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Panhandler Robs Man at New Bedford Burger King

A man was robbed by a panhandler after giving her money for food at a New Bedford Burger King.

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140 / Kempton Jersey Barriers / TSM

OPINION| Barry Richard: Barriers Will Not Deter Panhandlers

I don't believe the barriers are nearly enough to address the public's concerns

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City Council Decides On Implementation Of Panhandling Signs

City Council voted on a motion Thursday night that would further discussions of implementing signage encouraging responsible donating at popular panhandling areas.

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Panhandlers' Placards Show Signs Of Continued Economic Hardship
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OPINION | Barry Richard: Why Panhandling Is Suddenly Legal Everywhere

If you thought that the panhandling epidemic that is sweeping the nation erupted almost overnight, you are right.  But, it was unintended...

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Councillor Hugh Dunn Files Motion to Curb Panhandling

NEW BEDFORD — Ward Three City Councilor Hugh Dunn filed a motion, co-sponsored by City Council President Joseph Lopes, and Councillors Ian Abreu and Kerry Winterson, aimed at curbing panhandling by giving city residents and visitors a more effective way to donate their money, while also supporting services for this at-risk population...

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM

New Bedford Police Show Off High-Tech Surveillance Tools

NEW BEDFORD - City councilors got an up-close look at some of the surveillance equipment used by the New Bedford Police Department Tuesday during the council's Committee on Public Safety & Neighborhoods meeting held at the Rockdale Ave. headquarters. 

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Chief Joseph Cordeiro - Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Community Policing, Heroin Overdose Outreach Key, Says Chief

In a wide-ranging interview with WBSM's Brian Thomas, New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro touched on a lot of subjects that plague the police force, including panhandlers, shootings and drug overdoses...

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Collect Funds For Charity
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To Give Or Not To Give In The Season Of Giving

Tis' the season, for shopping, dining, drinking and for enjoying the family and friends. I love the Christmas season. It also brings with it, a feeling of generosity for people who have enough to share with those less fortunate...

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ACLU Opposes New Bedford Council’s Anti-Panhandling Ideas

The New Bedford City Council's idea to place deputy sheriffs near panhandlers has another opponent, the ACLU.

Deputy Legal Director Sarah Wunsch with the Massachusetts ACLU says law enforcement officers should be focused on crime-related matters...

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Dan McCready / TSM

Sheriff Hodgson Dismissive of Anti-Panhandler Suggestion from New Bedford Council

The New Bedford City Council has been brainstorming on methods to decrease panhandling in the city. Thursday night, Council President Linda Morad presented the possibility of having deputies from the Bristol County Sheriff's Office stand beside people begging for money...

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