City teachers try to make do with fewer staff, supplies

BPS teachers say budget shortfalls are cutting critical services in their schools and causing them to dig deeper into their own pockets for classroom supplies. ...read more

A Cape Verdean-English dictionary

Dorchester resident Manuel Da Luz Goncalves has compiled a 40,000-word Cape Verdean Creole-to-English dictionary, working over the last 10 years with the literature, folklore and music of the West African archipelago to determine standard spelling and meaning for the words. ...read more

More BPS budget cut fights likely next year

This year's fraught Boston Public School budget decisions are unlikely to become a thing of the past, Mayor Martin Walsh said. Elected officials split over calling for more school funding or for more cost-trimming first. ...read more

Candidates prepare for state House races

With the September 8 Democratic primary approaching, candidates seeking state House rep seats are reaching out to voters in the fourteenth, twelfth, eleventh and seventh Suffolk districts. ...read more

Florida Man Set Up In Online Dating Murder

Online dating can be fun. But it can also be fatal. The online dating website Plenty Of Fish claimed another victim earlier this week when an Orlando man was set up by a date to be robbed and was later killed.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

The night before police found Adam Hilarie dead in his kitchen, the 27-year-old Central Florida father went bowling with a woman he met through the online dating site PlentyOfFish, Auburndale police said Monday.

They went back to his place, and she texted him later: I had a good time and would like to see you again.

She saw him the next night, when on Friday she brought three men to rob Hilarie of TVs, an Xbox and an iPhone, and one of them shot him in the head, Deputy Chief Andy Ray said at a news conference.

“In cases like this, it's easy for us to put ourselves in the shoes of the family,” Ray said, as he detailed the arrest of four people in connection with the killing — including 18-year-old Hailey Bustos, who went on the date with him.

Andre Warner, 26, Gary Gray, 31, and Joshua Ellington, 26, were also arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery with a firearm and first-degree murder. Ray said he didn't know how the robbery escalated.

“Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter,” according to arrest reports.

Social media photos show Hilarie suited up in boxing gloves and a robe. He posted multiple photos of his daughter on his Facebook page, calling her “Princess.” Friends and family set up a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses.

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Newark Cops Mistake Unarmed 10-Year-Old Black Boy For Armed Robber

Another disturbing incident in Newark shows how police racially profile and jump to conclusions when it comes to incidents involving young Black men.

A community is reeling after a 10-year-old boy was chased down by police who believed he was the 20-year-old suspect from a nearby armed robbery, WABC reports.

Legend Preston, a fifth grader, was traumatized after Newark police brandished loaded guns while chasing him down a nearby alley.

“Some police started coming this way with guns pointed at me, and then I ran into the backyard,” Legend told WABC.

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Prior to the chase, Preston was playing basketball at a nearby court. His ball rolled out into the street. “I ran because they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose, and they were just holding shotguns at me trying to shoot me,” he said.

His mother, Patisha Solomon, was in the house at the time of the incident and afterwards posted her son's emotional reaction in a video on Facebook.

“These policemen who had guns drawn on my child are still on these streets,” Solomon said in her Facebook post.

Solomon said when she told police her son was just a minor, they yelled back, “He fits the description!” Neighbors and friends circled around the young boy in order to protect him from the police.

According to the New York Daily News, a spokesperson for the Newark Police Department said the officers did have guns drawn, but never pointed their weapons at Preston.

Police announced they eventually caught the suspect, 20-year-old Casey Joseph Robinson, who was charged with armed robbery.

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Armed, Confederate Flag-Wielding ‘White Lives Matter’ Protesters Gather Outside Houston NAACP Building

A group of White Lives Matter protesters gathered in front of the NAACP offices in Houston, Texas on Sunday – some carrying signs, assault rifles, and Confederate flags. NAACP headquarters are located within Houston's Third Ward, a predominantly Black neighborhood.

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“We came out here specifically today to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” said organizer Ken Reed in an interview with The Houston Chronicle. “If they're going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”

The NAACP and Black Lives Matter have repeatedly spoken out against the recent slayings in Dallas and Baton Rouge involving police officers. As The Washington Post points out, officers fatally wounded in the recent shootings were also of Black and Latino descent.

