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Blacks, Latinos split support between John Connolly, Marty Walsh in Boston mayor’s race

The mad dash that’s taken Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh to seemingly every corner of the city has given Boston residents multiple opportunities to meet them. But many in the city’s black community still haven’t made up their mind who to vote for.

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Michelle Wu on track to win seat in at-large Boston City Council race

Voters in the Sept. 24 Boston preliminary went into the voting booth with 12 mayoral candidates,19 at-large district councilors and as many as eight district council candidates to chose from. Remarkably, political neophyte Michelle Wu managed an impressive fourth-place finish in the at-large field with 29,359 votes — more than 13,000 votes ahead of fifth-place finisher Martin Keough.

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Ayanna Pressley keeps focus on families, schools

In 10 minutes on a sidewalk in Dudley Square, City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley engages in a series of conversations with constituents that outline the highlights of her work over the last two terms.

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Black pols endorse Marty Walsh for Boston mayor, John Connolly gets clergy nod

Two weeks ago, when former mayoral candidates Felix G. Arroyo and John Barros endorsed state Rep. Marty Walsh over City Councilor John Connolly in the Boston mayor’s race, the focus was on Walsh as observers mulled the duo’s ties to him. But as black and Latino elected officials past and present continued to walk into the Walsh camp, the focus among political observers shifted to Connolly and the question of why no black or Latino elected officials, past or present, are throwing their weight behind the councilor.

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Mass. activists weigh in on anti-gun legislation

After Kim Odom’s son was shot and killed on Oct. 4, 2007, there were two questions that lingered. "Who did it and why," she said. "I wanted to know the root cause. What brought a person to the point in their life where they could take a life."

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Marty Walsh, John Connolly vie for endorsements from Black, Latino and Asian communities

State Rep. Marty Walsh turned up the heat in the mayoral race, kicking off last week with a one-two punch — endorsements on Tuesday from former candidates Felix G. Arroyo and John Barros. Boston City Councilor John Connolly began his fusillade of endorsements, Wednesday with Rep. Aaron Michelwitz, whose district includes the North End and Back Bay, City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Everett Sen. Sal DiDomenico, whose district includes East Boston and the North End East Boston.

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Mass. State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry seeks inclusion in MCCA expansion legislation

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority filed legislation last week that would pave the way for a million-square-foot expansion of the South Boston facility aimed at increasing meeting and exhibition space there by 60 percent.

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John Connolly, Marty Walsh compete for support from blacks, Latinos in Boston mayor’s race

In the mayoral preliminary, the challenge for any of the serious contenders was in securing and turning out their respective voter bases. The two candidates most successful in that game — Marty Walsh and John Connolly — advanced to the final election.

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Candidates of color fade at Boston mayoral polls

The six candidates of color in Boston’s mayoral preliminary garnered three-quarters of the vote in the black community, but the top black vote getter — Charlotte Golar Richie — finished with 15,536 votes, more than 4,000 shy of what she needed to defeat State Rep. Marty Walsh or Boston City Councilor John Connolly.

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Boston Redevelopment Authority tax breaks face increased opposition

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has come under fire for plans to sell the air rights on Yawkey Way to the Boston Red Sox for $7.3 million and for approving $7.8 million in tax breaks for the Millennium Partners skyscraper project.

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Walsh, Connolly finalists in race for mayor

Two Irishmen were left standing in the primary race. Walsh and Connolly emerge as victors, to enter six-week sprint to mayoral final

Dilemmas abound for election night party crashers

Tonight the candidates in the mayor’s race will be hunkering down with supporters, waiting for vote results to trickle in from City Hall and preparing either a victory speech, a concession speech. Where will they be? Here's a list of what we know.

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Former Councilor Chuck Turner back in Boston, working with activists

Two years after he entered the U.S. Penitentiary in Hazelton, W. Va., former City Councilor Chuck Turner has returned with a burning desire to tackle black America’s most pressing problems.

Special election turnout only 27 percent across the state of Massachusetts

The special election held to fill the US Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry was by all accounts uninspiring, and as such, held few surprises.

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Gabriel Gomez, Ed Markey debate issues at Roxbury Community College

The Democratic and Republican Senate campaigns are in full swing as the race for the seat vacated by John Kerry enters its final week.

Head trauma survivor Charmaine Santiago Galdon returns to the dance floor

Returning to the dance floor after a head trauma

An outgoing, artistically inclined dancer with a passion for Latin dance, Charmaine was deeply involved in the city’s Latin music and dance scene. But in an instant, she was left clinging to life by a thread when she sustained a serious head injury in a nearly fatal incident.

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Head trauma survivor Charmaine Santiago Galdon returns to the dance floor

Charmaine Santiago Galdon takes a bow after a dance with (L to R) father Jorge Arce...

