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James Otis Jr

BIZARRE BOSTON: Shocking death of James Otis, Jr.

Here’s a morbid question. Do you want to choose the way you die? Personally, I don’t think I want to. James Otis, Jr. (1725–1783), an important figure in the American Revolution, definitely did. And he exited this mortal life in his preferred way, even though it was a rare and dramatic one. Otis was born

PamojaProject

OUT OF AFRICA: Local spearheads Pamoja Project film

Hopkinton native Audrey Emerson speaks with a confidence and determination that belies her young age. She also exudes an unbridled enthusiasm that’s both inspiring and reflective of her youth. Emerson attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick and is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in critical film studies. Yet she

James Otis Jr

BIZARRE BOSTON: Shocking death of James Otis, Jr.

Here’s a morbid question. Do you want to choose the way you die? Personally, I don’t think I want to. James Otis, Jr. (1725–1783), an important figure in the American Revolution, definitely did. And he exited this mortal life in his preferred way, even though it was a rare and dramatic one. Otis was born

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Black Lives Matter: Boston Turns Out for Michael Brown

By Aimee Ortiz It was around 9 p.m. in Boston on November 24 when the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney announced that a grand jury had not indicted Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Less than 24 hours later, protesters and Mike Brown supporters decided to, in their words, indict

Homelessness & Poverty

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CRISIS MODE: Long Island refugees demand state intervention

Advocates marched and rallied on Thursday, April 23 to call for the state to replace the beds and programs that were lost after the city closed the Long Island shelter and detox unit last October. They say that the city has not done enough to help displaced homeless people and recovering addicts. “We’re here to

Corn Flakes

GREAT DONATION: Sixth-graders donate cereal to Pine Street Inn

Have you ever heard of someone wanting or needing 407 boxes of cereal? Well, that’s exactly what we, sixth graders at Pierce School in Brookline, collected in our cereal drive for the Pine Street Inn, an organization that works to provide shelter for homeless men and women. At Pierce School, we would usually collect toiletries

Marc D. Goldfinger

VOICES FROM THE STREET: Two dogs and a kitten (part two)

(Part one can be read here. A man comes back from prison and finds chaos at his home. He’s taking his children out to do the laundry after going out for breakfast.) Jeannie wanted to help me put the dirty clothes in the washing machine. Donald wanted to play with one of the kids at

Social Justice

Affordable Housing Is a Right

HOMEWARD BOUND: Housing chief and adovcates demand more funding

At a Boston City Council budget hearing on May 5, the mayor’s chief of housing and local advocates called for increased funds to the housing budget—albeit in different ways. Councilors first heard from Sheila Dillon, Boston’s chief of housing and director of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). Dillon, on behalf of Boston Mayor Marty

Brittany

FEMALE TROUBLE: Advocates address feminine hygiene

Brittany sat under an alcove in Harvard Square, sign in hand and a cup of loose change in front of her. She sets up there nearly every day, she says, with the same sign but with a different Dunkin’ Donuts cup. Her blue-dyed tips peek out of her yellow, owl-printed bandana. Kal stands next to

Affordable Housing Is a Right

HOMEWARD BOUND: Housing chief and adovcates demand more funding

At a Boston City Council budget hearing on May 5, the mayor’s chief of housing and local advocates called for increased funds to the housing budget—albeit in different ways. Councilors first heard from Sheila Dillon, Boston’s chief of housing and director of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). Dillon, on behalf of Boston Mayor Marty

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Demon

I watched along with the rest of the nation two weeks ago as the Ferguson, Missouri, District Attorney announced the decision of the grand jury regarding whether to charge the police officer who gunned down an unarmed black teenager in August. I can honestly say that it turned out the way I expected. Anyone who

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Remembering Menino: The Former Mayor’s Legacy on Social Justice

The late Mayor Tom Menino’s impact on the city of Boston was easy to see after his death on the morning of Oct. 30. Thousands visited his casket in Fanuiel Hall on Saturday, Nov. 2, and thousands more lined the route of his funeral procession the next day. As the oft-repeated statistic claims, more than

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Gender and Sexuality

Brittany

FEMALE TROUBLE: Advocates address feminine hygiene

Brittany sat under an alcove in Harvard Square, sign in hand and a cup of loose change in front of her. She sets up there nearly every day, she says, with the same sign but with a different Dunkin’ Donuts cup. Her blue-dyed tips peek out of her yellow, owl-printed bandana. Kal stands next to

Opinion

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EDITOR’S NOTE: No place like home

When I first applied for affordable housing in Somerville three years ago, I had no idea the dream of having my own place would eventually become a reality. It was a long shot. I submitted forms for the AVA Somerville complex slotted for Assembly Square and I quickly dropped off the required paperwork. I crossed

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