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A federal judge today rejected a request from an alleged leader of the Mattapan branch of the Latin Kings gang for pre-trial release because of Covid-19 concerns, saying there is no way she could release him without creating a potential danger to society... Read more
As policymakers it is our responsibility to respond to the public health challenges before us with urgency while planning the long term recovery of our city, state and nation. Community health centers have been key to delivering an equitable public... Read more
Nearly 900,000 Massachusetts workers, representing almost a quarter of the state's entire labor force, have filed new claims for unemployment benefits since mid-March as the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread shutdowns it prompted continue to exert an... Read more
A local bartender is among the final four contestants in a nationwide “cocktail challenge” fundraiser started in support of currently laid-off restaurant workers. Ryan McHugh, a Codman Square resident who tended bar at Grill 23 & Bar in the Back Bay... Read more
The Boston Public Health Commission’s ‘Health of Boston 2016-2017’ report shows that black and brown communities in Boston are more likely to suffer higher rates of chronic illness such as asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. The prevalence... Read more
Solmon Chowdhury, owner of Shanti Indian Cuisine, 1111 Dorchester Ave., says the restaurant is re-opening for takeout and delivery on May 1. Chowdhury was forced to close the restaurant a month ago, when his supplies of spices and other ingredients in the... Read more
Racial, economic disparities in spotlight Last week’s decision by Gov. Charlie Baker to keep all public and private schools closed through the end of the academic year drew support from city officials and leaders in the education field, with most viewing... Read more
By the beginning of May, we will be looking at more than one million cases of the coronavirus in the US in just three months. There were 30,000 new cases reported per day during the month of April. Looking at the data, it would appear that plans for re-... Read more
Monsignor Francis J. McGann, a priest of the archiocese of Boston for 71 years who spent a dozen years in Dorchester in his early years of service, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on April 24 of complications related to a Covid-19 infection. He was... Read more
Jack Dempsey, a Boston firefighter for 35 years, was appointed commissioner of the city’s fire service last Friday. Dempsey has served in the interim role since the retirement of former Commissioner Joe Finn last month. Mayor Walsh said Dempsey “has... Read more
A new “viral” music video created by students and staff at the Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School with the intention of spreading “a message of joy and positivity” has been making its rounds on the internet since it was first published last Friday. In the... Read more
More than 300,000 health care workers and first responders in Massachusetts have stepped up to the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. They suit up in scrubs or uniforms, leave the comfort of their homes, and put their lives at risk to keep us, our... Read more
I urgently plead with you to support and implement universal vote-by-mail in the Commonwealth for the September primary and November final elections. By this I mean mailing ballots to all registered voters in the state. The case for this action has been... Read more
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) says it will close the I-93 expressway in the Tip O’Neill Tunnel in Boston during the overnight hours Friday, May 1, and on Saturday, May 2 for "milling and paving operations." The southbound tunnel... Read more
- The Massachusetts Health Council has started a campaign to help employers and communities by bringing food to the indispensable staff at community health centers, long term care facilities and YMCA childcare centers. So far in Dorchester, the MHC has... Read more
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch's path to re-election just got a little clearer with the South Boston Democrat's primary challenger Brianna Wu announcing Tuesday that she would discontinue her campaign for Congress. Lynch, who is seeking his 10th full term in the... Read more
In a first, the Lower Mills Civic Association convened its monthly meeting on Tuesday in a virtual format via Zoom, with dozens of community leaders, elected officials, and residents chiming in through phone or video chat. Mayor Martin Walsh was a... Read more
Dorchester Brewing Company will host a virtual piano sing-along for charity featuring Klipper Music, who will perform a live-streamed set from DBCo's Hopservatory this Saturday, May 2 from 5-6 p.m. Pianist Austin Klipp will be playing some of his favorite... Read more
At the start of an eighth week living under a state of emergency, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday the data might be starting to show that the coronavirus's spread has "plateaued" as he committed an additional $130 million to support efforts to fight COVID-... Read more

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