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By - 3/2/15 - 5:24 pm

Mayor Walsh says he wants to increase the fines for commercial snow infractions from $300 per incident to $1,500.

The fines would be levied in companies that refuse to shovel their sidewalks or dump snow in the street.

The increase would require approval from the state legislature.

By - 3/2/15 - 10:47 am
Old subway station in Boston

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

By - 3/1/15 - 5:45 pm

Meet James Knauer, Boston's Snowcrew.org Super Yeti! James became a Yeti on January 29th, 2015 and since has shoveled out 21 neighbors in need around Boston.

This past week, while, on his vacation, James shoveled out a pregnant woman. When he arrived at her house, there was so much snow that he could not tell if he had found the right massive mound... Read more

By - 3/1/15 - 1:54 pm

Edushyster takes a look at the four men in the running to take over at BPS. Her description of Tommy Chang might give pause to anybody who remembers the scheduling mess at Madison Park High School way back in September.

The Globe, meanwhile, wonders what the rush is to pick a new superintendent, given that we've been without a permanent one for... Read more

By - 3/1/15 - 10:40 am

So maybe the Fox commentator didn't actually witness wars, murders, fatal bombings, suicides or concrete-hurling rioters, but one thing he did watch was pornography in Boston.... Read more

By - 3/1/15 - 9:05 am

This is an excerpt from the National Weather Service's 1:15 a.m. forecaster's discussion for today's weather:

THE EVENT DOES TAKE PLACE MAINLY FROM SUNDAY EVENING INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON MONDAY DURING WHICH TIME THERE IS NOT MUCH TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD. IS THIS A HIGH IMPACT EVENT THAT WARRANTS WARNINGS? A QUESTION TO STRUGGLE WITH AS WARNINGS ARE NECESSARY WHEN WE ARE

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By - 2/26/15 - 8:28 pm

WGBH reports, adds there are questions about the status of finalist Guadalupe Guerrero's doctoral work at Harvard.

By - 2/26/15 - 4:22 pm
Martinez

Pedro Martinez, currently a state education administrator in Nevada, said he was initially reluctant to apply for the superintendent's job in Boston because the city's school system has such a good reputation nationally that he didn't know what he could really add to it.

He recalled going to educational seminars at Harvard in the early part of the 2000s and being so impressed by BPS... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 8:06 pm

DPW workers will begin removing parking space savers as part of regular trash pickup starting on Monday, the mayor's office announced today.

Mayor Walsh asked residents who have their space savers removed to not simply go into Lord of the Flies mode:

If you spend hours digging out your parking space, you should have access to that space for a reasonable time period. I’m

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By - 2/25/15 - 4:28 pm
Dana Bedden

Barely a year ago, Dana Bedden signed a contract with Richmond, VA to become its school superintendent through June, 2017. But next Tuesday, the Boston School Committee could vote to recommend Mayor Walsh hire him to lead Boston schools.

At an interview today, School Committee member Meg Campbell was blunt: How do we know that Bedden wouldn't turn around and do the same thing to... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 1:25 pm

Parents in Richmond, Va., are signing a petition to convince their current school superintendent, Dana Bedden from moving to Boston if he's offered the superintendent's job here.

Bedden, being interviewed in Boston today, is one of four finalists for the job left vacant when Carol Johnson left in 2013. The School Committee expects to pick one of the four on March 3 for consideration... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 3:46 pm

Mayor Walsh's office said today he and the US Olympic Committee have agreed to a revised contract "joinder" that no longer prohibits city workers from saying negative things about the Olympics.

In January, Walsh had signed off on a clause that prohibited such Debbie Downer talk - which he said was just boilerplate that every other city had always agreed to and something he... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 3:19 pm
Tommy Chang

Tommy Chang, who currently oversees 115,000 students in 132 schools in Los Angeles, says moving BPS to the next level would require giving all schools far greater autonomy than most now have.

"All schools deserve levels of autonomy and should be doing innovative things," Chang told members of the School Committee today.

Chang is one of four finalists for superintendent being interviewed this week.... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 12:17 pm

City councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) and Frank Baker (Dorchester) will try for legislative approval to let Boston charge up to a 2% tax on sales of alcohol in local liquor stores and restaurants as a way to curb substance abuse in the city.

The two will ask the council tomorrow to start the ball rolling on their proposal, which they say... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 12:10 pm
South Boston waterfront snow farm

All quiet today at the South Boston snow farm. Photo by Conventures.

City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) say the past month suggests the city needs better equipment for clearing city streets in the winter.

The two say that despite valiant efforts of city DPW workers, all the snow led to "gridlock and dangerous conditions" across the city and that residents continue to struggle just to get up and down their... Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 5:35 pm
Guerrero

At least one candidate for Boston school superintendent already knows how challenging BPS can be: Starting in 2002, he spent six years as principal of the chronically underperforming Dever School on Columbia Point.

In an interview with School Committee members today, Guadalupe Guerrero said his experiences - both good and bad - helped shape the way he took on his next job as an... Read more

By - 2/22/15 - 8:37 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh has ditched Tom Menino's 48-hour rule for saving a parking space, saying these desperate times call for desperate measures.

By - 2/22/15 - 9:10 am

Several members of the local clergy let us know they feel our snow pain.

By - 2/21/15 - 11:33 pm
The snow farm will sink

A local artist going by Blizzard2015 has started a graphic novella about a doomed city on the North Atlantic: T-Tanic.

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