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A new state audit has concluded that Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to use civilian flaggers instead of police officers at highway construction projects won't save as much money as predicted. The report from Auditor Joseph DeNucci also concluded Patrick's plan... Read more
The Dorchester leg of the Red Line will be shut down again this weekend as workers continue construction at Ashmont Station. The two-day hiatus will be repeated for a final weekend on April 4 and 5. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service... Read more
A trace amount of vapors from the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as perc, has been detected at the Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan. The school was completed in 2003 on a handful of formerly industrial sites that were... Read more
Undergraduates at UMass-Boston and other public college campuses won’t be getting as big a fee hike as expected in their bills come later this year. Originally set at a $1,500 spike, students could see a hike as small $300, due to $162 million in... Read more
Saying thousands of mostly urban residents face non-renewal of auto insurance policies on April 1, Senator Jack Hart has proposed a six-month extension of the deadline in an attempt to address the issue. Hart told the News Service Tuesday that he believes... Read more
The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch. "They say they're not going... Read more
Fr. Jack AhernThe man who has been asked to pioneer a new management model for three very different Catholic parishes likes to be called, simply, "Fr. Jack." It even says so on his business card. As he settled behind a table at Gerard's restaurant this... Read more
A first for Vietnamese-Americans in the city Hiep Q. Nguyen, a community activist and accountant who came to Boston in 1991, has confirmed that he will be running for City Council at-Large. At 26, he may be the youngest candidate in this year’s race.... Read more
UMass undergraduates, bracing for an expected $1,500 fee increase, appear in line for some relief thanks to federal stimulus funds aimed toward the coffers of the state's public higher education system. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the... Read more
Bulldogs Lacrosse: The Boston Bulldogs opened up their inaugural 2009 season with an impressive 9-5 victory over Brookline on March 21.There’s a new lacrosse team in Boston, and it has been a long time in coming. For several years now, lacrosse has... Read more
The Dorchester branch of the Red Line will be shut down this weekend as the T completes what it calls the “final phase of demolition” at Ashmont station. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service on Saturday and Sunday. T officials call... Read more
Three Dorchester runners - Michael Crowell, 37, Scott MacKay, 37, and Katie Markunas, 28 - are putting in long hours of cold winter training to get ready for the April 20th Boston Marathon. The three are part of a team that will raise thousands of dollars... Read more
If the mayor's race was based on the caliber of jokes last Sunday at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon might have scored an upset. That's according to an informal survey of participants of the annual Irish-themed roast of... Read more
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

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