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Make half your plate fruits and veggies

Consumption of a variety of fruits and veggies is key to good health

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Healthy aging: Living longer and living better

Improvements in public health and medical treatment have significantly increased life expectancy in the past 60 years. People more frequently live into their 80s and 90s and even top the century mark.

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America’s battle against obesity

A complicated condition with serious consequences

Whether classified as a disease or a disorder, obesity is a leading cause of premature deaths in this country.

Bankruptcy judge rejects Charles Street AME church’s repayment proposal to OneUnited Bank, creditors

Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey could not approve Charles Street AME church’s plan to repay about $5 million in debt to OneUnited Bank and other creditors.

City Council hearing on Boston rental registration and inspection program draws harsh criticism

A City Council hearing on Boston’s new rental registration and inspection program scheduled this week was cancelled and is now being held on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. at Boston City Hall – much to the chagrin of City Councilor Charles Yancey.

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Candidates hit the streets in close, crowded Boston mayoral race

With no clear winner, many voters are still undecided

With six days remaining in the hotly contested mayoral race, most of the 12 candidates are touting their abilities to get out the vote on Sept. 24.

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Boston City Council candidates hit the streets for open seats

Michelle Wu and Ava Callendar are two at-large candidates for Boston City Council that have worked hard knocking on doors, attended meetings and public forums, and getting volunteers out to greet voters in their attempts to win votes in the Sept. 24 primary.

‘Unfathomable’ Massachusetts lab crisis may have tainted 40,000 cases

Calling the state lab crisis "unfathomable" and resulting from an "unconscionable level of gross negligence," the Massachusetts Bar Association Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy nevertheless applauded the work of Gov. Patrick’s Administration in revealing that 40,323 defendants’ cases could have been tainted by the work of accused chemist Annie Dookhan.

Friends of O’Bryant School Allege Neglect in Hiring of New Headmaster

In a strongly worded letter, Friends of the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science blasted Boston Public Schools for “lack of oversight” and “neglectful execution” in the process of finding a new headmaster. The current headmaster, Steve Sullivan, was asked to step down at the end of the last academic year. During the year, a selection committee reviewed applicants for a permanent replacement.

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Minority developers file suit against Northeastern Univ.

Columbia Plaza Associates suit charges school for reneging on development

A group of minority businessmen have sued Northeastern University for what they charge is not only a breach of contract involving the development of parcels of land in Roxbury but also an apparent violation of the city’s Linkage Program designed to encourage minority businesses. The suit was filed by Columbia Plaza Associates in Suffolk Superior Court.

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HPV viruses linked to growth in oral cancers

HPV can cause cancer of the throat, back of the tongue and tonsils

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Vaccinations key to reducing HPV’s deadly strands

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in this country

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Bankruptcy judge asked to release First District AME

Among the issues being weighed by U.S. bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey, none are as critical as the request by Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church attorneys to release the AME’s First District from its financial responsibilities associated with co-signing a $3.6 million loan with OneUnited Bank on behalf of its member church

Massachusetts eliminates use of EBT cards with high accumulated balances

As part of ongoing efforts to reform the Massachusetts’ welfare system, Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Stacey Monahan enacted last week a new rule that eliminates use of electronic benefit (EBT) cards with high accumulated balances.

Healthier habits reduce stroke risk factors

It is estimated that 80 percent of strokes are preventable largely through lifestyle changes and adherence to medications.

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In a Flash

As Fletcher “Flash” Wiley discovered, symptoms of a stroke can happen quickly

Flash Wiley, a prominent Boston lawyer, attributes his stroke to high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.

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Strokes still largely misunderstood

despite often debilitating, deadly consequences

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in this country and a leading cause of long-term disability.

Federal judge considers liquidating assets of Charles Street AME in bankruptcy hearing

U.S. bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Bailey ordered attorneys for both the Charles Street AME Church and OneUnited bank to submit briefs that could offer the legal basis to liquidate all of the church’s assets in order to satisfy more than $5 million in church debt.

