Probation convictions: business as usual?

The whole smarmy business makes you want to take a shower, but the racketeering and conspiracy trial of former Probation Commissioner Jack O'Brien and two top aides was more than just your garden variety patronage. As the Globe's Tom Farragher put it, it was "patronage on steroids and ... criminal." Nepotism, cronyism, getting a job because of whom …

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Grossman, DeLeo speak reality to Patrick’s dreams

Governor Patrick's hopes for Massachusetts, delivered in his state-of-the-state address in January were big-picture, visionary, limitless in their possibilities - especially in transportation, education and tax reform. They were so big, in fact, they took your breath away.  His proposals focused on increasing income and gas taxes  to pay for transportation improvements, more early childhood education and extended middle school  hours, all the while …

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