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Recent articles by Danny:

Michelle Wu was asked about Patrick Rose’s internal affairs file. Her answer raises more questions.

Mayor Wu, speaking on a local news show, implied she was prevented from accessing the full, unredacted internal affairs report of Patrick Rose, the former Boston officer and union president who last month pleaded guilty to molesting half a dozen children over several decades. → Read More

Dianne Wilkerson left Beacon Hill under a cloud of disgrace. Now, she’s asking voters for another shot.

Years after she was caught slipping cash into her bra as part of an explosive bribery scandal, Dianne Wilkerson wants voters of the Second Suffolk state senate district to send her to Beacon Hill again. → Read More

Boston city councilor pushes for more info on scandal-ridden Mission Hill school

Flaherty, an at-large councilor from South Boston, wants officials to provide a breakdown of total sexual assault and harassment incidents at the school that were reported to Boston Public Schools, with student and personnel information redacted as needed. → Read More

Following Supreme Court ruling, Salem’s Satanic Temple wants to fly its flag at Boston City Hall

The Satanic Temple has applied to fly its flag at City Hall Plaza — a move made immediately in the wake of an unanimous US Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that found the city of Boston violated the First Amendment rights of a Christian group by refusing to fly a flag bearing a cross outside City Hall in 2017. → Read More

Demonstrators protest in front of State House following leaked Supreme Court draft opinion

“We’re out here today demonstrating to oppose these attacks on women’s bodily autonomy and the antidemocratic nature of the Supreme Court,” said Gabby Ballard, an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation. → Read More

Suffolk DA probe of events leading to Juston Root’s death complicated by conflict of interest, e-mail shows

A leadership change in the Suffolk district attorney’s office has led to a delay into the investigation of the death of Juston Root, who was fatally shot by police in 2020 after brandishing a fake gun. → Read More

After spate of Mass. and Cass stabbings, authorities clear Atkinson Street, close engagement center

According to police reports, at least five stabbings were reported in the area between late Sunday afternoon and Tuesday afternoon. → Read More

Boston councilor pushes for official city holiday for Eid al-Fitr

“Representation matters,” said City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson, who is pushing the change. → Read More

At Park Street, Mayor Wu supports low-income fare program for the T

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu joined transit advocates in downtown Boston on Monday to call on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would establish and fund a low-income fare program for the MBTA's system. → Read More

Wu relaunches fund to boost diversity in city contracting

Companies owned by people of color landed just 2.5 percent of the $2.1 billion in contracts for construction and professional goods and services that the City of Boston awarded between 2014 and 2019, according to a city-commissioned report. → Read More

Family mourns kayaker from Mass. who drowned in Vermont lake

One of the two men who drowned after their kayak overturned in a lake in Vermont is remembered by his family as being “all about happiness” and “the greatest son you could imagine.” → Read More

Wu proposes 1 percent cut to Boston police budget for next fiscal year

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's modest cuts would lower department spending to about $396 million for the upcoming fiscal year, compared with just under $400 million in fiscal year 2022. → Read More

Research finds stark racial disparities in how Boston responds to unhealthy conditions that trigger asthma

Unhealthy housing conditions that can trigger asthma are more commonplace in Boston’s poorer and more diverse neighborhoods, and the city is slower to address such problems, if at all, in those enclaves than in whiter areas, according to a new research paper. → Read More

East Boston garage used as illegal crash pad by flight attendants, city officials say

The city's Inspectional Services Department said they have discovered an illegal crash pad built in an East Boston garage where flight attendants used bunk beds, shared a kitchen - while living in a space without smoke detectors or a second exit. → Read More

Boston councilors push for hundreds more liquor licenses in certain neighborhoods

A trio of Boston city councilors are pushing for hundreds more liquor licenses in the city, specifically in neighborhoods of color where there is a paucity of restaurants that can legally serve booze. → Read More

City closes Mattapan’s only public swimming pool, citing staff shortages

The pool at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, Mattapan’s only open public swimming pool, will close this weekend because of staffing shortages, city officials said. They did not have an estimate for when it may reopen. → Read More

At Healey’s opioid funding announcement, Quincy opposition to Long Island bridge remains

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is running for governor, spoke in Boston about the opioid epidemic. But possible responses to the epidemic remain controversial. → Read More

The top 2021 overtime earner in the Boston city workforce? Not a cop.

Thanks in large part to an accounting technicality, the top overtime earner in the city workforce last year was a wire inspector named Keith Barry. → Read More

Is ‘green gentrification’ driving displacement in East Boston? Researchers say yes, but locals push back

East Boston is a prime example of what a pair of researchers call “green gentrification” — where new green spaces contribute to the exclusion of marginalized groups and the displacement of working class residents. But critics of that assessment say that the march of gentrification in Eastie would have continued regardless. → Read More

A day after new protest restrictions took effect, a handful of demonstrators are fined near Wu’s home

Wu signed the city ordinance into law on Thursday, a day after the Boston City Council approved it. Wu introduced the hotly-debated proposal following months of near daily anti-vaccination protests outside the two-family house she shares with her husband, two children, and mother. → Read More