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A two-alarm fire at a two-family home at 61 Shepton St., left, on Monday night caused an estimated $275,000 in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the scene just after 11:15 p.m. for a report of a “fire in the... Read more
Boston Police released preliminary statistics this week that suggest a significant decline— 19 percent— in so-called ‘Part One’ crime in the city of Boston this year compared to the same time frame in 2020. The drop in crime categories includes three... Read more
Last week’s Reporter carried good news about a long-awaited project to patch a 0.7-mile missing link in the Neponset Greenway, between Tenean Beach and Morrissey Boulevard, a stretch that includes a hazardous crossing at the Southeast Expressway off ramp... Read more
In Dorchester, Wu pitches housing plans With Boston set to take in $500 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, mayoral candidate Wu is pushing for $200 million to go toward community land trusts, repairs of the city’s public housing,... Read more
Outside political groups are teeing up for the Boston mayoral race as the Sept. 14 preliminary approaches, with some bold-faced names, including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, pouring money into one of the groups. “Better Boston,” a group seeking to help... Read more
Four mayoral candidates joined the Boston Pride Mayoral Forum on Monday, highlighting LGBTQ policy priorities ahead of the Sept. 14 preliminary. The candidates who participated in the panel included John Barros, who served as City Hall’s economic... Read more
Joel Richards scored a plum endorsement today in the contest to succeed Andrea Campbell as the city councillor in District 4. The Boston Teachers Union. The Boston Teachers Union — which counts more than 10,000 men and women in its ranks— tapped Richards... Read more
A five-year study by the Boston Foundation makes the case that housing instability threatens the health of low-income Boston area residents. The Boston Foundation’s Health Starts at Home initiative began in 2016, with funding for four local organizations... Read more
When used with intention and meditation, psychedelic plants have proven healing properties. A Johns Hopkins study from last year found them four times more effective at treating depression than pharmaceutical medication. Two studies in the American... Read more
State Rep. Liz Miranda, who represents parts of Dorchester and Roxbury in the Legislature’s Fifth Suffolk district, gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, last Friday. Among the graduates from the Class of 2021 in attendance... Read more
The Irish know something about colonialism. Long before there was a British Empire on which “the sun never set,” Ireland was the testing ground for English conquest and confiscating land from the natives. It is understandable, then, that the Irish are... Read more
Amid the suddenly open Boston mayoral race and the precipitous decline in Covid-19 cases, a long-awaited decision on Beacon Hill about whether Boston residents will have a seat at the table on major public transportation decisions has disappeared from the... Read more
Dorchester native Caroline Powers has been named senior vice-president for External Affairs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She will start on June 21. Powers joins Dana-Farber from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), where she... Read more
Marvin Le of Dorchester, a junior at BC High, was part of a team of students that won the top prize in the school’s inaugural Shields Innovation Challenge, aimed at prompting entrepreneurial thinking. Le’s winning team – “Vert” – came up with an idea for... Read more
After an Orange Line derailment first revealed an unusual problem within the MBTA’s newest subway cars, officials said on Monday that they now believe that aging infrastructure along the tracks also contributed to the incident. MBTA Deputy General Manager... Read more
Dan Rea, the reporter and broadcaster best known for his WBZ radio show NightSide, has made a “substantial” gift to UMass Boston to “renovate and endow the weight room” in the Clark Athletic Center. Rea is a 1970 graduate of Boston State College, which... Read more
Last week Dorchester Art Project announced the launch of “Tiny DAP Concerts,” a new intimate, virtual showcase inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts that will look to highlight Greater Boston artists who are rising the ranks in New England Hip Hop. Led by... Read more
Oswald Neptune’s troop of workers hits the streets of Mattapan and Hyde Park every weekday, pairing off for door-to-door canvassing along predetermined routes and visibility standouts in Mattapan Square and inside Mattapan Station, areas with heavy foot... Read more
Cristo Rey Valedictorian Alanna Perez spent the final hours of 2020, a “brutal” year, on the phone in the Dominican Republic working with a school counselor to finalize her college applications. She was also caring for her ailing grandmother while... Read more
Construction is underway on a high-profile lot in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood primed to become home to Boston’s only food co-op, which would occupy the ground floor commercial space of a four-story affordable housing project being built by VietAID.... Read more


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