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Federal agents raid Beacon Hill church

Just as they do every Thursday morning, nearly a dozen members from the Oasis Women’s group for homeless and recently housed women met for fellowship inside a Beacon Hill church.

But this Thursday was different. About 10:30 a.m., federal agents armed with search warrants swooped into the Swedenborgian Church on the Hill. “They started saying, ‘Nobody move. Nobody leave,’ ” said Brenda Poliskey, who has attended the meetings for a year. “I had to take a Valium to calm down.”

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