Malia Lazu and the Epicenter Community Inc. draw connections among communities

Malia Lazu takes an unusual approach to business development. While tending to the needs of individual entrepreneurs, she also cultivates the broader environment, seeking to create a landscape where marginalized communities can realize their business dreams.

Kibo: Using robotics to prepare children for the future

AMassachusetts-based company has created a new way of engaging children as young as age four in technology. Interacting with small “KIBO” robots made by KinderLab Robotics, children can be miniature engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers and writers, learning new ways ...

National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program

This year the LOT program celebrates its 25th anniversary and has helped more than 8,000 students gain invaluable pre-college business experience. The program runs on a September-to-June cycle, following the school year. One Saturday a month, the students meet for ...

Police union complaint heard on body camera pilot

On Tuesday, the Suffolk Superior Court heard a dispute over plans to roll out the city’s anticipated police body-worn camera pilot program.

Protesters condemn CEOs who profit off Puerto Rico’s debt

Demonstrators marched outside the downtown Boston headquarters of a firm they claim worsened Puerto Rico’s debt crisis by perpetrating predatory lending to turn a profit. The protest coincided with demonstrations in Florida, Connecticut and Puerto Rico as well as the ...

Shuttering, consolidating schools remain options, Tommy Chang says

School closings and consolidations, as well as construction of new facilities are on the table, officials say. Yet some parents warn against seeking closings as a means to improve school community or BPS finances.

Local races battleground for national charter debate

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being plowed into Massachusetts legislative races by Wall Street financiers who support lifting the cap on charter schools and a local teachers’ union that opposes it.

Legislature stalls on foreclosure

Activists working to fight a recent sharp uptick in foreclosures year suffered a setback at the end of this year’s legislative session in July, when the House declined to vote on a bill that would make give cities and towns ...

Dist. 7 candidates debate

Residents turned out to the Twelfth Baptist Church last week to hear from the candidates who aim to replace longtime incumbent Gloria Fox when she steps down from the Seventh Suffolk district House seat.

Vote Thursday Sept 8 in 6th Suffolk primary

Whoever wins the Sept. 8 election will likely become the community’s representative on Beacon Hill.

Michele Elyse Shannon

Michele Elyse Shannon has been promoted to Chief of Schools for the Boston Public Schools. In her new position, Shannon oversees the team of instructional superintendents, formerly known as principal leaders, and supports principals and headmasters in their in their ...

Julian D. Rainey: War veteran, city attorney, Democratic campaign leader and staunch proponent of anti-discrimination legislation

Julian David Rainey was at one time the highest-paid black man in public service in all of New England. Born April 3, 1888, in Weldon, North Carolina, he was adopted by carpenter David Rainey and his wife, Anna, of Norfolk ...

Calls for better MBTA bias training after inspector removes black teen

A civil rights group alleges that racial profiling drove an MBTA inspector to assume the teen was part of a group of younger black children who were being removed from the train for rowdiness. The Lawyers Committee calls for better ...

Police union seeks court injunction to halt body camera program

The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association last week filed papers in Suffolk Superior Court seeking an injunction to stop the department from ordering police officers to wear body cameras as part of a pilot program scheduled to begin Friday, September 2. ...

Glitter, sequins and soca: Carnival brings color to Roxbury

Thousands turned out for Boston’s 2016 Caribbean Carnival in Roxbury Saturday.