John Winthrop Sears – they don’t make ’em that way any more

John Winthrop Sears would have been 84 years old last Thursday.  He died November 4th.  As far as I can tell, he was the last of a breed.  Family and friends gathered the evening of his birthday at Christ Church Longwood in Brookline.  The event was a musical remembrance, a magnificent program he had planned …

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Rosenberg’s partner makes mess for incoming Senate president

It's not the same story as Steve "Hot Buns" Gobie  undermining the reputation of Congressman Barney Frank. That 1985 scandal involved Gobie's illegal prostitution activity based in Frank's apartment, of which the Congressman was ignorant.  But it was also a liaison just before the politician's coming out and it also called into question the public figure's judgment. The …

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Snake eyes for Coakley on casino referendum

Question for gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley: if you knew that the legitimacy of the casino repeal referendum would end up at the Supreme Judicial Court regardless of how you decided on its constitutionality and you're supposedly fine with its being on the November ballot, why did you come down on the side of corporate interests rather than …

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Proposed pre-Broadway production tax credit a no-no

I can remember the day when many, if not most, major Broadway shows opened in Boston for a test run.  West Side Story and South Pacific are just two that spring immediately to mind. (Others opened in Philadelphia or New Haven.) Now some legislators want to offer $3 million in tax credits for plays and musicals that …

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