May 1, 2011

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Millions in profits and
a tax bill ($0) to envy

Thirty public companies in Massachusetts that owed no federal income tax in 2010, generally because they lost money in prior years and were able to carry forward those losses to offset tax liabilities. In some cases, companies received refunds worth millions of dollars.
(By Beth Healy, Globe Staff)

Unions reel as budget
crisis, ebbing clout collide

The Massachusetts House became the first Democratic-led chamber in the country to curtail bargaining rights in this year of public employee labor strife. It was a seismic rebuke to labor that has stunned combatants on both sides of the union-management divide. (By Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson, Globe Staff)

To the edge of hope, and then into night

She fled poverty and troubles in Ecuador, chasing opportunity here. But Maria Avelina Palaguachi found mostly pain instead. She was talking of leaving, then murder sent Maria and her little son home.
(By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff)

One man, two jobs, and a question

Why would the Mass. Port Authority Fire Department and Boston’s Emergency Medical Services Department allow a man to hold two high-stress public safety jobs in which alertness and clear-headed judgment might spell the difference between life and death? (By Rachel Kossman and Walter V. Robinson, Globe Correspondents)

Nation’s capital captivated
by those cherry red bikes

The bicycle-sharing program Boston is planning is already a huge success in Washington, where with more than 1,000 bicycles and 100 stations, demand exceeds supply during rush hour. (By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff)

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