(UPDATED) City Council president recommends Turner expulsion, effective Dec. 3

City Council President Michael Ross on Monday filed a motion recommending that Councillor Chuck Turner be removed from the 13-member body, effective Dec. 3, as Turner vowed to fight to keep his office.

Turner was convicted last month of accepting a $1,000 bribe and lying to FBI agents about it. He has maintained his innocence and asked for the council to postpone any decisions until after his January sentencing date.  Read more

Probation report stirs concern in Dot precincts

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 24, 2010

The release of an independent report ordered up by the Supreme Judicial Court alleging corruption and widespread mismanagement within the state Probation Department has evoked cautious expressions of concern among local lawmakers and incoming state legislators.

“I think we will take action in the new year,” said state Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Dorchester). “It’s something you can’t jump at. You have to put the right solutions in place.”

The report concluded that the hiring and promotions processes are filled with “systemic abuse and corruption.” The Boston Globe’s investigative Spotlight team sparked the independent investigation with a series of articles earlier this year.  Read more

Melville-Park group pushes to shift polling place

A correction has been attached to this article.

The Melville Park Neighborhood Association is petitioning the city’s elections department to change their present polling location at Oliver Wendell Holmes School, citing little available parking and low turnout.  Read more

A tale of two Dianne Wilkersons

To her supporters and defense attorneys, former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was a voice for some of the state's neediest and most powerless people, as well as a "flawed being, who made terrible mistakes." According to federal prosecutors, the Roxbury Democrat was a politician who felt and acted like she was above the law, learned nothing from her past conviction, and was breaking laws from the outset of her political career.

A U.S. District Court judge will have to decide which version of Wilkerson is closest to the truth as he weighs what punishment is appropriate. Prosecutors are pushing for four years in jail -- two months more than the sentencing guidelines established in law -- saying it's necessary to "reflect the defendant's crime and to promote respect for the law." Wilkerson pleaded guilty to corruption and bribery charges earlier this year.  Read more

Report: Finneran refused to testify in Probation Dept. investigation

Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran refused to testify in an independent investigation into alleged corruption within the state Probation Department, according to an independent report released Thursday. The report, ordered by the state's highest court, concludes the hiring and promotions process is filled with "systemic abuse and corruption."  Read more

Hearing eyes resources for families hit by violence

Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

More than 60 Boston officials, victims advocates and family members touched by street crime met at Boston City Hall to discuss resources available for families struggling in the wake of violent crime.

City councillor Charles Yancey and Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley heard testimony from almost 20 community service providers as well as representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Boston Police Department who outlined their long-term commitment to families who have lost loved ones in the streets of Boston.  Read more

Merchants, residents cheers new Main Streets for Mattapan Square

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

Mattapan Square has finally been designated for a branch of Boston’s Main Streets program, which has helped revitalize several other neighborhood business districts over the last 15 years. As the twentieth  Main Streets district, Mattapan Square’s application was accepted in August of this year and formally designated in early November by Mayor Tom Menino.  Read more

Patrick: $1 million state grant to help build new Freedom House

Reporter Staff
Nov. 18, 2010

Grove Hall’s Freedom House will get $1 million in state funds to help build a new headquarters on the site of its present Crawford Street home. The challenge grant was announced by Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday. Freedom House will need to raise $1 million to match the state funding in order to get the grant. The organization, started in 1949 by Muriel and Otto Snowden, focuses on issues of poverty, educational achievement, and racial disparities in underserved neighborhoods.

Feeney leans toward a final run for District Three seat

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 18, 2010

City Councillor Maureen FeeneyCity Councillor Maureen FeeneyDorchester City Councillor Maureen Feeney will make a decision on whether to run for another term after the holidays, she said this week.

First elected to the District Three seat in 1993, Feeney said she is leaning towards another run.

“As of right now, I am,” she told the Reporter. But she added that if she runs and wins re-election next year, when district councillors and city councillors at-large are up for re-election, she will not be mounting a campaign in 2013.  Read more

O'Malley wins City Council's District 6 slot

The Boston Phoenix's David Bernstein and West Roxbury Patch are reporting that Matt O'Malley will take former City Councillor John Tobin's place on the City Council. Voters went to the polls in West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill to pick between O'Malley and local businessman Jim Hennigan.

Tobin stepped down from the job in August to take a post at Northeastern University.  Read more