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Shelly Murphy
  SHELLEY MURPHY

Introduction  
Shelley Murphy is a reporter for The Boston Globe and covers organized crime, homeland security, and federal court. She's a Boston native who grew up in the neighborhood of Dorchester.
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Pronounciation guide

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Aunt  
Boston Pronunciation: Ahnt
Webster's definition: The sister of one's father or mother.
Beer  
Boston Pronunciation: Bee-uh
Webster's definition: An alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation.
Can't  
Boston Pronunciation: Kahnt
Webster's definition: Can not.
Car  
Boston Pronunciation: Kah
Webster's definition: A vehicle moving on wheels. A carriage.
Chowder  
Boston Pronunciation: Chow-dah
Webster's definition: A soup or stew of seafood (as clams or fish) usually made with milk or tomatoes, salt pork, onions, and other vegetables (as potatoes).
Harvard  
Boston Pronunciation: Hah-vahd
Webster's definition: John 1607-1638 American clergyman & benefactor; left his library and half his estate to college at "New Towne" (later Cambridge); college named in his honor in 1639.
Idea  
Boston Pronunciation: Eye-dee-er
Webster's definition: A formulated thought or opinion.
Mayor  
Boston Pronunciation: May-uh
Webster's definition: An official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough.
New York  
Boston Pronunciation: New Yahk
Webster's definition: A state in the northeastern United States, or a city and port in southeastern New York at mouth of Hudson River.
Park  
Boston Pronunciation: Pahk
Webster's definition: A tract of land that often includes lawns, woodland, and pasture attached to a country house and is used as a game preserve and for recreation.
Party  
Boston Pronunciation: Pah-tee
Webster's definition: A social gathering, or a group of persons organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government.
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