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Ten O'Clock News; Drop-a-Dime


Story on the Drop-a-Dime Program started by Roxbury residents Georgette Watson and Rev. Bruce Wall. Pedestrians on the streets of Roxbury and Roxbury neighborhood in the evening. Watson points out a drug dealer and a building out of which the drug trade operates. Interview with Watson about the drug problem in the city and the effectiveness of the Drop-a-Dime Program. She talks about the role of neighborhood youth in the drug trade. Representatives from the Drop-a-Dime Program were not included in the mayor's newly formed council on drug abuse. Mayor Ray Flynn holds press conference announcing the formation of the council. Ben Thompson, Chairman of the council, says that the council intends to work with anti-crime and drug prevention groups across the city. William Weld, US Attorney for Massachusetts, and Derek Sanderson, former player for the Boston Bruins, stand with the other members of the council at the press conference. Interview with Bruce Wall about how community groups have not been included on the council. He adds that members of community groups understand how the drug trade functions in their neighborhoods. Flynn will go to the Boston City Council to obtain funding to combat drug abuse in the city.

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Ten O'Clock News


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NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Urban policy
Weld, William F.
Urban youth
Sanderson, Derek, 1946-
Drug traffic
Drug abuse -- Prevention
Press conferences
Flynn, Raymond L.
Boston (Mass.). City Council
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Flynn, Raymond L. (Speaker)
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Drop-a-Dime,” 12/07/1984, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F47FFAFCBE842F1A6886427FBA8E215.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Drop-a-Dime.” 12/07/1984. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F47FFAFCBE842F1A6886427FBA8E215>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Drop-a-Dime. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F47FFAFCBE842F1A6886427FBA8E215
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