Boston

By - 12/1/16 - 8:17 pm

Reducing the overall number of start times could save the city money by reducing the number of buses needed, but could screw up families who choose a school based on their current start times, the Globe reports.

By - 11/30/16 - 3:56 pm
Lower speed lmiits in Boston

Boston's default speed limit drops to 25 m.p.h. on Jan. 9, Mayor Walsh's office announced today.

The reduction from 30 m.p.h. does not apply to state-owned roads, including parkways, highways and Gallivan Boulevard. Read more.

By - 11/30/16 - 3:00 pm

In September of 2015, Boston.com ran a story that explains why old Green Line PCC Trolley's are rotting in the remote Pennsylvania woods. Apparently some engineer purchased them in the early 1990s and had plans on refurbishing them, but never did, so the cars sit there and rot. Read more.

By - 11/30/16 - 10:25 am
New road going in in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this image. See it larger.

By - 11/28/16 - 11:49 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.

By - 11/25/16 - 12:14 am

Updated with RCN, CNN comment.

Thursday night, an RCN customer in Boston tweeted the "Parts Unknown" show she'd tuned into on CNN had been replaced by some hard porn, and posted screen shots showing an RCN program guide for "Parts Unknown" overlaid on images of the porn.

Both RCN and CNN, however, deny that had happened.

Cybah, however, reports a friend of his saw the same thing on a Time-Warner cable system.

The user has since turned her Twitter account private.

By - 11/23/16 - 10:33 pm

The Globe reports Gary Zerola, once an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, was arraigned today on two counts of rape for an incident in Boston on Nov. 10. Read more.

By - 11/22/16 - 10:47 am
Elevated subway in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 11/21/16 - 11:46 pm

Boston Magazine reports Mayor Walsh isn't a fan of how the cast of Hamilton addressed the vice president to be.

By - 11/20/16 - 11:09 am

WBUR reports on Mayor Walsh's racism forum yesterday - which had actually been in the works for a couple of years.

The city of Boston has a lot of work to do to truly address its racial divisions - that's a clear sentiment that emerged from many people taking part in the opening session of a city-wide dialogue on race organized by Mayor Marty Walsh.

You can watch a video of the forum.

By - 11/18/16 - 4:50 pm

In Nov. 8-period thread about voting, someone asked for examples of the silly write-in entries I saw at mine. It wasn't as wide-ranging or impulsive as the last primary. Voters seemed to take this election more seriously.

We did see:

By - 11/18/16 - 4:45 pm

I have a few fans or gadflies from my role as a precinct warden in Boston. A few discuss elections and voting procedures when we meet on the sidewalk, supermarket, Y or elsewhere in Hyde Park or even Dedham.

One in particular is determined to stump me on ways a vote or the whole precinct can be gamed. He's pulled up in his car beside me when I hike up and down the hills (Brush and Fairmount) as well as in those other places. He walked to my side yard today while I was weeding my raised beds for the winter.

By - 11/18/16 - 9:47 am

A number of Boston-area AT&T customers are reporting service problems right now.

By - 11/18/16 - 12:30 am

Chelsea Girl asks if anybody knows of any local high schools or colleges with ukelele clubs.

By - 11/16/16 - 2:23 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) ended today's council meeting by quoting Martin Niemoller's famous poem - and vowing to fight for Boston immigrants. Read more.

By - 11/16/16 - 12:51 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved local adoption of a state law to lower the default speed limit on Boston roads from 30 to 25 m.p.h. The measure, which now goes to Mayor Walsh for his signature, will also let BTD lower the speed limit to 20 m.p.h. in certain designated zones, such as in front of schools.

By - 11/16/16 - 9:41 am

In an essay this week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to continue protecting the city's immigrant residents:

We will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights. Boston is a city of inclusion, a city of compassion, a welcoming, diverse, global city. We’ll stay that way.

Read more.

By - 11/15/16 - 10:13 am
Globe headline

Um, what?

Yesterday, the Globe ran a story about the charter-expansion results in Boston with the headline: In Boston, charter vote reflected racial divide.

Yeah, because black people voted overwhelmingly against the expansion of charter schools. Unfortunately for whoever wrote the headline, the map the Globe ran right under that headline shows that white people voted overwhelmingly against charter expansion as well: Read more.