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Democracy wilts with low voter turnouts.  When turnout is low, vested interests are typically the winners, which creates an imbalance in governance. Last year’s city council elections produced a turnout of 11.17 percent in the preliminary election and 16.... Read more
Three Boston City Councillors on Monday filed an ordinance that would establish a Civilian Review Board to investigate allegations of police misconduct. If approved by the rest of the council and signed by Mayor Martin Walsh, it would replace the existing... Read more
Collins votes 'No'; House vote next as session wanes After a difficult rollout and several false starts, the state Senate passed a far-reaching reform of policing in Massachusetts early Tuesday morning that would ban chokeholds, limit the use of tear gas... Read more
A day after his city moved into its newest stage of reopening, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday detailed plans to "very carefully" begin to reopen City Hall to the public as he cautioned residents that the coming days would be critical to avoiding the... Read more
Massachusetts will become the second state ever to pursue legal action against ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft over their classification of workers, a system that Attorney General Maura Healey argues leaves almost 200,000 drivers without access to key... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports somebody lit a statue of the Virgin Mary on fire at Saint Peter Parish Church, 284 Bowdoin St., shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday. "Officers spoke with members of Boston Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit who... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot at 25 Regis Rd. in Mattapan shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Overall positive covid rate down 15.5 percent The city is preparing guidelines for “Phase 3” reopenings on Monday, which will include outdoor events, indoor gyms and museums. “Overall, the message about Phase 3 is that we can move forward because we’ve... Read more
Markey: To achieve equity & accessibility, ‘just make it free’ Introducing recently-filed transportation legislation, Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Wednesday joined At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu, transit justice... Read more
The Urban Farming Institute in Mattapan has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Boston Foundation’s Open Door Grants to support UFI’s program “Fit Around the Farm,” which offers gentle aerobics, chair yoga, and cooking lessons for seniors. Residents of... Read more
The BPS Arts Expansion initiative announced in late June that a new round of grants committed by the education improvement organization EdVestors will dedicate more than $360,000 to some 60 Boston schools, including 13 located in Dorchester.  The... Read more
On June 27, students participated in a virtual graduation ceremony for the METCO program, which since 1966 has brought and supported students of color from Boston’s neighborhoods to suburban, mostly white schools. These 264 students were lauded by special... Read more
Toxics Action Center, a non-profit organization led by Ashmont resident Sylvia Broude, has changed its name to Community Action Works. The new branding comes after 33 years of working with residents across Massachusetts and New England to stop pollution... Read more
Boston is among the three US cities that will form a so-called “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission” to review racial inequities, police violence, and misconduct in the legal system. District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco... Read more
The MBTA lags behind several peer agencies in its preparedness to minimize COVID-19 risks as public activity resumes, falling short in both long-term planning and mandating safe rider practices despite success in cleaning and workforce management,... Read more
Transportation advocates and their political allies renewed calls for dramatic reforms to the MBTA system— with a specific emphasis on “unfair fares”— during an event in Roxbury’s Nubian Square on July 1 attended by City Council President Kim Janey,... Read more
The July 4 illegal fireworks fizzled out at about 4 a.m. on July 5. Prior to that, residents in Dorchester, especially those, like many veterans, who are sensitive to loud noises that sound like bombs, continued to deal with a two-month trauma that kept... Read more
When the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) convened a safety advisory task force last month to begin preparations for re-opening, Mary Kinsella, vice president of education at the organization, knew they had their work cut out for them. The task... Read more
To the Editor: In February, I had a private meeting with City Councillor Michelle Wu in her office along with my former principal and current staff member at Roxbury Prep High School. We were there to ask that my school, Roxbury Prep, be treated fairly. ... Read more
The candidates vying for the 12th Suffolk District Massachusetts House seat are experimenting with new methods of campaigning across a difficult political landscape this summer as they host virtual events, take part in online civic association meetings,... Read more

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