March 19, 2008

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Patrick fights odds on casinos

Governor Deval Patrick, appearing at a long-awaited hearing on his landmark casino proposal, mounted a last-ditch effort yesterday to stave off a major defeat, pleading with lawmakers to change, not kill, his plan to boost the economy with legalized gambling. (By Matt Viser, Boston Globe)

DiMasi's stance strains old neighborhood ties

Elected 15 times to represent the North End, DiMasi is beloved by many as a friend and champion of the Italian-American neighborhood. But his opposition to casinos is straining the long and close relationship. In the North End, some residents said they enjoy gambling and wish they could do so closer to Boston. (By Michael Levenson, Boston Globe)

Obama calls for end to US racial 'stalemate'

In response to calls to condemn provocative sermons by his former pastor, Barack Obama yesterday delivered one of his own: a frank reflection on the problems of race in America that rejected the minister's words but also drew a broader personal and historical context in which to read them. (By Sasha Issenberg, Boston Globe)

Local clergy say pastor's
devotion, deeds overlooked

Three years ago, when Massachusetts' largest Protestant denomination was looking for a highly regarded preacher to headline its annual meeting, the organizers chose one of the biggest names in their world: the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. (By Michael Paulson, Boston Globe)
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Seeing double in quest to map Boston's roads

Bowdoin Street sits just a few blocks from Beacon Hill, not far from the city's gold domed State House and some of Boston's toniest zip codes. A different Bowdoin Street crosses the heart of Dorchester, six miles away in a neighborhood plagued by gun violence. (By Megan Woolhouse, Boston Globe)

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