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Billionaires profit, workers struggle
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Local News
Billionaires profit, workers struggle
In the eight months since states went on lockdown in March, 647 billionaires in the United States have seen their wealth increase by $960 billion, according to a report released last week by the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive think tank. Meanwhile, frontline and low-wage workers have faced dangerous working conditions, furloughs, layoffs and evictions.
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Opinion
Forget the conspiracy theory: Get vaccinated
In an informal poll on my Facebook page, I asked, “Now that there’s the likelihood of a COVID vaccine soon will you get vaccinated?” There were dozens of responses. Most of those responding was Black. Most said no.
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Front line workers advocate for more COVID paid leave
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Local News
Front line workers advocate for more COVID paid leave
Care workers in Massachusetts are contracting COVID-19 in their workplaces, but in the volatile job climate, many have no other employment options and no sick days left. During budget negotiations at the State House, legislators debated putting the Emergency Paid Sick Time Amendment in the FY2021 state budget.
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Local News
Connected consultants win large COVID-19 school contracts in Massachusetts
As Massachusetts officials have passed federal coronavirus relief money to schools, they have also directed more than $1 million to politically connected consultants, much of it through no-bid arrangements, as they hired outside consultants to help create the state’s school reopening plan.
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Business in the time of COVID-19
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Business
Business in the time of COVID-19
For the entrepreneurs graduating from the Business Equity Initiative at the Foundation for Business Equity, COVID-19 has brought everything from major setbacks, unexpected resources, and great opportunity.
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Gov. imposes curfew as COVID rates rise
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Local News
Gov. imposes curfew as COVID rates rise
With COVID cases rising to levels not seen since May, Gov. Charlie Baker imposed a curfew on restaurants and other businesses between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., but stopped short of rolling back the state’s reopening of public places of accommodation.
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Opinion
BPS needs better planning for high-needs students
Boston Public Schools is failing our high-needs students. In creating its reopening plans, BPS created plans for all schools and all students, rather than prioritizing students who had not received in-person services since March.
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Activists seek extension of eviction moratorium
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Local News
Activists seek extension of eviction moratorium
The resources in the Eviction Diversion Initiative will include more money for rapid rehousing programs, legal representation and mediation outside of court between landlords and renters.
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Walsh slows reopening amid COVID spike
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Local News
Walsh slows reopening amid COVID spike
As of Sept. 30, Boston is in the red zone on Massachusetts’ COVID-19 case rate map, a designation that signifies an infection rate of more than eight cases per 100,000 residents.
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Fun and fresh air in Nubian Square
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Business
Fun and fresh air in Nubian Square
If you have noticed an abundance of flowers and a resurgence of outdoor events in Roxbury’s Nubian Square, you are likely witnessing the efforts of Roxbury Main Streets to bring patrons back into local businesses in the area.
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A colossal failure of leadership
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Editorial
A colossal failure of leadership
The presidential election has become more than the determination of who will occupy the White House for the next four years. For some people, Donald Trump’s performance in the recent debate was an intolerable embarrassment. Everyone knows that Trump is reluctant to adhere to the imposition of anyone’s rules.
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Report questions BPS building air quality
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Local News
Report questions BPS building air quality
With high-needs students scheduled to return to class Oct. 5, the Boston Teachers Union released a report detailing deficiencies in Boston Public Schools buildings they say will endanger the health and safety of students and staff.
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