Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for world economy

Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for world economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Britain’s vote to leave the European Union adds a heavy dose of uncertainty to a world economy that is still struggling to reach full speed years after the global financial crisis.

The most immediate pain will … Read Full Story

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Hate, terrorism and politics

Hate, terrorism and politics

Once again, mass violence has taken the lives of innocents, this time at a nightclub in Orlando. As has happened too often these last few years – at the Boston Marathon in 2012, a Colorado movie theater a few months … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: R.I. House oversight seeks more efficient state government

Letter to the editor: R.I. House oversight seeks more efficient state government

By Rep. Patricia A. Serpa

A little over a month ago, I was proud to be appointed the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight. In my new role, my focus will be making government work for Rhode Islanders. I … Read Full Story

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Let’s not squander the talents of our immigrants

Let’s not squander the talents of our immigrants

It is often said that the problem with immigrants is that they’re poor and contribute only their cheap labor when they get here.
But rarely discussed is the fact that the United States does a terrible job of enabling the … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Shoring up Social Security

Editorial: Shoring up Social Security

Just about everyone dreams of a secure retirement at the end of our working days. Unfortunately, few of us are prepared to make that dream a reality.
The average American family has only $5,000 in retirement savings, according to an … Read Full Story

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Fixing mental health system could prevent more tragedy

Fixing mental health system could prevent more tragedy

Tragically, Taunton now joins the expanding list of American communities where innocent lives have been lost in horrific acts of mass violence. An 80-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man are dead, along with the mentally disturbed man who took their … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Better deal for nursing home workers

Editorial: Better deal for nursing home workers

Nursing homes are mostly operated by private entities, but government pays most of the bills.
MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, plays a dominant role in nursing ho-me financing. But the state Legislature has frozen Medicaid rates for years. As a … Read Full Story

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Guarding the privacy of smartphones

Guarding the privacy of smartphones

Americans must never stop watching the people watching us. It’s as vital as ever, as federal officials keep trying to exploit fear of terrorism to break down our civil liberties.
The fight between law enforcement officials and digital privacy advocates … Read Full Story

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Portuguese feast is packed with fun-filled tradition

Portuguese feast is packed with fun-filled tradition

By Rich Taber

There are 102 years of tradition packed into the 2016 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, and this year’s event is now less than 100 days away. Saying it’s just around the corner rings true in more than … Read Full Story

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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.
Much of the current national debate … Read Full Story

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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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