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Mass. will eliminate toll plazas, collectors

The state is advancing a plan to eliminate toll collectors and move to an entirely electronic system of tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike and other toll roads, Governor Deval Patrick said today. The all-electronic system, which could begin as early as 2015, would cost roughly $100 million to construct but pay for itself within three years, while the state’s 410 full- and part-time toll collectors would need to retire or find other work.

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Dragon founders’ lawsuit begins

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HSBC to settle laundering case for $1.9b

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Jon Kest, 57; organized low-wage workers in New York

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By Margalit Fox

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Robert Lescher, 83; agent represented Robert Frost

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Christopher L. Gasper

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Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots look like they’re heading to Super Bowl

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By Dan Shaughnessy

The statement made in the romp over the Texans was that nobody in the AFC can beat the Patriots in the playoffs.

Once again, Tom Brady looks like an MVP

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By Michael Whitmer

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Bruno Mars offers romance, reggae, and raunch in latest

By Sarah Rodman

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‘Fighter’ director to film in Boston again

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein