Boston

By - 10/22/14 - 5:29 pm
Steve Murphy

The City Council today approved a hearing on BPL finances to rein in what at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called an apparent "shadow government" overseeing Boston libraries

Murphy and Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) requested the hearing after Murphy read that BPL President Amy Ryan was routinely getting $20,000 bonuses atop her six-figure salary - even back in 2010, when Mayor... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 4:59 pm
Dick and Rick Hoyt at Boston City Council

Matt O'Malley introduces the Hoyts.

Dick and Rick Hoyt got two standing ovations today when the City Council honored them for their decades of running and courage by declaring today Team Hoyt Day.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, himself a Marathon runner, introduced the father and son. He recalled going to Cleveland Circle as a kid to watch the Marathon and always knowing when the Hoyts were coming by the wave... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 11:30 am
Evil Eye in old Boston

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

By - 10/22/14 - 11:09 am

Tom the Dancing Bug plays Did You Know with the Boston area:

The Boston area has over four million sets of driving laws, one for each resident driver.

By - 10/21/14 - 6:12 pm

No, not that one. City Realty, and this time for what it's allegedly doing to actual Boston residents, rather than a bunch of college students from Long Island. The Dig reports on a hearing yesterday.

By - 10/21/14 - 12:23 pm
Frank Baker

UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports Baker doesn't want to rent out space in libraries but instead wants to look at how to include libraries in new mixed-use developments, such as the one that will eventually replace the Globe complex on Morrissey Boulevard.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) will ask his fellow counselors tomorrow to consider the idea of turning some branch libraries into revenue... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 10:49 am
Old tenement building in Boston

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

By - 10/19/14 - 9:05 pm

Jill Rodgers asks:

Searching for months. Where can I get nougat-style Halva in this god-forsaken city?

By - 10/17/14 - 7:48 pm

The Globe reports Olympics backers have come up with a "compact" Olympics plan that would involve shutting off a number of large public venues for the athletes and the rich people who will jet into Boston to watch them.

The marathon would end on Charles Street by the Public Garden. Franklin Park would transform into an equestrian venue.

The proposal does not include plans

... Read more
By - 10/17/14 - 10:48 am

The Herald reports Larry Ellison, already president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, dropped out of the race for president of the NAACP yesterday with a few allegations about financial improprieties.

By - 10/15/14 - 1:07 pm
Old river photo in Boston

But where and when? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place the photo. See it larger.

By - 10/14/14 - 8:29 am

Julian Tryba speeds the city up.

H/t Dale Cruse and Italian in Boston.

By - 10/13/14 - 10:16 pm

In the second article of my politics of fear series, I present 'Republican Cuts Kill' by Agenda Project Action Fund, a political organization. The first post in the series, Boston Herald Fear-Mongers Ebola "Panic" on Front Page, was about the Boston Herald newspaper, a news organization with editorial comment.

‘Republican Cuts Kill,’ which was produced by the Agenda Project Action Fund, mixes disturbing... Read more

By - 10/13/14 - 5:50 pm

bostonherald:

Our worst fears may be coming true.

Gail Cohen writes in her front-page feature editorial column called, "Obama puts our security at risk."

I'm with Chris Farone on this, the only ones who... Read more

By - 10/12/14 - 11:22 am

It's not the cost of rebuilding the bridge, but of what happened to the people forced out in a frenzied two-hour evacuation, Kevin Cullen writes:

Before Long Island shut down, there was treatment on demand in and around the city for opiate addiction. Now, since Wednesday, the wait is up to three days. Three days is a death sentence for a lot of people

... Read more
By - 10/11/14 - 11:37 am

Boston will use a three-year grant from Coca-Cola to hire veterans to lead fitness programs in city parks and recreation centers.

As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will offer free workshops and classes instructed by military veterans at parks and community centers citywide. The veterans will lead exercise programs including boot camps, golf clinics, cardio and

... Read more
By - 10/11/14 - 11:22 am

Alex Howell asks:

Anyone know of any places where I can donate a nice iMac to? Don’t really want to deal with the wilds of Craigslist.

By - 10/9/14 - 7:59 am

UPDATE: The entire plan is now online.

The Boston Business Journal reports on a proposal by Mayor Walsh to add 53,000 new housing units, mainly aimed at the middle class.

Roughly 5,000 of the units would not actually be new but would instead be apartments vacated by the students Walsh says he will get local colleges to house on their campuses or in... Read more

By - 10/8/14 - 2:57 pm
Boston city councilors Charles Yancey and Bill Linehan

Yancey, Linehan shake after Linehan tells Yancey he won't get a vote on proposal today.

Several city councilors said today they strongly back Councilor Charles Yancey's longstanding proposal to put a high school on a 20-acre parcel on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital.

However, Council President Bill Linehan deferred any vote on the idea after several councilors also said that while they don't oppose the idea, they need more information on it. Among those: Mark Ciommo... Read more

By - 10/8/14 - 2:51 pm
Boston City Councilor Steve Murphy

Murphy side-eyes the press in council salary discussion.

The City Council voted 9-4 today to increase councilors' wages from $87,500 to $107,500 a year, starting in 2016.

The delay in raises means councilors won't have to face potential fines and jail time for possible violations of state ethics laws because the raises will only apply to councilors elected in the 2015 city elections.

The council agreed to the new amount at the request... Read more

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