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Massachusetts’ Rejected Vanity License Plates Show its Classy Side
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Given its deep-rooted history in higher education and a burgeoning tech and start-up scene, Boston’s classiest side truly revels itself somewhere much different: on the roads. Not only does Massachusetts have some of the best road-ragers and confusing roadways in the country, but apparently it also has plenty of folks looking to ride in style, with a customized license plate to match the driver’s personality. More

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Were DPH officials high when they rated potential marijuana dispensaries?
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Probably not, but it sure seems like it. Massachusetts’ medical marijuana dispensary program was approved by voters in 2012 and allowed for 35 dispensaries statewide to be regulated by the Department of Public Health. Late last month, the department released its list of the first 20 dispensaries awarded “provisional status,” including locations in Newton, Brookline, Cambridge, and two in Boston. Now, the DPH has released all 100 dispensary applications, along with what seem to be “scorecards” for each proposed location. There’s something a bit fishy about these scores though, according to MuckRock, a public records investigation site that specializes in obtaining government documents and data. More

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What ‘Duck Dynasty’ controversy? FCC ‘complaints’ praise show
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Many people are criticizing “Duck Dynasty” today after one of its stars made anti-gay remarks. But chances are, the controversy will only strengthen the fervor of some of the show’s core fans. In October, one member of Boston-based open government start-up MuckRock asked the Federal Communications Commission for complaints filed against “Duck Dynasty.” Turns out, the majority of complaints aren’t negative at all, but instead praise the show’s down-home Christian values. More