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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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Street art bashes Obama, Romney

September 28, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Jon Truslow) TheBlankAdministration’s graffiti art at 405 Centre St. as it appeared Sept. 20 after removal of the Obama image.

A campaign of high-end graffiti art bashing presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney has come to at least two Jamaica Plain locations thanks to a secretive group called TheBlankAdministration. The art showed up without permission last week on a wall at 405 Centre St. in Hyde Square, and also on a fence over...

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Rt. 39 bus improvements delayed

September 28, 2012
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed once again. The project was supposed to start this fall, but according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo in an email to the Gazette, it has been delayed until winter, weather permitting. Completion is expected in summer 2013. The planning began in 2008 and has been...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) An area where trees were cleared in Forest Hills Cemetery along Walk Hill Street.

FOREST HILLS—Some residents are complaining about tree removal taking place at the historic 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. “He’s a butcher,” Jamaica Plain resident Richard Heath said about Milley’s decision to remove trees....

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GOP opens JP campaign office

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The state Republican Party campaign office at 370A Centre St.

The state Republican Party has entered the lion’s den of traditionally liberal, Democratic Jamaica Plain by opening a campaign office in Hyde Square. “We’re opening offices in corners of the state we never have before,” said Massachusetts Republican Party spokesperson Tim Buckley in a Gazette interview, adding that the GOP is growing rapidly throughout...

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