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Mass. GDP recovers faster than national rate, report suggests

As the United States recovers from the Great Recession of 2008, the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product has seen more progress compared to the nation as a whole, according to two reports released on Thursday. The national GDP, which is the value of finished goods and services within a territory’s borders, increased by 2.8 percent for the […]

Mass. LGBT groups push for House to approve non-discrimination act

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the Commonwealth rejoiced as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill banning discrimination due to sexual orientation in the workplace, was passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday by a 64-32 vote. Sylvain Bruni, a member of the board of directors for Boston Pride, an organization that plans gay rights celebrations […]

50th anniv. of Community Mental Health Act brings federal officials to Hub

Distinguished guests, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, gathered to speak at a mental health forum on the 50th anniversary of a landmark mental health act. Biden said to a crowd of about 400 people at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum that humanity is on the cusp of remarkable changes in the […]

Gov’t. shutdown could delay court cases in Boston

After the government shutdown on Oct. 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit  is expected to run out of funding by Monday, forcing all court employees to either be furloughed or to work without pay once funds dissolve in Boston. Susan Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the Federal Court of Appeals, said the […]

Federal gov’t. shutdown leaves Boston agencies closed, employees furloughed

Closing for the first time in 17 years, the federal government shut down on Tuesday, leaving federally funded agencies in Boston closed and government employees furloughed indefinitely. Kent Portney, professor of political science at Tufts University, said the government shutdown was brought about by the failure of Congress to pass a budget that is due Oct. […]