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Mourning an icon: Nelson Mandela dead at 95

On Feb. 11, 1990, South African political leader Nelson Mandela walked out of a prison after 27 years to fulfill his mission: dismantling the country’s apartheid regime. By 1994 the Nobel Prize winner had achieved just that by establishing the first democratic elections in South Africa and becoming its first black president. The towering statesman died last week at the age of 95.

In the News: Bob Hildreth

FUEL Education founder Bob Hildreth will be honored as a Social Justice Champion of 2013 by The Chelsea Collaborative.

Mandela’s struggle inspired black America

We often hear about the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain — rooted in history and personified by the close personal friendship between President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair during the 1990s. But there’s another “special relationship,” one less commented upon but equally noteworthy, between the African-American community and black South Africans.

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Time running out on Republican intransigence

The Republicans seem to be more interested in opposing President Barack Obama than in benefiting the American people. The Democrats were justified in deflating the conservative’s strategy by restricting the filibuster rules in the U.S. Senate.

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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker comes to The Strand

The 26th annual production of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is ending its tour in Dorchester.

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Fighting racism with non-violence

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Partners HealthCare and Thrive in 5 Work Together to Ensure School Readiness

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Children’s earliest life experiences shape the architecture of their brain, which can have a profound impact on their health and well-being throughout their lives. That’s why Partners HealthCare has committed to a partnership with Boston’s Thrive in 5 to ensure that children’s earliest life experiences allow for bright futures.

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Management firm United Housing Management improves housing, lives in Grove Hall

Ten years ago, Otis Gates and John Strodder bought a piece of Longbay Management’s portfolio, taking over management contracts for 721 units of housing in Roxbury and Dorchester and hiring 31 employees to manage and administer services under their new business United Housing Management.

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Nelson Mandela: Beloved in Boston

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela achieved mythical status through the astonishing feat of removing the chains of bondage from both the oppressed and the oppressor.

Voter rights activists pin hopes on Mass. Senate

Voter rights activists are hoping the Massachusetts Senate will pass electoral reforms next year after the House approved online registration and early voting measures.

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Marty Walsh team solicits views on economic development

Discussion of jobs and wages dominated Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s first public hearing on economic development Monday night at English High School.

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Win tickets to Joyful Noise Gospel Concert featuring Harlem Gospel Choir

Enter our drawing to win a pair of tickets to the upcoming Joyful Noise Concert at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge on Jan. 18th.