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Boston Police have mounted an aggressive operation aimed at preventing a feared outbreak of gang violence at this weekend's Caribbean Festival in Roxbury and Dorchester. The department has already rounded up dozens of so-called "impact" gang members known... Read more
Over a dozen years ago, Dorchester's self-appointed billboard king, Joe Chaisson, and a handful of other diehards were fighting hard to stanch a flow of the giant roadside signs into the neighborhood. They managed to create some tough obstacles for... Read more
The three-week trial of the 21-year-old Dorchester man charged with the murders of three members of a rap group and their friend in their Bourneside St. basement studio could wrap up this week. Calvin Carnes is accused of shooting Jason Bachiller, 21;... Read more
Strapped for cash in a tight budget year for the city, Boston's public schools has no choice but to change, BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson told a fired-up Boston City Council last Friday afternoon. The council's hearing on the BPS transportation budget... Read more
A broad-daylight shooting in the middle of one of the neighborhood's busiest intersections shattered the window of a motorist stopped at the traffic light on Monday afternoon. A pair of bullets punctured the car and narrowly missed three family members -... Read more
It isn't glamorous, nothing more than a chain-link fence, a few trees, a puddle and a pile of hay bales, but to Pepe and Kotze it's a new beginning, a chance to get to know each other and maybe lay an egg or two. "He does want to get close to her, but as... Read more
Recreational tree climber Andrew Joslin high above the Gladeside Urban Wild in a red oak tree. Photo by Pete Stidman It isn't always necessary to hop in a car and drive for hours to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. And with gas prices on the... Read more
The USS Porter (DDG-78), a US Navy destroyer, is shown decked out in celebratory colors at the Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston on Monday, June 2. Photo by Bill Forry It's 6 a.m. on a Friday morning and the opening chords of The Standells' Boston... Read more
A pair of perennial candidates will challenge two of Dorchester's most powerful incumbent lawmakers this fall in a sleepy state election cycle that will likely benefit from a huge turnout for the presidential showdown in November. Marie St. Fleur, a state... Read more
Democratic state Sen. James Marzilli was arraigned Wednesday on charges including attempted sexual assault after a Tuesday afternoon incident in Lowell where he used a fellow lawmaker's name to identify himself to police, prosecutors said. Also Wednesday... Read more
As presentations from developers and city planners wind down and the floor opens up for discussion, differing opinions continue to heat up the cauldron of the Columbia Point Master Plan Task Force. The task force will help the Boston Redevelopment... Read more
Bicyclists bump along on its worn asphalt footpaths, walkers climb the large granite blocks around its perimeter, and drivers speed through its center on Circuit Drive, sometimes scaring the bejesus out of those waiting for the bus near the Shattuck... Read more
Time is running out for a Boston City Council-endorsed proposal on bilingual ballots and the translation of candidates' names into Chinese characters, frustrated Asian-American activists say. Mayor Thomas Menino signed the proposal after the city council... Read more
Still mulling a bid for the mayor's office, Councillor at-Large Michael Flaherty has ratcheted up the rhetoric against incumbent Thomas Menino. Flaherty last week released a statement hitting the Menino administration on the city's fiscal policies,... Read more
Kevin Hearns has a successful career on Wall Street, a beautiful wife in New York City, and a haunting past back at home in Dorchester, where he ran the streets as a violent, racist neo-Nazi kid. When an ailing family member brings him back to Boston, he... Read more
The Carruth houses a mix of retail and residential units. Photo by Chris Lovett From this perch on a balcony six stories up over Dot Ave., the neighborhood looks different. The first thing you notice, aside from the bustle of back-hoes and commuters at... Read more
On Dorchester Avenue, there are signs of change and of changes to come. Near St. Mark's Church, at the Dot2Dot Café, a family sits down for an early breakfast with a laptop on the table, while the air ripens with the smell of a bacon and mushroom quiche... Read more
Settled by passengers from the Mary and John about June 1, 1630, Dorchester originally was one of the largest towns in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and included South Boston, Hyde Park, Milton, Wrentham, Stoughton, Dedham, Sharon, Foxboro, and Canton. The... Read more
Two antique shops in Lower Mills offer customers distinct shopping destinations: Streamline Antiques sells jewelry, vintage clothing, and household items from the 1930s on; and Dark Horse Antiques is a traditional, decorative antique furniture shop with... Read more
It won't hit stores until after Labor Day. Yet, reviewers have already received their advance copies of The Given Day, the new novel by Dorchester's dean of letters Dennis Lehane. That kind of lead time says something about the book's heft. It clocks in... Read more

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