Will Charlie Baker bring back a lost political art?

Will Charlie Baker bring back a lost political art?

Here are some Charlie Baker stories that might say something about the kind of governor he’ll be. During Bill Weld’s first term, I was talking about Charlie, who was health and human services secretary, to Loretta McLaughlin, the Globe’s editorial page editor at the time. A fierce critic of Weld, Loretta had a special interest […]
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Social Media are Dominant News Source for Millennials

Social Media are Dominant News Source for Millennials

Social media channels have become the dominant source of news among college students in Boston, but the news sites of established media brands are a close second, according to a poll by Howell Communications. The survey also found that despite an explosion of new social media channels, Facebook remains by far the most popular source […]
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Harnessing an important resource

Harnessing an important resource

The road to a level playing field for New England’s colleges and universities goes through the city of Holyoke. A massive data processing center has been humming there for five years, built to take advantage of the former industrial city’s inexpensive electricity. Five of the state’s biggest schools — MIT, Harvard, BU, Northeastern and UMass […]
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Hospital owner eyes cutting-edge therapies

Hospital owner eyes cutting-edge therapies

Boston-based medical giant Partners HealthCare is doling out $1 million in grants to get cutting-edge therapies from food allergy cures to scarless biopsies on the market within five to seven years, and at least three new local biotech companies are expected to emerge as a result.
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The Olympic Issue: The Backlash

The Olympic Issue: The Backlash

…A public-relations strategist named Raymond Howell, a former campaign manager to the former Massachusetts governor William Weld, advised Dempsey to focus his message on the taxpayer guarantee: The more No Boston Olympics reminded people that the city and the state were obliged to pay for excess costs, the less enthusiastic people would be to support […]
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Wasting a Good Crisis

Wasting a Good Crisis

As United Airlines’ Oscar Munoz learned, how you communicate in a crisis is more important to your image than a year’s worth of good press. In just a couple of days, Munoz’ bungling of the case of the dragged-out passenger prompted consumer protests and boycotts, a drop in the company’s stock price, a social media […]
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Will Grad Students Lose the Right to Unionize Under Trump?

Will Grad Students Lose the Right to Unionize Under Trump?

Trevor Hull wakes up every morning and goes to a lab where he mixes chemicals together, using materials like lead and cadmium to synthesize other substances. A man who he calls his boss sometimes gives him directions and orders, and he’s paid on a bi-weekly basis. He says he feels like he works at a […]
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Sam Adams is the Latest Brand with a Trump Problem

Sam Adams is the Latest Brand with a Trump Problem

“Businesspeople weigh in on political issues at their peril,” said Raymond P. Howell, who was press secretary for governor William F. Weld and now advises business clients on communications. “Consumers, especially millennials, want to know that the brands they patronize share their values.”
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Searching for Life around the Stars

Searching for Life around the Stars

To the epic search for life on other planets, Mark Veyette brings some of science’s most formidable technology: 300-pound infrared telescopes in Hawaii. The supercomputer center BU helped create in Holyoke, Mass. And his cell phone.
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Family caregivers deserve support

Family caregivers deserve support

CARING FOR AN OLDER ADULT in your life is a complicated matter—at once daunting and rewarding. In the old days (and still today in certain cultures), it was less complicated. Seniors often lived with their adult children in households that were more like villages. Or an unmarried adult child stayed back and lived with aging parents. […]
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