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Casino Question Goes Statewide

June 25, 2014
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Everett voters will go to the polls to vote on casinos for a second time this November – and this time they will be joined by the rest of the state – after the Supreme Judicial Court issued an early and surprising ruling Tuesday morning to allow the casino repeal question on the ballot...

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High Court Hears Arguments on Important Ballot Question

May 7, 2014
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High Court Hears Arguments on Important Ballot Question

The state Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard arguments on Monday in Boston’s Adams Courthouse concerning a subplot to the casino licensing process that is becoming ever more important as the days go by – that subplot being whether or not a binding statewide ballot question on casinos can go to voters this November. The...

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Dropping Numbers: Everett Unemployment in March Hits Lowest Figure in a Year

April 23, 2014
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Unemployment in Everett and its surrounding cities in March dropped to the lowest point in a year, following a statewide trend where 20 regions in the state saw unemployment drop and only two regions saw it rise, according to statistics released on Tuesday by the state. Everett’s unemployment number for March was the lowest...

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Casino Applicant Presentations Show Some Differences in Style, Substance

January 30, 2014
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Casino Applicant Presentations Show Some Differences in Style, Substance

If the presentations last week to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) by both Greater Boston resort casino applicants were rock concerts, Mohegan Sun’s presentation could be described as a hard-driving, electrified set, while Wynn’s could be compared to an acoustic set. So different were the MGC presentations last Wednesday, Jan. 22, that – despite...

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Decisions, Decisions: MGC Begins to Review Huge Phase 2 Applications from Mohegan, Wynn

January 8, 2014
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After spending nearly $12 million to do extensive background checks on resort casino applicants, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has switched gears this week for the final stretch in the Greater Boston casino licensing process after accepting Phase 2 applications on Dec. 31 from both Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun. The MGC also received...

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Wynn Resorts Unanimously Approved to Move to Phase 2

December 31, 2013
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Wynn Resorts has cleared all hurdles with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) after a unanimous vote recorded last Friday, Dec. 27, by Commissioners that officially declared the company suitable to submit a Phase 2 application. Earlier this month, the MGC’s investigation unit had unveiled a lengthy investigative report on Wynn and the MGC held...

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Oil Boom Likely to Lower Heating Bills in Coming Years, but Not Quite Yet

December 24, 2013
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Oil Boom Likely to Lower Heating Bills in Coming Years, but Not Quite Yet

Just five years ago, America seemed to be at a crisis point when it came to its energy needs, and nowhere was that more apparent around here than in home heating bills – whether for heating oil or natural gas. In fact, during the presidential election of 2008, both candidates preached about the need...

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Underhanded Deals: MGC Pins Silent Ownership Claim on Jailhouse Conversations Between Lightbody and Bufalino

December 20, 2013
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Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) members voted to allow the Wynn Resort casino to move forward on its site in Everett, but not before MGC investigators said they believe Revere businessman Charlie Lightbody and Winthrop developer Gary DeCicco (Atlantis Marina in Winthrop and Fowler Marina in Revere) – both convicted felons – have a hidden...

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Revere Continues Work on Mitigation Agreement, Expects Signing This Week

August 28, 2013
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Revere Continues Work on Mitigation  Agreement, Expects Signing This Week

Revere continues to work on its host community agreement this week – comparing it to the Boston agreement signed on Tuesday – and is expected to hold a signing ceremony by the end of the week. As Mayor Tom Menino signed the most lucrative host community agreement to date in the state on Tuesday...

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DeConinck Arrested for Murder in Trailer Park

August 28, 2013
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DeConinck Arrested for Murder in Trailer Park

When residents of Lee’s Trailer Park saw the sirens and heard the commotion in their trailer park, they said they thought it was just another heroin overdose. Residents say they get about two or three of those per week, and fire trucks and ambulances are as common as passenger vehicles. However, neighbors quickly realized...

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