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The SAT, the college admission standardized test, has been under siege for years. Many critics of the exam contend that the test does not correlate to academic success in college and skews toward wealthy parents who can afford send their children to pricey test preparation courses.  

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The race for governor is still young, but so far, it's a contest that's lacked both star power and sizzle. Early polling shows that the race hasn't registered with voters. It's possible that the hottest point of contention in November won't come from the gubernatorial candidates themselves. Instead, the real heat in November will surround casino gambling.

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The front-page of this morning's New York Times takes readers inside the campaign of Eric Lesser, a bright-eyed 29-year-old running for an open state Senate seat in Western Massachusetts. The paper is not particularly interested, however, in state budget matters facing the Legislature, the short shrift Western Mass. residents often feel they get, or any other other issues preoccupying voters in Wilbraham or Ludlow.

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Like Massachusetts, Rhode Island is struggling to cope with a sharp increase in overdose deaths. But, unlike Massachusetts, Rhode Island appears to know far more about what it's up against because the state does a much better job tracking overdose deaths.

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The numbers in the rawest form are jaw-dropping. A relative handful of doctors - about 2 percent - account for one-quarter of the $77 billion Medicare paid out in services in 2012. One doctor in Florida received $21 million while 30 doctors in Massachusetts accounted for $45 million in Medicare payments that year.

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