Religion

By - 1/4/16 - 2:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can keep children away from a would-be foster couple who believe corporal punishment is part of their religious duty - even if they agree to limit the spanking to their natural children and not spank any foster children.

Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg, who have two children of their own, sought to become foster and "pre-adoptive" parents in 2012, but were denied permission by the state Department of Children and Families because they said their Christian beliefs sometimes compelled them to spank their own children. Read more.

By - 12/21/15 - 3:47 pm

And, of course, this being the Boston area, she also offered free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts, the Globe reports.

By - 12/16/15 - 12:03 pm

UPDATE, Thursday: The licensing board decided to pass over this issue for now, deferring action until a later date.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to allow a Wine Gallery wine and spirits store at Chestnut Hill Avenue and Embassy Road, in the new building that replaces a block destroyed by fire in 2012. Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 4:40 pm

Merry Christmas!

Christmas……Don’t get caught up in the guilt of not having/spending enough $$$$$ for Presents and Gifts

If how much you spend, or buying what the persons “wants” determines your Merry Christmas....... stop, think about this; Materialism has bankrupted some people,
Some are on the way there, and some are recovering from it.

If anyone is not pleased with you changing your gift giving habits….. It’s on them.

By - 12/10/15 - 9:09 am

A local movie buff forwards the following exchange between a patron of a local movie theater and the theater's manager. The manager agreed to release the exchange on condition names be excluded.

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 9:10 AM
To:
Subject: Security
Dear Mr ____,

On Saturday December 5 my date and I attended the 4:15 showing of Spotlight at the ***** Theatre . Just before the show started I was returning from the men's room , when I came across two Muslim women with large backpacks speaking a foreign language entering my theatre .

Read more.

By - 12/4/15 - 7:36 pm

A Fitchburg native and former Army ranger was sentenced to six months' home confinement and 3 1/2 years of probation for posting threatening messages on the Facebook page of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By - 12/3/15 - 12:51 pm

Arlington Police report they've identified a 23-year-old man they say slapped a sign reading "All" atop "Black" on a "Black Lives Banner" at the First Parish Unitarian Church on Nov. 25.

In a statement, Police Chief Frederick Ryan says: Read more.

By - 12/3/15 - 11:37 am
Church in old Boston with scaffolded steeples

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on in this photo, and when.

By - 11/20/15 - 9:51 am

Yesterday, the Dorchester Reporter posted parts of an interview with US Rep. Steve Lynch in which he seemed to indicate he was fine with the president's plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US: Read more.

By - 11/13/15 - 6:27 am

The 208-year-old Andover Newton Theological School plans to sell its current campus and either set up shop as a smaller school or become part of the Yale Divinity School:

Today, Andover Newton must move in a bold new direction to ensure our work and mission continue to thrive. In part, this is necessitated by seismic changes that are taking place in the church and, by extension, in theological education. Like most independent theological schools, enrollment at Andover Newton has been in steady decline for more than 10 years due to a contracting applicant pool. As much as we cherish it, the large campus we occupy today was built to meet the needs of another era. It is clear that Andover Newton’s current mode of being - even with modifications - is not financially sustainable.

Not only is the institution struggling financially, but those for whom it exists are, too: student debt is soaring to the point where leaders at Andover Newton worry that graduates will be unable to enter ministry due to their financial obligations.

By - 11/1/15 - 8:11 pm

Burlington Police report they are looking for two white men in a white Crown Victoria who pulled up to the Islamic Center of Burlington overnight to spray-paint "USA" repeatedly and throw eggs at the walls. Read more.

By - 11/1/15 - 6:54 pm
At First Baptist Church for return of Black Lives Matter banner

Charlie Rosenberg attended the unfurling of a new Black Lives Matter banner today at the First Baptist Church on Centre Street - to replace an earlier one that was ripped down.

By - 10/13/15 - 7:51 pm
Lewd guy

Cambridge Police have released surveillance video and photos of a man they say entered St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church around 3:15 a.m. on Sept. 29, "initially put on priest clothing, later de-clothed and then committed a lewd act on the altar of the church." Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 11:06 am
Papal motorcade up Boylston Street

Eric Griswold shows us Pope John Paul II's motorcade going down Boylston Street on the way to a mass on the Common in 1979. Read more.

By - 8/16/15 - 9:35 pm
Flight of the Angel in Boston's North End

RoadTrip New England shows us tonight's climax of the Fisherman's Feast in the North End: When a girl dressed as an angel comes flying out of a third-floor window to greet the Madonna.

NorthEndWaterfront.com has photos of the Blessing of the Waters at the start of the feast on Friday.

By - 7/30/15 - 9:32 pm

Yes, the movie on how the Globe Spotlight team took on Bernie Law is coming out soon.

You can also read the Phoenix story that actually broke the news before the Spotlight team.

By - 6/28/15 - 10:41 pm
Cardinal Sean O'Malley addresses crowd at Parkman Bandstand

Arturo Gossage took in the protest at the Parkman Bandstand today. Among the speakers: Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/23/15 - 6:10 pm

The Forward's Martyna Starosta visited the New England Casket Co. in East Boston for a look at how Jewish caskets are changing. They're still all wood - workers go over caskets with a metal detector to make sure - but they're not all plain pine boxes anymore.

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