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Yawu Miller

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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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Social media drives news coverage of Ferguson shooting, protests

Images posted on social media by protestors counters narratives by police, corporate media

Social media has played a major role in news coverage of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Feguson, Mo., providing a forum for the black community there and across the U.S. to counter the narratives playing in the white-dominated corporate media.

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Boston demonstrators call for end to police shootings

Gathering on Boston Common part of nationwide moment of silence

Hundreds of demonstrators in Boston turned out to protest the Ferguson, Mo police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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School department seeks to fill 62 vacancies Madison Park High with just three weeks before school starts

The Boston Public Schools contracted with consultants to hire staff at Madison Park High School in June. Now, with just three weeks before the start of school, there are still 62 teaching, administrative and staff positions yet to be filled.

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More than 200 Roxbury neighbors turn out for tour, ribbon cutting at newly-restored Alvah Kittredge House

Historic Boston Inc. completed a $3.8 million restoration of the historic Alvah Kittredge House in Roxbury’s Highland Park neighborhood and held a ribbon cutting Monday that drew more than 200 neighbors. The building, which formerly served as the headquarters of the Roxbury Action Program, has been divided into five apartments.

City to make available new neighborhood-based liquor licenses for restaurants

The Legislature voted to return control over liquor licensing to Boston. The city plans to release a total of 75 new licenses over the next three years, with 60 targeted to restaurants in neighborhood business districts.

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White lines: changing attitudes toward addiction

Support for addiction services has grown in recent years as opiates have penetrated the 'burbs

Increased coverage of addiction in white Massachusetts communities may have led to increased support for addiction services.

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NABJ kicks off Boston conference with forum on development, gentrification

Local leaders in the housing field led a community discussion on the effects of real estate and commercial development on middle-income and low-income Boston residents.

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Candidates for statewide office meet with more than 400 Roxbury-area voters at RoxVote cookout

More than 400 attended the annual RoxVote Cookout with the Candidates event. The 32 candidates who turned out for the event ranged from gubernatorial candidates to those vying for House seats.

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City Council resolution passes resolution on Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

City council resolution passes resolution on Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

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Painter uses clients’ homes as his canvas

Decorative painting, murals, trompe l’oeils — his work is as eclectic as his client base

Chuck Christian specializes in decorative painting. Decorative painting, murals, trompe l’oeils — his work is as eclectic as his client base.

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Stone mile markers harken back to Roxbury’s colonial past

Stone mile markers and boundary stones tucked away on Roxbury street corners tell stories of the neighborhood’s 18th century history.

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Boston’s Muslim community celebrates Eid in Roxbury

An estimated 12,000 worshipers celebrated the holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury

Charter school expansion dies in Senate

The Mass. Senate voted down to compromise bills that would have lifted the cap on charter school seats in Massachusetts

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Dance troupe lights up festival MetaMovements a perfect fit for Festival Betances

Members of the MetaMovements dance troupe brought their emphasis on audience, community participation to the Festival Betances in the Villa Victoria housing development

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Tompkins, Arroyo campaigning together

Tompkins, Arroyo join hands on campaign trail.

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Veteran activists discuss black community’s history of struggle for education equity

A group of activists who worked to secure equitable education resources in Roxbury in the 1960s meets to discuss the history of school desegregation

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Home prices rise rapidly in Roxbury real estate market

With many homes selling for more than half a million dollars, Roxbury’s housing market is on the rise. Pressure from surrounding communities and interest from buyers outside Roxbury may be fueling the increases. Deals are still available, for those with the willingness and wherewithal to fix up distressed properties.

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Police seek more diverse recruit pool as minority numbers drop

Police officials are reaching out to prospective recruits in Boston’s black, Latino, Asian communities. City Councilor Michael Flaherty proposes ordinance requiring three years of residency for new police hires

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D’Midas International carnival band debuts costumes for 2014 Boston Caribbean Carnival

The D’Midas International carnival band displayed the costumes for their entry in the 2014 Boston Caribbean Carnival: Zulu Nation. Models displayed the African-themed costumes at the band-launch event

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ABCD to purchase former Sky Cap Lounge from Charles St. AME

ABCD to buy building at center of Charles Street AME bankruptcy

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Boston’s top black public safety officials recognized

Community members gathered with Boston’s top black public safety officials to recognize the new diversity in the command staffs of the city’s police and fire departments.

BPS move to put 7th, 8th graders on T moves forward after 7-6 City Council vote

The majority of Boston’s middle school students will no longer receive yellow school bus service, but will receive MBTA passes instead. A group of city councilors citing public safety concerns failed in a bid to block the BPS budget on a 7-6 vote.

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Bishop Chibly Langlois, the First Haitian cardinal draws crowds during Boston visit

When the Vatican announced that Haitian Bishop Chibly Langlois would be elevated to the College of Cardinals, it was a first in the 500 years of Catholic history on the island.

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Busing forum bridges decades-old divide

For many black Bostonians, the date denotes court-ordered desegregation, a key development in a centuries-long fight for equal access to education and public resources.

MBTA agrees to pilot reduced fare for youths

MBTA will pilot a program allowing youths from age 12 to 21 to ride the MBTA at a reduced rate year round, beginning in July.

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Mayor endorses Sheriff Tompkins

Walsh, electeds turn out for Tompkins' campaign office opening

Mayor Martin Walsh endorses Sheriff Steve Tompkins at his Dudley Square campaign office opening

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British Genealogist in Roxbury investigates family history in 18th century Virginia

London-born Brian Sheffey has traced his family name, and lineage, to German immigrants who settled in Virginia 18th century and the Africans they enslaved.

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Labor coalition pushing for higher wages as Senate approves $11/hour minimum wage

A coalition of labor and community organizations is launching a campaign to increase wages for the city’s lowest-paid workers.

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Blacks, Latinos, Asians cite gains in Democratic Party

After eight years with an African American governor, blacks, Latinos, Asians exert more influence on Democratic Party politics.

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Sheriff Tompkins touts progress, endorsements as he faces first election

Sheriff Steve Tompkins is focused on reducing recidivism among inmates in the Suffolk County House of Corrections and reducing violence in the the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.