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DA ‘appalled’ by drug lab scandal

September 14, 2012
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has received a list of over 60,000 drug samples that were tested by the former chemist whose mishandling of samples caused the recent closure of the Jamaica Plain state drug laboratory. District Attorney Dan Conley said he was “stunned and appalled” about the case. Gov. Deval Patrick ordered...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Several people have recently contacted the Gazette to complain about tree removal taking place at the Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. Forest Hills is a historic garden cemetery founded 1848 and is...

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Election results: Hennigan wins clerk race

September 7, 2012
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The Sept. 6 primary election results have been counted, and in the most contentious local race, the incumbent retained the seat. Robert Dello Russo was attempting to unseat Jamaica Plain resident Maura Hennigan for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court. But Hennigan garnered 63 percent of the vote,...

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Casey Overpass repairs completed

September 5, 2012
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The emergency repairs to the Casey Overpass have been completed, but future maintenance will likely be needed, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Verseckes. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately 12 hours on Aug. 31 for repairs after debris fell from a section of the overpass over the T station property...

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Clerk’s race tops Sept. 6 primary battles

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Sept. 6 primary election is fast approaching and several local elected officials will be facing challengers. The most contentious race is for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, where Democrats Robert Dello Russo, a former clerk, and office-holder Maura...

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La contienda para clerk pronto terminará

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Los oficiales elegidos competirán en las elecciones primarias del 6 de septiembre. En la contienda polémica para elegir un clerk para la división criminal de Suffolk County Superior Court compiten los demócratas Robert Dello Russo, un antiguo clerk, y la actual, Maura Hennigan, una residente de...

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Goddard House gets set for closure

August 31, 2012
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The ultimate fate of the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center building at 201 S. Huntington Ave. remains a mystery as it prepares for its closing date of Sept. 8. Goddard House spokesperson Diana Pisciotta, said that after the closure, the building will be cleaned for several weeks. Then the building will be...

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Sánchez backs therapy some call torture

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez is backing a controversial shock therapy that many officials are trying to ban. Some people claim the procedure is tantamount to torture. Bill Allan, a Jamaica Plain resident and activist at the Disability Policy Consortium, said that Massachusetts is the only...

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New bar replaces the Old Stag

August 31, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Coco’s Bar & Lounge recently opened at 3171 Washington St., the former location of the Old Stag Tavern. Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said there was a soft opening on July 20 and a grand opening the next day. She said owners Jose de la Rosa and Leoni Pascasio...

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BRA won’t analyze latest census data

August 31, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will not create a local report of the latest U.S. Census data, according to BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. “Those facts and figures had been recently released,” said Schuler, referring to the 2010 U.S. Census, though that is not the most recent census data. The BRA will not analyze the...

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