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Relaxing the Muscle: The Week That Was in State Politics

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 26, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 26, 2010…..All guesstimates below ecstatic about the level of excitement among savvy lawmakers at a high state court ruling earlier this month, suggesting they alter the anti-obscenity laws to protect youngsters more thoroughly, are invalid and uninformed.  Read more

Former Savin Hill resident convicted of stabbing murder

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Steven Odegard of first-degree murder for the death of Daniel Yakovleff in Odegard's Tuttle Street apartment on Jan. 17, 2008, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Baker gains, Patrick maintains edge in new poll

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 26, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 26, 2010……Despite an unfavorable rating of 50 percent, Gov. Deval Patrick maintains his edge over a crowded gubernatorial field and holds a commanding lead over his new primary opponent, according to new poll results, which also show support for casinos and for two major tax cuts possibly headed for this year’s ballot.  Read more

GOP govs say Brown has running room

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 25, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C. -– When state Sen. Scott Brown became U.S. Sen. Scott Brown earlier this month, stunned and wrathful Democrats in Massachusetts questioned how long before Brown would fall into line with the national Republican Party leadershi and whether his self-proclaimed independence from partisan strictures would stand up to a GOP hierarchy known for dealing harshly with dissidents.  Read more

UMass signs P&S on Bayside site; purchase price is put at $18.7m

UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced last week. A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said the purchase price is $18.7 million.  Read more

Small business owners press for positive actions

Small business owners this week urged local lawmakers to help erase the “stigma” attached to their neighborhoods as they asked for cleaner streets outside their locations. “There’s still a stigma that leans over that part of the city,” said Sarnia Etienne, who runs the LeFoyer Bakery in Mattapan. “I wind up putting on my card I’m in Boston.”  Read more

Another jumps into race to take Rep. Allen’s place

The field of candidates running to replace state Rep. Willie Mae Allen keeps expanding. Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat, has pulled nomination papers. He and three others were at the Ward 14 Democratic caucus over the weekend, asking members to sign their nomination forms. They need to turn in 150 signatures to local elections officials by April 27.  Read more

St. Fleur says ‘I’m leaving,’ and the guessing begins

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur isn’t running for re-election, a move that opens up the Fifth Suffolk District seat for the first time in a decade. St. Fleur’s retirement is the second in the last month within the Dorchester and Mattapan community, with state Rep. Willie Mae Allen also announcing she is not running for reelection.  Read more

Dot Ave. project gets going; officials say: Be prepared

State and city transportation officials on Tuesday night asked neighborhood residents to prepare themselves for the upcoming construction along Dorchester Avenue as they discussed with the community the plans for the major overhaul of fifteen intersections along the corridor from Peabody Square to South Boston.  Read more

A bishop and his bus: A touch of Teamsters in Honduras

By 
Ed Forry, Publisher
Feb. 25, 2010

‘Open House’ signs in Dot called positive omen

By 
Chris Lovett, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 25, 2010

Jose Zambano of REMAX/Trinity worked an open-house showing on this Train Street property last Sunday. 	Photo by Chris Lovett.Jose Zambano of REMAX/Trinity worked an open-house showing on this Train Street property last Sunday.  Read more

Two Roxbury teens arrested for murder of store clerk

UPDATE: The two were ordered held without bail this morning.

Onyx White, 16, and Martin Freeles, 17, were arrested today and charged with the murder of Geraldo Serrano at the Hermanos Unidos store on Dudley Street Sunday morning.  Read more

Uphams Corner store clerk shot to death

The Boston Police Department reports a 71-year-old clerk at Hermanos Unidos, 728 Dudley St. was shot to death around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: TAKE A LOOK AROUND AT WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

Recap and analysis of the week in state government
By Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
WASHINGTON D.C., FEB. 19, 2010…..Think you can do better, Mr. Mayor? How’s about we try our hand at your game?

