Talk about increased Boston school funding masks fact that many schools face budget cut

Kristin Johnson runs the numbers on the proposed BPS budget for the coming school year, finds that "49 schools are losing a total of $11.47 million [in funding]" under a BPS budget released earlier this month.

The cuts are related in part to declining enrollment at the schools, but they also mean some schools would lose positions - such as librarians - that threaten their accreditation and possibly accelerate their downward spirals, she writes.

The joy of solitary dining

Candelaria Silva has long enjoyed being able to sit alone at a restaurant, with just her thoughts, her food and, often, a good book:

Two other favorites were in Harvard Square - Hong Kong Restaurant - the Chinese food there was very different from what I’d had in my home town of St. Louis - and Wursthaus, a German restaurant. I can’t remember what I ate there but I remember it was delicious and I was thrilled with the feeling of seclusion I had while there.

Clerk attacked in Quincy gas-station robbery

Quincy Police report they are looking for two men for the armed robbery of a Franklin Street gas station last night.

Police say a clerk at Prestige Gas, 9 Franklin St., was at the station entrance when:

A black male who was masked grabbed him and forced him, at gunpoint, to the floor in the rear of the store. The cashier stated to officers that the suspect held a black pistol to his head and held him on the ground. The cashier then stated there was another masked black male suspect who was watching the front store door. The armed suspect then demanded the cashier to turn over the store keys. The suspects then observed customers approaching the front door and both fled the store on foot to an awaiting vehicle described as a dark color SUV with a partial MA plate 42K. The vehicle and the suspects then fled on Franklin St. towards School St.

Police say the robbery is similar to one Jan. 31 at Prime Gas on Hancock Street.

Man sought for accosting family at Community College

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:00

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for allegedly assaulting a family at the Community College Orange Line station yesterday.

The subject depicted accosted a family and made harsh sexual comments directed at a nine year old child female.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

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Man shot to death on Dudley Street in Roxbury

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:08

UPDATE: Friends identify the victim as Justin Depina.

Around 5:10 p.m. on Dudley Street at Albion. The victim, 19, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Boston Police report.

Anybody with information can contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

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New York's OK, but, seriously, Boston just rules, new ad campaign avers

CFA Society Boston, which provides consulting for the sort of people who manage millions of dollars in investments, has these big ol' kiosk ads in Downtown Crossing and the Back Bay that sure seem to imply that the sort of people who manage millions of dollars in investments in Boston should stick to Boston consultants.

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