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Charter school moratorium lifted by the state

Officials will lift a temporary moratorium on proposals to open charter schools, a move that could allow for the creation of more than 1,000 seats in Boston.

Though the casino proposal from Las Vegas entrepreneur Steve Wynn was not on the ballot, the issue dominated the campaign, and the race came to be seen as a referendum on the project.

Casino foes prevail in Foxborough vote

Casino opponents swept the town selectmen’s race in a stark public rebuke to Wynn Resorts and the casino developer’s plans to build a billion-dollar gambling resort across from Gillette.

Utilities cutting rates for electricity

Massachusetts ratepayers could soon see their electricity bills shrink as the lowest natural gas prices in a decade make it cheaper to produce power. NStar asked state regulators on Monday to approve a nearly 16 percent cut in power rates. Last week, National Grid, the state’s second largest utility, lowered its electricity supply charge by nearly 19 percent, A subsidiary of Dominion power company, an independent electricity supplier, is offering Massachusetts customers prices 12 percent to 39 percent lower than three years ago.

Former Mafia boss Luigi Manocchio.

Globe Staff/File 1999

New England Mafia a shell of former self

Meet the leadership of the New England Mafia, a skeleton of the organization glorified in novels and in Hollywood. No more than 30 made, or sworn in, members make up an organization that in its heyday was more than 100 strong, law enforcement officials say. The younger crop is addicted to drugs, and the older, wiser members have either died or have gone to jail, officials said. “This is not your father’s Mafia,’’ said Massachusetts State Police Detective Lieutenant Stephen P. Johnson, who oversees organized crime investigations.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Pondering an art world awash in wealth

With unemployment still above 8 percent, the amount of money swirling around the bizarre system of exchange we call the art market is incongruous.

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