The Boston City Council today approved looking into how to regulate rental services like Airbnb from laying waste to neighborhoods and harming local hotels and workers while also protecting poor homeowners who increasingly rely on the services to make ends meet and stay in the city. Read more.
The city council today urged Harvard University to give its food-services workers the $35,000 minimum salary that is one of the issues in the workers' current strike. Read more.
WBUR reports on a poll showing her leading by 26 points overall - and 43 points among women.
Girl Jo asks:
Best vegetarian restaurant recommendations in boston?
Can you imagine the outrage if a Boston city councilor told his constituents to shut the hell up about jet noise from Logan?
Sure, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the western suburbs for tonight, but Eric Fisher says we could hit 80 next week.
Local Satanists say it's time the Boston City Council give the devil his due - by letting them open one of the council's bi-weekly meetings with an invocation.
The council has long started its regular meetings with an invocation by a member of the local clergy, who are invited on a rotating basis by individual councilors. Read more.
Boston city councilors will take a gander at a gaggle of ideas to deal with geese and the crap they leave behind.
At a hearing today, councilors heard suggestions that included fining people who feed them, having parks workers and volunteers coat goose eggs with oil, which kills the chicks but fools the mother goose so she doesn't lay more eggs - and buying more umbrellas for city parks workers with which to find off angry geese when they try to grab the eggs to coat them in oil. Read more.
The BWSC's rain tally-o-matic shows Matthew-inspired precip levels for yesterday that range from 1.85 inches in subtropical Hyde Park and Adams Street in Dorchester to 1.49 inches in the Longwood Medical Area and Allston.
Of course, that rain has to go somewhere - like, oh, the Park Street Red Line platform.
The writers know their Boston. One scene featured a Cumbie's, Lechmere and an old 'BCN billboard. Even one local pol got a shoutout, indirectly, when Marge marveled over one of City Councilor Matt O'Malley's free sunscreen dispensers: "So progressive!"
Ludwig Van Morrison asks:
Ever since Johnny Ds closed I haven't known where to get fried catfish for brunch, suggestions?
J.L. Bell discusses how most of the new states of the union moved their capitals away from the coast during or after the Revolution, offers a couple of suggestions on why we didn't, including:
One factor is that Boston’s rivers don’t go very far. New Yorkers could move their capital up the Hudson, Virginians up the James, Pennsylvanians to a spot on the Susquehanna, New Hampshirites to a spot on the Merrimack. But the big river inside Massachusetts is the Connecticut, which seemed too far and emptied out through another state.
From Thursday, October 13th to Friday, October 21st, Boston’s fifth annual ski, snowboard, surf, mountain bike, whitewater kayak and outdoor lifestyle film festival takes place at The Greatest Bar, Brooklyn Boulders, and Naco Taco. This six-night festival showcases several of the world's best outdoor lifestyle films, including award-winning films from Patagonia, Red Bull Media House, Level 1 Productions, Anthill Films, and more.
Yes, it's come to this: Boston Public Schools today sent messages to parents that clowns are not a menace in Boston: Read more.
The Boston School Committee voted unanimously tonight to urge a no vote on Question 2, which would expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.
Boston school officials first began pondering a no vote in July out of concern over the impact of the loss in state aid that could come if students move to new charter schools.
Three Massachusetts pediatricians and groups representing pediatricians across the state and the country say the FDA is dragging its feet complying with a 2009 federal law requiring cigarette makers put graphic images of the effects of smoking on their products - and are hoping a lawsuit might spur some action. Read more.
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