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Unions taking an old-school stand against National Grid

The picketers are among 1,250 United Steelworkers members who have been locked out by the utility for nearly three months, with no end to a fierce contract dispute in sight.

Few residents at Millennium Tower claim a residential exemption, suggesting those units may be second homes or rental properties.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Boston’s new luxury towers appear to house few local residents

Units in the towers are owned mostly by part-time residents or by shell companies, a report says, fueling worries that locals have been priced out of the housing market.

// Meet the other empty nesters. They’re dogs and they miss the kids, too

With the school year underway and college students gone from home, dogs are dealing with a mystery: Where did my friend go?

// After issues in Lowell and Lawrence, state says it will oversee elections there for now

The move to “exercise direct control” through the November election injected more intrigue into the unpredictable, close Third District primary.

Ceiling panels with holes hung over MBTA riders waiting for an elevator at the State Street Station concourse under 60 State St.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

MBTA’s poor station conditions are a campaign issue

The crumbling, dysfunctional condition of many T facilities were a political football that the Baker administration and Democrat Jay Gonzalez punted back and forth.