Author Archives: Adam Sennott

Seattle declares homelessness an emergency

Seattle declares homelessness an emergency

Seattle became the latest city to declare homelessness an emergency this week. Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced they were declaring the emergencies Tuesday, November 2, Murry’s office said in a press release. Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien, Sally Bagshaw and John Okamoto also helped outline new investments aimed at

DAN RATHER: On the decline of investigative journalism

After more than 60 years in journalism, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather still believes that a free and independent press is the “red beating heart of freedom and democracy.” But news organizations aren’t living up to that standard, he says. Nor are they working hard enough to “give voice to the voiceless.” Currently anchoring

BLANKET STATEMENT: Cambridge's City Councilor Marc McGovern goes back to the basics

With below-freezing temperatures making life difficult for the area’s homeless population, Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern cut through the red tape by launching a crowdsourcing campaign to supply the city’s less fortunate with winter necessities like wool blankets and socks. McGovern raised nearly $7,400 for 750 wool blankets for the city’s homeless this winter through

Getting Sober in Savin Hill

DORCHESTER, Mass.—At 26, Peter Barbuto found himself in a Cape Cod rehab facility bat-tling an addiction to opiates. He was despondent until the day he met Dan Ryan. “He was affirming, very much so,” Barbuto said of Ryan. “Which was great because when you’re down in the dumps and a guy like that comes around;

Son of Southie: John "Red" Shea

John “Red” Shea and world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza (courtesy photo) At 25 years old, John “Red” Shea was staring at a 12-year federal prison sentence for refusing to testify against his boss and mentor, James “Whitey” Bulger. It was during those years in prison that Shea, who got into many fights defending Bulger’s integrity

The Kind Banker

Fred Robbins was in his late 70s, homeless, and ready to give up when he walked into Bank of America’s South Boston branch and caught the attention of Banking Center Manager, Valerie Ferry. After spending more than a year getting to know him, reaching out to several organizations, and helping him fill out piles of

Diversity & the Future of Boston

She’s spent her career helping organize voters in poor urban neighborhoods, working to reduce youth incarceration, and empowering underserved communities. Now, she’s aiming to make Boston a more fun, business friendly city. Malia Lazu, Director of the newly formed Future Boston Alliance, aims to improve Boston’s image by luring and keeping creative industries in the

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