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Palmer pins hopes on casino

Like perhaps no other town in Massachusetts, Palmer has pinned its hopes on a casino as an economic savior that could reverse years of decline and usher in a new day.

Charities struggle to meet demand as donations fall

Massachusetts charities are focused on finding creative new ways to collect donations while grappling with a still-steady stream of families who suddenly need help.

Keeping track on Black Friday

Bargain hunters aren’t the only ones staying up late at night to go shopping on Black Friday. Retail analysts and investors descend on stores across the country to get an early read on the success of the holiday shopping season. They also use other tools, including data collected from cameras in stores and satellite images, to count shoppers.

Students occupy UMass Boston to protest tuition, fee hikes

Borrowing a page from the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, about 20 students yesterday occupied the campus center at University of Massachusetts Boston to protest cuts in public education spending and hikes in tuition. “Public universities were built for the 99-percent and we intend on maintaining that,’’ said Amanda Achin, a 22-year-old student of political science. Setting up a few tents inside the campus center, the protesters said they plan to camp there indefinitely.

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Legislature to consider tax holiday

By Joshua Miller

A state sales tax holiday may be coming the weekend of Aug. 10-11. Next week, the Legislature will probably approve legislation that will temporarily suspend the 6.25 percent sales tax on the second weekend in August, as the state often does each summer. The tax holiday would apply to retail items costing $2.500 or less.