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Hindus from across New England gather to celebrate Navratri or Nine Nights, at Dorchester's Ganesh Temple near Codman Square. Photo by Bijoyeta Das. Dollops of ghee or clarified butter are poured through bay leaves into a square metal fire pot,... Read more
As the current financial crisis sends an uncertain nation scurrying for shelter, Four Corner's MOD Boston boutique is in the midst of a confident expansion that will add a men's section and an online store in time for holiday shopping. Owner Patrick... Read more
Sonia Chang-Diaz, the newly-minted Democratic nominee for the state Senate's Second Suffolk seat, took a victory lap this week with some of the state's top Democrats as incumbent Sen. Dianne Wilkerson battled back against renewed allegations that she lied... Read more
City Councillor Michael Ross will succeed Dorchester's Maureen Feeney as the president of the Boston City Council next year through a unique agreement that will make his chief opponent for the job, Councillor Steve Murphy, the body's vice-president. The... Read more
Some eighth grade pupils were kept after school last Friday at the Neponset Avenue campus of the new Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, but it was not for poor behavior or to clean the erasers. The students were invited to stay late to receive a group of... Read more
Based on language on invitations printed and passed out for a fundraiser held this month in California, Boston's daily newspapers ran a story framing City Councillor Sam Yoon as a possible candidate for mayor of Boston in 2009. Although Yoon and his new... Read more
As state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson cranks up her political apparatus for a write-in campaign to keep the Second Suffolk District seat she's held for 15 years, her colleagues on Beacon Hill, in City Hall and among the Dorchester delegation are largely staying... Read more
After Saigon fell on April 30, 1975, the yellow flag with three red stripes (often flown in Dorchester's Vietnamese-American community) was forbidden on Vietnamese territory. It was the flag of the South Vietnamese, first born after France signed the Ha... Read more
The separate murders of two men on King Street in the last month-and-a-half weighed heavily on the minds of those gathered for Tuesday night's meeting of the Saint Mark's Area Civic Association. Nicklan Rosa, 25, was shot to death in the driveway of a... Read more
What will become of the crumbling brick building with the boarded windows at 872 Morton St. in Mattapan?  Prime property along a busy commercial district, directly across from a newly renovated commuter train service, sits an old Boston Police station... Read more
The latest round in the slugfest between incumbent state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson (D-Roxbury) and Democratic nominee Sonia Chang-Diaz has taken a racially-charged turn, after one high-profile Wilkerson supporter said that Chang-Diaz is not a "person of color... Read more
Dorchester's two men in Congress - Michael Capuano in the Eighth District and Stephen F. Lynch in the Ninth - agree they want to see Wall Street help foot the bill for any government-sponsored bailout of the financial industry. Nonetheless, the men came... Read more
The American Cancer Society will host its "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk this Sunday along Boston's Charles River. The annual fundraising event, designed to support research into the cause and cure of breast cancer, begins at 8 a.m. at the... Read more
Each election cycle provides an opportunity for encouraging voter participation among immigrant communities. Many believe that with Barack Obama on the ballot, Election 2008 could be a golden ticket, rearing voting blocs across the city that 2009 mayoral... Read more
As a light drizzle stopped on late Sunday night, Liz McBride stepped out of Dbar on Dorchester Avenue to light a cigarette. According to Boston Public Health Commission it will soon be illegal to smoke in the patio of a bar. But McBride says she is... Read more
Two of Boston's elected officials this week praised police response to a Mattapan shooting that injured a baby, but pressed for more direct communication between officers and emergency response workers. In a Tuesday hearing, Councillors Charles Yancey and... Read more
Opponents of the ballot question eliminating the state income tax officially launched their campaign last week in Grove Hall, trotting out a Worcester businessman, a UMass-Boston student, a Cape Cod nurse and a Dorchester special needs teacher and saying... Read more
Brilliant yellow and orange walls welcome new registrants to the front desk of Healthworks in the Codman Square Health Center, a new women-only fitness center that offers more than just a workout session. Scheduled to open in October, the club is a result... Read more
Stung by a 228-vote loss in the Democratic primary, state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson this week confirmed that if a recount effort fails, she will run a sticker campaign to retain her seat in the November 4th the general election. Wilkerson lost to challenger... Read more
The Boston Nature Center in Mattapan will host its annual Rappin' with Raptors festival this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The free event brings visitors up-close and personal with live raptors. There will also be musical entertainment by the Branches Steel... Read more

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