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Survey finds college students in Boston trust their ability to detect fake news

PERSONAL APPEALS AND HARD DATA MOST LIKELY TO INFLUENCE BEHAVIOR DURING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. College students in Boston trust traditional news sources but stick with social media because they have faith in their own ability to detect fake news, a new survey suggests. The survey, which explored student attitudes, perceptions and opinions relating to public […]
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The Corporate Consultant Working For Free To Kill The Boston Olympics

Raymond Howell can’t avoid the stories about his city’s efforts to host the Olympics. A prominent Boston corporate communications consultant, Howell keeps tabs on important business developments in the city below him from his seventh-floor office in a downtown Boston skyscraper. The games would transform Boston for three weeks, bringing hordes of international fans to […]
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Am I a mansplainer? More of a multi-splainer

I’m in the words business, so I get excited when a word enters our vernacular that describes or captures, in meaning and sound, a new phenomenon or trend. Mansplaining, officially recognized by Merriam-Webster recently, is one of those words.
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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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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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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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