US Marine charged with illegally flying guns into Haiti

By JONATHAN DREW
Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country's military learn marksmanship and defeat ``thugs'' causing instability, according to a criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint filed last week in a North Carolina federal court charges Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms. Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage including eight firearms but lacked needed authorization to take them abroad.

Schools in Haiti re-open after a month of unrest

BY EVENS SANON and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)— Protected by police patrols, thousands of Haitian children began to return to school Monday after months of violent unrest forced schools to shut around the country.

Some schools were about a quarter full in response to the Education Ministry's call last week to reopen public and private schools. Others had only a handful of students or didn't open at all.

Codman Health Center named to Top 100 Women-Led companies list

Sandra Cotterell

For the sixth consecutive year, Codman Square Health Center has been named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute and The Boston Globe. Codman is led by CEO Sandra Cotterell, RN who has been at the center since 1994 and CEO since 2011.

The Commonwealth Institute is a nonprofit that supports women-led businesses, and it considers revenue, operating budgets, number of full-time employees, diversity, innovative projects, and more when it weighs candidates and organizations for the Top 100 list.

Survivors share stories at MCHC’s Breast Health Night

Shown at MCHC’s Breast Health Night: (l-r) Julet Queensborough, Breast Health Navigator MCHC; Jordina Shanks, Chief Operating Officer MCHC; Elizabeth Thomas, Clinical Operations Assistant MCHC; Alberta  Guess, survivor; Patricia Graham, survivor; Dr. Nao

The Mattapan Community Health Center’s conference room was transformed into a sea of various shades of pink on Thurs., Oct. 24, for the observation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The center’s Breast Health Night brought together cancer survivors, caregivers, friends, family, community members, and affiliates from Boston Medical Center, including keynote speaker Naomi Ko, MD, of Boston University’s School of Medicine, to learn about breast cancer, and to celebrate survivorship.

Alleged rapes of 10 female inmates in Gonaives under investigation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday (Nov. 15) they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives.

Prosecutor Serard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last week and overpowered police officers guarding inmates, adding that an unknown number of them are suspected of raping 10 of 12 women being held in the same facility but in separate cells.

Campbell to host summit for civic leaders on Nov. 23

Council President Andrea Campbell

City Council President Andrea Campbell is organizing an event for later this month that is expected to attract hundreds of civic leaders from the city’s neighborhoods for informed discussions about their efforts in making things happen in their local precincts.

The Boston Civic Leaders Summit on Sat., Nov. 23 will be staged at both the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate and the JFK Library and Museum in Dorchester. 

One of Boston's Haitian pioneers— Pastor Verdieu Leonda LaRoche— dead at age 78

One of the pioneering leaders of Boston's Haitian community has died.

Rev. Dr. Verdieu Leonda LaRoche, 78, died on May 5, according to his family. LaRoche was the founding pastor of the First Haitian Baptist Church of Boston, located on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.

Born on February 12, 1940 in Cahesse, Au Trou du Nord, Haiti, LaRoche attended the Baptist Theological Seminary in Limbé, Haiti and began his ministries in his hometown after graduation. He married Marie Rose Obas.

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