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An MBTA rendering shows the planned archway at the new Mattapan Square station. Two MBTA station renovations that lost certain design features due to budget cuts are being reunited with their finishing touches. At Mattapan Station, an archway that was... Read more
For years, two Clear Channel-owned billboards have occupied prime real estate atop a prominent Adams Corner building, stirring the ire of some neighbors who deem it an eyesore. But in September, after a persistent Clear Channel and a generous landlord... Read more
Patients feared the worst after a front page headline in the Boston Globe last Wednesday announced that the Caritas Carney Hospital might be "sold or shuttered." The hospital phone lines lit up with hundreds of worried calls. The influx forced the... Read more
In August 2006, Jeffrey Grand-Pierre gave Boston Police officers a workout. The 22 year-old suspect led police on a foot-chase down Washington and Dade Streets, tossing his Ruger .22 revolver before they caught up with him at Shawmut Avenue and Williams... Read more
While the number of childhood lead poisoning cases has greatly reduced in Massachusetts - from 772 in 2003 to 460 last year - hundreds of Boston youths remain at risk. Neighborhoods such as Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury and Hyde Park carry the highest... Read more
Corita Kent, the artist who designed the Boston Gas rainbow tank in Dorchester, was a "rock star" in the 1970s. But the gas tank at Commercial Point put her on the map in Boston. Kent died in 1986, but her rainbow design lives on and is the largest piece... Read more
Michael Coté's website touts a lone endorsement: The Massachusetts ACORN Political Action Committee. "I think it is a long shot," Coté admits of his second run at the District 3 seat held by Boston City Council President Maureen Feeney. "Whether I win or... Read more
Susan Abner, who lives on Mather Street near Fields Corner, is a professional pet groomer. She runs her own store, Snippers Hair Club for Dogs, on Dorchester Ave. in South Boston. So, when Susan spotted a coyote prowling her street last Friday morning... Read more
News that the Caritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester could sell or close has sparked concern among legislators and health care industry leaders, who called the facility both a health care and employment provider. People who spoke with hospital president,... Read more
Influenza starts to make its presence known in October and November. For some - especially senior citizens and health care workers - the dangers are especially acute. Vaccines are available and, once again this year, a number of opportunities are... Read more
"Snitching." Reporting crime to the police. To many youth in Boston, it is the ultimate "no-no." Fearing getting hurt or killed themselves, young men and women in Boston have increasingly opted to keep silent, according to a health status report from the... Read more
Kayla Leonard, only one day after her second birthday, reached her hand across to touch little John Jordan, three months old. Completely unaware of the situation that surrounded them, the two smiled at each other as they sat on their mothers' laps at the... Read more
If there is anyone most qualified to endure the famed "hot seat" from television's hit show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," it's local firefighter Kevin Meehan. For the past four years, Meehan, 42, has worked with Engine #7, the oldest fire company in... Read more
Over 200 trees were removed from the American Legion Highway between Blue Hill Avenue and Walk Hill Street last month, surprising members of the Franklin Park Coalition nearby. "At first we thought it was maintenance, but there were too many coming down... Read more
Kai Leigh Harriott, who was left paralyzed at age three when a stray bullet flew into her Dorchester home, is one of many neighborhood people featured in Bill Brett's new book, Boston: An Extended Family. "Her mother told me her daughter would walk one... Read more
Boston Urban Gardeners has proposed giving Dorchester Gardenlands Preservations six Dorchester garden plots in varying states of repair. Officers of BUG have stopped returning Reporter phone calls, and some in the neighborhood are against the deal based... Read more
A system of trails, benches, parking, an outdoor classroom and a stargazing area will soon appear in an urban wild near the crossroads of Bowdoin-Geneva known as Geneva Cliffs. Thanks to a flurry of local organizations and public and private donors,... Read more
A crucial lifeline came through for neighborhood health care providers last Thursday when Gov. Deval Patrick awarded 2007's Essential Community Provider Trust grants. Only weeks ago, the pool from which these grants are taken was $10 million less than... Read more
Steven Odom, 13, was just steps from his Evans Street door last Thursday evening when he was gunned down, shot in the head by an unknown assailant. Within minutes, he was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center, making the middle school student the 52nd... Read more
"It's quiet out here," is the standard Dot-onian comment on the at-large City Council race this cycle. With expectations of a low-turnout, little to no press coverage and only five candidates with operations proven to pull significant votes citywide,... Read more

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