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Brian Wright O’Connor

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

Inspiring and mentoring entrepreneurs to build creative businesses in an effort to accelerate change

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.

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Sen. Warren stands up for working women

Sen. Warren answers our questions about women and financial matters

Tackling questions about federal issues important to women in the workforce, Warren outlines some of the legislative initiatives in Washington aimed at leveling the gender playing field, particularly for women in low-income jobs.

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Dexter Eure, 91, fought for inclusion in media

Dexter Dillard Eure Sr., a longtime Boston Globe executive who fiercely advocated for greater integration of newsrooms, died July 2 of complications from dementia. He was 91.

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Banner has recorded 50 years of history

Banner scribes, photographers record the first draft of Boston’s black history

The year 2015 marks 50 years of publication for the Bay State Banner — a half century during which the newspaper’s reporters, photographers and contributors recorded the events and ideas that have made history in Boston and beyond. It’s been a long and remarkable journey for the Banner, since publisher Melvin Miller first opened the Banner’s doors, stepping into the shoes of William Monroe Trotter.

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Deval Patrick: The double veil of an improbable life

As Governor Deval Patrick takes his final walk down the State House steps, he can look back on a record of successfully shepherding the Massachusetts economy through the 2008 financial meltdown, increasing diversity in the courts and executive suites, and improving education and infrastructure.

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Harvard Law professor leads review of Brooklyn DA, cops

Harvard Law Professor Ronald Sullivan Jr.is heading up a panel reviewing prosecutorial misconduct in Brooklyn.

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Tibet called ‘training ground’ for more Chinese expansion

The Tibetan human rights activist, Lhadon Tethong, speaking to an audience of Harvard students, denounces the incursion of Chinese mining companies, citing their corrosive influence on the economy, the environment and the rule of law. But most of all, on the people.

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Nelson Mandela: Beloved in Boston

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela achieved mythical status through the astonishing feat of removing the chains of bondage from both the oppressed and the oppressor.

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Reeves defeated, Benzan elected as first Latino on Cambridge council

Dennis Benzan, an attorney, became the first Latino elected to the Cambridge City Council by finishing ahead of three incumbents. His surprising victory ensures minority control of two seats on the legislative body.

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Red Sox World Series victory underscores progress on team’s race issues

If the first World Series title of this century buried "The Curse of the Bambino" and the second threw dirt on the grave, then the third may finally put to rest the ghost of Jackie Robinson.

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Shifting demographics erode Cambridge pols’ voter base

As Cambridge City Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves walks down treelined Howard Street in the heart of the historically black neighborhood known as "The Coast," he points out newly refurbished three-deckers and single-family homes where the occupants are strangers.

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The view from Mangueira: a snapshot of Brazil’s ‘Favelas’

For the last eight years, coaches assigned by Flamengo, one of the Brazil’s storied "fútbol" clubs, have drilled hundreds of kids from the impoverished slum known as Mangueira to mimic the wizardry of Pelé, Neymar, Socrates and other heroes of the nation’s most popular sport.

Judge Denise Casper: ‘Cool, calm and collected’ during Whitey Bulger trial

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper was chosen to preside over the case of James M. “Whitey” Bulger after Judge Richard Stearns was removed from the case because of his ties as a former U.S. Attorney in Boston to many of the players in the courtroom drama. Casper, the first African American female federal judge to sit in Boston, drew an electronic straw to referee the trial of the notorious South Boston gangster

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54th Regiment remembered: Courage, honor and glory

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, conceived in controversy,earned its laurels as the most storied black unit of the Civil War during a daring assault on a heavily fortified Confederate battery 150 years ago.The attack was suicidal, the battle brief. When it was over, one half of the regiment lay dead in the sands of Morris Island or on the ramparts of Fort Wagner.

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William Benjamin Gould’s diary traces road to freedom

Civil War veteran William B. Gould and his sons: (L to R) Lawrence, James, William Jr.,...

Obituary: Renee Oliver

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Renee Bernadette Forte Oliver, a retired school teacher and co-manager...

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Haitian national soccer team takes on Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Haiti’s rabid soccer fans will get to...

