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Precarious photos put viewers in their place

Fran Osborn-Blaschke's "Sunset" taken in Provincetown from Noonan's Landing at 42 degrees 02' 57.81" north latitude, 70 degrees 07' 05.55" west longitude.

"Some people consciously try to use art to understand things, but I just appreciate them," photographer Fran Osborn-Blaschke says of his work. His recent series, titled "curve of the Earth" is a testament to this statement.  Read more

Marrow donor sought for 4-year-old boy

A bone marrow donor drive is planned for next Saturday (Dec. 20) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Church to help find a match for a four-year old boy who is suffering from a rare disease. Alexander Phan has been diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a life-threatening condition for which he is now being treated with chemotherapy. Phan's family has strong Dorchester roots and his father, Steve, works at the Murphy School in Neponset.  Read more

Now indicted, Turner keeps railing at media, prosecutor

Hours after he was indicted by federal prosecutors as a co-conspirator in the same bribery case that has ensnared former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, City Councillor Chuck Turner again denounced U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and the media.

Turner, accused of attempted extortion and lying about it, maintained his innocence and said Sullivan, a Republican, was playing a "little game." A member of the Green-Rainbow Party, Turner said, "He didn't know he was going to kick off a movement. We are going to cleanse the soul of America."  Read more

Dot's Pop Warner Eagles fall to N.C. team in Disney Bowl

Karma and determination. Those are the two words that best describe the Dorchester Eagles organization. Through the years they have not only nurtured the youth of Boston to make them better football players, but also to become better students and better members of society.  Read more

Police saluted at Medal of Honor ceremony

Six officers from District B-3 were awarded the Boston Police Department's Medal of Honor on Sunday for their actions in responding to a stand-off with a distraught man last November. Above, Captain James Claiborne congratulates Officer Claire K. Duffy on her award. Pictured, l-r, are officers Daniel P. Donahue, Garvin F. McHale, Martin D. Harrison, Duffy, Jeffrey J. Mclean and Henry J. Doherty.  Read more

They're rookies as cops, but they're veterans in life

Stacie McCarthy pins a badge on the uniform of her husband, Police Officer Denis McCarthy, as their three-year-old daughter Mia Rose McCarthy and Boston Mayor Tom Menino look on. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester's Denis McCarthy is a rookie cop, but he's hardly a newbie when it comes to law enforcement or the pressure-cooker of a tough beat.  Read more

Roxbury's Terrell enters at-Large council fray

As Councillor Michael Flaherty and Mayor Thomas Menino engage in an aerobatic fundraising race, yet another voice has announced his attentions to grab for an at-Large council seat.

"I've been talking to folks around the city and it looks like we're going to make a go of it in '09," said Bob Terrell in a Reporter interview Monday. "Some of my friends have said this is long overdue."  Read more

Retiring SJC Justice Greaney unfazed by critics of gay marriage ruling

Justice John Greaney didn't write the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark ruling making Massachusetts the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but five years later, a passage from his concurring opinion is sometimes used by gay couples in their wedding ceremonies.

"We share a common humanity and participate together in the social contract that is the foundation of our Commonwealth,'' Greaney wrote. "Simple principles of decency dictate that we extend ... full acceptance, tolerance and respect. We should do so because it is the right thing to do.''  Read more

New look for gift shop at Carney

Carney Hospital volunteer Mary Keeley of Dorchester and longtime staffer Ann Hart of Walpole are pictured at the recently renovated Carney Gift Shop. Photo by Ed Forry.

Neighborhood shoppers looking for a special holiday gift have a new option in Lower Mills. Caritas Carney Hospital has renovated and enlarged its main lobby Gift Shop, and a new manager has brought an expanded variety of items to the mix.  Read more

Scofflaws say they'll pay taxes: Error holds up Maxwell foreclosure

The city released its annual list of tax scofflaws this year, a tome of property owners that eschewed one or more of their quarterly payments last year. The list includes over 2,700 delinquent properties totaling over $8 million in owed taxes. The largest is Pier 4 in South Boston, which owes over $820,000, which it recently told the Boston Globe it would pay.

But a curious fact about the list, which yearly draws wide media attention, is that one can owe the city millions in back taxes and not be on it.  Read more

Dot artists make holiday pitch 'Think of us when choosing your gifts'

Ekua Holmes' painting "Free" is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit at this weekend's Franklin Park art show. Image courtesy Franklin Park Coalition/ Ekua Holmes

"Buy local."  The slogan works for veggies, fruits, and dairy products. Why not for holiday gifts? At least that's the pitch from visual artists from Dorchester and near-by neighborhoods who make at least part of their living from sales of their work.  Read more

Small biz owners dig in as hard times take a toll

The recession is beginning to hit local shops according to neighborhood Main Street organizations, though most businesses seem to be holding on as the holiday season begins.

Anecdotal evidence points to a general slowdown in foot traffic, though there has yet to be any rash of store closings.

