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Boston Public Health Commission reports decline in black infant mortality.

While infant mortality rates among blacks in Boston are still higher among those for whites, the city has seen a decrease in the gap over the last 10 years.

Postal union to Staples: U.S. mail not for sale

Labor activists are opposing a U.S. Postal Service plan to allow Staples employees to provide mail service.

Who’s on the September 9 ballot?

List of candidates appearing on ballots in Boston 1st and 2nd Suffolk Senate districts (South End, Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain).

Dearborn abutters raise objections to demolition, charter school status

BPS officials got an earful from opponents of their plans to raze the Dearborn school building and build a charter school in its place.

Ward 9 Democratic Committee elects new officers

The Boston Ward 9 Democratic Committee met on Saturday to elect committee officers and to endorse candidates in the September 9 primary election.

Mayor launches expanded small business permit and licensing assistance

Kiosks in cited public buildings will help expedite the permitting process.

Yellow bus service ends for most Boston 8th graders

Most 8th graders are now required to use the MBTA to get to school. The MBTA has not increased bus or rapid transit service to accommodate the more than 2,000 additional riders.

Candidates court Puerto Rican voters at Atardecer Borincano

Candidates for statewide and local office attended a gathering at Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square in the South End.

Boston nonprofits, candidates launch get-out-the-vote efforts

As the September 9 primary looms a week away, several nonprofits and candidates are preparing get-out-the-vote efforts to mobilize the city’s black and Latino voting base.

Teens say stop-and-frisk an everyday reality in Boston

Police department policy dictates that officers must have a valid reason to detain, pat-down or search suspects, but teens interviewed by the Banner say they’re often stopped without reason.

The #BlackLivesMatter Ride for Justice for Mike Brown

The BLM Ride, organized in the spirit of the early 1960s interstate Freedom Rides to end racial segregation, is a call to action organized by advocates based in several states in close collaboration with the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) ...

Association of college cultural centers finds strength in numbers

Founded in 1987, the Association for Black Culture Centers has expanded its mission to include Latinos and Asians.

Associated Press promotes Ebony Reed to Director of Business Development for Local Markets

Associated Press promotes Ebony Reed to Director of Business Development for Local Markets.

Tompkins racks up endorsements, local black and Latino officials face little opposition

Sheriff Steve Tompkins secured the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Meanwhile, local state reps. and senators are facing few opponents in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.

City council passes Trust Act, ends participation in Secure Communities Act

The Boston City Council voted unanimously in favor of a measure that would block Boston police from holding detainees at the request of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without judicial review.