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A federal judge who sentenced a Dorchester man to life in prison in 2006 under a law passed during the Reagan era this week reduced his sentence to 216 months, which means he could be freed later this year, about 16 years after he was first put behind... Read more
Onetime Dorchester resident and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy began a new role on Monday as president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC is a non-profit based in New York City with offices in... Read more
Last Saturday, a week before the opening of their new multimedia exhibit “Into the Wiild,” Cliff Notez and Nick Martin stood in Dorchester Art Project’s blank white gallery space and tried to visualize the ways they would transform it into a jungle.  “... Read more
It appears Massachusetts will not follow some other states and eliminate cash bail in the court system — that’s if the state follows new recommendations from the Legislature’s bail reform commission. After a year of meetings, the Legislature’s 19-member... Read more
Seven weeks after the MBTA pulled its new Orange Line trains from the tracks to deal with a mechanical issue, the first set returned to passenger service Tuesday as T officials hinted further disruptions may come as the updated fleet rolls out. One set of... Read more
On Jan.12, 2010, I woke up to a sunny day in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In a few hours, I would be heading to Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport to fly back to Boston after a two-week vacation in my parents’ homeland, a break from the winter cold that my big... Read more
Starting this week, thousands of families started to tell Boston Public Schools where they want their children to enroll next fall. But the process can be daunting and exclusive — and in the end, the choice doesn’t belong to families alone. BPS assigns... Read more
William “Bill” Francis Devin, of Braintree and Nantucket, passed away peacefully in his home on Thurs., Jan. 2. He was 81 years old. The son of the late William H. and Madeline C. Devin, Bill was born in Boston and raised in Saint Gregory’s Parish in... Read more
With the priority school registration season for Boston children now under way, developers of a non-profit search and information tool are working to make sure that families who use it have the resources they need to choose the best schools for their... Read more
Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association (CSHCA) members received updates on various development projects in the area — including The BEAT, DotBlock, and Bayside— during a Monday meeting at the Little House.  Catherine O’Neill, a consultant hired by... Read more
A 42-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to up to 20 years in prison for driving while drunk and causing a crash that killed seven-year-old Brianna Rosales and injured her mother, Grendalee Alvarado. Olivia Mora was convicted last month of manslaughter... Read more
More than 100 student incident reports containing students’ personal information and produced by Boston Public Schools (BPS) officials have been made available to federal immigration authorities since 2014, according to education and civil rights... Read more
James William Hennigan Jr., the former state representative, state senator, school committee member, and register of probate, died last Friday at 92. Mr. Hennigan, the father of former Boston city councillor and now Suffolk County clerk-magistrate Maura... Read more
Eight women, including an Afro-Latina immigrant, and five men – the most diverse City Council in Boston’s history – were sworn into office by Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday in a packed Faneuil Hall. “We elected our first Afro-Latina immigrant of color, and... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh delivered his fifth annual State of the City address on Tuesday evening, telling a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered in Boston’s Symphony Hall that “the state of our city has never been stronger.” Walsh highlighted some of his... Read more
Lower Mills-based bar and eatery The Bowery is transforming its outdoor patio space into a cozy option for the colder months with the addition of three yurts that will provide customers the chance to dine in warmth and comfort. According to events... Read more
Dorchester Brewing Co. (DBCo) rang in the new year with an opening celebration of their brand-new expanded taproom, featuring a rooftop “Hopservatory” space with sweeping views of the Boston skyline. The $4 million dollar build-out added roughly 8,000... Read more
On a hot August evening, Devin Edwards stopped in at an elderly neighbor’s house on his way home from work. That morning, Edwards had received this woman’s frantic call reporting a dead squirrel on her electrical wire. Upon arrival, he found her sitting... Read more
Carney Hospital has once again been named a “top teaching hospital” by The Leapfrog Group, national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality. The award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital... Read more
The pace of change in immigration policy over the last three years can feel staggering, even for those of us tasked with reporting and understanding those changes. So, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the most pressing topics we’ll be watching in... Read more

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