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Yawu Miller

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Immigration changes seen as temporary fix

President Obama’s executive order on immigration will grant temporary status to 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, but will not alter the status of an additional 6 million people who entered the United States illegally.

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New teen center opens in former Mattapan library

City and state officials cut the ribbon on a new teen center in Mattapan that features a recording studio and performance space.

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City eyes Radius hospital to house detox programs

City officials are looking at the former Radius hospital building on Townsend Street as a potential site for in-patient drug rehabilitation programs.

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Boston marchers block traffic with Ferguson protest

A crowd estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 people marched from Dudley Square to the South Bay House of Correction, blocking traffic on the Interstate 93 on-ramp for more than two hours in a rowdy, but mostly peaceful protest over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Roxbury residents irked by developer’s changes to Bartlett Place plan

Roxbury neighbors voiced dissatisfaction with Nuestra Comunidad over the community development corporation’s plans to house the Conservatory Lab Charter School in its Bartlett Place development.

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Observers encouraged by Baker administration transition team diversity, yet Latinos not represented

Many in the black community were encouraged by Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s inclusion of four African Americans among the 16 chairmen of his transition team. No Latinos were appointed chairs of the team.

Report finds race disparities in Massachusetts school discipline

A report by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights finds that black and Latino students in Massachusetts are more likely to be suspended for non-violent, non-drug-related school disciplinary infractions than white and Asian students.

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School department commits resources to Madison Park

Madison Park Headmaster Al Holland is hoping to turn around the Technical Vocational high school, aided by increased financial resources and new administrative staff.

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City, state officials mark completion of Dudley Greenville housing

The completion of 43 units of affordable and market-rate housing on Dudley Street marks the end of the redevelopment of the Orchard Gardens area under the HUD HOPE VI program

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Baker wins race for governor with few black, Latino votes

Charlie Baker won the race for Massachusetts governor by little more than 40,000 of the more than 2 million votes cast.

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School officials, students and parents weigh pepper spray for school police

The unarmed Boston Public School Police responsible for keeping students, teachers and staff safe in the city’s schools are asking city officials to arm them with pepper spray, saying they need the non-lethal agent to better do their jobs.

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Menino left lasting legacy of neighborhood revitalization

Former Mayor Thomas Menino focused attention on development projects in the city’s neighborhoods

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Don West captures black Boston’s history in Portraits of Purpose

Photographer Don West celebrated the publication of his book, Portraits of Purpose with an event at the Copley Square Library last week.

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Boston residents mourn death of city’s longest-serving mayor

Description: Former Mayor Thomas Menino died last week after a battle with Cancer.

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City, state officials celebrate Mather School’s 375th anniversary

When it opened in 1639, colonists funded the mather school using a levy on cattle grazing, making it the first publicly funded school in what is now the United States. Last week city and state officials and alumni turned out for a celebration of the school’s 375th anniversary.

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Coakley, Democrats make appeals to party’s loyal base

In the last week of campaigning, Democrats are revving up the party’s base.

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Charlie Baker gaining traction with urban voters

Polling data shows gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has made inroads with voters in Massachusetts cities.

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Much has changed in the 25 years since the Stewart case. Some things haven't

Much has changed in the 25 years since the Stewart case. Some important things haven't

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Mattapan stops, weekend service and train cars bring rapid transit service to Fairmount Line

State officials gathered in Mattapan to announce the construction of a new station there and expanded service along the Fairmount Line, converting the commuter rail into a rapid transit line.

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Baker releases ‘urban agenda,’ opens Blue Hill Avenue office

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker released what he calls his “urban agenda” during the opening of a campaign office on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.

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Coakley campaign revving up get-out-the-vote effort

Attorney General Martha Coakley rallied supporters in Brockton and the South Coast region last week as her campaign gets ready to turn out it base of support.

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Activists call on Fannie Mae to sell properties to former owners

Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing mortgage giant Fannie Mae over its refusal to sell foreclosed properties back to former owners.

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Coalition calls for police reforms in wake of ACLU report

Boston activists are calling on the police department to outfit officers with body-worn cameras and make data on police stops available in the wake of an ACLU report that found blacks were disproportionately targeted by police for stops, searches and observation.

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Evan Falchuk pursues government reform with United Independent Party

Independent candidate for governor Evan Falchuk says putting independent candidates in office is the best way to effect substantive changes in state government.

