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Criminal justice reform likely in Mass., but how far will it go?

Most everyone agrees that this is the year to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system. But sharp divisions remain over how far the changes should go.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Judges need discretion — and defendants need fairness — in sentencing

While I appreciate the important work that District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and his office do to prosecute criminals on the Cape and Islands (“Mandatory minimums play a role in criminal justice system,” Letters, Dec. 29), I must interject a dose of reality into the conversation about mandatory-minimum sentencing in the Commonwealth.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hundreds attend interfaith gathering to work for justice, save health care law

Hundreds of people from about 50 faith-based organizations filled a Jamaica Plain church Thursday night to renew a call for equality and justice at a time of uncertainty under President Donald Trump.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Affordable housing advocates crave bigger slice of CPA revenue

After Bostonians overwhelmingly voted for the Community Preservation Act, a small property tax increase aimed at improving neighborhoods, a new battle is taking shape — over the committee that will decide how that nearly $20 million in new revenue will be spent.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Senators push criminal justice reform

State senators Thursday called for bold criminal justice reform on issues ranging from repealing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes, to restricting the use of solitary confinement, to offering more services for offenders suffering from drug addiction.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Groups urge Baker to oppose possible Medicaid cuts

More than two dozen groups representing Massachusetts hospitals, nonprofits, labor unions, and other organizations are urging Governor Charlie Baker to oppose any federal policy changes that could threaten Medicaid coverage for thousands of poor and disabled people across the state. 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Muslim and Jewish Communities bond amid fear

A gathering of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis last month featured a pair of unusual speakers: the leaders of Boston’s largest mosque

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Friday, March 24, 2017

A pine cone could be a new symbol for an ancient Jewish tradition

At Passover Seders, symbolic foods bring alive the story of the Jews’ exodus from bondage in ancient Egypt. Bitter herbs are a reminder of suffering. Charoset — a paste of fruit, wine, nuts, and spices — recalls the mortar used in slaves’ labor. Unleavened matzo, the haste of their departure

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

‘What unites us is always stronger than what divides us

More than 1,700 people attended an interfaith service at Temple Israel of Boston Friday evening to hear messages of unity on the eve of the controversial “Boston Free Speech” rally.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Old South Church puts a $19 million price on sunlight

Old South Church has put a price on sunlight: $19 million. That’s how much the historic Copley Square church wants developer Boston Properties to pay as compensation for shadows a planned tower at Back Bay Station would cast on the 142-year-old church, potentially causing moisture damage to masonry and darkening stained-glass windows.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

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