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ACLU says Boston top cop’s Facebook slam an ‘attempt to divert attention’

ACLU says Boston top cop’s Facebook slam an ‘attempt to divert attention’

Credit: Angela Rowlings The ACLU fired back at police Commissioner William G. Gross yesterday, calling his Facebook post slamming the organization “an attempt to divert attention” from a lawsuit seeking gang database records. In a statement sent to the Herald, Massachusetts ACLU Executive Director Carol Rose said “the Commissioner’s post does not explain why the Boston Police Department has failed to comply with the public records law, and does not answer basic questions about the BPD’s use of its gang database.” Yesterday, the Herald reported that Gross ripped into the ACLU in a scathing Facebook post from his private […]

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Mental health therapy at Walmart? It’s now a thing

Mental health therapy at Walmart? It’s now a thing

Boston’s Beacon Health Options has opened a small clinic focused on mental health treatment at a Walmart store in Texas. Above: A Walmart store in Secaucus, N.J. A Boston company is taking the concept of retail health care to a new level — offering mental health treatment in a Walmart. Beacon Health Options, which manages mental health care for 40 million people, has opened a small clinic in the discount department store in Carrollton, Texas. The company plans to roll out the program in other retail locations nationwide, with the goal of increasing access to mental health care. Beacon […]

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“Mayor of Southie” needed for Boston St Patrick’s day parade

“Mayor of Southie” needed for Boston St Patrick’s day parade

After a significant hiatus, the popular element of the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is making a comeback. OutVets taking part in their first Southie St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2015. Do you have the distinct qualities required to become the “Mayor of Southie”? If so, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers are looking for you. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, who run the patriotic Irish celebration, are bringing back their “Mayor of Southie” contest. The popular search involves a fund-raising competition that determines the ultimate winner. “We really thought it would be a great […]

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Man Rescued from Boston Harbor at Long Wharf

Man Rescued from Boston Harbor at Long Wharf

Long Wharf (NEWF Photo) BPDNews.com reports that at about 5:20 PM, on Friday, November 23, 2018, officers assigned to the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit responded to a call for a person in the water in the area of Long Wharf in Downtown Boston. Officers quickly arrived on scene and spotted the victim, a male in his thirties, in the water near a mooring ball and pulled him aboard their 31’ foot Safe Boat. It was dark and below freezing at the time of the rescue with the water temperature in the harbor at only about 50 degrees. Officers […]

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Officers Versus Watchmen in The Streets of Boston

Officers versus Watchmen in the Streets of Boston

I’ve remarked a few times on how Boston’s town watchmen and the British army officers sent to the town in the fall of 1768 got into arguments and fights. Those conflicts were about different forms of government authority, and they were about class deference. In fact, some of the combatants made those arguments explicit, as in this report from the Whigs’ “Journal of Occurrences” on 25 Nov 1768, 250 years ago today : The town watch has been lately greatly abused and interrupted in their duty by some officers, two of them came to the Town-House watch with swords […]

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Boston Area has Seen its Wettest Fall on Record, and More Rain is Coming

Boston area has seen its wettest fall on record, and more rain is coming

Umbrellas have been necessary in Boston a lot recently, and that may continue. The latest round of rain overnight and into Sunday morning has now ended, but there’s another batch of it on the way. The next rain storm is actually part of the same system, and it’s going to bring a major snowstorm to the middle part of the country. This storm will track to the west of New England and therefore we will see its milder effects. If your travel plans call for you the be in the Midwest on Monday, be aware of the latest forecasts. […]

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Ed Chief Leaving has Boston Public Schools’ Plans Up in Air

Ed chief leaving has Boston Public Schools’ plans up in air

Credit: Angela Rowlings The city’s first-ever education chief, Rahn Dorsey, has left his position amid Boston Public Schools’ search for a new superintendent, putting into question the future leadership direction of the city’s school system. Dorsey, who came on in 2014 from the philanthropic world as a former director at the Barr Foundation, was seen as a bridge between public schools, charter and parochial schools. He was often behind many major initiatives like the city’s plan to expand pre-kindergarten, the 10-year BuildBPS plan and the failed universal enrollment system. He left his position Wednesday. “Rahn did an incredible job […]

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Heavy Rain Storm Raises Flood Risk

Heavy rain storm raises flood risk

Credit: Matt Stone Today’s heavy rainfall could cause some flooding in coastal areas of the state and in Middlesex County where rivers are already running high. Meteorologist Alan Dunham with the National Weather Service said rain in the Boston area should end by noon and start up again tomorrow night into Tuesday morning. Dunham said drivers should be mindful of visibility issues and puddles in the roads as a result of the heavy morning rain. “Anybody out driving is going to have to take some extra time,” he said. “Bigger rivers might get into minor floods.” The National Weather […]

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Boston Top Cop Fires Back at ACLU

Boston top cop fires back at ACLU

Credit: Courtesy A fired-up police Commissioner William G. Gross ripped into ACLU “paper warriors” for suing the city over a gang database, saying the civil rights advocates are turning a blind eye to “atrocities.” “No ACLU present when we have to explain to a mother that her son or daughter was horribly murdered by gang violence,” Gross wrote in a scathing private Facebook post obtained by the Herald. “No ACLU when officers are shot. No ACLU when we help citizens,” he added. “Despite the paper warriors, we’ll continue to do our jobs.” Gross was lashing back at the local […]

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MCC No. 1 for Online Degrees in Boston, No. 5 for Adult Learners

MCC No. 1 for online degrees in Boston, No. 5 for adult learners

Middlesex Community College has been ranked No. 1 on the 2018 list of Best Online Degrees in Boston by GreatValueColleges.net . Also, MCC is ranked No. 4 on the 2018 list of Best Online Community Colleges in Massachusetts by TheBestColleges.org . “With the rising tuition costs and societal shifts, more students are looking to community college as a valuable alternative, but many don’t know there are online options like MCC,” said Elizabeth Franklin, school outreach manager for TheBestColleges.org . “For more than 20 years, Middlesex has taken a consistently innovative approach to helping students succeed in online courses,” MCC […]

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