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Courtney Sharpe

Courtney Sharpe is the new Boston Planning and Development Agency senior planner for Roxbury and Mattapan.

Brookline seeks to fire black cops who complained of racism, unsafety

In a hearing last week, the town of Brookline argued that it has the right to fire two black police officers for refusing to return to work until stronger action is taken to remedy what the officers say is a ...

Advocates call for more affordable public higher education

Massachusetts’ public higher education institutions open doors to a better life, but increasingly students graduate in debt.

Report charts persistent inequities in Greater Boston

While the Greater Boston area has grown more diverse over the past five years, the region remains racially and economically segregated, a new report shows, with the average income 18 times higher for the highest-earning fifth of households than for ...

City releases Go Boston 2030 15 year transportation planning report, ideas

The city’s Go Boston 2030 plan provides recommendations for linking low-income communities to job centers, reducing disproportionate transit cost and commute time burdens affecting some neighborhoods and encouraging alternatives to owning a personal vehicle.

Female entrepreneurs find woman-to-woman support

In Boston, 18,709 woman-owned businesses employ 26,209 people, account for more than $4 billion in sales and provide more than $208 million in tax revenue, according to Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS). Yet by many accounts, women face greater challenges ...

Boston Planning and Development Authority Board gives green light to Tremont Crossing project

The dust had hardly settled on demonstrations against the Boston Planning and Development Authority’s Plan JP/Rox initiative when supporters and opponents of the Tremont Crossing project crowded into the board room on the 9th floor of City Hall for a ...

Boston Public School officials, Committee debate school funding, cuts

While Boston Public School officials touted a $40 million increase in school funding for 2018, School Committee members last week had pointed questions about how 49 schools are receiving cuts of up to $1 million while other schools are slated ...

Kenneth Guscott, 91, left legacy in Hub

One of Boston’s most prominent black developers, Kenneth Guscott, died last night in a fire in his Milton Home. He was 91.

Plan JP/Rox passes after protests

Plan JP/Rox, the city’s 15 year plan for guiding development in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, passed in a BPDA vote last week despite fierce protest by resident activists who say it will usher in displacement.

Kermit Crawford

Kermit Anthony Crawford, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shut-off swindle making rounds in New England

It’s called the “Shut-off Swindle” and consumer advocates say the scam has reached record levels this winter, in part by preying on utility customers in New England. The scam, like many, has several variations, according to Stephanye Schuyler, a volunteer ...

Panel convenes on criminal justice reform bill, report and next steps

Drawing on the Council of State Government’s recommendations, Gov. Baker filed a bill aimed to curb recidivism. The next day, state legislative and judicial members discussed what criminal justice reforms still are needed.

Immigrant, minority youth rally together in Jamaica Plain as Trump menaces

Immigrant and muslim youth gathered at Jamaica Plain’s First Baptist church for a speak-out in which they shared stories, rallied in mutual support and identified resources to support immigrants in the era of Donald Trump.

Doctors protest Trump’s planned ACA repeal in front of Boston State House

More than 200 medical professionals pledged to work together to fight against efforts by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and reduce Medicaid funding during a demonstration Saturday in front of the State House.