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As police forces across the country start saying "yes" to body cameras, can Hub police continue to equivocate?

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A familiar drama played out in the Boston City Council chambers yesterday, where taxi drivers and city regulators accused rideshare drivers of operating illegally, and called for sweeping regulations of services like Uber and Lyft. It was a milder rehash of an episode that played out six months ago in Cambridge, when taxi interests tried to regulate taxi alternatives out of business. And although the episodes make for good copy -- WBUR quotes one taxi driver today saying Uber is “sucking the blood of the taxi drivers” -- they also miss the real squeeze play taxi drivers are caught in. The real conflict now isn’t between taxi drivers and rideshare drivers; it’s between taxi drivers and the failing economics of an outdated medallion system.

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The challenges facing young people in Greater Boston were laid out today, though not in a single story but rather in several.

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Gov. Deval Patrick threw $60 million at South Coast Rail on Monday, and he told New Bedford and Fall River residents that they're thisclose to finally getting their commuter train into Boston. "You're right on the threshold," Patrick told the New Bedford Standard-Times. "And I want to ride that first train."

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Somewhere between the classic Republican world view summed up by his new budget chief (in 140 characters or less), who said the state's problem is that we're "overregulated and not biz friendly," and the spoonfuls of sweet potatoes he dropped onto plates yesterday at the Boston Rescue Mission, Charlie Baker will have to fashion actual policies and an approach to governing.

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