Politics

Former District 3 candidate says he’s running in race to replace Walsh

John O’Toole, who ran for City Council in 2011, said on Thursday he plans to be a candidate in the upcoming special election to replace Marty Walsh in the House.

Walsh resigned from his House seat on Jan. 3, days before becoming the forty-eighth mayor of the city of Boston. Walsh served in the seat for 16 years after winning a special election in 1997.

“These opportunities don’t come around a lot,” O’Toole said.  Read more

French consul visits Codman Academy to discuss travel warning

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BNN-TV
Jan. 16, 2014

Students Challenge Neighborhood Profiling by French Government from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester.  Read more

Former House Speaker, Attorney General Robert H. Quinn dead at 85

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Robert H. Quinn, a Savin Hill native who recovered from a life and death bout with tuberculosis as a young man to became one of the Commonwealth’s most powerful political leaders of his generation, died on Sunday morning after being stricken at his home in Falmouth.

Mr. Quinn, 85, was a state representative from Ward 13 who became speaker of the Massachusetts House and, later, state attorney general. He was a pivotal figure in bringing the University of Massachusetts to its present home on Dorchester’s Columbia Point in the 1970s.

He will lie in repose today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Margaret Church at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish on Columbia Road. His funeral Mass will be said tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret’s with interment to follow at Cataumet Cemetery on Cape Cod.  Read more

‘Oh, Yo-Yo Ma, the pipes, the pipes are calling…’

The famed cellist Yo Yo-Ma performed at the inauguration of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Jan. 6 at Boston College’s Conte Forum. From left: Johnny Walsh, Mary Walsh, Mayor Walsh, Lorrie Higgins, Yo-Yo Ma, and Rev. Ray Hammond. Photo by Chris Lovett

One of the more memorable moments of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s inauguration ceremony at Boston College’s Conte Forum on Jan. 6 occurred during a musical interlude featuring Yo-Yo Ma, the 59-year-old Chinese American cellist who lives in Cambridge. Many in the audience anticipated that Ma might seek to tickle the mayor-elect’s Irish heartstrings, given that the official program book promised a “traditional Irish melody” as part of his medley, which also included George Crumb’s Toccata and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.

As he took the stage, more than a few boyos in the forum were elbowing each other with wisecracks of the “Yeah, Marty’s a huge Yo-Yo Ma fan” variety. But, when Ma eased into his interpretation of the mournful ballad “Danny Boy” — the smart talk ceased and the deep breaths began.  Read more

DeLeo, Patrick and Walsh: Henriquez should resign

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Update (4:30 p.m.): In separate statements, Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Martin J. Walsh have both called upon Rep. Henriquez to resign. Walsh said: "A jury has convicted Rep. Henriquez and a judge has sentenced him to serve jail time. In light of this, I would encourage Rep. Henriquez to resign, in the best interests of the constituents he represents."

Following the conviction Wednesday of Rep. Carlos Henriquez on charges of assault and battery against a woman he had been dating, House Speaker Robert DeLeo urged the Dorchester Democrat to “weigh very, very heavily” the option of resigning his seat or face a House Ethics Committee investigation.  Read more

Henriquez's position at State House unclear following conviction

By 
Michael P. Norton, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

House members who arrived on Beacon Hill Wednesday for their first substantive session of 2014 were distracted first by a political meeting at a nearby hotel and then by the news that one of their colleagues was led away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs and is headed to jail.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez sentenced to jail after conviction on two assault counts

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Rep. Carlos Henriquez was led away in handcuffs Wednesday after being found guilty by a jury in a domestic violence case stemming from an early morning rendezvous in Arlington Heights during the summer of 2012.

Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat in his second term, was found guilty in Cambridge District Court of two counts of assault and battery, and was acquitted on an additional count of assault and battery, witness intimidation and larceny of a SIM card.  Read more

Alleged victim describes attack, effort to reach Rep. Henriquez

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Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 13, 2014

After making out with him in the backseat of his rental car around 3 a.m., Katherine Gonzalves broke the news to Rep. Carlos Henriquez that she couldn't go home with him, the 25-year-old recalled on the witness stand at Henriquez's criminal trial Monday.

"His demeanor just changed," Gonzalves testified. She said, "He said, 'I drove all the way out here, into Arlington.' "  Read more

Rep. Henriquez's attorney to seek dismissal of assault case

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Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 10, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez is seeking a dismissal or finding of not guilty in his assault and battery criminal case after a previously undisclosed police report turned up during cross-examination in the trial Thursday.

Judge Michele Hogan met with Henriquez’s attorney and prosecutors Friday morning, saying the hearing’s purpose “is to make sure this defendant gets a fair and impartial trial.”  Read more

Walsh makes three more interim appointments, including Dot native Holmes as info chief

Justin Holmes

A top aide to Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday afternoon announced three additional appointments. In an email to City Hall workers, Walsh chief of staff Daniel Koh thanked them for their patience and said he would keep them informed about new hires and promotions.

According to the email, which was obtained by the Reporter, Justin Holmes, a Dorchester native, is the interim chief information officer. Holmes, who served as chief of staff to Maureen Feeney when she was the City Council president, was director of constituent engagement under Mayor Thomas Menino.  Read more