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September 9, 2010

Talk radio's McPhee opens series

Talk radio sensation Michele McPhee will make her way to Lawrence this weekend, kicking off the current season of Northern Essex Community College's White Fund Lecture Series.

McPhee's presentation, "Crime & Politics in Massachusetts, Sometimes One in the Same," will draw on her extensive experience covering crime for the New York Daily News, Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Sunday's presentation is free and open to the public.

McPhee, a vocal critic of Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, will be discussing the narcissistic streaks she perceives exist in both killers and elected officials.

"I think it will be interesting to see who shows up," McPhee said with a laugh.

While Lantigua will likely come up in her presentation, he is far from the only example the East Boston native will use to illustrate her opinions. From the governor to local judges, McPhee will speak about the many ways she believes elected officials have let their constituents down.

McPhee hosts "The Michele McPhee" Show on 96.9 FM WTKK Boston Talks, where she is a passionate advocate for public safety and common sense in government. McPhee also appears as a commentator on Boston's Fox 25 and as a New England correspondent for ABC News.

The author of five true crime books will also talk about her latest literary work, which deals with the Amy Bishop case.

Bishop opened fire on an Alabama college campus after escaping consequences here for killing her brother. McPhee will be talking about her research for the book — currently titled "A Professor's Rage" — as well as the current election season.

"Voting is critical," McPhee said. "Your vote is so powerful."

McPhee said she was flattered to be asked to Lawrence to speak as part of the White Fund Lecture Series. A graduate of UMass-Boston, she's a supporter of the state college system.

If you go

What: Michele McPhee: "Crime & Politics in Massachusetts, Sometimes One in the Same."

When: Sunday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m.

Where: White Fund Room, Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, 78 Amesbury St., Lawrence.

How: Free admission.

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