Category: Boston Globe

T pension board’s new members call for tough review of fund

June 29th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business 0 comments

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Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business

Two of Governor Charlie Baker’s new appointees to the MBTA retirement board said they would recommend a thorough review of an analyst’s allegations that the $1.6 billion fund might be overstating its financial health…

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T’s retirement fund may be overstating assets, review finds

June 28th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business 0 comments

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Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business

A six-month examination of the MBTA pension fund, led by the whistle-blower who identified the Bernard Madoff fraud, found accounting and investment reporting practices that he says may overstate the financial health of the transit worker retirement plan by as much as $470 million…

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High court rejects challenge to Obama health care law

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Abigail Moncrieff, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Abigail Moncrieff, School of Law

The Supreme Court handed President Obama a major political victory Thursday when it rejected a conservative bid to undermine a key element of the Affordable Care Act, saying critics seized on an “implausible’’ argument…

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“Maybe there will not be any more existential threats to the statute but there is no doubt there will be more litigation to come. I thought this was a frivolous lawsuit that wasn’t going anywhere when it was first brought up.”

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SJC allows a casino repeal vote

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

The state’s highest court decided Tuesday that a casino repeal measure can appear on the November ballot, touching off a ferocious referendum campaign over one of the most charged issues in a generation and jeopardizing the future of the billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts…

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“The direct impact is limited to a couple of communities that have already voted in favor of it.”

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Obama’s trade agenda clears key hurdle in Senate

June 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graham Wilson, Initiative on Cities, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities

An unusual alliance of President Obama and Senate Republicans resuscitated the president’s foreign trade agenda Tuesday, delivering a sharp defeat to Congressional Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Massachusetts delegation who have vocally opposed the plan…

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“Given the global nature of many of our industries in Massachusetts, it’s a little surprising. You could cynically say one of the things they got out of this is a vote on the record, and they could take that to the bank in terms of labor unions and other powerful interests in the Democratic base, including environmental groups.”

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Boston schools contend with late buses

June 20th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Hardin Coleman, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Hardin Coleman, School of Education

Despite the latest technology and a new private operator, many Boston public school buses are regularly arriving at schools late, according to a Globe analysis…

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“If students are coming in two minutes late or four minutes late or six minutes late, the teacher is either delaying start time or repeating stuff. As a group, everyone loses time.”

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Men who mother

June 18th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Co-written by Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Today, the images of men in the news media are disturbingly violent…

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How Boston’s Chinatown dining scene came to be

June 10th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Merry White, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Merry White, College of Arts & Sciences

Always look up when you’re in Chinatown, my colleague said, for a sense of the people who’ve been here before us and for the real life of a place…

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Shareholders oppose Vertex’s big pay deals

June 5th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, Questrom School of Business 0 comments

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Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business

Shareholders at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. have spoken, and their message is clear: The Boston biotech company went too far when it lavished huge pay packages on its top executives…

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“It’s very unusual, especially because the stock has been up and they’re a top performer. But shareholders are saying enough is enough. Success is one thing, but excess is another.”

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BU scientist uses existing drugs in fight against Ebola

June 4th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Ebola, Feature, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Hoping to develop a drug against Ebola, but lacking the $1 billion to bring a new medicine to market, Boston University infectious disease researcher Gene Olinger turned to a more affordable source of drugs — those already available at his local pharmacy…

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