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October 31, 2008
quits sticker race, does not resign
Oct. 31)- Dianne Wilkerson has announced that she has
suspended her write-in campaign. Wilkerson made the
announcement moments ago inside the Charles Street AME
Church in Roxbury, where a gathering of ministers had
scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m., reportedly to
demand her resignation. Reporters waited for hours as a
conversation between the ministers and the Senator went on
in a back room of the church. Wilkerson said she would not
resign from her seat, but would make a further announcement
"about the continuance of my term as Senator" next
Wednesday, Nov. 5.
At right: Dianne
Wilkerson with Rev. Jeffrey Brown of the Ten Point Coalition
after Friday's announcement at Charles Street AME Church.
Photo by Pete Stidman
Surrounded by leaders from
the Black Ministerial Alliance and the Ten Point Coalition,
a visibly emotional Wilkerson made brief remarks that she
herself described as "short and sweet."
"This has been an extraordinary week," she said. "It
may sound strange for me to say this, I feel like a blessed
Wilkerson went on to announce the "cessation" of the
sticker candidacy which she had mounted to challenge
Democratic nominee Sonia Chang-Diaz, who defeated her in the
Sept. 16 state primary. In regards to the mounting calls for
her to resign - including the unanimous vote of her Senate
colleagues yesterday- Wilkerson then said she would have "no
decision about that today."
Rev. Gilbert Thompson, president of the Black Ministerial
Alliance, spoke next and said that the presence of ministers
at Wilkerson's side was a recognition that "she is a part of
"We dearly love her," said Thompson. "We are united in this
effort for the sake of all of our congregations that are
within the second districts, but all of the city. We are
standing together with the Senator and praying for her."
Rev. Ray Hammond of Boston's Ten Point Coalition spoke
next, saying that "in this very difficult season, we will
continue to work to see that what is right is done. I want
to thank the Senator for this step that she has taken."
No questions from the press were allowed.Wilkerson did not
address the allegations revealed this week that she accepted
more than $23,000 in bribe money.
"There was a conversation that happened today that needed
to happen and hadn't happened," said Boyce Slayman,
Wilkerson's campaign manager, after the announcement. He
said the Senator and he had been discussing the matter all
week. "It's a very difficult time for her. It's very
He added that part of Wilkerson's concern about leaving
her seat and the campaign was that "this community needs
representation more than most communities in the state," and
that her campaign was not confident in Sonia Chang-Diaz's
ability to be that representation.
Sticker race goes
forward as Wilkerson stands accused
(Oct. 30)- Dianne Wilkerson
vowed to continue with her long-shot campaign to retain her
Second Suffolk senate seat in next Tuesday's general
election, despite her arrest on Tuesday on charges that she
accepted bribes in exchange for political favors.
divisive election seen ahead as defiant Wilkerson presses
probe results in arrest, likely corruption indictment for
Editorial: Wilkerson must
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Streets deployment getting high marks after first
Sgt. Lucas Taxter, supervisor of the
District C-11 Safe Street Team in Codman Square, stands
watch near the corner of Washington Street and Aspinwall
Road on Tuesday evening. At left, officers Tahisha Skeen and
David Hale gave the thumbs-up to passersby. Two teams
attached to the deployment have been working in Codman
Square since last August. The teams - each comprised of five
officers and one sergeant - are currently working in Codman,
Grove Hall, Bowdoin-Geneva and the Morton-Talbot corridor.
Commissioner Ed Davis says he plans to add one in Uphams
Corner by December. Photo by Bill
Despite foreclosure histories, some condo-ized units still
fetching big $$
This three-decker house at 43 Whitfield Street is one of
several properties turned condominium that has repeatedly
turned up in foreclosure filings. Despite its history and
the slumping housing market, just one condo unit in this
house was sold in June for $339,000. Chris Lovett takes a
closer look at who is behind these condo sales. Photo by
DORCHESTER DAY 2008
DAY MADE NAVY CAPTAIN'S 'DREAM' COME
Commander Robert A.
Hall, Jr. waved to the crowds along the Dorchester Day
Parade route on Sunday, June 1. The Billerica native led the
men and women of the USS Porter (DDG-78) in a special visit
to Boston for the Dorchester celebrations. The visit also
marked an important milestone in Hall's naval career.
Pictured, lr, USS Porter Exceutive Officer T.J. Dixon, Cdr.
Hall, Command Master Chief Dominic Musso. A full report on
the Porter's trip to Boston, inside. Bill Forry Photo
the original, May
In Grove Hall, radio
FM emerges as the "voice of Black
They are facing huge fines from the FCC
could even have their
equipment confiscated - if the feds ever find their modest
studio. But the radio team at TOUCH 106.1 FM are defiant,
saying that their role as the "fabric of the Black
community"creates a moral imperative that they stay on the
air. Above, creative director and morning man MC Spice.
Photo by Pete Stidman