"I know that the economy is taking its toll," said Evelyn Darling, Fields Corner Main Street program director.  Read more

Mayor, possibles pile up the cash

Mayor Tom Menino is firing up his fundraising jets, accelerating into the holiday season with a near $113,000 haul for November, according to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Following boldly in his wake, Flaherty took in a respectable $79,680. Councillor Sam Yoon, who some suspect of considering a run, collected a propeller-driven $35,000. All three figures might be added to when the final November numbers roll in later this month.  Read more

High bail for two accused in Codman Sq. shooting

Two Dorchester people are being held on $1 million cash bail each for allegedly shooting a man in the head in a brazen daylight attack on Washington Street on Monday morning. Patrick Grier, 20, and a 16-year-old female accomplice were arraigned in separate courtrooms on Tuesday. Both allegedly accosted the victim, a 19-year-old man, near the corner of Lyndhurst Street and Washington just after 9 a.m. The unidentified victim was hit in the head once and twice in the leg and remains in grave condition.  Read more

Asthma study, straight out of Dot, raises researcher eyebrows

Sometimes even Ph.Ds can use a little help from the neighborhood. Just ask Dr. Doug Brugge of Tufts University.

Next to his and his colleagues' names on a breakthrough article in the November issue of the Journal of Asthma are those of the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition's Acheson Bennett and Neal-Dra Osgood. Bennett is a parent leader who graduated from a training program Osgood runs at BUAC. Both Bennett and Osgood - and several others from BUAC - helped gather findings that have pointed in a new direction for asthma research.  Read more

Dot artists make holiday pitch: 'Think of us when choosing your gifts'

Ekua Holmes' painting "Free" is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit at this weekend's Franklin Park art show. Image courtesy Franklin Park Coalition / Ekua Holmes

"Buy local." The slogan works for veggies, fruits, and dairy products. Why not for holiday gifts? At least that's the pitch from visual artists from Dorchester and near-by neighborhoods who make at least part of their living from sales of their work.  Read more

Mattapan man posed as his brother in phony car crash

Raymond DeGraca, 56, entered a guilty plea in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday for reporting a false car accident with a fake identity and lying under oath, among other charges. In October 2002, DeGraca registered his car using a Rhode Island driver's license with his own picture but using his brother's information. The following year, he falsely claimed to his insurer, the Amica Mutual Insurance Company, that his vehicle was hit by another driver.  Read more

Party defends Chuck Turner

The state's Green-Rainbow Party, of which City Councillor Chuck Turner is a member, called this week for Council President Maureen Feeney to re-instate Turner to his committee positions and accused federal prosecutors of attempting to destroy Turner's political career. In a statement, the party said the "right of [his] constituents to select their city councilor should not be revoked as a result of questionable FBI accusations and leaked snippets of video tape."  Read more

Teen center leader's car torched, house destroyed

Police are investigating an arson attack on this Shepton Street home last Thursday. Photo by Pete Stidman.

Paulo DeBarros was mum on Friday as he helped teens move furniture around in the newly remodeled St. Peter's Teen Center, where he is director.

"I've got other stuff to do," he said. "The police are doing their work and the fire department is trying to find out what happened."

Normally a man of few words, DeBarros spoke these while holding back emotion.  Read more

Neighbors gather to hail openings of Carruth Building, Wainwright Bank

Pictured at ceremonies on Saturday at The Carruth are (from left:) Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, Renie Smith of City Council President Feeney's office, Liliana Sanchez, Wainwright senior vice president, Chris Douglass of Tavolo, Patrick Lee EVP Trinity Financial, Mayor Menino, Jim Keefe President Trinity, Evelyn Friedman, Chief of Dept of Neighborhood Development and Bill Richard, president of the board of directors of St. Mark's Area Main Streets. By Bijoyeta Das.  Read more

Turner decries 'media court,' vows innocence

City Councillor Chuck Turner at City Hall on Monday. Photo by Pete Stidman

City Councillor Chuck Turner raged at City Council President Maureen Feeney and the "corporate media" in front of City Hall on Monday, berating them for trying him in a "media court."

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New medical command center named for Dot's Stephen Lawlor

The city of Boston dedicated a new, state-of-the-art command center for its EMS department last week. The Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center memorializes a Dorchester man who had a 27-year career with Boston EMS before he died of cancer in 2005.

Lawlor's family was on hand for the dedication of the command center, which is located at the Boston Public Health Commission's headquarters in Roxbury.  Read more

School committee green-lights Johnson's plan

The Boston School Committee voted to shutter six schools and expand the pilot school program last week, bringing the superintendent's system-wide reorganization decision-making process to a close.

Though changes that eliminated the schools were affirmed earlier this month, an official vote on the closings was needed for procedural reasons. The closures include Dorchester's Lucy Stone, Quincy E. Dickerman, and Pauline Agassiz Shaw schools.  Read more

The Bears create unity at Complex

Assistant coach John Evans walks the sidelines as head coach Rich Moran, behind him, yells encouragements to his team, the Dorchester Bears, in a game against Madison Park High School at White Stadium on Friday. The Bears beat the Cards, 31-14, marking the end of a 5-5 season. Photo by Nate Leskovic

Creating unity on a football team that represents three different schools in one building has been a challenge for Dorchester Bears Coach Rich Moran.  Read more

Reporter wins four Ethnic Media awards

Reporter managing editor Bill Forry accepts an award for best feature writing from Frank Herron, director of UMass Boston's Center on Media and Society.  Read more