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Median home prices are down across the U.S., but location still drives valuation

Feb 15, 2024
When Caitlin LaClair and her family moved to Texas and then Massachusetts, they were hit with sticker shock.
The prices you'll encounter depend on where you're looking.
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Five child care workers on the joys and frustrations of a struggling industry

Mar 30, 2023
Staffing shortages and high turnover have dogged the early education and child care field for years. The pandemic has made them acute issues.
From left to right: Bernadette Davidson, Kiya Savannah, Vanessa Pashkoff, Kimberly Artez and Anna Rogers.
Robin Lubbock/WBUR

Salem's complicated journey from witch trials to witch tourism

Oct 27, 2022
In the 1690s, women were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts on suspicion of witchcraft. Now, it's a witchy Mecca for tourists.
Hundreds of thousands of people descend on Salem during the Halloween season.
Sarah Leeson

Investors make a bet to lift Boston-area neighborhood out of poverty

Dec 4, 2017
Local nonprofits created a private equity fund and found a way to minimize the investment risk.
A homeless man sleeps while a subway rider waits for the train at a subway stop in Boston.
Darren McCollester/Newsmakers

Why rideshare companies might want to embrace in-depth driver background check

Apr 6, 2017
Uber and Lyft are in the news because more than 8,000 potential drivers were banned in Massachusetts after background checks turned up convictions for violent felonies and sex-crimes, uncontested court charges, driver’s license suspensions and traffic violations. Uber and Lyft usually run their own background, and those typically go back seven years. But to get […]

Massachusetts could move one time zone east

Aug 29, 2016
The state is studying a move to the Atlantic Time Zone.
Historic Faneuil Hall is awash in Christmas lights November 29, 2000 in Boston. 
Darren McCollester/Newsmakers

Recipe for success in family-owned fluff business

Jan 1, 2016
Marshmallow Fluff's creme product remains a holiday classic.

For public good, not for profit.

It's pi day ... with a twist

Mar 13, 2015
MIT's admissions notifications are going out at a thoroughly appropriate hour.

Fishermen: Patiently waiting for something to bite

Oct 31, 2014
As cod fish disappear, we look at how the fishing industry might adapt

What can the Fed do to solve social problems?

Mar 4, 2014
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is rolling up its sleeves to get closer to the community.