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Council Klout

Tito Jackson is one of the most recently elected Boston City Councilors — he won a special election in 2010 to replace Chuck Turner — but he is already the most powerful.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012
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The new Combat Zone?

As such savage acts often do, the quadruple homicide in Mattapan this past month lured platoons of journalists to Boston's communities of color.
The recent murders in Mattapan only hint at the problems that fester on and around Blue Hill Avenue
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 22, 2010
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The war over peace

In the early infancy of this five-week-old year, Boston has been rocked by four homicides and 10 non-fatal shootings. By the time this goes to print, there may well be more.
A decade after the 'Boston Miracle,' violent crime has again overtaken parts of the city. Can the miracle makers create a new peace?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2010
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For Mayor: Vote Flaherty + Yoon

Boston’s mayoral candidates are running campaigns that are variations on a theme.
Boston District City Council: Henriquez, Ross, ciommo, LaMattina
By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2009
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Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009
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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009


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Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009
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Black History Month lands on City Hall

Members of Boston's Black Ministerial Alliance might resent New Black Panther Party soldier Jamarhl Crawford for his persistently blasting them as crooks and opportunists.
Panther Party
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 25, 2009
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Malign neglect

If, as the Globe editorial page put it, Boston politics need CPR, why is the press idly standing by?

Are the media abetting the death of Boston politics?


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 14, 2007
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Murphy’s big tent

In the past few years, Murphy has recast himself to reflect the changing city.
In his bid for re-election, city councilor Stephen Murphy has collected a combustible group of allies, from Dapper to Deval
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 17, 2007
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Out on the street

This was City Life’s second attempt to put a human face on the ordeal of home foreclosures, and it may have paid off.
Finding fault with foreclosures
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  September 05, 2007


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The rumor mill

The energy in this year’s at-large race for Boston City Council is not to be found on the campaign trail.
So far, the race for Boston City Council is all talk and no action
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2007
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Pastor Bruce Wall mulls city-council bid

One of the most outspoken religious leaders of Boston’s black community, Pastor Bruce H. Wall, is considering a campaign for the 13-member Boston City Council.
Team Disunity?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 14, 2007
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Sound off

Anyone who wants to understand the perils of being a citizen journalist in an age of DIY media should consider the case of Freeman Z.
One citizen journalist’s saga may bode poorly for the new arm of the press
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 13, 2006
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Council contortions

For more than a generation, being president of the Boston City Council was a springboard to the mayor’s office.
Boston’s city councilors are jockeying to be the next mayor — but that’s yesterday’s playbook
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 06, 2006
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Citizen arrest

When it comes to violent crime, Boston Mayor Tom Menino has some advice for his constituents: trust the police and help them do their jobs.
As we brace for a bloody summer, the Mayor misses two opportunities to build trust between the city and its police
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 24, 2006


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Crunching numbers

By their own admission, it is during budget season that Boston’s city councilors wield the most power.
Boston City Council has power (for a week)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 19, 2006