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The commander of one of Dorchester's two main police districts narrowly escaped death last week when he was ambushed by a desperate fugitive in the basement of a Franklin Field duplex. In a Wednesday afternoon shootout, the gunman unloaded a total of five... Read more
Brittany and Timothy and Langdon saunter in, sipping on water bottles or dipping into baskets of French fries, clad in fleece vests and frayed nurses' scrubs, Birkenstocks and warm-up pants, Kangol hats. Presently, they hear an allusion to Gene Autry,... Read more
Despite an alarming spike in homicides and shootings on his district this year, the commander of the B-3 Boston Police says that crime is actually down in most categories in the Mattapan-Dorchester area. This month, Captain Timothy Murray is canvassing... Read more
It's a great deal of pressure for a youngster, heading into his first postseason with only a few weeks in The Show under his belt. He was an early September call-up. But the rookie appears to be handling all this newfound attention with aplomb. He doesn't... Read more
When he was in the sixth grade, Jim Cotter's boyhood curiosity led him to a construction site on Columbia Point. He recalls that whatever structure was being built was just beginning to take shape. Concrete had been poured and steel girders reached... Read more
A once-lost and forgotten memorial to a group of Dorchester men who served in the Civil War will be re-dedicated this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Lower Mills. A refurbished stone tablet honoring 51 members of Washington Street's First Methodist Church who... Read more
Frayed ties in one Dorchester village could lead to another civic group for the Boston neighborhood that already boasts the most, while a long-dormant organization clears its throat to announce its return. As the civic returns from summer break this month... Read more
The House and Senate have both approved a supplemental budget bill that includes $900,000 in state cash to build a pedestrian walkway over a particularly busy stretch of Gallivan Boulevard. The bill is now on the desk of Governor Mitt Romney, who has... Read more
Frothy, occasionally bitter, and ever-percolating. Relations between local civic groups and would-be developers? Maybe, but more immediately in Adams Corner, those words could describe the future wares of what is now a Sovereign Bank. Looking to exert... Read more
It ain't a bad hall, not bad in the least bit. Not that their usual joint is anything to shake a decrescendo at, but as out-of-town places go, this one's pretty good. When the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys takes what might blasphemously be termed a... Read more
A multi-million dollar renovation of Dorchester's three neighborhood beaches - Malibu, Savin Hill, and Tenean - has provided little incentive for beachgoers to return to the beaches. Concerns about the cleanliness of the water, coupled with a relative... Read more
Legislation essential to the progression of the Ashmont Station renovation and two other local MBTA projects is wending its way through Beacon Hill pitfalls, subject to political machinations and budgetary peccadilloes. Speaker Thomas M. Finneran said the... Read more
It was, after all, a wedding. There were fumbling last-minute instructions about how to use the camcorder, some confusion about who had the rings, and wet eyes dripping onto the carpet. And when the newly-married couple strode out of the nuptial building... Read more
This year's Dorchester Day Parade, set for Sunday, June 6 at 1 p.m., is shaping up to be one of the biggest in years, according to organizers who will mark the 100th anniversary of the first-ever Dorchester Day, held in 1904 in Savin Hill. This year's... Read more
Unveiling eight still-evolving models for a new Boston Public Schools student assignment plan, a community task force met with questions and confusion at a South End meeting Tuesday night. The meeting, first in a citywide series of 16 that will visit... Read more
There were many more questions than there were answers about the proposed Biochemical Facility on Albany Street in the South End, as Boston University School of Public Health officials faced City Council members and concerned citizens during a meeting of... Read more
August's Caribbean Carnival has left Dorchester/ Roxbury residents hooked on the stimulating sounds and sights of that rowdy festival. Now the Big Apple Circus with its 26th season: Carnevale brings five whole weeks of those infectious rhythms and... Read more
While two suspects in the beating of a city inspector continued to elude Boston Police, Dorchester's Irish community cast a dragnet of its own this week, searching for answers in what many residents have read as a crackdown on immigrant Irish. Crackling... Read more
A few years ago, Rob Gallagher decided to leave his job in the business sector and fulfill a dream to become a teacher. The Cape Cod native was admitted to Wheelock College and when his student teaching came up, he was assigned to the Richard J. Murphy... Read more
A community organization wired to prominent neighborhood-based institutions likely will expire quietly this week, a victim of funding shortfalls and internal disagreement. The Columbia Point Community Partnership was scheduled to be dissolved at a special... Read more

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