Criminal Justice

Missed opportunities in Channel 5 forum on race

Missed opportunities in Channel 5 forum on race

We need to move beyond usual grievances and scapegoating

THE CONVERSATION ON race in Boston hosted by Channel 5 and the Boston Foundation on Thursday offered a tremendous opportunity to confront prejudice and systemic discrimination in Boston. Sadly, people talked around the real issues and missed another opportunity to move things forward. Black civil rights leaders may have been telling the city’s white audience something that(...)

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Leaks, leaks, and more leaks

Leaks, leaks, and more leaks

Ortiz says she's not responsible; watchdog is toothless tiger

Illustrations by Anthony Freda THE HEADLINES KEEP COMING. “Mayor Walsh is drawn into federal labor probe”…“Prosecutors investigate fees collected by Joyce on Randolph projects”…“Joyce’s role in solar project probed”…”Everett mayor focus of inquiry”…“O’Brien pressed by US anew”…“Everett casino plan under new scrutiny”…“Lawmakers targeted in inquiry.” All these stories have three things in common. They all(...)

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Gateway Cities preoccupied with panhandling

Gateway Cities preoccupied with panhandling

Towns say beggars are bad for business, public safety

IN NEW BEDFORD, the City Council considered requiring panhandlers to get licenses to ask for money in the city. Manchester, New Hampshire, banned the exchange of items of value between motorists and pedestrians. And Worcester and Lowell enacted ordinances aimed at cracking down on “aggressive panhandling,” which, among other things, banned soliciting in close proximity(...)

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Slow, steady on military sex assaults

Slow, steady on military sex assaults

Tsongas having impact focusing on incremental change

SHORTLY AFTER TAKING HER SEAT in the House in 2007, US Rep. Niki Tsongas of Lowell attended a luncheon for soldiers wounded in combat. Tsongas approached some women at the luncheon and mentioned a recent hearing she’d attended on sexual assault in the military. One of the women, a military nurse, told her that she(...)

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A time to heal

A time to heal

Racially-charged killings demand greater understanding, reconciliation

THE MURDER OF two black men at the hands of the police earlier this week and the killing of five law enforcement officers in Dallas Thursday night is a double reminder of how hot the matter of race burns in this country and how much we must also remain focused on protecting the police. The(...)

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Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Responds to concerns raised by House Republicans

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER CONCERNS WERE RAISED in the Legislature and the press, Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file a state budget amendment seeking to ensure that those in the country illegally are not able to gain access to Massachusetts driver’s licenses. Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican, last week raised concerns that language(...)

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The Codcast: The everyday terrorism of urban gun violence

Just over a week ago, 17-year-old Raekwon Brown was fatally gunned down just steps from Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, where he was a student. Three others, including a 67-year-old woman, were wounded. The shooting, which took place in broad daylight after a fire alarm emptied students onto the street near the school, was(...)

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Weld’s views ‘developing’ on criminal justice reform

Weld’s views ‘developing’ on criminal justice reform

Ex-gov and current VP candidate casts off famous ‘busting rocks’ line

WHEN HE RAN for governor in Massachusetts 26 years ago, Republican Bill Weld cut a more moderate profile on many social issues than his Democratic opponent, John Silber – a key factor, many believe, in his victory in liberal-leaning Massachusetts. When it came to criminal justice issues, however, there was nothing tempered about the former(...)

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DA O’Keefe amazed at limited DeLeo leak inquiry

DA O’Keefe amazed at limited DeLeo leak inquiry

Says a serious investigation might deter smear efforts

I write in response to the recent article that ran under the headline, “Gants calls off DeLeo leak inquiry.” This article carried the sub-headline, “Law enforcement officials tell SJC they didn’t do it.” Is this what a judicial order from the Supreme Judicial Court is worth? The context here is that House Speaker Robert DeLeo(...)

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