Students discuss Boston’s racial history with busing icon

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By Boston Globe The eighth-graders had seen the famous photograph, the one of a black man being assaulted by an anti-busing protester wielding an American flag. But that moment in 1976 was just one of many painful chapters they had studied in a civics class on America’s history of segregation and racism. Then on Friday, […]

Massachusetts economic growth lags nation in the first part of the year

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By Deirdre Fernandes | Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy lost steam in the first three months of this year, lagging behind the nation as a whole, the University of Massachusetts reported Friday The state’s economy shrunk by 0.5 percent since the start of 2017, as wages and salaries of workers stalled, according to the UMass economic […]

More families are struggling with poverty in Boston’s affluent suburbs

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Many suburbs around Boston are known for their good schools, picturesque downtowns, and steady stream of residents commuting to well-paid jobs in the city. But interspersed in this idyllic landscape is a growing number of families struggling to get by. The number of low-income children in many affluent communities […]

Bakeries are booming, but bakers are in short supply

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe Our hunger for bread and muffins may be insatiable, but grocery stores, restaurants, and pastry shops are increasingly struggling to find one key ingredient: the bakers to make them all. Massachusetts technology firms and health care companies have been in the trenches of the talent war for years, offering […]

Obama will leave office with unemployment at 4.7 percent

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe On the month of President Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, the US economy bled nearly 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was speeding toward its peak of 10 percent. He leaves office with the jobless rate down to 4.7 percent in December, wages showing their strongest pickup in […]

Worker shortages, moderate growth expected for 2017

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The state’s leading economists expect the Massachusetts economy to grow at a moderate pace this year, but warn that the low unemployment rate could create worker shortages in certain fields, including construction and skilled manufacturing. “The Massachusetts economy is fast approaching full capacity,” the editorial board of the […]

Rising mortgage rates unlikely to dampen Boston real estate

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By Katheleen Conti | The Boston Globe Mortgage rates are on a post-election spike that some observers said marks the end of the historically low rates that homeowners and house hunters have been enjoying for the past five years. Rates for 30-year loans this week edged over 4 percent for the first time in 2016, […]

In Trump times, cities must lead on climate change

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By Joan Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed he would abandon the Paris Agreement, reverse President Obama’s climate initiatives, and bring back coal. As president-elect, he’s been more circumspect, but his appointment of climate-change denier Myron Ebell to head the transition at the EPA suggests he may try to make good on […]

Harvard, janitors reach deal that may have ripple effect

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Deal could set bar for wages in other states By Katheleen Conti | Boston Globe In a span of just five months, thousands of low-wage union workers in Greater Boston have racked up victories against powerful institutions and employers, at a time when the discontent of the working class shaped the presidential election. The latest came […]

US economy grew at 2.9 percent rate in third quarter

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy expanded at an accelerated pace in the third quarter of 2016, faster than the national economy, which had its biggest gains in two years, the University of Massachusetts reported on Friday. The state’s economy grew at 3.7 percent in the three months ending in September, compared […]

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