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French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 2/25/15 - 4:28 pm
Dana Bedden

Barely a year ago, Dana Bedden signed a contract with Richmond, VA to become its school superintendent through June, 2017. But next Tuesday, the Boston School Committee could vote to recommend Mayor Walsh hire him to lead Boston schools.

At an interview today, School Committee... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 3:59 pm

Cambridge Police say a local 17-year-old walked up to a man waiting for a bus on Cambridge Street around 9:30 p.m. yesterday, then stabbed him and ran towards the Lechmere T station.

The victim sustained two stab wounds to his lower back and buttocks area.

... Read more
By - 2/25/15 - 3:54 pm
Fire on Florence Street in Roslindale

40 Florence St. Photo by Donatidaily.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 40 Florence St. did an estimated $200,000 in damage and went to two alarms.

Fire and electrical investigators are still working on determining the cause and initial location of the fire, reported around 3:30 p.m.

By - 2/25/15 - 2:51 pm

The Herald reports that Highway chief Frank DePaola will take over from Beverly Scott at the embattled MBTA until a permanent general manager is named. Scott said she would resign in April, but DePaola's appointment starts next week.

By - 2/25/15 - 1:25 pm

Parents in Richmond, Va., are signing a petition to convince their current school superintendent, Dana Bedden from moving to Boston if he's offered the superintendent's job here.

Bedden, being interviewed in Boston today, is one of four finalists for the job left vacant when Carol Johnson left in 2013. The School Committee expects to pick one of the four on March 3 for consideration by Mayor Walsh.

By - 2/25/15 - 11:51 am

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Darryll Fernald will be at the Green Street T stop with a shovel. And then he'll go out in search of people who still need help digging out. He's taking requests - and hoping other folks will join him in a roving JP cleanup squad.

By - 2/25/15 - 10:12 am
Moron driver on Storrow Drive

Brian Vogel reports he drove with this guy "from Back Bay to Storrow and onto 93s."

Earlier:
A mobile snowbank on Huntington Avenue.

By - 2/25/15 - 10:11 am

Prescient drivers who brought long books with them had plenty of time to catch up this morning. Hyde Park Avenue into Forest Hills was, once again, a complete mess. It was joined this morning by the West Roxbury Parkway and Arborway/Jamaicaway where delays stretched... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 8:36 am
Dead train at South Station on the Red Line

Molly Lanzarotta was among those crammed into South Station on the Red Line around 8:15 a.m., where a train tried but failed to come to grips with its own mortality.

Meanwhile, on commuter rail, let's see: Keolis said the advisories that entire lines... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 8:21 am
Part of the Long Island bridge floats through Boston Harbor

Paul Nutting got to his office early this morning and got to see part of the Long Island bridge floating through Boston Harbor as crews work to take down the current span so it can be replaced one of these years.

Nick Cimetti... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 7:50 am

BuzzFeed introduces us to Jan Rankowski, a Maine man who posted a YouTube video that showed him with the car he claimed he wrecked while on the way to terrorize Arlington game developer Brianna Wu - forced to flee her home last year under a deluge of horrible and specific threats from GamerGate manboys.

Turns out Rankowski is a member of a sketch-comedy group and says, ha ha, he was just trying to satirize GamerGate. And now that his secret is out and GamerGate is doing the same sort of harassment against him that they did against Wu, he says, oops, he has newfound sympathy for Wu and other women game developers.

By - 2/24/15 - 9:52 pm
Truck stuck in snow on JFK Street in Cambridge

Will snapped the big truck stuck in a snowbank on JFK Street in Harvard Square around 9:45 p.m.

By - 2/24/15 - 9:03 pm
Old Man of the Snow

Roving UHub photographer Jed Hresko had to pause to take in the snowy peak outside the South Bay Home Depot tonight.

By - 2/24/15 - 8:53 pm

WBUR reports the restaurant, which rebuilt after being damaged in the Marathon bombings, is closing due to rent increases.

By - 2/24/15 - 3:55 pm
Firefighter takes on a giant icicle on Beacon Hill

Now that's a book we'd read. Lynne watched a firefighter dealing with an icicle on Beacon Street on Beacon Hill today before it fell on somebody's head.

By - 2/24/15 - 3:46 pm

Mayor Walsh's office said today he and the US Olympic Committee have agreed to a revised contract "joinder" that no longer prohibits city workers from saying negative things about the Olympics.

In January, Walsh had signed off on a clause that prohibited such Debbie Downer talk - which he said was just boilerplate that every other city had always agreed to and something he never had any intention of enforcing.

By - 2/24/15 - 3:19 pm
Tommy Chang

Tommy Chang, who currently oversees 115,000 students in 132 schools in Los Angeles, says moving BPS to the next level would require giving all schools far greater autonomy than most now have.

"All schools deserve levels of autonomy and should be doing innovative things," Chang... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 1:45 pm
On the frozen Charles River

JB Parrett watched some folks venture onto the ice off the Esplanade yesterday.