Fall 1996

One Tough Neighborhood

One Tough Neighborhood

Lyon Street in Dorchester is a modest little thoroughfare. It’s nothing more than a one-block-long connector between Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street, but when the Commonwealth’s biggest law enforcers came to crime-plagued Dorchester with designs on creating a new kind of crime-fighting model in 1993, it was one of the first places they looked. At(...)

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Getting Smart About Fighting Crime

What would Massachusetts need to do to wage a war against crime that was less symbolic and more practical, less scattershot and more systematic, less simplistic and more serious–not just tough, in other words, but tough-minded? The short answer is, we would have to do a lot of things differently, according to Putting Crime Control(...)

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Bringing up Children

Dinner is over at the Morgan household, but the woven placemats, flecked with crumbs of food, have not been cleared. It is hot and mom, Rebecca Morgan, fiddles with the fan in the kitchen to get some air moving. The girls–Abby, 7, and Emily, 4–burst in through the back door, arguing. Emily apparently picked flowers(...)

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Two Guys with Half the Answers

Two Guys with Half the Answers

In late summer, as the Senate race seemed to be hopelessly mired in policy sludge, reporters and some of the voting public were showing signs of disappointment. Great things were expected of this battle between Sen. John F. Kerry and Gov. William F. Weld. Yet in campaign appearances the two seasoned politicians showed a disciplined(...)

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Our Brothers Keepers

Our Brothers’ Keepers Search and Destroy: African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System By Jerome Miller Cambridge University Press, 1996, 304 pages, $24.95 Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes By James Gilligan A Grossett/Putnam Book, 1996, 306 pages, $28.95 Tonight, 700,000 African-American men will be locked up in some local jail, or state or(...)

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Loose Threads

Not far from a ragged basketball court squeezed between two sidestreets just off Dorchester Ave., you could sense the boredom, the chronic misjudgements, the drifting spirit of urban life as easily as you could sense the gathering chill in the late autumn breeze. Two young adults approached, one lanky, the other of slighter stature. The(...)

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Two More Towns Scuttle Town Meeting

Seldom does one hear the argument that since the state legislature doesn’t work very well, we should do away with it. Seldom does a city saddled with a clownish city council entertain the notion that the council should be abolished. But in local politics the town meeting form of government is always open to question.(...)

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