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Mobile apps increasingly seen as essential business tool

While recent studies have shown that using mobile technologies — such as apps that help consumers connect with a business over handheld devices — can significantly increase revenue, other experts say businesses that don’t use mobile technologies will eventually wither ...

Boston activists part of national effort to bring ‘Selma’ to school students

A network of African American business leaders across the U.S. have undertaken a national campaign to underwrite free admission to the Golden Globe-nominated film “SELMA” for students around the country.

Local activists recall King’s presence in Hub

Martin Luther King Jr. touched Boston and Boston touched him. Being in Boston was an important part of his life, and his presence here during the ’50s and ’60s is part of our history.

Backlash over ‘Selma’ misses the point

Selma reminds us to honor not just the heroic figure making speeches, but the collective will of so many who made progress possible. Ultimately, the beating heart of this film rests not with its portrait of LBJ, or even King, ...

Why King turned attention to the North

In 1965 —50 years ago — Martin Luther King Jr. turned the attention of the Civil Rights Movement to the North. The same year King and other civil rights leaders fought for voting rights in Selma, Alabama, King also made ...

Small businesses looking forward to year of growth

Riding a wave of confidence, small business owners across the U.S. are expecting a banner year in 2015, with all indicators pointing to growth.

Activists say receipts would hold police accountable

Members of the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus are considering filing legislation that would require police to make data on stops public and issue receipts to pedestrians stopped.

Massachusetts mourns loss of Sen. Brooke

Massachusetts officials comment on Sen. Edward Brooke’s passing

Edward Brooke blazed trail for black progress

Sen. Edward W. Brooke will always remain a hero to the veterans of the battle for civil rights. He was keenly intelligent, extraordinarily gracious and endowed with natural and persuasive oratorical skills. Brooke set a standard for competence which very ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. finds rich history in genetic code

Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots series provides interesting insights on the genetic makeup of Americans.

Race and racism stayed in national spotlight in 2014

At the dawn of 2015, issues of race and racism are front and center in the national conversation. Demonstrators are taking to the streets and taking over shopping malls with Black Lives Matter protests that echo the Civil Rights Movement, ...

When charter schools are nonprofit in name only

Charter schools often hire for-profit companies to handle their accounting and management functions. Sometimes the companies even take the lead in hiring teachers, finding a school building, and handling school finances.

Black Lives Matter protests focus spotlight on inequality in criminal justice system

As Black Lives Matter protests grab headlines, activists call for change in criminal justice system

In shift, Fannie Mae agrees to sell foreclosures back to former owners

In a policy change that could have profound implications for struggling homeowners, the nation’s largest mortgage holders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have agreed to allow homeowners who have lost their homes to foreclosure to buy their properties back at ...

Mass. Health Connector helping small businesses

The federal Small Business Health Options Program, known as SHOP, is set up to help companies with 50 or fewer workers get better deals for employee health coverage, under the requirements of The Affordable Care Act. Setting up an online ...