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Sandra Larson

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Melnea Cass design meeting sparks anger

State Rep. Byron Rushing (standing, at right) makes a statement...

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Ferdinand plans underway

Residents voice ideas, concerns at Dudley meetingAt a Sept. 29 meeting, initial design plans were presented for...

Community colleges receive $20 million for job training

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has awarded a $20 million grant to Massachusetts community colleges...

Wal-Mart opponents mobilize Roxbury

A powerful giant has turned its gaze on Roxbury, raising the hackles of local activists...

New guidebook highlights Boston's abolitionist heritage

On a quiet street on Beacon Hill’s north slope, a small plaque marks the former...

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City Council makes it official: 'Thank you' Haley House

Resolutions praise food-based service model, transitional program for ex-convictsDaniel Cordon (second from l) with graduates of the...

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Housing advocates protest award for landlord Kargman

Affordable housing advocates and tenants picketed a June 6 B’nai B’rith Housing New England event honoring landlord Bill Kargman,...

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Nonprofit brings repairs to homeowners in need

Above: Father Jose Medina (l), principal and Jeffrey Thielman, president of Cristo Rey Boston High School in Dorchester....

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New BHA chief of staff brings unique perspective

An immigrant who grew up in public housing, Trinh Nguyen now works to bring self-sufficiency to Boston’s increasingly diverse public...

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Job fair brings teens, employers together

Ninth-grader Deidra created her first résumé and gathered information about...

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Exhibit focuses on fighting foreclosure in Boston

An image from “We Shall Not Be Moved,” showing children at an anti-foreclosure protest. (Kelly Creedon photo) ...

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Journalist chronicles blacks' 'Great Migration'

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson discusses “The Warmth of Other...

Mayor's Ferdinand plan stirs hope for Dudley revitalization

Mayor Thomas Menino has announced major plans for long-awaited redevelopment of the old Ferdinand Building...

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Mothers unite to harness grief into action, justice

Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE) held a kick-off rally on Oct. 8, marching from Grove Hall to Morton...

Arts grant brings history to Mattapan

Middle schoolers at Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan have wrapped up a two-month grant-funded...

'Science of race'

New exhibit at Museum of Science explores social problem with scientific lens Sandra LarsonWhy do we...

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Rep. Frank honored by housing activists

Vows to keep fighting even in new conservative CongressCongressman Barney Frank was honored by the Massachusetts Alliance...

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Biotech consortium OKs RCC program

Staff members from Roxbury Community College (RCC) pose with the endorsement awards presented by the Massachusetts Life Science Education Consortium...

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EPA's Jackson strives to bring minorities to environment table

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson at the...

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Grand opening for Thomas I. Atkins Apartments

Gov. Deval Patrick cuts the ribbon at the grand opening celebration for the Thomas I. Atkins Apartments on...

Program moves homeless families out of motels

A report released this month by the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP), a Boston-based regional...

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Activists rally in Hyde Park to keep affordable housing

Members of the Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants gathered for a rally in Hyde Park’s Cleary Square on Oct....

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Youth teams clean up foreclosed properties

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino talks with young men from the “Mayor’s Clean Team,” hired to help maintain city-owned...

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Distressed homeowners flock to NACA event

Bruce Marks, founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) gives an introductory speech...

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The BHA turns 75

Anniversary focuses on pride, progressThe Boston Housing Authority celebrated its 75th birthday this month and Mayor Thomas...

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First lady balances work, advocacy and campaigning

Gov. Deval Patrick and wife Diane Patrick are pictured here dancing at last year’s Christmas Gala. (Tony Irving...

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Haitian forum addresses trauma, domestic violence

Jean Yamutumba of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center explains the impact of sexual violence in a workshop at...

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Summer arts workshop provides rigor, rewards

Students listen as Sam Martinborough (right, standing) explains the staging for the performance that will top off a...

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State initiative offers children services

Children’s Services of Roxbury CSA staff members discuss a family receiving the agency’s behavioral health services. From (l...

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Groundbreaking project saved affordable housing

Flowers now line Columbia Road in Dorchester in front of well-kept apartment buildings owned by the Codman Square...

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Kerry, Menino announce $2.6 million for Boston

Sen. John Kerry speaks at a May 8 event to announce $2.6 million in federal funds that the city...

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Health fair educates Roxbury residents

A little girl tries out a stethoscope on Allison Sarff, a Tufts Medical School student volunteer at the...

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Local musicians give youngsters a taste of jazz

Children gather to get a close look at the tuba Bill Lowe explained and played at “Riffs and Raps...

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Dorchester agencies launch women's safety network

(L to r) Jennifer Morris, Carney Hospital director of social work and interpreter services; Valina Jackson, Brookview House chief...

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On a mission:

Parole Board Chairman Mark Conrad balances public safety, taxpayers’ money and second chances Former Milton police officer...

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Job fair showcases summer jobs, urges political action

Emily Beck, program administrator for workforce development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, explains summer job options to teen...

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'Paradigm shift' urged at domestic violence panel

Evelyn Johnson (right), Boston Police Department victim advocate, explains the restraining order process at a domestic violence panel discussion...

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Art meets activism at Dot foreclosure protest

Protestors gathered in the rain outside a house on Bullard Street in Dorchester’s Four Corners after a march around...

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Photography training expands teens' horizons

A young visitor looks at a display of photographs created by teens in Peace in Focus workshops. The...

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Artist paints black history

Artist Hank Kearsley with part of his “Black West” series. Kearsley has researched the lives of ex-slaves and...

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"This Old House" gives new life to a foreclosed Roxbury home

Soon-to-be homeowner Lanita Tolentino poses with “This Old House” host  Kevin O’Connor on an early December site visit to...

Protest to support Dot family's foreclosure fight

Hildreth Brewington, 69, and his sister Vanita Brewington, 59, both of whom are legally blind,...

Harvard talk addresses diversity in science faculty

Racial and ethnic minorities traditionally underrepresented in biological and biomedical science fields are earning doctoral...

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Supporters of foreclosure bills crowd State House

Grace Ross of Mass Alliance Against Predatory Lending shows a map of the hardest-hit areas in the statewide...

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Volunteers offer hope, help amid foreclosures

Volunteer Dorrett Martin checks a map before heading to the next address on a list of foreclosure petitions...

Report reveals racial gap in wealth in Mass.

A new report on the financial stability of American households reveals stark disparities in net...

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At-large slate vies for votes in South End before primary

Candidates vying for an at-large seat on Boston’s City Council participate in a forum at the Harriet Tubman...

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WEB EXTRA: Huge slate of at-large candidates share spotlight at South End forum

Fourteen of the 15 candidates vying for an at-large seat on Boston's City Council participate in a forum...

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Cemetery project seeks unheard black voices

Sylvia McDowell, scholar-in-residence at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, stands at the gravesite of Harriet C. Hall,...

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Boston-area teens come together to create, expand horizons at the Opera Factory

Members of the 2009 Opera Factory design team pose in front of costume design sketches in their workshop....