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Gov. Charlie Baker proposed last week to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, igniting an already smoldering debate on Beacon Hill over whether to give gamblers an additional avenue to wager their money and over who should be able to take part in the... Read more
A new bill in the Massachusetts Legislature could make it easier for minors to get an abortion. The bill, An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access, known as the ROE Act, does many things, but front and center is a provision to eliminate the... Read more
The forensic anthropologist and Dorchester resident Dr. Sarah Kiley Schoff has always been fascinated by bones. As a child growing up on the South Shore, she says, she was influenced by her father, an amateur archaeologist who kindled her interest in the... Read more
For more than a decade, the impact of sea level rise and tidal flooding has been making waves on the real estate market of coastal New England, costing property owners in Boston an estimated $5.7 million in lost appreciation. That’s according to a report... Read more
Boston Arts Academy (BAA), the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts presents, “Memphis: The Musical” at the Strand Theatre this Friday (Jan. 25) at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday (Jan. 26) with two performances – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.... Read more
Advocates for a “Dot Greenway” on top of the Red Line tunnel cap between Park and Ashmont Streets announced a new fiscal partnership with LivableStreets and reviewed the potential timeline for this $5-7 million project at a meeting on Tuesday night. Jenn... Read more
The government shutdown has now dragged on for over a month, well past the prior record of just under three weeks, and the stalemate continues over border funding. In the meantime, impacted Bostonians are struggling with missed paychecks and preemptive... Read more
The Vietnamese-American Community of Massachusetts and the Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association (IVSA) will celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year by hosting the 30th annual Tet in Boston Festival on Sat., Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the... Read more
Jennifer Smith, News Editor of the Dorchester Reporter, talks about recent stories--from politics to the cannabis economy, and the future of the Mattapan-Ashmont trolley line with Chris Lovett in a segment for BNN News that aired on January 17, 2019.
Mayor Martin Walsh and members of the Boston Celtics organization helped to unveil a newly renovated teen center at the Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) Marshall Community Center on Tuesday evening. The new facility, located at the UP Academy... Read more
Following is the first in a series of excerpts from the recently published book by Mr. Quill – “When Last the Glorious Light: Lay of the Massachuset” – a story centered on the fate of the Native American tribe called the Massachuset, from which the state... Read more
On Tuesday, the leader of the Northeast Province (New England, New York, northern New Jersey) of the Society of Jesus released the names of Jesuits in its jurisdiction who, the statement said, “has had a credible allegation of abuse against a minor or... Read more
One of Dorchester’s most infamous problem properties is on the market for half a million dollars. The house at 97 Mt. Ida Road has weathered storms, fires, condemnation, attempted razing, and withering critiques from neighbors who said its condition... Read more
State Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan launched another broadside against the leadership of the Massachusetts House of Representatives last week, describing the legislative body’s top-down approach as isolating for those who do not go along. Clearly... Read more
Ayanna Pressley had already been sworn in with the rest of her Congressional class when she returned to her district this weekend to share the moment with those who decisively swept her into office but could not make the trek down to Washington. At a... Read more
A cadre of Dorchester civic, main streets, and health center leaders gathered Monday night for a discussion where they would have the opportunity to query city and state and city officials about the nuts and bolts of how the new cannabis industry might... Read more
State Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan launched another broadside against the leadership of the Massachusetts House last week, describing the legislative body’s top-down approach as isolating for those who do not go along. Clearly frustrated with the way... Read more
Congresswoman’s husband leaves City Hall role, forms private firm Conan Harris, the husband of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and one of Mayor Martin Walsh’s senior public safety advisors in recent years, has left City Hall and launched his own consulting... Read more
During an upbeat State of the City address Tuesday night at Symphony Hall, Mayor Marty Walsh contrasted Boston with the dysfunction in Washington, comparing the city's successes with the paralysis in the federal government. The state of Boston is strong,... Read more
VietAID announced last week that it is shutting its after-school programs because of financial issues, but says it hopes to re-open them at some point. People who have already signed their kids up for programs through May will get refunds, the group said... Read more

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