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Rev. Gregory S. Groover admits to misusing $850,000 in grants to pay for expenses at Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church

Saying he was “wrong,” Rev. Gregory S. Groover Sr. admitted on the first day of his church’s bankruptcy trial that he used $850,000 in restricted grant money to pay for day-to-day expenses at the historic Charles Street AME church over the last five years.

Friends of Madison Park High School ask Mayor Menino to intervene at school

In an unusual public exchange, outgoing Boston Public School (BPS) Superintendent Carol R. Johnson defended her record on improving the beleaguered Madison Park High School.

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Nigerian family considered best, brightest in Britain

This is reposted from March issue

The latest bit of evidence came earlier this month when twins Paula and Peter Imafidon aced rigorous exams of the highly competitive British school system and were admitted to high school. Both are only 9 and the youngest ever admitted to high school in Great Britain.

Suffolk poll: US Rep. Markey 7 points up

Gomez gaining ground as campaign heads to June 25 special election

U.S. Representative Ed Markey holds a modest seven percent lead over Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez as the campaign to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry heads to its final two weeks.

Harvard Dean Evelynn Hammonds resigns amid email search controversy

Hammonds says controversy was not a motivating factor in her decision

Evelynn M. Hammonds, the embattled Dean of Harvard College, announced her resignation last week, effective July 1, after her admission that she conducted unauthorized searches of faculty email accounts. The resignation marked a controversial end to Harvard’s first African American and first woman to serve as Dean of College at the prestigious Ivy League institution. She served for five years.

Embattled RoxComp facility could be sold to meet debt

$3M debt includes wages to more than 80 full-time employees

As the court-appointed receiver of the troubled Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, Joseph Feaster knew he had his work cut out for him.

RCC names Valerie Roberson as college president

College also names Gerald Chertavian as chairman of the board of trustees

Two new appointments last week at Roxbury Community College signal a new beginning in leadership at the 40 year-old institution.

RCC names Valerie Roberson as college president

Howard Manly Two new appointments last week at Roxbury...

Roxbury pays tribute to Korean War veteran Cpl. Ralph Browne Jr.

Annual African American Military Day heritage program and featured a celebration of the life of Corporal Ralph Browne Jr.,

A tribute to honor the service of Korean War veterans and specifically the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion, Massachusetts National Guards (1947-1955) was held last Saturday at a park named after Gourdin in Dudley Square. The ceremony was part of the Annual African American Military Day heritage program and featured a celebration of the life of Corporal Ralph Browne Jr., a member of the 272nd who died last year from heart failure at the age of 81.

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Roxbury pays tribute to Korean War veteran Cpl. Ralph Browne Jr.

Col. Edward O. Gourdin sits front and center...

Parents of Madison Park students focusing on school leadership

Amid growing concern about management of Madison Park Vocational High School, parents and community activists are meeting tonight with outgoing School Superintendent Carol Johnson

Amid growing concern about management of Madison Park Vocational High School, parents and community activists are meeting tonight with outgoing School Superintendent Carol Johnson to discuss a list of grievances, including the lack of competent leadership. Earlier this year, Johnson placed acting headmaster Queon Jackson on administrative leave after disclosures that he was the subject of a federal investigation into a multi-state credit fraud ring. The move triggered an outpouring of support for Jackson among students. While some focused on the apparent problems of Johnson’s vetting process of high-ranking personnel, very few focused on leadership at the city’s only vocational high school, with one exception: Madison Park parents.

Parents of Madison Park students focusing on school leadership

Amid growing concern about management of Madison Park Vocational High School, parents and community activists...

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Markey, Forry push forward to Capitol Hill and State House

Congressman Ed Markey (D) listens to Ralph Edwards, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee of Swampscott, during...

Boston Public School Superintendent Carol Johnson steps down

Boston Public School Superintendent Carol Johnson announced last week that she was retiring at the end of this school year, citing the recent death of her husband.

Boston Public School Superintendent Carol Johnson announced last week that she was retiring at the end of this school year, citing the recent death of her husband. Johnson leaves behind a record of many successes, ranging from improved MCAS scores, lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates, and several areas where she conceded “more work needs to be done,” the most significant of which is closing the achievement gap among whites, blacks and Latinos.

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Boston Public School Superintendent Carol Johnson steps down

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson has announced her retirement,...

