Apr. 7, 2009
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced more charges against former Boston state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. A federal grand jury sitting in Boston returned 23 new charges, all comprised of theft of honest services mail and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office said. Read more
City Councillor Maureen Feeney has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday evening (April 7) to scrutinize a plan that would temporarily close the Murphy Community Center for renovations this summer. Read more
Just days before he submits his budget to the City Council, Mayor Thomas Menino gave some insights into his priorities and challenges in his annual address to the Dorchester Board of Trade on Tuesday afternoon.
Menino â€” who is widely expected to run for re-election this fall â€” said he foresees a $78 million cut in local aid, money that comes from the state and goes to city coffers for local programs, in the fiscal 2010 budget, on top of a $23 million cut this year.
Menino said he hopes to extract additional revenues from the cityâ€™s own contractors. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino reiterated a promise by his staff that preschool programs would continue at the Murphy Community Center and eight other community centers this week, saying there were state slots available for the children if funding for the teachers, who will not be paid by the city in next yearâ€™s budget, cannot be found elsewhere. Read more
Carlos Henriquez said this week he is definitely running for the District 7 City Council seat, adding that incumbent Chuck Turner has the right heart but the wrong tactics, and is distracted form his duties in the Council by the need to defend himself from federal corruption charges. Read more
A first for Vietnamese-Americans in the city
Hiep Q. Nguyen, a community activist and accountant who came to Boston in 1991, has confirmed that he will be running for City Council at-Large. At 26, he may be the youngest candidate in this yearâ€™s race. And according to many, he is the first Vietnamese-American ever to run for the council in Boston. Read more
Mar. 23, 2009
UMass undergraduates, bracing for an expected $1,500 fee increase, appear in line for some relief thanks to federal stimulus funds aimed toward the coffers of the state's public higher education system. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the restoration of funds cut from the higher education on Tuesday at UMass-Boston, according to Education Secretary Paul Reville. A press conference has been scheduled at the university's Campus Center. Read more