According to The Post, the gathering spurred a counter-protest that almost doubled in size. Many took issue with the display of Confederate flags, an emblem of White supremacy.

“The Confederate flag throws me off,” Quntina Richardson, a Third Ward resident said. “You're saying Black Lives Matter is a racist organization but when you're throwing the Confederate flag up and saying White Lives Matter, are you saying you're racist?”

“It has nothing to do with racism on our part,” Reed countered. “We're proud to be Southern. It has all to do about heritage, nothing to do with hate.”

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Pres. Obama Visits Flood-Damaged Louisiana In Show Of Support

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama arrived Tuesday in flood-ravaged southern Louisiana for a visit aimed at promising support to thousands of beleaguered flood victims and stemming campaign-season criticism that he's been slow to respond to their plight.

Obama was met at the Baton Rouge airport by a bipartisan group of officials, including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican. Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and David Vitter also met the president on the tarmac before Obama headed to tour a neighborhood hit by the storms that killed at least 13 people and forced thousands from their homes.

The visit is a reminder of the political dangers and opportunities that natural disasters can pose. On top of a competent federal response, it's critical for political leaders to demonstrate compassion and a reassuring sense of engagement.

Citing security concerns, the White House released few details about Obama's itinerary in advance. But during his afternoon in Louisiana, Obama planned to tour a neighborhood in Baton Rouge Parish damaged by flooding, comfort affected residents, meet with state and local officials, and thank first-responders, the White House said.

Obama took some criticism by opting to complete his family's two-week vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, before inspecting the flood damage personally and meeting with local residents. An editorial headline in the Baton Rouge Advocate last week read: “Our Views: Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama.”

The White House said Obama is willing to assume criticism about “optics” as long as the federal response is up to par.

“The survivors of the flooding in Louisiana are not well served by a political discussion; they're well served by a competent, effective, strong, coordinated government response,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. “And the federal government has certainly done our ...read more

Ohio Inmate Who Survived ’09 Execution Appeals To High Court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer who survived a 2009 botched execution is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that a second attempt to put him to death would be unconstitutional.

Lawyers for death row inmate Romell Broom argue that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.

A divided Ohio Supreme Court rejected Broom's arguments in March. Broom's attorneys appealed that ruling earlier this month to the U.S. Supreme Court and filed notice of that appeal on Monday with the state court.

The state stopped Broom's execution after two hours when executioners failed to find a usable vein following 18 attempts to insert needles.

The 60-year-old Broom is only the second inmate in U.S. history to survive an attempted execution.

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Louisiana Slowly Recovers After Historic Flooding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Storm victims spill out of the waiting rooms, some clutching water-stained documents, others with the long stare of those stricken by disaster, each with a story of personal tragedy about the Louisiana flood's devastation to their homes and their lives.

The line for the makeshift Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery center started to gather before the facility opened Monday at a substance abuse treatment site run by a local Baptist church. The stream of traffic has been steady ever since.

Edward Shaw, 62, has been staying at a local Motel 6 since last week's flooding inundated the house he was renting, the water rising to the top of the front door. He lost his furniture and his car, and hasn't heard from his landlord about when the house might be repaired.

FEMA started covering his motel costs Sunday, though he's not sure for how long.

“I hope to God FEMA give me enough so I can start all over again,” Shaw said.

And if that doesn't happen? “You just keep on praying,” he said.

The long, hard slog of recovery is underway across south Louisiana, after a storm that began Aug. 12 dumped as much as 2 feet of rain in some areas over 48 hours, causing catastrophic flooding.

At least 13 deaths have been attributed to the flooding, and more than 60,000 homes were damaged by the storm, which has been described as the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

President Barack Obama planned to visit the area Tuesday.

In hard-hit neighborhoods, people spent their weekend gutting homes in brutal heat, ripping out water-logged carpet and flooring, stripping out walls and insulation and sifting through personal belongings to determine if anything was salvageable. Piles of water-damaged furniture, clothes, photographs and toys filled curbs, as shell-shocked residents discarded nearly everything they owned.

At least ...read more