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When GateHouse Media, the conglomerate that owns scores of smaller daily and weekly papers across Massachusetts, entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, it did so with an eye on getting bigger. Yesterday, GateHouse's successor made its first big post-bankruptcy buy, gobbling up the Providence Journal for $46 million.

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Thousands of angry Market Basket workers have elevated ousted Market CEO Arthur T. Demoulas as close to god-hood as a man can get. More than 5,000 employees turned out to proclaim their loyalty to their former CEO at a Tewksbury rally Monday, double the size of a protest last week.

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It seems like eons ago that Bob DeLeo was extolling his casino bill (insisting on calling it a “jobs bill”), Deval Patrick was waxing rhapsodic about something called a “destination resort casino” (which was said to be wholly different than a plain vanilla casino), and everyone was giddy about all the money the state would be raking in without asking taxpayers to fork over involuntarily (through taxes) a nickel more of their hard-earned money.

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Beacon Hill moved closer to passing a new gun control law on Thursday, but not before once again scaling back the proposed legislation to appease the concerns of firearm owners and their representatives.

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After the Senate voted Wednesday to keep the state’s cap on charter schools in place, the head of one of the state’s teachers unions told the State House News Service, “I'm doing super-well right now.” But the unions aren’t the only ones feeling super good after Wednesday’s charter vote. Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, also has to be feeling pretty good right now. The state Senate just handed him a stick to take to Democrats in cities across Massachusetts.

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