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The need to raise giant campaign funds and the power of incumbency can stifle democracy City Councillor Sam Yoon said in a panel discussion last Thursday. The forum explored the possible reasons why the Commonwealth ranks among the lowest percentages in... Read more
Rep. Marty Walsh spent St. Patrick's Day in Haiti this week. Walsh joined a delegation led by fellow Dorchester state Rep. Marie St. Fleur for an informational trip to the Caribbean county, which is still reeling from the heavy hurricane season. The... Read more
State lawmakers in the Dorchester delegation are calling for the state insurance commissioner to delay rules that they say will put insurance agents who serve urban areas out of business. Lawmakers, including state Reps. Marty Walsh and Linda Dorcena... Read more
Neighbors thirsting for an alternative to cable and Internet giant Comcast take heed: RCN says they are slowly, but surely, heading your way. Richard Wadman, the regional manager for RCN, says that the company hopes to pick up the pace in the new year.... Read more
Fifteen seconds left. The Dorchester Bears trail Boston English by three points. Darius Carter gets the pass, he's standing behind the three-point line. He shoots… swish! Tie game. The Bears go on to win, 67-66. Carter finishes with 29 points and with... Read more
EzediThis year's race for at-Large City Council just got a bit more interesting. Long rumored to be considering a run, Egobudike Ezedi Jr., currently director of the Roxbury YMCA, called the Reporter on Tuesday to say he's in. "I've been on the D.L., but... Read more
Uphams Corner stakeholders began imagining the future of the former St. Kevin's Parish property with a brainstorming session held last week, mulling over a number of concepts including new educational institutions, shops and restaurants, and green space.... Read more
Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here. The Strand... Read more
St. Ann's hoopsters reign supreme: St. Ann's basketball team won the State Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship on Sunday night at Milton High School, defeating St. Catherine's of Norwood, 61-55. The boys' triumph is the third in as many years... Read more
For the first time in close to 10 years the federal government is kicking in money for summer jobs for young people. More than $2 million is expected for Boston's program alone from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, out of $25 million set to... Read more
Welcome to the new online home of the Dorchester Reporter. We hope you will browse through the new and improved DotNews.com, take it for a test drive and let us know what you think. Much has changed in the 26 years since we started this news organization... Read more
Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here. The Strand Theatre will host a "Community Idol" contest... Read more
The Boston Civic Summit Neighborhood Exchange Team, an outgrowth of last year's Civic Summit hosted by City Councillor Maureen Feeney and convention center head James Rooney, is gathering basic information on neighborhood civic associations with a new... Read more
District 3 City Councillor Maureen Feeney's chief of staff, Renie Smith, who has earned a stellar reputation serving the neighborhood with the councillor for 11 years, is working her last day in City Hall today, at least for the time being. Smith, who... Read more
NE Brake Building As a temporary fix on a long-time eyesore, the new owner of the NE Brake Building at 1299 Massachusetts Ave. (above) is sprucing up the building's curved storefront and installing a small fruit and vegetable market to complement the... Read more
During an introductory meeting usually set aside for adoption of procedural rules and informal pleasantries, Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Co-chairman Sen. Michael Morrissey on Tuesday volunteered cautionary advice. "Whatever... Read more
House lawmakers voted 126-19 Thursday to create a committee of House and Senate members to handle the decennial task of re-drawing the lines of Congressional and legislative districts. The House voted 132-23 to reject an alternative plan that called for... Read more
Although times are tough and budgets tight, the Land Court can't seem to make a call in the city's largest property tax scofflaw case, which has now dragged on for almost five years. Maxwell Products Corporation and owner Hal Cohen owe well over $1.6... Read more
A burgeoning mayoral race. A governor who has just returned from Jamaica with his taxpayer-paid troopers in tow. And an ex-governor from several states away who is prone to swearing and allegedly calling a U.S. Senate seat a "[expletive] valuable thing."... Read more
Unless the state comes to the rescue of the MBTA, riders may be hit with a 30 percent fare hike and half the level of service on weekends and during off-peak hours, top state transportation officials warned Monday. A hike of that size would push a $1.70... Read more

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