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Adrian Walker

Walker is a columnist for the Metro section. He provides commentary and opinion on local and regional news as well as society and culture. Walker started as a Metro columnist in 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

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Adrian Walker

Deval Patrick was a great politician — even a magician. But running for president would be a mistake

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Former governor Deval Patrick seems to have convinced himself that the Democratic race for president remains open. At this late date, however, there’s little chance that he can again catch lightning in a bottle.

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Maura Healey’s office recovers $4 million from debt collector

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The attorney general has reached a $4 million settlement with a company that she says has employed strong-arm tactics to collect debts from vulnerable residents.

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Council election reflects a more progressive, less parochial Boston

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh wasn’t on the ballot Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be affected by the winners Tuesday, in an election that could send many new members to the Boston City Council. Though turnout was low, the changes the election reflects is real.

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Chantal Charles won a huge racial discrimination lawsuit against the city. It’s time to pay up

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The state Appeals Court has upheld an $11 million verdict in the discrimination case filed by the city employee, who sued claiming discrimination and retaliation. Charles, who helps administer funds that go to community groups, claims a pattern of mistreatment dating back to 2010.