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Boston celebrates Martin Luther King Day

It was 47 years ago that two black Boston churches, Union United Methodist Church and St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church commemorated fallen civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a breakfast aimed at bringing together people of all faiths and ...

Group advocates greater inclusion for Hub Latinos

The Greater Boston Latino Network, a group of executive directors of leading local organizations, last week launched a new campaign to increase the presence of Latinos in decision-making positions in nonprofits and government. GBLN also is planning a January 15 ...

New year, new visions for education

Increasing college completion rates could include offering flexible ways to earn credits, providing a clear path to career attainment and helping students meet basic life needs.

Bill would boost aid to schools with needed formula revamp

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz plans to file a bill that would modernize the state’s formula for calculating a minimally adequate school budget. The formula has not been updated in decades.

Francesco Tena

The City of Boston was awarded the top prize at The Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation's international convening held in Guangzhou, China. Boston's youth participatory budgeting process, “Youth Lead the Change,” was selected from 301 innovation projects submitted by 171 ...

‘Birth of a Movement’ sheds light on historic Boston protest

A new documentary, “Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster,” recounts the story of how the film galvanized the modern Civil Rights Movement with its dual strategies of protest and legislative change.

State minimum wage rises to $11, activists keep sights set on $15

The state minimum wage rose to $11, but activists are not satisfied. They intend to file to raise the lowest pay level to $15 per hour.

New insurance business opens on Roxbury's Blue Hill Avenue

A new insurance agency has opened on Roxbury's Blue Hill Avenue, serving clients in both English and Spanish and offering vehicle, home and business coverage plans. A ribbon cutting for Maryleny Insurance was held in December, attended by Mayor Martin ...

Celebrating past, looking to the future: United South End Settlements turns 125

The United South End Settlements, an organization focused on uplifting low-income residents in Lower Roxbury and the South End, celebrates its 125th anniversary and plans for the future.

City loosens performance licensing

Implemented Jan. 1, the Acoustic on Main initiative removes the administrative and fee burden to many businesses seeking to host musical acts — a two-in-one offering intended to provide artists with more performance space and bring stores greater foot traffic.

Developers looking to build 1,100 units in Roxbury

In downtown Boston, cranes and rapidly rising elevator towers herald the arrival of new luxury apartment buildings with rents and condo prices that seem to match the soaring heights of the new structures. In Roxbury, there are no cranes and ...

Police hair-based drug test case advances on appeals court ruling

Plaintiffs alleging that the Boston Police Department’s hair-based drug test is racially discriminatory took a step forward last week, when a federal court of appeals ruled that a lower court judge should not have dismissed the case.

Joseph Weinstein

The Steward Health Care System and Carney Hospital announced Dr. Joseph Weinstein as Steward’s new system-wide Chief Medical Officer.

BuildBPS report examines changing student demographics

School age children are becoming a smaller percentage of Boston’s population, with the city’s overall population increase driven largely by an influx of adults. Despite this, enrollment is expected to slightly increase at BPS, according to a November BuildBPS report.

Fashion retailer finds success with new Roxbury location

Final Touch with Class is a family-run store in Roxbury’s Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building that sells inimitable women’s accessories and clothing in an intimate environment.