November 28, 2017

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Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Gov. Charlie Baker, will seek re-election, an advisor tells State House News Service.

Gov. Baker, Polito to seek second term in 2018 |  The formal announcement may not come as a surprise, but it does signify a milestone in the 2018 election cycle and officially makes the popular Republican and his lieutenant governor the first GOP ticket to seek a second term since Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci in 1994.

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The latest nurse staffing question, an earlier version of which led to a 2014 law imposing staffing requirements in intensive care units, was greeted warily by hospitals in September.

Nurse staffing levels likely to have major impact on 2018 health policy debate |  A heavily supported ballot question is expected to add a layer of complexity to ongoing talks among legislators and Gov. Baker about the scope and impact of a major healthcare bill that is in the works, but may not come to fruition until next spring or summer.

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Thirteen stripes, 13 sponsors — selling out the American flag |  “A Worcester company has become the 13th and final company whose name will appear on the New Flag of the United States of America. For $2 trillion, D&A Cybernetics purchased the right to place its moniker and logo within the red bottom stripe of the flag.” Wondering what the future could hold for capitalism and national pride in our city? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic, fascinating (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so-distant tomorrow.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 219]: Old Crusaders, hooked on a feeling |  Tommy Heinsohn and Bob Cousy never played together at Holy Cross, but the pair of basketball immortals (Celtics teammates from 1956-1963) form the very top of the totem pole of Crusader sporting legends (apologies to the Perry, Palazzi and Lockbaum families). The Cooz has so far taken a pass, publicly anyway, as far as choosing sides on the divisive debate over the negative connotations pinned to the Crusader nickname. Heinsohn, however, continues to take his shots. Hitch corrals the rebound and looks to score on the fast break.

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Ngwe Thein says he was forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay.

WPI professors: Data science can help us fight human trafficking |  Traffickers leave a data trail, however faint or broken, despite their efforts to operate off the grid and in the shadows. There is an opportunity – albeit a challenging one – to use the bits of information we can get on the distribution of victims, traffickers, buyersand exploiters, and disrupt the supply chain wherever and however we can.

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State Police and government leaders are under fire for an arrest report scandal involving a judge’s daughter.

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