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School buses' vacant
seats costing Hub

Empty seats appear to have grown more prevalent since city watchdogs first raised alarms about it more than a decade ago. The Boston school district is transporting 31,493 students this year - 5,000 fewer than it did 10 years ago - and yet the district is using only five fewer buses. (By James Vaznis, Globe Staff)

$1.5m, free hand for Massport envoy

When the Massachusetts Port Authority needed help drumming up business in China, officials signed a relatively small $15,000 contract with consultant Jiansheng Li that was supposed to end after a couple of months work. That was eight years ago. (By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff)

A battle over mail-order drugs

Owners of mail-service pharmacies say Medicare could save billions if more people bought their regular medications from mail-service pharmacies, exploiting their scale, efficiency, and specialized expertise. But like many issues in healthcare, drug delivery is more complicated than it seems. (By Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff)
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Temporary immigrants forge lasting ties

Gonlakpor Gonkpala was a bright-eyed college student from Liberia when he arrived in the United States in 1982. His stay was supposed to be temporary. But with a civil war raging, he and thousands of other expatriates were allowed to remain until it was safe to return home. As the years rolled by, his American life assumed an aura of permanence. Now, Gonkpala's time is up. (By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff)
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Bangor invites a fresh look

Leaders in Bangor, Maine want to change the perception of their city. So they are kicking off a yearlong celebration with a bash next week in honor of the Bangor's 175th anniversary. (By David Filipov, Globe Staff)
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