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Judge rules Charlestown council is public body; cites JPNC case

December 31, 2013
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) is a “public body” that must obey the state Open Meeting Law, a judge ruled last week in a decision issued yesterday. Whether the ruling will affect the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), which unsuccessfully claimed to be a “municipal board” in another lawsuit this year, and similar councils around the city...

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3 wounded in 2 shootings

December 20, 2013
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Three people were wounded in two separate shootings—one of them a drive-by—earlier this month in Jamaica Plain. On Dec. 6 around 10:20 p.m., two people were wounded in a drive-by shooting on South Street near the McBride Street intersection, according to a Boston Police report obtained by the Gazette. The victims were passengers in...

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JPNC lawsuit settlement deal reached

December 6, 2013
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With a deal for more affordable housing and a pedestrian path, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has agreed to settle its lawsuit against an apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. The deal announced Dec. 3 would end the JPNC’s controversial, nearly year-old suit against the Boston Residential Group (BRG) and the City’s...

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State lab chemist guilty of evidence-tampering

December 6, 2013
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The former drug-lab chemist at the heart of an evidence-tampering scandal at Jamaica Plain’s William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison. Annie Dookhan, 36, of Franklin, was arrested last year, and the State Police shuttered the drug testing lab. Dookhan was...

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Firefighter injured in house blaze

December 6, 2013
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Firefighter injured in house blaze

JAMAICA HILLS–An early-morning blaze the day before Thanksgiving at a 14 Pond Circle house left one firefighter briefly hospitalized with third-degree burns, according to the Boston Fire Department (BFD). The two residents were not home when the three-alarm fire struck on Nov. 27, according to BFD spokesperson Steve MacDonald, who tweeted photos of the...

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JPNC lawsuit settlement deal reached

December 3, 2013
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With a deal for more affordable housing and a pedestrian path, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has agreed to settle its lawsuit against an apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. The deal announced today would end the JPNC’s controversial, nearly year-old suit against the Boston Residential Group (BRG) and the City’s Zoning Board...

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Firefighter injured in house blaze

November 27, 2013
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Firefighter injured in house blaze

JAMAICA HILLS–An early-morning blaze today at a 14 Pond Circle house left one firefighter briefly hospitalized with third-degree burns, according to the Boston Fire Department (BFD). The two residents were not home when the three-alarm fire struck, according to BFD spokesperson Steve MacDonald, who tweeted photos of the blaze. When firefighters arrived around 1...

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No public input mandated on bike-share sites

November 22, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff While the Hubway bike-share stations use public streets and sidewalks, no public input into their locations is required under its operating contract—though financial sponsors can weigh in. Some Hubway locations and limited public input into them have been controversial in Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods. The Gazette...

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1 wounded in Egleston party shooting

November 8, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A male victim was shot in the leg outside a party at 93 Bragdon St. early in the morning of Nov. 3, according to a Boston Police Department (BPD) report. The victim, whose name and age were redacted from the report, was treated for a non-life-threatening injury, according to BPD. Officers responded to...

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Gazette columnist authors culture wars ebook

November 8, 2013
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The cover of “I Killed Breitbart.” (Courtesy Image)

Chris Faraone, the Gazette’s political columnist, has authored an ebook about America’s culture wars called “I Killed Breitbart…And Countless Other Causes of Conservative Consternation.” Written with provocative punches, the book mixes updated reprints of Faraone’s Boston Phoenix reporting on everything from Tea Party rallies to the Democratic National Convention with new material about America’s...

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