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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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A prison obituary: the tragedy of Victor Valdez

Joking among themselves, a small group of guards entered Close E pod. "Lock up!" one of them suddenly commanded the prisoners: go to your cells.
A homicide? The state police are investigating. A cover-up? Who will investigate?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 30, 2010
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The overtime game

The problems haunting the Boston Police Department’s homicide unit — low arrest rates, cases rejected by juries, and exonerations of wrongfully convicted men — did not occur in a vacuum.
A successful lawsuit shows how Boston’s homicide detectives have gamed the system to line their own pockets
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 04, 2006