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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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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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