Jan. 20, 2014
Out of concern for the families of those murdered by juveniles and in the wake of a high court ruling that the most severe penalty is unconstitutional, state prosecutors are calling on Beacon Hill to make sure juveniles who commit murder spend at least 35 years behind bars. Read more
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
Jan. 16, 2014
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
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
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
Jan. 15, 2014
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
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
Jan. 15, 2014
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
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
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