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Overpass, roads to close Sun. a.m. for race

October 5, 2012
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Several roadways in Pondside, Forest Hills and Jamaica Hills, including the parkways and the Casey Overpass, will be closed Sunday morning for the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon. The closure will run 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 on the following streets: the Arborway, Casey Overpass, Francis Parkman Drive, the Jamaicaway, Perkins Street,...

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161 S. Huntington slated for BRA vote

October 5, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON— The controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. is “anticipated” to be heard and voted on by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board at its Thurs., Oct. 18 meeting, according to a BRA spokesperson. It has a high likelihood of being approved, as BRA staff only submit projects to...

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Court clerk: Special drug lab trials will strain system

October 2, 2012
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Special courts announced today to review cases affected by the State Laboratory Institute drug lab scandal will strain a court system that is already understaffed and underfunded, according to Maura Hennigan, the clerk of Suffolk County’s criminal courts. “Even before this occurred, we have struggled every day to cover our sessions, manage our cases,”...

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Testing backlog may have set stage for drug lab scandal

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Scores of convicts may go free due to former drug-testing chemist Annie Dookhan’s alleged evidence-tampering at the State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. But a decade ago, there was controversy over many criminal defendants going free because of an opposite problem at the State Lab: drug evidence not being processed at all due...

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State Lab had previous fake degree problem

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Annie Dookhan, the former drug lab chemist at the heart of an evidence-tampering scandal at Jamaica Plain’s State Laboratory Institute, was arrested today on charges that include lying about holding a master’s degree. While state officials are portraying the scandal as an isolated incident, a former State Lab chief got in trouble in...

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Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing. In 1985, a similar scandal erupted when a chemist was charged with stealing cocaine in 11 criminal cases after testing it at the State Laboratory Institute at...

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State not investigating 17 other JP labs

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 South St.

The state investigation that shut down the drug testing lab at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain is not looking into the 17 other labs in the building, which include disease control and racehorse drug testing labs. In recent weeks, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner and the...

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JP Open Studios

September 28, 2012
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(Photo by Daniella Rascon) Artist Racheli Shatil sits beside her sculpture made of masking tape and paint at Stonybrook Fine Arts on Porter Street during the Jamaica Plain Open Studios art event on Sept. 23.

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JP reading event focuses on ‘Night Circus’ novel

September 28, 2012
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(Photo by Kelly Davidson) “Night Circus” author Erin Morgenstern.

A new group called JP Reads is encouraging all Jamaica Plain residents to read the bestselling novel “The Night Circus” and join in a month-long series of local events to celebrate it. The book’s author, Boston resident Erin Morgenstern, will appear at the Footlight Club on Fri., Oct. 5 for a discussion and book-signing....

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MassDOT: Casey doesn’t need safety upgrades

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has no plans to alter the Casey Overpass’s maintenance schedule or safety devices following emergency repairs late last month. MassDOT continues to monitor the condition of the aging Casey on the same maintenance schedule as before Aug. 31, when debris fell from a section of the overpass...

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