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PHOTO: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do...Read More

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PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear...Read More

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PHOTO: Airport workers plan to rally today (Thursday) to call on airlines and subcontractors to improve safety conditions and training at Logan. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

BOSTON - There's a call for airlines and the companies they subcontract with to "clean up their act" when it comes to worker safety and training at Logan Airport. According to Roxana Rivera, director of service workers' union 32BJ SEIU, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers are ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report that compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state across racial and ethnic groups shows Massachusetts in the forefront in some cases, lagging in others. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

BOSTON - Massachusetts is in the forefront in some measures of children's development across racial and ethnic groups, but lagging in others, according to a new report. The report from The Annie E. Casey Kids Count data center shows white children in Massachusetts at the top of a national index of...Read More

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PHOTO: Today is the last chance for public comments regarding "Lolita's" release, after performing for more than 40 years at the Miami Seaquarium. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare Institute.

BOSTON – Lolita is a captive whale at the Miami Seaquarium who has been performing tricks for 43 years – and she could get a shot at retirement. Today is the last day the U.S. Government takes public comments on the matter. Lolita was captured off the Pacific coast of Washington in 1...Read More

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PHOTO: Starting this week, students in Massachusetts school districts will be field-testing a new computer-based assessment that may eventually replace the MCAS tests in math and English-language arts. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer/

BURLINGTON, Mass. - Pupils in all schools in Burlington and four schools in Revere will be taking a test this spring in which the test itself will be under the magnifying glass. It's a field test of a computer-based system known as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Caree...Read More

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PHOTO: The Granite state is following the lead of Massachusetts. Ellen Read says she pushed hard in Newmarket, N.H., to get the town council to take up a resolution against the Citizens United decision. Photo credit: Ellen Read.

BOSTON - People concerned about getting money out of politics in Massachusetts have been keeping an eye on New Hampshire, where the issue has been a hot topic at dozens of town meetings. According to Jonah Minkoff-Zern, New England organizer for Public Citizen's Democracy, New Hampshire is followi...Read More

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PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs and vape pipes are growing in popularity in Massachusetts, but experts say there isnít enough science about how safe they are. Credit: Michael Dorausch, Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON - Electronic cigarettes - also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes - are growing in popularity in Massachusetts. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated t...Read More

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