United Teen Equality Center outreach team Johnny Chheng and Jonathan Lunde greeted Angel Garcia (right) when he was released from the Middlesex House of Correction in North Billerica last winter.

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United Teen Equality Center outreach team Johnny Chheng and Jonathan Lunde greeted Angel Garcia (right) when he was released from the Middlesex House of Correction in North Billerica last winter.

72 hours is a short time to change for a lifetime for ex-convicts

The stakes are high, not only for offenders, but also for the state, which has seen its prison population triple since the 1980s. By Megan Woolhouse

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72 hours is a short time to change for a lifetime for ex-convicts

The stakes are high, not only for offenders, but also for the state, which has seen its prison population triple since the 1980s.

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Driver swoops in to ‘rescue’ food, help feed hungry

Rachel Garside doesn’t wear a hero’s cape, but she is involved in a daily rescue.

Five things you should know about Jerrold Oppenheim, Theo MacGregor

The husband-and-wife duo work on low-income energy regulation issues, and have consulted with utilities, non-profits, and policymakers.

job doc

Employer misses mark with late, or lacking, bonuses

Nonprofit organizations use performance based awards to reinforce desired performance, but don’t face the same deadlines as for-profits.

Mitch Lipka | consumer alert

Warranty fees are the new normal in product coverage

For the most part, product guarantees have disappeared and yielded to weaker and weaker warranties.

Consumer Reports | product review

Pressure, publicity have led to greater expectation of safer vehicles

If you’re reeling from the record number of car recalls and wondering what it all means, you’re not alone.

Local merchants not ready for more secure ‘chip and PIN’ cards

Hardly anyone is, even though roughly 600 million chip-based credit cards will soon be sent to American customers.

Talking points

What you may have missed from the week in business

Deval Patrick to join Bain Capital, developers pitch new downtown tower, and more.

Shirley Leung

Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

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Our love gave us diamonds — purple ones

We tried not to get too excited. After all, we hadn’t even seen it in person yet. How could we fall in love online? It was all happening too fast.