Editorial: Independents deserve equal ballot access

Editorial: Independents deserve equal  ballot access

Imagine if states prohibited some citizens from voting based on their po-litical beliefs. The reaction, justifiably, would be outrage. Yet about a dozen states already do exactly that, with hardly a word of protest.
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Don’t expect less of low-income minority students and their families

Don’t expect less of low-income minority students and their families

By Esther Cepeda

We’ve heard for years that when it comes to African-Americans, Hispanics and low-income minority communities in general, expectations for academic achievement are low.
Indeed, the Center for American Progress found in 2014 that 10th-grade teachers thought African-American … Read Full Story

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Grândola Vila Morena: the providencial siren that began the coup

Grândola Vila Morena: the providencial siren that began the coup

By Patrick Alexander Medeiros

Funny enough, I had never heard the original recording before I had arrived in Portugal. “Grândola, Vila Morena” was always just something vague and exciting that my family and I would bellow at regular gatherings, to … Read Full Story

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Reasons for optimism on the economy

As we all know from listening to the campaign rhetoric from candidates of both parties, the U.S. economy is in disastrous shape. China and Mexico are stealing jobs right and left – per Donald Trump – and most people are … Read Full Story

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Proposed impeachment of President Dilma Roussef not justified

Proposed impeachment of President Dilma Roussef not justified

The Brazilian Women’s Group expresses its concern with the continuation of the Brazilian democratic process and reiterates its support for democratic institutions so hard-won in the mid-80s in Brazil.
The Brazilian Women’s Group reaffirms its commitment to combat discrimination, sexism … Read Full Story

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Bringing textiles, old and new, to Mass.

Bringing textiles, old and new, to Mass.

Two new projects raise the prospect of a rebirth of textiles in the Bay State, one of them based on an ancient fiber, the other on fibers yet to be invented.
Federal officials Friday announced the creation of the Advanced … Read Full Story

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Ernest Moniz leads a quiet revolution in clean energy

Ernest Moniz leads a quiet revolution in clean energy

By David Ignatius

So much of America’s future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let’s focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Immigrants create, not take jobs

Editorial: Immigrants create, not take jobs

To those who say immigrants are “taking American jobs,” here’s a morsel to mull over: Immigrants drove the creation of more than half the current U.S.-based technology startups valued at $1 billion or more, according to a report from the … Read Full Story

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Surprise billing can be financially disastrous to patient

Surprise billing can be financially disastrous to patient

There’s a new medical epidemic that’s sweeping the country — one not caused by viruses or bacteria. And it can hit anyone at any time.
The epidemic is called “surprise billing” and it happens when a patient goes to a … Read Full Story

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Raise felony threshold for thefts – to a point

Raise felony threshold for thefts – to a point

An effort within the state Legislature to shift the threshold for a felony conviction offers a substantive change that will cost taxpayers little and enable those who have a one-time infraction rebuild their lives much more easily.

Still, as opponents

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Easter: Time to renew our hope…

Easter: Time to renew our hope…

Bishop Edgar da Cunha’s Easter Message
Dear Friends,
At the beginning of one of the most important documents of the Second Vatican Council, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, we read:
“The joys and hopes, the … Read Full Story

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Planear o aumento de ‘Baby Boomers’

Planear o aumento de ‘Baby Boomers’

Com o crescente aumento do número de baby boomers (população nascida pós-II Guerra Mundial, entre 1946 e 1963) nos últimos anos, estamos a passar por uma mudança demográfica que resultará em desafios significativos para as cidades e vilas locais, se … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Planning for the coming ‘senior boom’

Editorial: Planning for the coming ‘senior boom’

With the influx of baby boomers now in — or approaching — their senior years, Massachusetts in the midst of a demographic shift that will pose significant challenges for local cities and towns if steps aren’t taken now to prepare.… Read Full Story

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Brazil’s troubles take their toll

Brazil’s troubles take their toll

Brazil is in serious trouble. Its current president faces impeachment, its previous president has been questioned by police, charges of corruption are rampant, the gross domestic product has dropped, inflation is rising and, as the country prepares to host the … Read Full Story

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Time cant heal sexual abuse by priests

Time cant heal sexual abuse by priests

The Philadelphia Inquirer

They knew and they let it happen! To kids!
That’s a quote from the movie Spotlight attributed to real-life reporter Mike Rezendes when he was investigating Boston priests accused of sexually molesting altar boys and other children … Read Full Story

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Editorial: $1,000 a pill is just too much

Editorial: $1,000 a pill is just too much

Why does Sovaldi, a relatively new drug for use in treating hepatitis C, costs $1,000 for each pill in the U.S., $10 in Egypt and $4 in India? That’s what Attorney General Maura Healy wants to know, and it is … Read Full Story

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Are artificial turf fields grounds for concern?

Are artificial turf fields grounds for concern?

The Hartford Courant

Three federal agencies are teaming up to – finally, we hope – answer questions about the possible health risks of school playing fields made from recycled tires, thanks to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s lobbying of President Barack … Read Full Story

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Trading green cards for passports

Trading green cards for passports

Almost 9 million of America’s 13 million legal permanent residents are eligible to become U.S. citizens – yet haven’t. It’s worth trying to increase that number.
A healthy democracy needs people to be engaged. Permanent residents can’t be fully involved … Read Full Story

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