DORCHESTER — The Irish Pastoral Center in Dorchester hosted a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old woman who was murdered in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland. The vigil was held in the parking area behind Greenhills Bakery in Adams Corner on Sunday, January 16, 2022, because Ashling’s sister Amy worked at the bakery and the sisters are well known in the neighborhood. Thousands gathered in the US and Ireland to remember…

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MILTON — When we recently posted a photograph on Bill’s Facebook page asking for help in identifying people in a photograph, we got a great response. A few dozen comments and a dozen shares of the post with our notes, not only corrected some of our notes, but showed us a few things we hadn’t seen. The original post: “Calling all history buffs and eagle-eyed news hounds. Bill Brett’s friend Bob McAuliffe has this photo…

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Today we pause to wish Ginnie and Bill Brett a happy 50th anniversary. Yes, we too wonder how she’s made it this long. (Kidding, Bill, kidding.) Let’s look at the impressive numbers: 50 years of marriage, four children, and 8 grandchildren, who are the lights of Bill and Ginnie’s lives. (She’s also stood by the rest of the team through six books, the launch of this site, and about 10,000 events that he’s covered since…

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Editor’s Note: The following was written by Paul Doyle, a friend of Bill Brett’s and this page, who lives in Weymouth and currently recuperating from back surgery. We offer these words to mark Veterans Day, November 11, which was started as “Armistice Day,” in 1919, the first anniversary of World War I. In 1926, the US Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. By…

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By Ben Bradlee, Jr. (November 6, 2020) As we sort out the election, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Trump constituency. I’ve had a different experience with the Trump voter, immersing myself in their lives for a 2018 book I wrote, The Forgotten, which used a swing county in Northeast Pennsylvania that played a key role in Trump winning that state in 2016 to do a deep dive into the lives of people who…

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