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The gunfire next door

In 'hot spots' of violence, residents feel trapped, afraid

Maxx Acevedo (left) and his stepson Bryan Calderon stood on West Newton Street in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood, an area identified by police as a crime hot spot.
Maxx Acevedo (left) and his stepson Bryan Calderon stood on West Newton Street in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood, an area identified by police as a crime hot spot. (Globe Staff Photo / John Tlumacki) Globe Staff Photo / John Tlumacki
By Megan Tench and Shawntaye Hopkins
Globe Correspondent / July 21, 2006

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In Priscilla Megie 's Dorchester neighborhood, a slope of ramshackle tenements, uneven lawns, and cracked sidewalks, the curtains are drawn and most shades are down. No matter how hot it gets, she said, her three children, ages 8, 5, and 2, are not allowed to play outside, go near the windows, or sit on the porch. And when they hear ... (Full article: 732 words)

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