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The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that it was unconstitutional for the state to revoke the pension of a retired Peabody police lieutenant convicted of job-related misdemeanors. The Supreme Judicial Court in its ruling Wednesday said denying Edward Bettencourt his pension is an excessive fine that's unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. Comment?
Researchers examining the soaring cost of housing in Massachusetts say the problem has been exacerbated by low rates of home building across the state, which over the past decade has averaged roughly a third of what it was during the tech boom of the 1980s. "One piece of the challenge has to do with our archaic planning and zoning rules at the state level," says Michael Goodman, executive director of the Public Policy Center and associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Comment?
For Joseph Zalewski, life on a Polish farm near the Russian border was filled with swimming holes, and the sounds of WWII bombs dropping on Warsaw. When he was 18, he was deported with his family to a Siberian work camp. Comment?
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