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By - 10/30/14 - 11:46 pm

The Sun-Times, which is sort of Chicago's equivalent of the Herald (only with fewer professionally taken photos), is scheduled to launch news aggregator sites in 70 cities across the country tomorrow, including Boston. The Sun-Times extols:

The effort is designed to offer content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed, which aggregate news stories while offering additional commentary.

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By - 10/30/14 - 5:41 pm

For people who want to bring flowers or mementos to honor Tom Menino, the mayor's office announces.

Tomorrow, condolence books will be placed in all BPL branches and city community centers.

Letters and cards may be sent to:
Mayor Menino’s Office
Boston University
75 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215.

By - 10/30/14 - 11:24 am
Menino

Thomas M. Menino, the longest serving mayor in Boston history, died this morning at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he had been battling cancer.

Menino, 71, served 20 years as mayor after a career as city councilor. He was very much a man of his city - what other big-city mayor could boast of having shaken hands with a majority of the residents he served?... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 3:03 pm

The City Council today passed an ordinance under which all trucks over 10,000 pounds used by city contractors will have to be equipped with side guards and special mirrors to reduce the odds a bicyclist or pedestrian will be crushed when the truck makes a turn or changes lanes.

The ordinance, which goes into effect in six months, is the first in the nation. The... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 10:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Consalvo will become deputy director for home-ownership programs at the Department of Neighborhood Development.

Consalvo joins Felix Arroyo and John Barros as former mayoral candidates now working for winner Marty Walsh.

By - 10/27/14 - 6:15 pm

BPS officials are holding a series of meetings to discuss the possibility with parents. School Police officers do not carry guns.

The intent to develop an OC/pepper spray policy has been in the police officers’ contract for several years. Officers do not currently carry it because we would need to develop clear guidelines around training and use protocols first. BPS wants to know what

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By - 10/27/14 - 4:14 pm

Yeah, so what if tons of college graduates flee Boston as soon as they toss those mortarboards in the air? The BRA and UMass Boston's Donahue Institute says it doesn't matter because a) So many of Boston's college kids come from somewhere else, so you'd expect a lot of them to leave and b) Boston has the largest percentage of 20-34 year olds of any... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 3:53 pm

The head of the city's infectious-disease program says we're not going to see a replay of what happened to that nurse in Newark.

"You can't lock them up, it just doesn't work," Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Boston Public Health Commission's infectious-disease program, told the commission board today.

Barry said isolating patients - in decent conditions, rather than in an unheated tent -... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 3:24 pm

Apparent enterovirus cases in Boston have been on the decline since they peaked the week of Sept. 20, the city's director of infectious disease said today.

Dr. Anita Barry told the Boston Public Health Commission board that emergency-room visits and hospital admissions for children and teens with severe asthma or other respiratory problems are still running ahead of last year but that rates have been... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 3:13 pm

Crews are working seven days a week to prepare two dormant public-health buildings in Mattapan for long-term use by halfway programs, while the city looks to rent or buy additional space - including possibly in the closed Radius hospital in Roxbury - for the several years before the bridge to Long Island can be repaired.

Although the city was able to find cots for all... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 12:09 am

Let's start with Budalang'i, Kenya, a town of some 60,000 people near the Ugandan border, which is slated to get its first college next year, despite the fact that the entire place floods several times a year:

"When you hear of Budalang'i, you easily relate it to floods and all sorts of calamities but that will soon be in the past if

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By - 10/24/14 - 4:17 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that the mayor will say nay to the raises the council voted itself a couple weeks ago.

However, the $20,000 raise - which would also mean pension increases for councilors - got enough votes to show the council could override a mayoral veto. The raises would go into effect in 2016, which might be soon enough to save... Read more

By - 10/24/14 - 1:51 pm

The Herald reports on a Boston cop who resigned recently as he is investigated for providing information to the Academy Homes gang about a federal and local investigation into members.

By - 10/24/14 - 7:32 am

WBZ reports that when Mayor Walsh called Tom Menino yesterday, one of the first things Menino wanted to talk about was how the city was cleaning up from the nor'easter.

By - 10/23/14 - 8:31 am

Data compiled from citizen reports to the Mayor's Hotline and Citizen Connect for Oct 23-24. Click on a dot or scroll through the list under the map for details. Map may take a moment to come up.

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By - 10/22/14 - 5:29 pm
Steve Murphy

The City Council today approved a hearing on BPL finances to rein in what at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called an apparent "shadow government" overseeing Boston libraries

Murphy and Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) requested the hearing after Murphy read that BPL President Amy Ryan was routinely getting $20,000 bonuses atop her six-figure salary - even back in 2010, when Mayor... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 4:59 pm
Dick and Rick Hoyt at Boston City Council

Matt O'Malley introduces the Hoyts.

Dick and Rick Hoyt got two standing ovations today when the City Council honored them for their decades of running and courage by declaring today Team Hoyt Day.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, himself a Marathon runner, introduced the father and son. He recalled going to Cleveland Circle as a kid to watch the Marathon and always knowing when the Hoyts were coming by the wave... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 11:30 am
Evil Eye in old Boston

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

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