Tsarnaev brother charged in deadly Marathon bombing

a criminal complaint filed Monday in Boston federal court, prosecutors alleged that Tsarnaev, 19, detonated a weapon of mass destruction,

U.S. prosecutors charged the seriously wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with carrying out one of the Boston Marathon bombings that ultimately left three people dead and more than 200 wounded, including a Transit police officer still clinging for life. A criminal complaint filed Monday in Boston federal court, prosecutors alleged that Tsarnaev, 19, detonated a weapon of mass destruction,

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Tsarnaev brother charged in deadly Marathon bombing

Mayor Thomas Menino paused for a moment of reflection during an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the...

Key legislators endorse Forry

In her race against two challengers for the vacated First Suffolk District state senate, Linda Dorcena Forry is leaving little to chance.

In her race against two challengers for the vacated First Suffolk District state senate, Linda Dorcena Forry is leaving little to chance.

Judge places ‘dysfunctional’ RoxComp into receivership

Citing “severe dysfunction” with finances, administration and patient services at the Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, state Attorney General Martha Coakley last week received authority to place t

Citing “severe dysfunction” with finances, administration and patient services at the Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, state Attorney General Martha Coakley last week received authority to place the longstanding community center in receivership.

Boston Marathon explosions considered ‘an act of terror’

President Barack Obama said federal and state law enforcement officials are investigating the two blasts at the 117th Boston marathon as acts of terrorism.

President Barack Obama said federal and state law enforcement officials are investigating the two blasts at the 117th Boston marathon as acts of terrorism.

Key legislators endorse Forry

In her race against two challengers for the vacated First Suffolk District state senate, Linda...

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Boston Marathon explosions considered ‘an act of terror’

People rush about near the medical tent where the injured were first treated after the explosions...

Harvard dean asked to resign in wake of email controversy

In an editorial published last week by The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds was asked to resign after her admission that she ordered unauthorized searche

In an editorial published last week by The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds was asked to resign after her admission that she ordered unauthorized searches of faculty email accounts.

Judge places ‘dysfunctional’ RoxComp into receivership

Citing “severe dysfunction” with finances, administration and patient services at the Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center,...

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Harvard dean asked to resign in wake of email controversy

Nearly five years ago, Evelynn Hammonds made history at Harvard...

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Menino’s exit triggers flood of love, support and thanks

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the longest serving mayor in Boston history, tells a packed crowd at...

RCC report details ‘serious shortcomings’ at college

Based on the findings of an independent report headed by former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, Roxbury Community College (RCC) has taken steps to avoid recent administrative failures that prompted an ongoing federal probe and led to the abrupt resignation last year of former RCC President Terrence Gomes.

RCC report details ‘serious shortcomings’ at college

Based on the findings of an independent report headed by former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd,...

Final date set for Charles Street bankruptcy hearing

After a year of startling disclosures by Charles Street AME church officials, including an estimated $400,000 in misappropriated funds designated for a church pastoral program, U.S. bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey set a final hearing date in the increasingly bitter trial pitting the historic church against OneUnited bank. The April 12 confirmation hearing will determine whether the court will accept the church’s plan to repay nearly $5.2 million in loans to the nation’s largest black-owned bank as well as additional funds to outstanding creditors.

RoxComp’s closing leaves employees out in the cold

Ghislaine Hernandez says she has been patient with her employers at the beleaguered Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center. Hernandez is just one of the many employees at the health center who were told in recent weeks that the center was closed. Hernandez said that they were told to clear out their offices on Monday and many were seen carrying plants and files to awaiting cars in the employees’ parking lot.

BPS assignment plan sparks debate on quality choices

The Boston School Committee approved a new school assignment plan last week that Superintendent Carol Johnson called a bold step forward in ensuring students will attend schools closer to their homes. By a vote of six to one, the school committee decided to eliminate three citywide assignment zones that the School Department has operated since 1989 to comply with court-ordered desegregation. The new plan starts in fall 2014 and will allow students currently enrolled in the system to stay at their schools. The plan will also let their younger siblings attend the same school when they enter kindergarten and provide busing — regardless of how far it is — until 2020.

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