Tom Menino, long an advocate of tighter controls on gun sales, says the weekend mass murder shows why - although he emphasized background checks and banning criminals from buying guns, neither of which would likely have stopped the alleged murderer from getting lots of ammo, since the guy apparently had no record of criminal or mental-health issues:
My condolences and prayers go out to the... Read more
The mayor is vowing to block the chicken chain from opening a location on the Freedom Trail after its president said gay marriage could bring God's wrath down on America, the Herald reports. The chain is looking at replacing the Purple Shamrock near Faneuil Hall.
We don't get nearly enough chances to use the word "kerfuffle" these days and it's a shame. In any case, the mosh-hating mayor says there's more to hip life in the city than 24-hour gyms and says he's just the hip kinda guy to provide what the young'uns want, rather than some upstart high-tech whippasnappas (who, as John Carroll notes, don't even have... Read more
Peter Gelzinis has one common-sense observation in his column today - that hipsters who don't know where Roche Bros. is, let alone want to collect signatures there, pose little real threat to Tom Menino.
But not content to leave well enough alone, Gelzinis wraps that single thought in a giant blanket of old-coot "hey you kids, get offa my lawn!" grumbling about... Read more
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports Hizzona hates the plan to tear down the overpass in Forest Hills, but says, hey, it's not his project, so blame the state when the work turns the neighborhood into a living hell.
Summer jobs, more anti-violence street and case workers, chats with people getting out of jail, efforts to broker ceasefires among gangs, more surveillance cameras among the efforts announced yesterday.
North Bennet Street will pay the city $11.4 million for 150 North St. and 130-140 Richmond St. and will give the city its current buildings at 37-39 North Bennet St. and 48-52 Tileston St.
The Eliot currently has 322 students... Read more
In a recent post, The Mayor's new budget -- which raises our real estate tax the maximum amount -- I asked the question: "Do residents get good value?"
Today's Globe Editorial criticizes the city's handling of fiscal issues, in particular, school renovations:
The Boston school department wants to increase enrollment at nine of the cityâ€™s highest-performing schools by relocating, renovating, or enlarging them,... Read more
Mayor Menino today announced a Host Community Advisory Committee to consider the ramifications of a proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs, chaired by Brian Leary, partner at McCarter and English (and, yes, former Channel 5 reporter).
Other members: Sarah Barnat, VP of development, National Development (and East Boston resident); Lisa Calise, CFO, Perkins School for the Blind (and former top financial aide to the... Read more
City and BTU negotiators last night threw up their hands and decided there's nothing more they can say to each other, so they'll be seeking state help to mediate a contract.
The declaration comes 21 months of negotiations; firefighters still hold the modern Boston record for going without a contract, at four years.
Meanwhile, BPS has decided to fight back against BTU airplanes with... Read more
The Herald reports on a Menino press conference.