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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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

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Better Balance

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

October 12, 2012
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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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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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JP Kids: Parades, parties mark JP Halloween

October 12, 2012
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With Halloween only a few weeks away, Jamaica Plain is gearing up with family-friendly activities. The JP Business and Professional Association (BAPA) will, once again, offer treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Wed., Oct. 31. Stores along Centre and South streets will open their doors to give out candy. Trick-or-treaters should look for posters welcoming...

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JP Kids: English High Sports: Football finds winning way

October 12, 2012
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Chris Boswell did not see many victories in his first two years coaching the English High School football team. In fact, the only mark in the win column was a single forfeit victory. Maybe the third year is a charm, as Boswell’s team has notched two triumphs so far this season, beating New Mission...

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JP Kids: Youth justice group to hold benefit race

October 12, 2012
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Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ), a youth rights organization, will hold a 5K walk/run benefit race on Sun., Oct. 14 at Jamaica Pond. The event marks National Youth Justice Awareness Month, which is observed by various youth rights advocacy organizations. CfJJ, headquartered downtown, advocates for policies that prevent juvenile delinquency and keeps young people...

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JP Kids: New video game is set in Colonial Boston

October 12, 2012
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Colonial Boston is the setting for the latest installment of the hit video game series “Assassin’s Creed,” slated for an Oct. 30 release. Like its predecessors, “Assassin’s Creed III” is a historical adventure about a member of a secret society fighting a vast conspiracy, this time set in the American Revolution era of the...

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JP Kids: How to avoid school sports injuries

October 12, 2012
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As kids gear up for the fun and teamwork of school sports, they are also at risk for preventable injuries, according to doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. Nearly 50 percent of all football players sustain an injury each season, and there is an increasing frequency of head trauma and concussions in soccer players. With...

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JP Kids: BPL rolls out after-school program

October 12, 2012
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) has unveiled an after-school programming and it contains a retooled version of the popular homework tutor program. There were concerns last spring that the Homework Assistance Program might be canceled when BPL announced that it was being folded inside a much broader after-school program. “Homework help is one of...

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‘Jesse Tree’ coming to church lawn

October 12, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church and Stonybrook Fine Arts are collaborating with each other and the community this upcoming holiday season to create a “Jesse Tree” on the church’s lawn. A Jesse Tree, a Christian tradition of remembrance during Advent—the few weeks preceding Christmas—is usually decorated with ornaments or objects that symbolize Old Testament events....

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Easy, cheap ways to cut heating bills

October 12, 2012
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With fall officially here and cooler weather on the way, Boston Building Resources (BBR) is offering some tips on do-it-yourself improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient. BBR is a Mission Hill co-op at 100 Terrace St. that sells new and slightly used construction materials. First, take steps to block drafts. That will...

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Anti-party vandal

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Officer Honored

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Editorial: Bad science at the State Lab

October 12, 2012
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The State Laboratory Institute is all about science. So one might expect a scientific response to the drug lab crisis. That response would be to test and prove the state’s hypothesis that everything is A-OK in the 17 other labs there. So it is good news that the state legislature is prepping an investigation....

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Editorial: School, and mayoral, choices

October 12, 2012
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The new school choice proposals for Boston Public Schools have become a battleground of mayoral ambitions. That’s not just good theater. It’s a good thing for the city and its students. Mayor Thomas Menino may yet run for re-election to a sixth term, but he is clearly working on the schools as part of...

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Letter: BRA is ignoring community on S. Huntington project

October 12, 2012
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Over strong community objections, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is about to approve the construction of a large luxury housing development proposed for the New England Home for Little Wanderers site at 161 S. Huntington Ave. Consisting of 196 rental units, over half of which will be studio or one-bedroom apartments, the developer intends to...

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Letter: BPS plan would increase inequality

October 12, 2012
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While we can all agree that high-quality schools are critical for every student in the Boston Public Schools, it has become clear to me that the lottery system is not the problem and that neighborhood schools are not the solution. The BPS’s new zone proposal with neighborhood schools is highly problematic. The current walk...

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Letter: T buses don’t use bus stops

October 12, 2012
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It was great to read that the T is going to crack down on people who park in bus stops, and to know that the buses have a button to report the location. (“T police target bus stop parkers,” Sept. 28.) Now, if I could only get a similar button in my car to...

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