Boston

By - 8/29/16 - 9:56 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Amtrak hopes to have the new trains barreling down the tracks by 2021, which is roughly when the T hopes to have the new Red and Orange Line trains mostly on the tracks.

By - 8/29/16 - 12:32 pm
Making tracks in old Boston

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

By - 8/28/16 - 1:22 am

BostonGlobe:

Mass. students top nation on ACT scores

Massachusetts high school students in the class of 2016 had the country’s highest scores on the ACT exam, state officials announced Wednesday.

The average Massachusetts student scored 24.8 out of a possible 36 on the standardized test, used by many colleges for admissions. Nationally, the average composite score was 20.8.

By - 8/26/16 - 9:31 pm

The Herald reports the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association is aghast at the way the city ordered 100 officers to test out the cameras when the union and the city negotiated such a nice agreement calling for officers who volunteered to wear the cameras to participate.

You may recall, of course, that Police Commissioner William Evans issued his order when no officers volunteered.

By - 8/25/16 - 11:25 pm
Steve Tompkins and Alex Rhalimi, running for Suffolk County Sheriff

Tompkins (l) and Rhalimi.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins and challenger Alex Rhalimi both oppose legalization of recreational marijuana, but for different reasons. Read more.

By - 8/25/16 - 3:23 pm

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m. They might be downtown sooner than 7 p.m.

The mystery military copters whose crews have been doing training with local police this week are scheduled for a return tonight, between 7 and 11 p.m.

By - 8/25/16 - 9:16 am

The weekly drought map shows little change in Massachusetts: The Boston area remains in an "extreme drought" and most of the rest of the state is in a drought as well, except for the extreme western end, which is "abnormally dry."

Scituate, not part of the MWRA water system, is asking residents to limit their shower time.

By - 8/24/16 - 4:24 pm

A dispute over whether Massachusetts should pay Amtrak $29 million for Acela service over tracks the state owns got ugly this week when the national railroad filed a court document suggesting it might have to stop service north of Providence rather than continuing to deal with the "chronically delinquent" MBTA. Read more.

By - 8/24/16 - 1:17 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.

By - 8/22/16 - 10:22 am
Trolley in old Boston

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

By - 8/19/16 - 5:58 pm

The Globe reports Police Commissioner William Evans is reconsidering his initial decision to let Edward Tutunjian transfer his taxi medallions to his family before pleading guilty to tax evasion.

By - 8/19/16 - 9:50 am

A Boston couple has sued Costco and the maker of Kirkland detergent pods for a 2013 incident with a detergent pod that they say left their young daughter with injuries for which she still needs treatment. Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 1:40 pm
Massachusetts drought continues

An "extreme" drought affecting parts of Middlesex and Essex counties now covers more of eastern Massachusetts, despite recent rains. Read more.

By - 8/17/16 - 3:47 pm

Soviet propaganda from the 70's using our fair city!

Translation & description here:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/this-is-a-treat-don-t-miss-it

By - 8/17/16 - 9:39 am

Kate Fussner reports she's kept her inner Masshole in check behind the wheel even as she now has to deal with a Roslindale-to-Dorchester commute, but that she realized with a start one day in the North End - when stuck walking behind a clot of tourists shuffling in search of a cannoli - that the snarling beast is no longer far from the surface and she's now as ready to hate everyone around her as the rest of us.

By - 8/16/16 - 10:55 am
Potter's Hotel in Old Boston

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

By - 8/14/16 - 8:27 pm

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m. Warning canceled for Boston, although it's kind of boomy and rainy here along the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier.

Until 9 p.m.

CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE`S LEADING KILLERS.

By - 8/11/16 - 10:05 am

Mayor Walsh's office reports a new law signed by Gov. Baker this week will let Boston reduce its default speed limit on most roads to 25 m.p.h. - and that he plans to work with the DPW and the city council to do that as speedily as possible. Read more.

By - 8/11/16 - 9:57 am
Extreme drought in part of Massachusetts

The weekly state drought map is out, and for the first time it shows some "extreme" drought, in Middlesex and Essex counties. Except for the extreme western part of the state - and Nantucket - all of the state is now in some form of drought.

The MWRA reports the Quabbin Reservoir, which serves Boston and a number of surburbs, was at 87.4% of capacity on Aug. 1.