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Questions linger on Boston’s bid to host Olympics

Even after a public presentation by Boston 2024, the private group organizing Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics Summer Games, not everyone is convinced the process is sufficiently transparent.

Community mulls pros, cons of bid for olympics

The United States Olympic Committee’s announcement Jan. 8 that Boston will be its sole U.S. contender for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games — and that Franklin Park in Roxbury could be tapped as an event venue — has created a ...

Local activists recall King’s presence in Hub

Martin Luther King Jr. touched Boston and Boston touched him. Being in Boston was an important part of his life, and his presence here during the ’50s and ’60s is part of our history.

Search for school superintendent nearing home stretch

At a public forum held this week by the Superintendent Search Committee, attendees learned that some 70 people have applied for the Boston job, filled by interim Superintendent John McDonough since Carol R. Johnson’s retirement in 2013. Forum moderator Bob ...

Year 2014 brought sweeping changes to Boston

A change of mayoral administrations, rapidly rising real estate values, looming threats of gentrification and the redevelopment of Dudley Square were among the major stories of the last year.

Fairmount line redevelopment sparks displacement concerns

Activists gathered in Dorchester last week to talk about the displacement of long-term residents along the Fairmount Line corridor as rents and real estate prices climb.

Residents reject addiction programs for former Radius Specialty Hospital on Townsend St.

Roxbury residents were vociferous in their opposition to the city’s proposal to site addiction recovery services displaced from Long Island at the former Radius Specialty Hospital on Townsend Street.

Boston protesters demand return of Nigerian kidnapped girls

At the State House last Thursday, members of the Greater Boston Nigerian community and supporters marched on the Boston Common, demanding the return of the 200-plus boarding school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno state, Nigeria by the Islamic group Boko ...

U.S. marshals raid Roxbury radio station

Elected officials and community activists are rallying around the Grove Hall-based underground radio station Touch 106.1 FM radio after U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz ordered U.S. marshals to shut down the unlicensed station.

Blog - Melida Arredondo - on the anniversary of the Marathon Bombing

Melida and her husband, Carlos Arredondo, were witnesses to the Boston Marathon bombing. This is not their first up close and personal experience with violence and death, and Melida shares her message to all the survivors of violence.

Voting Rights and the personal politics of U.S. Rep. John Lewis

I have been thinking a lot about Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement, since the Supreme Court essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act last month. His presence in our government is an important reminder for ...

Study finds that student loan debt reduces lifetime wealth

A new research report on America’s still-growing student loan debt found that its financial effects can last a lifetime. According to Demos, a national nonpartisan public policy organization, 39 million Americans have used student loans to fund college education. An ...

Debit card overdraft fees hit 36 million users, trigger growing call for reform

In recent years many banks and credit unions have encouraged new checking account customers to accept two items: a debit card that replaces cash transactions and a "protection" known as overdraft coverage.

Don’t let auto dealership markups take you for a ride: CFPB warns dealers to comply with fair lending law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a warning to banks, finance companies and credit unions that these institutions will be held accountable for discrimination in auto lending. In announcing its intention to hold auto lenders accountable for illegal, ...

Richard Cordray’s confirmation to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a hard-fought achievement

Life poses a series of challenges for individuals, families and communities. But every now and then, a real victory comes along that reminds us that what is fair and just will eventually prevail. That was the lesson of the two-year ...