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Akilah Johnson

A general assignment reporter for the Metro Desk, Johnson previously covered education and public safety for Fort Lauderdale’s South Florida Sun Sentinel, where she was part of a team named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.

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For gun makers in Springfield, it’s just another job

By , Globe Staff

In the wake of recent shootings, there weren’t protest signs or picket lines in the city that hosts one of the nation’s largest gun makers.

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Select voters will get $400 to explain state ballot measure

By , Globe Staff

A new initiative wants to help Mass. voters better understand at least one of issues that will appear before them in November.

Mass. bill would extend hate-crime protections to police officers

By , Globe Staff

A lawmaker said May’s shooting of an Auburn officer inspired her to write the bill.

After a deadly week, teens describe fear of police

By , Globe Staff

After a week that saw the deaths of black men by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana and five Dallas police officers killed allegedly in revenge, young people in Boston were full of anguished stories. They described how their parents counseled them to be wary of gang members — and now police officers. How they pleaded with siblings to act in ways that wouldn’t attract the police. How their brown skin alone felt like enough to provoke suspicion.