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Mark Stanganelli, Worker With Down Syndrome Fired From $12-A-Week Job, Gets It Back [UPDATED]

Mark Stanganelli, Worker With Down Syndrome Fired From $12-A-Week Job, Gets It Back [UPDATED]

Budget cuts are the norm across the country. But you'd think this one wouldn't have been a make-or-break expenditure: For 15 years, the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative, a nonprofit public entity located outside Boston, paid $12 a week to Mark Stanganelli to polish silver at a Wyndham resort in... Read More »

Policeman John Perrault Fired After Calling Red Sox Player A 'Monday'

Policeman John Perrault Fired After Calling Red Sox Player A 'Monday'

For professional athletes, taunting comes with the territory. So Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford probably didn't expect the catcalls to end during his stint this summer with the minor league Portland Sea Dogs while recovering from a wrist injury. But when an off-duty police officer allegedly hurled an... Read More »

Would Overturning 'Obamacare' Create More Jobs?

Would Overturning 'Obamacare' Create More Jobs?

"We can't afford the job-killing policies in Obamacare," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said and tweeted recently. Repealing President Obama's controversial health care reform on the grounds that it hurts the economy is one of Romney's signature messages. It's a popular goal, too, as poll... Read More »

Mass. Town Official Charged In $500,000 Theft While On Probation

Mass. Town Official Charged In $500,000 Theft While On Probation

Some people just don't learn the lesson the first time. A pension manager in Maynard, Mass., faces felony theft charges for the second time in just months. On Tuesday, Timothy McDaid (pictured, left) was charged with stealing $521,000 from the town's retirement fund -- a mere eight months after he pleaded... Read More »

Study Finds Intelligent People Take Less Sick Leave

Study Finds Intelligent People Take Less Sick Leave

Who goes on sick leave and why? A recently published British study offers a provocative answer, suggesting intelligence -- or lack thereof -- plays a major role. The researchers, writing in the journal BMJ Open, found that the better people performed on childhood intelligence tests, the less likely they were... Read More »

Bank Teller Charged With Embezzling $58,000, Says She Is Extortion Victim

Bank Teller Charged With Embezzling $58,000, Says She Is Extortion Victim

A head teller at a Western Massachusetts credit union has been charged with embezzling $58,000 from her employer after police became suspicious of a story she told claiming that she was the victim of extortion. Felisa Kazimierczak reportedly told police that she received a note last week threatening her... Read More »

Black Police Officers Sue Boston For Discrimination

Black Police Officers Sue Boston For Discrimination

There is something strange about the Boston Police Department. The city is about 24 percent black, according to the 2010 census, but of the 51 lieutenants on the force, just two are black men. Of 23 captains, the only black man retired yesterday. In 2008, dozens of police officers filed a federal lawsuit... Read More »

Mass. Election Shows How NOT to Get a Job

Mass. Election Shows How NOT to Get a Job

"What was she thinking?" a lot of us asked when we heard that Democrat Martha Coakley, the supposed shoe-in for Ted Kennedy's Senatorial seat, had let the election slip through her fingers and into the hands of Republican Scott Brown. I mean, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that you shouldn't take a... Read More »

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