Boston’s Museum of African American History exhibit highlights role of blacks in ending slavery

at the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Boston’s Museum of African American History is hosting lectures on the momentous events of 1863, shedding new light on the critical role blac

At the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Boston’s Museum of African American History is hosting lectures on the momentous events of 1863, shedding new light on the critical role blacks played in the fight to end slavery. “There was a movement of black and white people who were trying to end slavery,” says Beverly Morgan-Welch, executive director of the museum. “We wanted to tell that story. We thought it was extremely important that we create an exhibit that would allow people to see how these events developed over time.”

Democratic Senate candidates courting communities of color

With less than a week to go before the Democratic primary in the special election to fill the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, the campaigns of congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch are working to pull votes in Boston’s black community, with campaign offices open and staff and volunteers hitting the pavement.

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Democratic Senate candidates courting communities of color

U.S. Reps. Ed Markey (left) and Steven Lynch (far right) are vying for the Democratic nomination in the...

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Warren’s win fueled by high black voter turnout

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson (R) and state Democratic Party Chairman John E. Walsh participated in...

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Warren, Brown vie for black votes as election day draws near

Warren campaign Senior Advisor Steve Tompkins (R) lends a hand during a standout on Blue Hill...

Black, Latino officials barnstorm for Obama

At University of New Hampshire, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson has been firing up...

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Romney still invisible to blacks, despite Obama’s weak debate

The Boston Branch of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi...

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Warren’s campaign message resonates with black voters

Elizabeth Warren meets with reporters after last Wednesday’s forum at RCC, which Sen. Scott Brown declined...

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Effort launched to memorialize black activist David Walker

(Yawu Miller photo)Yawu Miller Loretta Williams didn’t learn about David Walker in...

National effort urges nonprofits to mobilize voters statewide

As executive director of the state’s largest coalition of human service providers, Michael Weekes...

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D’Midas band leader returns to Carnival

Rudy Osborne (L) and Shawn Antenor (R) examine costumes for D’Midas International’s 2012 presentation,...

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Puritan era burial ground in Roxbury comes back to life

Roxbury Highlands Historical Society President Thomas Plant examines colonial history in the Eliot Burying Ground. HBI,...

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Hundreds protest proposed MBTA cuts and fare hikes

Students and transit activists rally in front of the Boston Public Library before a hearing on the MBTA’s proposed...

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Corporate tax loopholes trigger downtown protest

Activists with MassUnited, a community/labor coalition, protest what they say are unfair corporate tax rates in front of...

Proposed redistricting map in Boston falls on color lines

A coalition of black, Latino and Asian organizations released a redistricting map Monday that seeks...

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Black professionals reflect on progress, challenges in the Hub

Restaurateur Darryl Settles addresses a gathering at the Live the Dream event held at Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen....

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Gov. Patrick discusses purpose of trade missions

Gov. Deval Patrick speaks to reporters from ethnic news outlets in Massachusetts about his administration’s efforts to boost international...

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Gov. Patrick waits-and-sees on crime bill

Mel King, a longtime community activist, speaks to a packed audience imploring them to continue their show of...

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Proposed 'three strikes' bill draws community ire

State Rep. Carlos Henriquez and other members of the Black and Latino Caucus are urging their colleagues to...

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2011 a year of expanded political opportunities, clout

District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson and At-Large Councilors ...

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City Life helps local families save foreclosed homes

Activists with City Life Vida Urbana confront a paper mache representation of a banker during a protest Saturday...

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Superintendent to take on school assignment process

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson addresses parent activists during a meeting held at the Freedom House and organized...

Councilors sparring over redistricting maps

The City Council’s first stab at a redistricting map ignited a political firestorm last week...

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Roxbury Trust Fund looks to continue grantmaking

Bruce Bickerstaff, president of the Roxbury Trust Fund, is exploring ways to find new capital for the fund. (Yawu...

Opposition mounts against 'habitual offender' bill

A new bill aimed at creating mandatory life sentences for habitual violent offenders goes too...

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2011 election wins challenge Hub's racially divided history

At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greets supporters gathered on Dorchester Avenue. Pressley topped the ticket in Tuesday’s balloting with...

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Ayanna tops at-large City Council race

At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greets supporters gathered on Dorchester Avenue. Pressley topped the ticket in Tuesday's balloting...

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City Council candidates vow to increase turnout on Nov. 8

Boston City Councilors Tito Jackson, Felix G. Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley recently appeared on 106.1 FM to encourage people...

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Council candidates push anti-busing agenda

Ward 11 Democratic Committee Chairwoman Marie Turley introduces at-large City Council candidates during a candidate forum sponsored by the...

New state voting map adds minority districts

For months, activists across the state have been meeting, planning and advocating for newly drawn...

Low interest in council race worries political activists

With less than three weeks to go before the Nov. 8 City Council election, political...

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City redistricting draws scant attention

City councilors Bill Linehan and Charles Yancey explain the city’s redistricting process to an audience, including Councilor Tito...