By - 11/24/15 - 1:47 pm
Marty Walsh in front of a giant sand pile talking about snow in Boston

Boston officials gathered in front of a giant pile of sand and one of the city's two new mega snow blowers today to vow they're ready for what winter might bring.

Mayor Walsh said the new snow movers will help Boston begin to emulate what Montreal does, rather than what Boston has traditionally done: Remove snow as it falls, rather than just piling it up along curbs and on street corners. Read more.

By - 11/19/15 - 2:16 pm

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports Boston Police signed an agreement with the FBI under then Commissioner Ed Davis to use "StingRay" devices that can be used for real-time tracking of cell phones.

Perhaps the most controversial provision requires the BPD to notify the FBI if any prosecutor intends to disclose sensitive information in court, and to seek dismissal of those cases if the FBI determines that such disclosure might compromise the technology.

By - 11/18/15 - 4:00 pm

That includes the new vaping stuff, Walsh said today:

We know the consequences of tobacco use are real and can be devastating. These proposed changes send a strong message that Boston takes the issue of preventing tobacco addiction seriously, and I hope that message is heard throughout Boston and across the entire country.

The Boston Public Health Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 3 and then vote on Dec. 17.

By - 11/17/15 - 11:29 am
Bunker Hill Lager in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 11/16/15 - 7:06 pm

A federal judge ruled today that a Boston Police exam given in 2008 unintentionally discriminated against ten black Boston Police sergeants trying to become lieutenants and gave the city 30 days to come up with an acceptable remedy.

In his 82-page decision, US District Court Judge William Young wrote that while the city did not deliberately craft a multiple-choice exam to screen out blacks, the net effect of the multiple-choice exam was the same: They were at a disadvantage before they even sat down to answer the questions. Read more.

By - 11/16/15 - 12:46 pm

The Globe reports.

Mayor Walsh issued a statement:

As a city and as a country it is not our custom to turn our backs on people who are in need and who are innocent. We have yet to receive guidelines from the federal or state government on how they will move forward, however should we be told that Boston is accepting refugees, we will work with our partners at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the safety of Boston residents.

By - 11/16/15 - 7:22 am

WBUR posts statistics from Boston EMS about responses to drug overdoses in the city - with the odd fact that most overdose deaths happen between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

By - 11/15/15 - 6:34 pm
Great sunset over Boston

Meg Murphy watched the sun go down tonight (via Timbo).

More photos: Read more.

By - 11/14/15 - 9:57 am

Two years ago, then freshman at-large Councilor Michelle Wu agreed to help Council President Bill Linehan win a second term. Now, the Globe reports, Linehan is helping Wu take his place presiding over the council.

The move means Wu will decide which committees councilors sit on - and that she will become mayor should something happen to Marty Walsh.

By - 11/14/15 - 9:25 am
Leaving condolences outside the French consultate in Boston

Leaving condolences at the French consultate in Boston. Photo by Jake Wark.

Some local tech execs have set up an online fundraiser for Paris. BostInno has details.

Bostonians with spare rooms or couches are offering them to people stranded in the US.

People are leaving flowers and cards outside the French consulate on St. James Avenue, including a girl from Chelsea.

By - 11/13/15 - 8:47 am

A Boston Foundation report out today paints a grim picture of a housing market with prices spiraling out of control - in which condo prices are reaching parity with single-family home prices, triple deckers are being snapped up by investors and families are struggling to stay afloat. Read more.

By - 11/12/15 - 3:35 pm

Boston Magazine reports state Sen. William Brownsberger (D-Belmont) has withdrawn support for the bill he introduced that would let any community served by the MBTA set closing times for bars later than 2 a.m. because the measure is too broad - the T just serves too many communities.

By - 11/11/15 - 3:21 pm

Boston Police report several recent incidents of people getting robbed at gunpoint when they arrived at what they thought was an assignation with a cutie they met online. Read more.

By - 11/11/15 - 11:46 am

WBZ compiles a list - and talks to some of them.

By - 11/10/15 - 7:15 am

IGN takes a look at Boston landmarks ruined by nuclear war in Fallout 4 (note, sometimes they show the current views second, sometimes first).

By - 11/9/15 - 2:13 pm

UPDATE: Walsh says Pierce should shut his misinformed yap. More below.

Charles Pierce (yes, that Charles Pierce) levies a j'accuse at Mayor Walsh, charging he wants to shut 36 public schools to make way for more charter and parochial schools.

He's cut a deal with some of the most odious practitioners of the school "reform" grift, including the Walton Family of Wingnuts, and he did so under the radar.

Pierce bases his assertion on FOIA'ed documents, as discussed by Mary Lewis Pierce, who has a kid in BPS.

Mayor Walsh's office issued the following statement:

The Mayor has never said, nor does he have a plan to close 36 schools. Mayor Walsh has proven his dedication to Boston Public Schools by, in the past year alone, providing unprecedented budgetary support, extending learning time for students, adding 200 pre-kindergarten seats to the district, and hiring a first-class Superintendent. The Mayor also launched a multi-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan this fall to guide smart investments in Boston's schools with the goal of providing all students with a high-quality, 21st-century education.

The Esquire article is untrue and unsourced, and references meetings that the Mayor has never had. We are extremely disappointed at the spread of misinformation.

By - 11/7/15 - 9:13 am

Jamaica Plain News reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley will vote for O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) for council president to replace Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown), who is not trying for a third term in the president's aerie above the council chambers.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:27 pm

The Globe reports councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Michelle Wu (at large) all want to replace Bill Linehan as council president.

Fans of council intrigue, of course, remember that Linehan got a second go at the council presidency (the holder of which makes assignments to council committee and gets to stand up on the brutalist president's rostrum in the council chambers) two years ago thanks to one of Wu's first decisions after her election.

By - 11/5/15 - 6:32 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on the liquidation of the local chain.

By - 11/4/15 - 12:25 pm
Murphy and Yancey

City councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Charles Yancey (Dorchester, Mattapan), both of whom lost in yesterday's election, share a moment before this afternoon's city-council meeting.