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Allowing hundreds of thousands of K-12 students to resume learning in school buildings this fall will improve educational outcomes, relieve pressure on families and boost supports for the state's most vulnerable children, Baker administration officials... Read more
Juneteenth is a step closer to becoming a state holiday in Massachusetts after the House on Wednesday agreed to mark June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday took place last Friday and residents across the state took the streets in large... Read more
Cardinal Seán O’Malley has approved the merger of St. Ann and St. Brendan parishes into a new Catholic parish in a move that will keep both church buildings open under a new name. In a letter sent to parishioners today, Fr. Brian Clary said that the... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh today rolled out three initiatives that he says are aimed at addressing systemic racism in Boston, including an Equity and Inclusion Cabinet in his administration and a new Racial Equity Fund. The mayor said he plans to file a “fair... Read more
In March, when I subpoenaed the Boston Police Department’s field, interrogation, and observation (FIO) data, also known as “stop and frisk” data, broken down by race, I did not know that a few weeks later, Ahmaud Arbery would be hunted down and murdered... Read more
Dissenters say budget is ‘business-as-usual’ The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to approve Mayor Martin Walsh’s FY2021 budget, after a two-hour conversation during which councillors aired thoughts about police reform, potential layoffs, and the... Read more
“Bending Lines,” the latest project created by the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map and Education Center, explores the ways maps can affect and sometimes distort how we perceive reality. While maps tell us a lot about what the world looks like, they... Read more
The 13 members of the City Council unanimously passed a resolution last Wednesday in support of state legislation aimed at removing tear gas, rubber bullets, attack dogs and other weapons “not even used in war” from state and local police department... Read more
Legislation that would give Massachusetts voters more options to participate remotely in the fall primary and general elections is advancing on Beacon Hill this week with House and Senate versions set to be reconciled by lawmakers. Both bills — H. 4778... Read more
Youth-focused summer programs — including the popular Dorchester Baseball league— are preparing to re-open early next month as part of the anticipated “phase three” outlined by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of... Read more
We need to improve our capacity to select, train, and discipline police officers. Emphasis should be placed on maturity, good judgment, and self-restraint. Training should focus on how to de-escalate tense situations. The power to arrest, and in the... Read more
Summer BCMFest – the warm-weather counterpart to the annual winter BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) – will take place in a virtual format on July 5, featuring performances by the likes of fiddler Katie McNally; fiddle-harp duo Jenna Moynihan and Màiri... Read more
We have learned a lot about living through a pandemic over the past four months. Our best weapons for combatting a rapid spread of the virus in Massachusetts remain wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing. These require a change in human... Read more
A pair of Dorchester residents are “hatching change” by enlisting the help of their chickens to raise funds for a local social justice organization. Sierra and Vienna Rothberg — sisters who live in Fields Corner— started a Facebook fundraiser last week... Read more
Winston McGhee, 36, was arrested Wednesday for his alleged role as a supplier to a drug operation run by two brothers that had stash houses in Dorchester and Mattapan and wholesaled both cocaine and crack to smaller dealers across the city. Agents from... Read more
Let me start by saying this: Black Lives Matter. And we cannot take substantive steps forward to heal — as a community, as a state, as a nation, as a people— until we all embrace this. No lives truly matter until we all recognize that Black Lives Matter... Read more
Dorchester non-profit and charitable apparel maker United Senergy is placing its new “Everyday Heroes” t-shirt at the center of its fundraising campaign to battle food insecurity in Boston neighborhoods, an initiative brought about through a partnership... Read more
Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) hosted a “Drive-Through Graduation” on June 4 honoring the sixty members of the Class of 2020. BCSS arranged for a socially distant graduation ceremony, where students waited in their cars until their names were... Read more
A number of Dorchester restaurants are pivoting back to limited indoor dining this week— or making plans to do so soon— as the Commonwealth gradually eases restrictions on the trade. Tavolo Ristorante on Dorchester Avenue is planning to re-open for table... Read more
The gradual reopening of the economy in Massachusetts has led to employees feeling more stable in their jobs and financial situations over the past month, according to a new Suffolk University poll for WGBH News, the State House News Service, The Boston... Read more

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