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JP woman to swim English Channel for fundraiser

June 5, 2015
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JP woman to swim English Channel for fundraiser

Like many Jamaica Plain residents, Maura Twomey will head to the ocean this summer. But the 59-year-old Hyde Square business owner is likely the only one who plans to swim all the way from England to France. Twomey plans to swim the English Channel in mid-July as a fundraiser for a specialty program at...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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JP Progressives to host June 3 candidate forum

June 2, 2015
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JP Progressives, a local left-leaning political organization, is hosting a City Council candidate forum tomorrow, June 3, 6-9 p.m. at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Incumbent councilors Michael Flaherty, Matt O’Malley (who represents most of Jamaica Plain), Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu are slated to attend, along with Annissa Essaibi George and Bryan Fuller,...

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Famed activist Hayden suffers stroke, cancels JP event

May 27, 2015
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Famed 1960s activist Tom Hayden has suffered a stroke and has canceled his May 29 Jamaica Plain speaking appearance, according to event host Jamaica Plain Forum. “Tom Hayden was hospitalized after he suffered a stroke last week and unfortunately he will not be able to travel to Boston for the event,” said Tracy Bindel of JP...

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London protester: Olympics damaged park

May 8, 2015
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Heavy security fencing lines a Greenwich Park path in July 2012. (Photo by @SonyJim)

As local residents try to figure out what a Boston 2024 Olympics horse venue would mean for Franklin Park, a natural benchmark is London’s historic Greenwich Park, host to a similar venue for the latest Summer Games in 2012. The London 2012 party line is that the Olympics upgraded Greenwich Park to a better...

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Top Olympics reporter talks bid secrecy

April 24, 2015
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Many people have remarked that Boston’s Olympics bid is in trouble. But when Ed Hula says it’s “truly tottering towards collapse,” the entire Olympics world sits up and takes notice. Hula is editor and founder of Around the Rings, the first and most popular news outlet devoted to the Olympics business. Now an Atlanta-based...

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Periodista olímpico conocido habla del secreto

April 24, 2015
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Muchas personas han comentado que la apuesta olímpica de Boston se encuentra en dificultades. Pero cuando Ed Hula dice que “está al borde del fracaso”, el mundo olímpico entero reacciona. Hula es el editor y fundador de Around the Rings, la primera y más popular fuente de noticias dedicada al negocio de las Olimpiadas....

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Mayor’s new Olympic planning office raises questions

April 24, 2015
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A new City Office of Olympic Planning has been created by Mayor Martin Walsh to plan and review Boston’s controversial Olympic bid. But the office is already drawing criticism for being funded by the private bidding organization Boston 2024. And the City had no answers for some basic Gazette questions about it, including its...

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BRIC says it ‘purged’ Occupy Boston spy files

March 27, 2015
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A Boston Police spy agency destroyed all of its controversial surveillance files of the Occupy Boston movement two years ago, it revealed in response to a Gazette public records request. That may come as a relief to civil liberties organizations that criticized the Boston Regional Intelligence Center’s apparently illegal surveillance of lawful protests and...

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Real Estate Today: BRA seeks public input on ‘urban renewal’ plans

March 27, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is seeking approval to keep alive its “urban renewal” plans and powers that cover large sections of the city, including parts of Jackson and Egleston Squares. Re-approval is required every 10 years, and usually has been done in secrecy and mystery—including last time around, when the BRA orchestrated secret Boston...

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