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In a Faneuil Hall speech given on Martin Luther King Day last month, Governor Deval Patrick lamented a development that threatens to nullify Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision that spurred integration measures in America's school systems. Two... Read more
Living in a neighborhood largely inhabited by first generation Cape Verdeans, life is full of the traditional essence of the country of Cape Verde. The old try desperately to keep custom alive, but the young persist in rebellion as they adapt to the... Read more
UMass-Boston is more than halfway through its 'strategic' planning process, but with a progress report due at the end of this month, officials had little concrete information to present at a community forum Tuesday evening. Several university officials... Read more
First in a series of articles on the state of race relations in and around Dorchester. If anything tries to be all things to all people in Dorchester, it's the mural on Bank of America in Fields Corner. The mural shows a row of faces - American faces with... Read more
The city is poised to purchase a $1.5 million audio monitoring system that would allow the police department to track gunshots in sections of Boston most affected by violent crime. The city council was expected to approve a budget supplement at a meeting... Read more
The new year brings with it a new legislative session at the State House, and already legislators who represent the neighborhood have filed bills in a fashion that is impressively diverse in quantity (State Rep. Martin Walsh filed over 100 bills, state... Read more
At an old brown piano, an old man sits. His fingers deliberately strike the keys to a song he learned long ago. To his right, another "client" sings with the voice of someone who doesn't just remember the words but knows them deep in her soul. "Amazing... Read more
Well over 100 teens from Cedar Grove and Neponset have been summonsed into Dorchester district court in recent weeks and months in an aggressive attempt by State Police to curb loitering, vandalism and underage drinking in local parks. The increased law... Read more
Lower Mills leaders who met with several of the 11 developers who had entered bids to buy the site of the former Frank Wood nursing home along Morton Street said this week that they are pleased with the winner, Harbor Health Services. Last week, Harbor... Read more
Ed Davis, the newly installed commissioner of the Boston Police Department, plans to re-structure the department so that officers are more connected to residents and issues of particular city neighborhoods. The shift, to be mapped out during a transition... Read more
Boston City Councillor James M. Kelly died early Tuesday morning after a prolonged battle with colon cancer. Those who knew him for any of the roles in which he served &endash; as a city councillor, sheet metal worker, friend, or father &endash;... Read more
Officials from Mt. Washington Bank this week detailed their plans for a new branch office in Codman Square that is being hailed as a major investment along a forlorn stretch of Talbot Avenue. The $4 million project began late last month with the... Read more
Newly elected City Council President Maureen Feeney says she knows it will take time to adjust to the new role, added responsibility, and changing expectations that come with her new post. "Yesterday was hectic &endash; today it became real," she said... Read more
One man was killed and a second seriously injured in a shooting at 91 Florida Street on Tuesday night. Officers from District C-11 responded to a report of a person shot at the apartment building on the corner of Florida Street and Monsignor Lydon Way... Read more
Between two pillars and an iron arch that read "Stanley Bellevue Urban Wild," Mayor Thomas Menino declared last Saturday that the ground upon which he stood would remain an urban wild in perpetuity. Neighbors delighted in what had been a long process to... Read more
Several city councillors and voting rights advocacy groups have called for drastic reforms to the city's election operation after department policy led to ballot shortages in as many as 30 city precincts across Boston last Tuesday. Many of the delays and... Read more
For front row seats to the battle over Ballot Question One, an initiative that would create a new category of liquor licenses allowing grocery stores to sell wine, look no farther than Morrissey Boulevard. On Columbia Point, Harbor Point Liquors leases... Read more
Almost $20 million in improvements to the John P. Holland Elementary School has transformed an old drab concrete building into an educators dream. "I feel like I won the lottery," said Michelle O'Connell, principal of the Holland School. The Olney Street... Read more
Residents of the Baker Square Condominium complex in Lower Mills have until September 14 to vote on an agreement that could mark a decisive turn in a long-awaited construction of new housing units in presently-empty buildings on the historic chocolate... Read more
Members of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission asked local residents to weigh in on the condition of Dorchester's beaches during a forum at the Savin Hill Yacht Club last Thursday evening. Residents praised improvements to water quality at the beaches in... Read more

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