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Blimp Elf Gangs?

Portland Crime Wave
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By DAVID KISH  |  May 11, 2012
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Who killed Daddy Black?

On September 28, 1932, thousands of mourners crowded the streets of Providence to say goodbye to Arthur "Daddy" Black, the legendary Number King of Rhode Island.

By GEORGE P. HASSETT AND ROBERT CVORNYEK  |  March 30, 2012

Gangs study killed

On February 9 the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee, which had already informally decided against LD 1707, the bill that would have created severe penalties for people associated with criminal street gangs, killed a substitute proposal for a study
Lawmaker Apology
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 2012

Anti-gang bill dumped

After a January 27 public hearing featuring a rare insinuation by one legislator that a fellow lawmaker lied, Criminal Justice Committee members were ready to throw out LD 1707, a bill that piles heavy sentences onto people convicted of involvement with
State House Switcheroo
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 03, 2012

Gang-buster bill gets dissed

A controversial legislative proposal developed by a secretive police group would send an individual to prison for up to 40 years if he or she is convicted of asking someone to join a criminal street gang.
Tattoos As A Criminal Act
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 27, 2012
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Gangs, Inc.: A special report

This story was originally published in the April 27, 1990, issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Mergers & mayhem
By SEAN FLYNN AND RIC KAHN  |  October 07, 2011


Young activists explore police department

There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: The Interrupters

Suburban conservatives notwithstanding, there will be tears shed over this deep look at Chicago's grisliest streets and the benevolent soldiers who fight to keep them safe.
Chicago's grisliest streets
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011
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Urban Fest gets ugly

It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: Yakuza 4

At one point in Yakuza 4 , a grizzled old gangster gives some advice to an upstart.
Gangster’s paradise
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 15, 2011
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Dead Kids

Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 11, 2010


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Spite the power

While the economy has given us a collective jackboot to the groin, it has also seemingly stirred a civil discontent.
This week in protest saw teens swarm the State House and tired bus drivers rally
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 08, 2009
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Ganging up on teens

On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
Gang-member profiling in Somerville
By DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009
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The guns of Boston

More people were murdered in Boston over the past two months than in any May-to-June stretch since 1990.
Why this could be the most bullet-riddled summer in 15 years
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 06, 2006