Yawu Miller began his career in journalism with the Banner, serving as a staff reporter in 1993. He became managing editor in 1996. After leaving the Banner in 2006, he continued with the paper as a freelance writer and photographer. He has also written freelance articles for Commonwealth Magazine, the Baltimore Afro American and the Boston Irish Reporter. Miller graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Questions impartiality of investigation into administration of Probate Court
Felix Arroyo, who has repeatedly called for an open investigation, published dozens of pages of material on his website in support of his claims that the suspension he was handed on February 3 is unjust and unwarranted. These documents include the suspension letter from Spence and Arroyo’s response to it. The Trial Court made public an assessment that alleges poor performance by the Registry on Arroyo’s watch. The assessment was written by Terri Klug Cafazzo, who received a promotion to Acting Register of Probate as a result of Arroyo’s suspension.
Cuts are seen as part of long-term plan to de-fund public housing, benefits programs
The selection of Ben Carson, who has spoken out against public benefits programs, was seen by many as a lack of commitment to HUD. Last week, the Trump administration’s draft HUD budget leaked to the press showed a $6 billion cut to its $48 billion budget. That cut would force the agency to stop funding maintenance and repairs. It would also curtail the agency from maintaining its voucher program in the face of rising housing costs.
Santander cutting deal with D.C. group
Under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, banks are required to extend credit to businesses and residents of low-income communities where bank services historically have been lacking. While those agreements have traditionally been negotiated with community-based organizations and nonprofits, Santander Bank is looking elsewhere to negotiate benefits for communities in Boston, Worcester and Springfield: Washington, D.C. A coalition of Boston activists is questioning why the bank decided to negotiate a CRA agreement for Massachusetts cities with the Washington-based National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
Supporters, opponents call for more affordability in 728-unit, mixed-use Lower Rox development
The dust had hardly settled on demonstrations against the Boston Planning and Development Authority’s Plan JP/Rox initiative when supporters and opponents of the Tremont Crossing project crowded into the board room on the 9th floor of City Hall for a vote of approval on the 728-unit, mixed-use development.
Cuts spur conversation on weighted school funding
While Boston Public School officials touted a $40 million increase in school funding for 2018, School Committee members last week had pointed questions about how 49 schools are receiving cuts of up to $1 million while other schools are slated to receive increases in funding.
Made his mark in real estate development, civil rights issues
One of Boston’s most prominent black developers, Kenneth Guscott, died last night in a fire in his Milton Home. He was 91.
Cite harm to indigent patients if Medicaid is cut
More than 200 medical professionals pledged to work together to fight against efforts by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and reduce Medicaid funding during a demonstration Saturday in front of the State House.
Members represent diverse nationalities, different regions of Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker last week announced appointments to a new Black Advisory Commission, a group of people of African descent charged with weighing in on matters of concern to black communities across Massachusetts.
With the city’s six-month pilot project with body-worn police cameras just weeks away from completion, there are differing opinions on whether the Boston Police Department should move forward with full implementation or, as Police Commissioner Bill Evans suggests, extend the pilot project for another six months.
With momentum building for criminal justice reform, state Senators are preparing to push for a legislative package they say will reduce the number of people incarcerated in Massachusetts and save the state money.