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All is silent in the old Dorchester High building. The clanging of lockers, the squeals of fresh gossip, the hourly bells, and the shuffling of feet as students move from class to class will begin again in earnest come September. For now, the solitary... Read more
A 20 year-old woman was killed and three others wounded by two hooded gunman Sunday night in a brazen ambush on a leafy and normally peaceful Mattapan sidestreet. The incident has ratcheted up fears of escalating gang activity in a residential section off... Read more
A 10 year-old Dorchester girl, who is a standout in the classroom and the swimming pool, has added an exciting new accomplishment to her resume this summer: Kristen Fields has been crowned Miss Massachusetts by the National American Miss pageant. The... Read more
Eighteen-year-old Nia Ferguson of Dorchester has been singing with her church choir since the age of five. Even at that young age, Ferguson says, she decided that music would always be a part of her life. Earlier this month, Ferguson's dream of pursuing... Read more
The Dorchester Park Association is strategizing for a battle against a vine and a handful of invasive plants that threaten the future of the park's tree canopy. "If you look at the park in the wintertime you can see that the trees are being smothered,"... Read more
It will take a some work to approach Mayor Thomas Menino's goal of 100,000 new trees in Boston by 2020, announced in April, but a few gaps in Dorchester's tree canopy are starting to look leafy. "I love it," said Gloria Vieira of the Annapolis... Read more
"Take Me Out To The…Concert!" That's what hundreds of Dorchester sports fans and music lovers were humming last Sunday afternoon as they left "A Salute to the Red Sox," the third annual Boston Landmarks Orchestra concert in Dorchester Park. (The 2005... Read more
State Sen. Jack Hart, who in recent weeks was seen as a finalist for the open job to lead the Massachusetts Bio-Technology Council, announced last Thursday that he was no longer a candidate for the position. Early this week, the council picked Robert... Read more
Against a backdrop of eroding sandcastles on Revere Beach Aug. 1, Governor Deval Patrick announced $2 million in new funding for 19 metropolitan beaches from Nahant to Hull, including three in Dorchester. More beach benefits are in the works on Beacon... Read more
Tom Finneran, once the most powerful and, by his own measure, the most unpopular man in Massachusetts politics, sits on a curb outside the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton on a steamy July day with much of the sizzle in his life gone, but with the spirit... Read more
In the world of AAU basketball, teams from across the country compete on an enormous scale, players dreaming of the chance to raise a trophy and maybe one day stand on an NBA court. It's a league the fuels competition in every season, games on any days.... Read more
For Tom Finneran, self-styled "most unpopular man" in state politics from 1999 to 2004, his days in federal court earlier this year, where he pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice for making misleading and false statements under oath in a... Read more
News that state Sen. Jack Hart is a top contender to lead the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council touched off a wave of speculation in the neighborhood this week, as local elected officials and other politically connected residents considered the... Read more
The Boston Fire Department likes to think of themselves as one large family, and even if their family outings might not be a trip to Castle Island, they live and work together with an intense closeness. Last week they welcomed into their ranks 46 new... Read more
In the first big hire of his new administration, UMass-Boston Chancellor Keith Motley tapped a twelve-year campus veteran this week for his chief of staff. Christopher Hogan, who lives in Lynn with his wife and three children, has served as the university... Read more
The Boston City Council is considering a home rule petition that would impose a mandatory minimum penalty for those found in possession of an unregistered gun in their home or work. Under current Massachusetts law, possession of an unregistered gun at... Read more
It's just before eight o'clock on a cool summer morning at the Morton Street stop along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. Just last week, in this very spot, elected and transit officials from the city and state smiled broadly and cut a ribbon to mark the... Read more
At first glance, the new GoKids Boston space at UMass-Boston looks like any other fitness facility. It's equipped with all the things one would expect to find in a gym; there's stationary bikes and Nautilus equipment. But set beyond the weights and cardio... Read more
Mattapan is one of Boston's most culturally diverse communities. It is also known to be one of the least healthy. Over the years, studies conducted by the Boston Public Health Commission have repeatedly found that nutritional outlets are very limited to... Read more
Since 1990, Juana Rodriguez has taken into her own home- and been a foster mom to- 75 children. She has cared for some of the most troubled children and young adults in the Department of Social Services's (DSS) Boston region, and turned many of them... Read more

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