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Baker discusses government reforms with Banner

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker’s plans to reform state government go beyond welfare and public housing. Baker has plans to fund repairs to the MBTA system, lift the cap on charter schools and increase local aid to cities and towns.

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ACLU study finds blacks disproportionately targeted by police stop-and-frisks

A study commissioned by the ACLU Massachusetts finds that while blacks make up 24 percent of the population, they account for 63 percent of the police stops in the department’s database.

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City seeks developer for historic Columbia Road building

The Department of Neighborhood Development is soliciting bids for the redevelopment of a former public bath house at 611 Columbia Road in Upham’s Corner.

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NAACP Boston Branch begins election process with contentious meeting

Branch President Michael Curry is being challenged by Massachusetts Association of Law Enforcement Officers President Larry Ellison.

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Willy Lantigua, Marcos Devers competing for 16th Essex District House seat

Former Lawrence Mayor Willy Lantigua is seeking to unseat state Rep. Marcos Devers and regain the 16th Essex House seat.

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Coakley, Baker tout support in black, Latino communities

Attorney General Martha Coakley held a communities of color rally at Hibernian Hall Sunday while businessman Charlie Baker is gearing up for an endorsement event with prominent black supporters.

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HUD grant could bring major redevelopment to Lower Roxbury

A HUD grant for the reconstruction of the Whittier Street housing development is expected to catalyze more than $300 million in development in Lower Roxbury.

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Celtics, Boston officials showcase Brother’s Keeper initiative

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with members of the Boston Celtics and City of Boston officials to discuss the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper effort to improve educational and life outcomes for black and Latino boys and men.

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Baker appeals for votes in Boston’s solidly Democratic black community

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker has been reaching out to voters in Boston’s black and Latino communities.

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Federally-funded Ruggles expansion expected to catalyze new jobs, development in Lower Roxbury

A $20 million U.S. Transportation Department grant to expand commuter rail capacity at Ruggles Station is expected to create jobs in the Roxbury area.

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Blacks, Latinos see gains in Democratic primary

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins and former City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo had strong showings in their respective races for sheriff and Register of Probate.

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Prospective operators of the city’s Dudley Square innovation space share ideas

A BRA meeting on the Dudley Square innovation space brought out 16 teams of potential operators who shared ideas and explored partnerships.

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Coakley wins by narrow margin, faces Baker in gubernatorial race

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Democratic primary victory, with 42 percent of the vote, paves the way for a close race against Republican Charlie Baker for the Nov. 4 election.

Advocates say DCF needs continuity to follow through with reforms

A report funded by the Boston Foundation outlines key policy recommendations for the Department of Children and Families.

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Gentrification seen gaining a foothold in Roxbury

A recent study found that Boston is the most rapidly gentrifying city in the country and identified three areas in Roxbury where gentrification is most likely to occur.

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Quincy St. food business incubator to open Monday

Opening Monday, the Borstein & Pearl Food Production Center is expected to create over 150 new jobs for community residents and serve as an incubator for new community-based food businesses.

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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.

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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.

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Police, teens air differences in Teen Empowerment meeting

The city’s top police brass met with teenagers at the 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury to discuss how to repair relations between officers and youth.

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Black real estate professionals join forces to restore neighborhood’s housing stock

A group of African American real estate professionals have joined forces to redevelop local real estate.

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Competition tight as T&T Social Club wins top band in Boston Caribbean Carnival

Tens of thousands turned out for the Boston Caribbean Carnival.

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Times scribe's 'no angel' phrase provokes Twitter storm

Social media explodes with indignation after Times writer alleges Michael Brown was "no angel"

Social media explodes with indignation after Times writer alleges Michael Brown was "no angel"

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Bands gearing up for Saturday's Boston Caribbean Carnival

With Caribbean Carnival around the corner, the Banner takes a peek inside one Boston's busiest mas camps

Bands competing in Boston's Caribbean Carnival are putting the final touches on their presentations.

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Sworn in as MCAD commissioner, Charlotte Golar Richie begins new chapter in public service career

Charlotte Golar Richie has mentored a generation of leaders in state and local government during her nearly 30 years in state and local government.

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Massachusetts Dominicans savor newfound political clout

The political clout of the state’s Dominican community was on display at the Boston Dominican Parade, as Mayor Martin Walsh, state Rep. Marcos Devers and a host of candidates for statewide office courted voters

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Ferguson police shooting highlights US race divide

Blacks and whites view the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, and the police response to the protests of the shooting, Mo. through different lenses

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