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Boston City Council candidates outline concerns at open forum

Boston City Council candidates addressed issues concerning unemployment, safety and the distribution of taxpayers’ money at an open forum on Thursday. Incumbent Tito Jackson, of Roxbury, and opposing candidate Sheneal Parker began the forum, held at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, where moderator Sarah-Ann Shaw asked them what platforms they planned to run […]

City Council candidate aims to reform education

As a long-time supporter and educator of the Boston Public Schools, Suzanne Lee hopes to bring her experience in education reform to the City Council if elected in the Nov. 8 municipal election. Lee is running for a seat representing District 2, which includes South Boston, Chinatown, Dorchester and parts of the South End. Devoted […]

Israeli-Palestinian exchange symbolic of greater issues, students say

When College of Communication freshman Leora Kaufman heard about the release of captured Israeli soldier Sgt. First Class Gilad Shalit, she said she broke down into tears. “I called my mom right away – she’s in Israel – she was really emotionally affected by it as well,” she said. Kaufman, who spent a gap year […]

Public support for legalization of marijuana reaches new high

The haze of disapproval is clearing as half of all Americans say they support the legalization of marijuana, according to a recent poll. The poll, released by the Gallup organization on Monday, found that an unprecedented 50 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana while 46 percent are opposed. Bill Downing, board chairman of the Massachusetts […]

District 7 City Council candidates address community issues in forum

Education, community unity and development were at the forefront of a District 7 City Council Election forum, held at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, on Tuesday evening. Incumbent candidate City Councilor Tito Jackson and his challenger Sheneal Parker addressed about 50 community members at the town hall meeting, which was hosted by RoxVote Coalition, an organization that […]