Mass. budget adds fees to cover health

State lawmakers on Friday approved an annual budget that imposes new fees on businesses to help pay the state?s ever-rising health care costs.

The Mass. Legislature passed a $40.2 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that started last Saturday.

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Legislature passes budget with $400m in cuts

Readjusting expectations for revenues downward by more than $700 million, House and Senate negotiators nonetheless agreed to ratchet up spending by 2.7 percent.

// Partners merger with Mass. Eye and Ear to get close scrutiny

The state Health Policy Commission is concerned that the merger will affect health care costs.

The Trump presidency

// Trump reportedly presses Putin on election; Russia denies interfering

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed brokering ??commitments of noninterference?? in the US political system.

// Body language experts see reserve, deference, power plays in Trump-Putin meeting

President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia finally met in person Friday at the G-20 Summit. Body language experts got an eyeful.

// Cabbie in airport crash facing charges

State Police intend to fault a taxi driver for an incident that injured 10 other cabbies at Logan on Monday.

Shirley Leung

// UMass Boston chancellor flubs first big move on fixing the budget

Barry Mills made a cruel and unusual decision to shutter the university?s day-care center and preschool.

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The reversal came one day after an announcement that the Early Learning Center would shut down.

// NASA gives Pence a pass on touching the space equipment: ?We were going to clean it anyway?

In a tweet, NASA came off remarkably relaxed about the whole thing.

Father Jack Ahern from St. Patrick?s of Roxbury led a prayer Friday at the site in Dudley Square of the stabbing death of 18-year-old Anthony Woodbridge.

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Adrian Walker

In broad daylight, in cold blood

From a distance it looked like a simple fight, just a piece of street theater.

// Teen allegedly pulled away from Boston slaying scene by his mother

The boy allegedly climbed out of a rented car, approached an 18-year-old man, and plunged a knife into his chest.

// Amid spike in violence, Walsh holds public safety summit

Boston saw three homicides in less than 24 hours, bringing the city?s total to 23.

Nestor Ramos

// Boston has tried everything to make City Hall Plaza more fun. So why not vast quantities of pizza?

Boston has tried just about everything to improve City Hall Plaza, so how about a thorough slathering in cheese and sauce?


// This family learned a lot from sailing the Atlantic for almost a year

It was a year of great discovery. But mostly it was a journey of a family living and working together.

//'Neill_1-5813783.jpg 38 years ago, there was an uproar about the House dress code, too

Amid the buzz this week over accusations that House Speaker Paul Ryan was behind a ?new? dress code, the roots of the policy actually date to Tip O?Neill.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 7: Drew Pomeranz #31 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images)

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Drew Pomeranz in and out of jams, with help from the Rays

The Rays stranded 10 and hit into two double plays, and the Sox? offense provided three homers.

// Gordon Hayward hits town for a new suit ? and a haircut

On his busy first night as a Celtic in Boston, he also worked in dinner with coach Brad Stevens in the North End.

Eddie Lampert, chief executive of Sears Holdings Corporation, said in a blog post Friday that the closures come ?as we continue to as we continue to focus on our best stores and return to profitability.

Kmarts in Fitchburg, Springfield to close in latest round of Sears cuts

Two Massachusetts Kmart stores are among 43 Sears and Kmart stores that will be closed down by early October, Sears Holdings said Friday.

Renée Graham

// White men have nothing to complain about

Despite what a contributing columnist in this newspaper recently stated, white men do not need defending.

//,%205%2030%2023%20PM.jpg What happens when the happiest country on earth gets bumped to No. 2

The World Happiness Report polls 155 countries to determine happiness. Denmark has won the title every year ? except this one.


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// This writing group gives Boston?s homeless an outlet for their pain

At a health center for the homeless, the group gives patients a chance to tell their stories with dignity and humanity.

Real Estate

What is it like to live in Saugus?

Consider Bill Cross an expert on this town north of Boston. He?s spent 23 years with the Fire Department and has never thought about leaving town.