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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

AG wants investigation of Bristol sheriff

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for an investigation into the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, citing concerns about suicides and allegations of “harsh or...

Department Of Correction Rejects First ‘Compassionate Release’ Petition For Dying Inmate

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has denied the medical parole request of a 31-year-old state prison inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer, the first ruling...

DEBT

Retirees Struggle to Locate Billions in Lost Pensions

By Liam Knox And Lucas Smolcic Larson Deborah Imondi knows pensions. The 66-year-old retiree from Johnston, Rhode Island, managed a large corporate pension fund for...

Lawmakers grapple with solutions to peril of tax liens (Pt. 3)

Critics of a state law that allows cities and towns in Massachusetts to sell tax lien debt to private investment companies have been calling...

EDUCATION

NECIR investigation of college president perks wins education writers award

An investigation from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting revealing the extensive perks enjoyed by public college presidents won the top award yesterday for...

New report: Improve info sharing to lower risks at residential schools

In the wake of alleged abuses at private schools for children with mental disabilities, a new report by the state Office of the Child...

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Ocean acidification threatens Massachusetts shellfish industry

One of the bright spots in the state’s struggling fishing industry is shellfish, a lucrative crop of oysters, clams and sea scallops that generate...

Green groups oppose Massachusetts takeover of more water oversight

Why does Gov. Charlie Baker, who has proposed further cuts in environmental spending, want the state to take on even more water oversight from the federal government?

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

For WWI centennial, city Of Malden adds African Americans and women...

By Lucas Smolcic Larson For the first time in 100 years, the city of Malden will publicly honor local women and African-American World War I...

With big year-end bonuses, Rep. Capuano’s staff are highest paid in...

Rep. Michael Capuano pays his employees very well. In fact, the 10-term Somerville Democrat has the highest average staff salary of any lawmaker in the...

HEALTH & SAFETY

The high cost of seriously ill inmates

Raymond Wallace is likely one of the most expensive county jail inmates in Massachusetts ever. The 41-year-old detainee has been awaiting trial and held on...

New National Data Shows ‘Crisis’ Of Elder Abuse

The federal government is trying for the first time to estimate how many senior citizens nationwide are the victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation...