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Marijuana, suicide ballot questions debated at forum

October 12, 2012
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Opponents and proponents of the ballot questions to legalize medical marijuana and to allow terminally ill patients to commit suicide sparred during a Ward 19 Democratic Committee forum on Oct. 2. About 15 people attended the forum at the Nate Smith House, where the most contentious issue appeared to be whether to legalize medical...

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Warren habla sobre religión, violencia

October 12, 2012
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Elizabeth Warren, la candidata democrática para el Senado, habló sobre varios temas comunes de su campaña durante un foro reciente en Roxbury Community College (RCC), pero también mencionó los temas menos comunes como la libertad de religión y la violencia urbana. El foro, patrocinado por el NAACP entre otras organizaciones, tomó lugar el 26...

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Political Notes: O’Malley targets ‘pig parking’

October 12, 2012
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, filed an order to have a hearing on examining ways to improve traffic in the city, according to a press release. “Parking, traffic and pedestrian safety all play a role in how we travel through this city,” said O’Malley, according to the press...

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Hiring practices at 225 Centre St. discussed

October 12, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The developer of the 225 Centre St. project has released strong local and minority construction hiring numbers, but a local community activist is questioning them as they differ from the City’s. The numbers in September for construction hours were 42 percent for city residents, 36 percent for minorities and 7 percent for women,...

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JP resident teaches, learns in China

October 12, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Sue Shenkman) Sue Shenkman, center, with Chinese teachers of English in China.

Sometimes being far, far away from home is a positive. Sue Shenkman, a Jamaica Plain resident, recently found that out, spending five weeks over the summer teaching and traveling in China. “I think I grew so much as a teacher and person being out of my comfort zone,” said Shenkman in a Gazette interview....

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UMass: No investigation into former chemist

October 12, 2012
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Several media outlets have reported that Annie Dookhan, the chemist at the heart of the state drug lab scandal, previously worked under another name at a University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School lab. But UMass Medical said it will not investigate. Dookhan mishandled thousands of drug samples at the state drug lab, potentially tainting...

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Warren talks religion, violence at forum

October 12, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Warren campaign) U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks as moderator Prof. James Jennings of Tufts University looks on during the forum at Roxbury Community College.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke on many common campaign themes during a recent forum at Roxbury Community College (RCC), such as the mortgage crisis, a prominent issue in Jamaica plain. But Warren also ventured into less talked about issues, such as freedom of religion and violence in the city. The forum, sponsored...

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JP Kids: Children move to the music at yoga studio

October 12, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Evan Haller) Children play with the parachute during Kindermusik at Blissful Monkey Yoga Studio.

If you’re outside Blissful Monkey Yoga Studio at 663 Centre St. and hear children saying that can’t wait to play with the parachute, don’t be alarmed. They’re not going skydiving. They’re participating in Kindermusik. Kindermusik is an international program that started in Germany and combines music and movement. Evan Haller, who teaches the program...

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JP Kids: English High Sports: Football finds winning way

October 12, 2012
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Chris Boswell did not see many victories in his first two years coaching the English High School football team. In fact, the only mark in the win column was a single forfeit victory. Maybe the third year is a charm, as Boswell’s team has notched two triumphs so far this season, beating New Mission...

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JP Kids: BPL rolls out after-school program

October 12, 2012
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) has unveiled an after-school programming and it contains a retooled version of the popular homework tutor program. There were concerns last spring that the Homework Assistance Program might be canceled when BPL announced that it was being folded inside a much broader after-school program. “Homework help is one of...

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