#MartyLostMeWhen, "A Rough Hashtag For The Mayor"

Tuesday evening, the same as Mayor Walsh's third State of the City address, a twitter hashtag was launched by Bostonians who described an event or events in Boston governance that caused them to lose faith in Mayor Walsh as their champion to run city government.

#MartyLostMeWhen started at about 5 in the afternoon and went until about 1 in the morning. Read more.

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Mayor to try for universal pre-K, $1-billion school repair project and public library in Chinatown

In his state of the city address tonight, Mayor Walsh proposed projects - some of which will require approval from the state legislature - to improve Boston Public Schools.

Among them: Guarantee a seat in a public pre-K program for every four-year-old in the city. Walsh would fund the estimated $16.5-million annual cost by asking the legislature to redirect taxes on sightseeing tours and car rentals in Boston that now go the state.

Walsh will also ask the state to pay what he says is the city's fair reimbursement for students who leave BPS for charter schools and to make other changes in charter transportation reimbursement and school-construction programs that would add $35 million to BPS each year.

The mayor also announced a plan to spend $1 billion over the next ten years to rehab existing Boston schools.

In addition, Walsh called for adding a BPL branch to the China Trade Center. Chinatown is not currently served by the BPL.

The mayor says that over the next year, the city transportation department will work to bring better traffic control to key intersections across the city through real-time traffic monitoring to adjust the timing of the lights. And he said the city will create "neighborhood trauma teams" in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston and Jamaica Plain to "ams in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston and Jamaica Plain to coordinate immediate response and sustained recovery for all those affected in the aftermath of violence."

Entire mayor's address.

Armed robbery on Centre Street in Jackson Square

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:15

Around 3:50 p.m., a bunch of teens held somebody up at gunpoint outside 315 Centre St., in front of the Stop & Shop.

Suspects are at least three teens, one white, short and overweight, the other two black. The teen with the gun was black, with braids and wearing a black jacket and a black hoodie.

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Revere cop charged with abusing girlfriend's 5-year-old child

Marcos Garcia, 32, of Saugus, is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a child causing injury, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The evidence suggests that Garcia physically abused the 5-year-old child of a woman he was romantically involved with; the child, who in the interests of privacy is not being identified by name or gender, has been placed in the custody of a different family member.

Garcia is married, but not to the woman whose child he allegedly abused, WBZ reports.

Quincy Police, meanwhile, also have an alleged problem officer:

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Douglas Bacon bringin' home the restaurant in the Fenway, he swears

Serial restrepreneur Douglas Bacon told the Boston Licensing Board today he hopes to have the long shuttered Symphony 8 restaurant on Westland Avenue open for business in a few months.

It's the same thing Bacon told the board in May 2014, but he swears this time he really means it.

Bacon was hauled before the board for a hearing this morning on why the board shouldn't take away the liquor license that's lain dormant since the spring of 2013 - holders of the lucrative licenses aren't supposed to just sit on them.

Bacon, who owns six restaurants in the area, said he's been beset by ongoing issues at both Westland Avenue and his other locations.

Symphony 8 is in an old building and renovations have proven more challenging than expected - he said he's now on his third designer and his second general contractor. Still, he said, there is progress: The restaurant has a new HVAC system and a new storefront.

Bacon acknowledged some of the problems might be because he hasn't been paying as much attention to the work as he'd like - because he's had to spend a fair amount of time finding qualified managers and staff in a tough labor market for his other restaurants.

He said he is painfully aware of what Symphony 8's long hiatus means, because he's still paying rent on the space and hie's already poured $800,000 into the renovations.

He said he is now aiming to open by July 15.

The board decides Thursday whether to give Bacon yet another extension on a deadline to use the license or lose it. After hearing Bacon's explanation, board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini suggested a six-month extension.

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