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Centennial of Jim Thorpe's victory over Harvard

A century ago, America’s greatest athlete,...

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Haitian designer delivers on Hub fashion runway

Fashion designer Jeff Lahens poses with his wife Charmain and son Sy during Boston Fashion Week. (Don West...

Cambridge police settle civil rights case

CAMBRIDGE — A federal lawsuit filed by a prominent Harvard professor against the Cambridge...

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Warm Irish Welcome for O'Bama

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met local residents in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland...

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'It's better the second time around'

During second inaugural address, Gov. Deval Patrick challenges all to bear ‘generational responsibility’ and find ways to solve problems in...

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Harvard's new image

Retired Harvard Medical School Professor Chester M. Pierce (l) and Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter flank the oil...

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Shocking and tragic end to activist's incredible life

Activist Andrew Philemon Jones. (Photo courtesy...

Gates report blasted, review panel head quits

CAMBRIDGE — The July report on the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates...

New political faces emerge in 6th Suffolk

A spirited Democratic primary contest for the open 6th Suffolk state representative seat...

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Praying Indian history preserved by tribal chief

Naticksqw, the hereditary chief or sachem of...

Leadership at issue in 2nd Suffolk race

The Democratic primary rivals for the 2nd Suffolk District state Senate seat agree on...

The blame game

New Cambridge report gives equal blame to both Harvard professor and Cambridge police officer Brian Wright O’Connor ...

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An appreciation

Neil McGee: Cambridge Troubadour Brian Wright O’Connor   Neil McGee had a life...

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Despite guilty plea, community rallies around Wilkerson

Rosalinda Midence, a Ward 9 delegate...

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Throwing down the gauntlet

Gov. Patrick makes it clear during state Democratic Convention that he wants to finish the job he started during a...

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Choice program still offering academic help

Susan Clark (front row, center) joins Choice Thru Education students and graduates at the agency’s Chelsea headquarters. Pictured...

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It's true: Chief Joe Brings Plenty

Cheyenne River Sioux Chief Joe Brings Plenty shown with students at Harvard College after speaking at a Winthrop...

Cambridge panel sounds off on police discretion, profiling

CAMBRIDGE — At what point does police discretion become discrimination?When a...

A Look Back in Anger: Poet-Prophet Gil Scott-Heron

Brian Wright O’Connor NEW YORK – American soldiers patrol the...

Harvard professor files suit against Cambridge police

CAMBRIDGE – A prominent black Harvard professor has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit...

Cambridge Council to probe city cops

Brian Wright O’Connor The Cambridge panel charged with investigating...

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Cambridge to host forum on police-resident relations

Cambridge City Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves will...

Cambridge cop review panel facing scrutiny

As a national panel begins an inquiry into the high-profile arrest of Harvard University...

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Thousands flock to Hub to mourn Kennedy's loss

Throngs of mourners flocked to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester to pay their...

Nobel laureate Tutu trumpets reconciliation

When temperatures drop and winter winds start blowing, Ketline Leonard feels not just cold,...

Heating bills threaten welfare of Hub kids

When temperatures drop and winter winds start blowing, Ketline Leonard feels not just cold,...

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Hub product turned soccer sensation Ryan Johnson returns home to play this Saturday

Ryan Johnson, a forward for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, heads toward the goal. The...

Message of hope and unity resonates in nation's first primary

CONCORD, N.H. — The crowd that showed up early on the morning after the...

Deval, DiMasi debated at Mass. Dem meeting

SPRINGFIELD — In spite of its stated purpose, the biennial Democratic issues convention is...

Obama sweeps S.C., ready for Super Tuesday

DILLON, S.C. — Maggie Manning, standing beneath a faded Coca-Cola sign on the brick...

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Harvard ROTC pioneer recalls his fight to serve

Charles V. “Chuck” DePriest (left), a retired Air Force surgeon and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical...

Cambridge's new Madame Mayor

CAMBRIDGE — It’s public comment time in the Sullivan Chamber at Cambridge City Hall,...

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Film producer Walker on call for social justice

(From left): Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Gov. Deval Patrick, producer Tommy Walker and journalist Elvis Mitchell pose for a...