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By - 4/30/16 - 11:04 am

Boston.com's Alison Pohle reports on an incident in one guy's Uberized Honda Element.

Uber at first told her the driver would receive "coaching opportunities" on how not to make women passengers feel like they're about to be raped, then, after her story went up, announced he was no longer an Uber driver.

By - 4/29/16 - 9:58 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a plan to pay tuition at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges for all BPS graduates with at least a 2.2 GPA who are eligible for federal Pell grants for low-income students. Read more.

By - 4/29/16 - 2:59 pm

Erika Shira asks:

Don't wanna pay for Pru observatory. Any tallish buildings in Boston where public can access high floor and look out windows?

By - 4/29/16 - 11:09 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a plan to begin letting diners at restaurants without liquor licensing bring their own booze.

Before hearing requests from restaurants that want to begin BYOB, however, the board will first draft detailed licensing BYOB requirements and then hold a public hearing on its proposed rules. Drafting the new rules could take several months. Read more.

By - 4/29/16 - 10:56 am

Note: Story corrected to show that BPS released the final report in December; that what QUEST obtained was the initial report draft.

An outside audit of Boston Public Schools concludes the system needs to close and sell off between 30 and 50 of its 125 schools and make a wide range of staffing changes to balance its books and get BPS back on track towards bringing test scores up.

The report, by McKinsey and Co., was actually completed a year ago, but largely kept under wraps by the city and BPS. Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a BPS parent group, obtained a copy through a public-records request this month and posted a copy online this week. Read more.

By - 4/28/16 - 8:34 pm

Commissioner William Evans' statements about the police body cam initiative have wavered over time, from 2014 to present,

"[We] are worried about its impact on our
relationship with the community. I fear that
not a lot of people... might not want to have
that interaction with us if they knew they're
on camera..."
Dec 3, 2014, Boston Herald

"We haven't ruled them out."
Jan 13, 2015, WGBH Boston Public Radio

"They're going to happen."
Sep 15, 2015 WGBH, Greater Boston

By - 4/28/16 - 2:09 pm

The Globe reports the most ubiquitous chain in the Boston area is ramping up for store-to-door delivery of its products. No word if direct IV infusion is in the works.

By - 4/28/16 - 12:16 pm

Boston Public Schools yesterday announced an expanded number of seats in a program aimed helping students get ready for the ISEE test that helps determine who gets to go to the city's three exam schools - from 450 to 750.

Using money from both the Boston Latin School Association and an unnamed foundation started by Mayor Walsh, the expanded effort will also include outreach aimed specifically at "Boston students who attend public schools that have been traditionally under-represented in the Exam School Initiative program."

By - 4/27/16 - 10:12 pm

McKinsey uses the same template to audit school systems in every city. They claim that schools should be closed for a variety of reasons. The schools aren't actually closed but reopened usually by an outside operator.

This creates a "portfolio district" something Rahn Dorsey, the Chief of Education in City Hall, has promoted since he was at the Barr Foundation.

By - 4/27/16 - 5:16 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he'll back a referendum on the November ballot to levy a surcharge on property taxes that could mean $16.5 million a year to help build affordable housing and spruce up and expand Boston parklands - plus additional matching funds from the state.

In a statement, Walsh said: Read more.

By - 4/27/16 - 1:18 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a proposal to reduce the default city speed limit on most roads to 20 m.p.h. and 15 m.p.h. in school zones.

The measure, which councilors said should make Boston a safer city for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, now goes to the mayor. If he approves, it then goes to the state legislature for action.

By - 4/27/16 - 11:36 am

A man who has filed so many lawsuits in both state and federal court he's no longer supposed to file a suit without a judge's permission is not letting increasingly angry and frustrated judges stop him from suing Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Read more.

By - 4/27/16 - 10:46 am

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell what's happening in this photo, when and where. See it larger.

By - 4/27/16 - 8:51 am

The Herald reports: BRA member accused of threat will stay on board. Michael Monahan's lawyer says the allegations were made up.

By - 4/26/16 - 6:41 pm

The City Council tomorrow considers a proposal from Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) for a hearing on barring research that involves "aerosolizing" pathogens not currently native to Boston - such as Ebola - at least until after scientists across the country have been able to figure out how to really keep us safe from inadvertent releases from laboratories. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 7:37 am

Residents can get info and comment on Boston Police's plan to outfit up to 100 officers with body cameras in May at meetings tonight and Thursday, organized by the City Council's Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

Tonight's session starts at 6 p.m. in the Charlestown High School cafeteria, 240 Medford Street. Thursday's also starts at 6, at the First Parish Church of Dorchester, 10 Parish St.

By - 4/25/16 - 5:57 pm
By - 4/25/16 - 10:42 am

People who can't make it to City Council hearings on department budgets this year (what with them being held during the day and all) can now testify via Google Hangouts, Council President Michelle Wu said today. Read more.

By - 4/25/16 - 7:51 am

The Bay State Banner, which serves Boston's black community, is blasting the new Boston Guardian for using a name with historic significance for Boston-area blacks:

Is our history so unimportant that they would take this name to serve Back Bay residents?? Melvin Miller didn't even use the name when he founded the Banner as the legacy of the Guardian. We have a front page of the Guardian framed on the wall of our office. This is beyond disrespectful.

By - 4/25/16 - 6:45 am

The Globe reports on the investigation, in which former union leader Marty Walsh was recorded on a wiretap before he became mayor.

The Herald, meanwhile, takes a look at why the Walsh angle might have been leaked.