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Legislature passes tough anti-gang bill (Boston, MA): The House of Representatives has passed a measure this week that significantly strengthens the ability for communities to combat gang related activities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Source: Braintree Forum    Date: January 18, 2006

Mass. judge bans 'Stop Snitching' shirts (Boston, MA): A top Massachusetts judge has banned clothing bearing the phrase "Stop Snitching" and outlawed camera phones in the state's courthouses in an effort to counter a rising climate of witness intimidation.
Source: CBS News    Date: January 11, 2006

House approves bill to protect witnesses of gang violence (Boston, MA): Police and prosecutors would have greater ability to protect witnesses of gang-related violence from reprisals if a bill overwhelmingly approved by House lawmakers Tuesday becomes law.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 10, 2006

House set to debate anti-gang, witness protection bill (Boston, MA): As the state's largest city grapples with a spike in homicides and what neighborhood activists call an increasing atmosphere of fear and intimidation, lawmakers plan to debate a bill Tuesday that would protect witnesses who testify against alleged gang members.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 9, 2006

Police: School fight was gang-related (Great Barrington, MA): A Brookside School student allegedly instigated a "gang-related" assault on another student on Tuesday, triggering a fight that drew police from five departments to quell the disturbance, according to a police report.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: January 5, 2006

The long night of the taggers (Boston, MA): More than a dozen East Boston homeowners woke up on a recent Sunday morning to find their houses splashed with the MS-13 gang moniker, evidence of a one-night graffiti blitz Boston police said may have been part of a gang initiation ritual.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 1, 2006

New state funds target gang violence (Massachusetts): Just before Christmas, Governor Mitt Romney signed legislation that establishes a state grant program to help communities devise and implement innovative new approaches to fight gang violence.
Source: iBerkshires    Date: December 30, 2005

In Eastie, notorious gang runs out of steam (Boston, MA): At its strongest, the East Boston Loco Salvadorans "clikka," or sect, of MS-13 had roughly 100 hardscrabble members, men and boys prepared to attack, rape and rob with machetes, baseball bats or even handguns.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 27, 2005

Romney signs $11 million in aid to reduce gang violence (Boston, MA): Gov. Mitt Romney signed a $53 million supplemental appropriation Thursday that includes $11 million to combat gang violence in Massachusetts cities and towns.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 22, 2005

Cities may get money to fight gangs (Boston, MA): A rash of urban violence across the state has prompted lawmakers to approve an $11 million grant program to support local anti-gang efforts.
Source: Sentinel & Enterprise    Date: December 17, 2005

'Snitching' T-shirts come off the shelves (Boston, MA): Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday said his campaign to take "Stop Snitching" T-shirts off the streets of Boston is progressing and that the decision of two merchants to remove the shirts from store shelves is one step in a long process of ending witness intimidation citywide.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 5, 2005

Senate approves anti-gang initiative (Massachussetts): The Massachusetts Senate last week unanimously approved a sweeping anti-gang initiative that includes a statewide witness protection program and $11 million grant program to fund collaborative regional anti-gang efforts that focus both on increased law enforcement activities as well as youth violence prevention programs.
Source: Stoughton Journal    Date: October 28, 2005

Gang bill passes Senate (Fall River, MA): After two years of tough talk on gangs and witness protection, the state Senate took action on the issue Thursday when it unanimously approved a sweeping $11.75 million anti-gang initiative.
Source: The Herald News    Date: October 23, 2005

Lowell's gang problems noted in state's youth summit (Boston, MA): The problem of youth gang violence in cities like Lowell is deep-rooted, and stems from complicated problems such as a reduction in community-based social services and a breakdown in the family structure, law enforcement officials said.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: October 22, 2005

Gang tributes bring controversy (Holyoke, MA): For Police Chief Anthony Scott, the writing on the wall could ignite violence so he ordered that it be painted over. But for others, Scott's remedy proved just as damaging.
Source: The Republican    Date: October 10, 2005

DA: Interstate shooting of driver in Chicopee likely gang-related (Chicopee, MA): The fatal shooting of a driver on Interstate 391 in Chicopee was probably gang-related, Hampden District Attorney William Bennett said on Wednesday.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: September 21, 2005

Teenager shot on Lowell porch (Lowell, MA): A 16-year-old boy sitting on a porch at a duplex was shot in the stomach last night by a gunman dressed in black.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: September 17, 2005

Four injured in suspected Lowell gang shooting (Lowell, MA): A suspected gang-related shooting in the city's Lower Highlands neighborhood early yesterday morning left four people with minor injuries, police said.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: August 29, 2005

Feds gang up on MS-13, nab 63 alleged members (Boston, MA): A federal takedown aimed at crushing MS-13 – an international Salvadoran gang with strong roots in East Boston – has led to the arrests of 63 alleged gang members in the Boston area, White House officials announced yesterday.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: August 2, 2005

Shot from street hits boy, 8, in family home (Lynn, MA): Snuggled on a couch with his relatives while watching a movie Thursday night, 8-year-old Melvin Harrison Jr. heard gunfire outside, but didn't realize that he had been shot until he ran into the kitchen and showed his mangled left hand to his father.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: July 30, 2005

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