984 might be 10 years earlier and the siege of the Nixon administration.(...)

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Extreme vetting needed

You have to give Donald Trump credit for follow through. He railed against immigrants throughout his campaign, and at one point called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” Late on Friday, he issued an executive order(...)

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Slow train coming?

The idea of a faster train between Boston and New York sounds like no-brainer. Cutting the travel time between two booming East Coast cities to 2 hours and 45 minutes seems like something everyone would get behind. Everyone, that is, except residents and the political leadership of the two states that sit between Massachusetts and(...)

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The price of sanctuary

Massachusetts is walking on eggshells now that Donald Trump is poised to move into public housing in Washington and nowhere is that trepidation felt more than in the so-called “sanctuary cities,” communities that resist federal orders to turn over illegal immigrants for deportation. Trump’s tough-on-immigrant stance during the campaign morphed into a pledge to withhold(...)

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We’re turning 20

We’re turning 20

Two decades of politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts

MASSINC, THE PARENT of CommonWealth magazine, turns 20 this year. We’re planning a birthday party on December 1 that we’re calling Serious Fun II and we’re starting to think about what the next 20 years might look like. I invite you to support our work by attending the birthday party and offering your suggestions on(...)

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Campanello firing remains mystery

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on Monday fired Leonard Campanello, the city’s famous police chief, for misleading investigators who were apparently probing his relationships with two unidentified women who allegedly feared for their safety. Campanello gained national fame for his work to steer drug addicts to treatment rather than jail; he was honored at the(...)

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