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Former lab chief had fake degree

October 12, 2012
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Annie Dookhan, the former drug lab chemist at the heart of an evidence-tampering scandal at Jamaica Plain’s State Laboratory Institute, is facing 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 2003 for claiming...

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Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

October 12, 2012
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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 305...

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Testing backlog may have set up scandal

October 12, 2012
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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 to...

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Court clerk: Drug cases will strain system

October 12, 2012
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Special courts announced Oct. 2 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...

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Senior health center coming to Amory St.

October 12, 2012
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A new nonprofit center, called the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), is scheduled to open in November at 125A Amory St. A PACE center is “a one-stop shop for all medical care and treatment” for seniors, Upham’s Elder Service Plan Director of Operations Jay Trivedi told the Gazette. Seniors “receive any...

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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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Latinos for Warren

October 12, 2012
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(Photo by Melvin Guante) Elizabeth Warren (center), the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks as local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (left) and at-large Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo (right), a JP resident, look on during a “Latinos for Elizabeth” event hosted by the two local officials in Roxbury on Sept. 18.

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Better Balance

October 12, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Seniors practice tai chi to improve their balance and mobility and reduce the risk of injury-causing falls on Sept. 21 at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center in a workshop hosted by the JP senior services agency Ethos to mark National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. For more info, see ethocare.org.

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JP Kids: Mission Hill K-8 students share their lessons

October 12, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Teacher Brenda Lau’s first- and second- graders shared what they learned about optical illusions last week.

JP SOUTH—Every Friday morning, Jamaica Plain’s new school, the Mission Hill K-8, invites parents and community members in to see what the kids are learning in “Friday Share.” The whole school turns out to sing, watch and listen, along with teachers and about two dozen parents, usually, Principal Ayla Gavins said. “Coming together each...

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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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