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino challenged the local meteorological community Tuesday and, because it was school vacation week and the news was slow, his remarks got blown way out of proportion, and all of a sudden people had to wonder if the mayor had hurt Kevin Lemanowicz’s feelings, or Dick Albert’s.  Read more

St. Fleur will not seek re-election

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 20, 2010

Rep. Marie St Fleur: Will not seek re-election in 2010Rep. Marie St Fleur: Will not seek re-election in 2010Feb 20-10:55 a.m.- Rep. Marie St. Fleur will not seek re-election this year. She made the announcement to party activists at a Ward 15 Democratic caucus meeting on Saturday morning. The meeting was held to choose delegates to the June state Democratic Convention. The Reporter's Gintautas Dumcius, who was in attendance for St. Fleur's remarks, has a full report on it at the Reporter's Lit Drop blog.  Read more

Casino pros and cons scrutinized as legislative debate nears

By 
Jim O’Sullivan and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 18, 2010

Outside interests on both sides of the expanded gambling question worked to put rhetorical and statistical stakes down last week as Beacon Hill prepares for its next high-profile fight on the issue, with changed political and economic dynamics coloring both arguments.  Read more

Winter, prices, demand chill fuel-aid capacity; ABCD calls for $2.5b hike Congress

By 
John Drew, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 18, 2010

With a “perfect storm” of harsh conditions hitting low-income, working families, children, and seniors this year – the coldest winter in 25 years, fuel prices 50 percent higher than last year, and a severe recession with massive job losses – ABCD and other fuel assistance programs see a crisis in the making as bitter mid-February weather bears down on the Northeast.

More than 200,000 Massachusetts fuel assistance recipients have exhausted or nearly exhausted their benefits and have nowhere to turn.  Read more

The ‘Barber’ is coming to Uphams Corner

Kids may not be familiar with the aria title “Largo al factotum,” but they’ll certainly recognize that its catchy “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro” melody hook from a host of pop culture airings from cartoons (ranging from Sponge Bob Squarepants to “The Simpsons”) to countless sitcoms and movies.  Read more

Legislators to focus on small business at Feb 22 Florian Hall hearing

Next week Dorchester will be the seventh stop of a legislative committee’s “listening tour” focused on small businesses. The Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, co-chaired by state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Lower Mills), will meet at Florian Hall on Feb. 22 starting at 4 p.m.

“The goal is to get out there, meet with the small businesses, and listen to the issues that they’re facing in light of the economy and how we can support them,” Forry said.  Read more

Wallace, St. Fleur seats attracting challengers; quiet scene otherwise

A pair of Beacon Hill lawmakers representing the Dorchester and Mattapan areas could face challengers this year, as Democrats and at least one Republican have shown interest in their seats.

State Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) may see four opponents, including three Democrats. Wallace has held the Fourth Suffolk district seat, which covers parts of Uphams Corner and Harbor Point, since 2003. He ended 2009 with $3,670 in the bank.  Read more

Getting cool with Shakespeare

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 18, 2010

Tackling the work of William Shakespeare can be a challenge for students on too many levels to mention. But for one Codman Academy Charter Public School tenth-grader, her ability to both understand and perform Shakespeare has brought recognition to her and her school.

Amose Pierre, 17, recently recited her way to the state finals in the English Speaking Union’s national Shakespeare Competition, which has attracted some 250,000 student performers since 1983.  Read more

MWRA rates seen rising

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 18, 2010

MWRA water and sewer retail rates – the amount communities charge homeowners and businesses -- increased an average of 5.3 percent last year even though actual water usage continued to decline, dropping by 3.7 percent for the year, according to a rate survey released Tuesday.  Read more

UMass signs agreement to buy Bayside Expo for $18.7M

Updated 2/18 2:15 p.m.- UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced on Wednesday, A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said the purchase price is $18.7 million.  Read more

National Wholesale Liquidators to re-open 'sometime in April'

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 17, 2010

The National Wholesale Liquidators (NWL) retail store at 735 Morrissey Blvd. will reopen for business, the Reporter was told this week.

The discount retailer that specializes in a no-frills shopping experience closed its doors in early 2009 after the company had filed for Chap. 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 10, 2008. At the time, NWL operated some 50 stores, most of them in the northeast.  Read more

BREAKING NEWS- UMass and Bayside Expo agree on sale

UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced yesterday while withholding the price of the deal.  Read more