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By - 2/8/16 - 10:51 am

A City Council committee is scheduled to consider exempting elderly and disabled homeowners from the requirement to shovel their sidewalks at a hearing Tuesday morning.

Councilor Michael Flaherty's Council on Government Operations starts its hearing at 10 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) proposed the measure due to the health risks associated with snow shoveling.

By - 2/8/16 - 10:13 am

Dr. Shirie Leng was more than a bit upset on reading the Globe story about how local hospitals are removing nurseries to force mothers to bond with their babies and make them breast feed their newborns. Leng, who has three children herself, writes:

Since we’ve already decided that women shouldn’t make choices about breast vs. bottle, abortion or childbirth, drinking or not drinking, let’s also take away their choice to not drown in the wonderful, horrible, crazy sea of new motherhood. Because we really can’t be trusted to choose the best way for ourselves and our children. ...

You know what promotes breastfeeding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes bonding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes good parenting skills? Paid maternity leave.

By - 2/8/16 - 8:46 am

BPS really needs to have Tory Bullock do their snow-cancellation calls: Read more.

By - 2/8/16 - 8:00 am
Satellite image of the snowstorm hitting Boston

This is what the storm hitting us today looks like from the GOES satellite. The movie (MP4) version of the storm forming is pretty impressive.

By - 2/7/16 - 9:44 am
Forest Hills Cemetery in the snow

Forest Hills Cemetery Saturday morning. Photo by Susan Stange. See it larger.

UPDATE: Make that a winter-storm warning and up to a foot.

The NWS says a winter-storm watch goes into effect at 7 a.m. on Monday and advises:

ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS.

WCVB adds:

The storm system set to arrive Monday is going to pack a huge punch, with areas around Boston and Cape Cod expected to get the most snow.

By - 2/6/16 - 1:58 pm

Marblehead Police report they were a flyover procession for the funeral of Kenneth L. Robinson Jr., a retired Marine Corps major general.

By - 2/6/16 - 12:56 pm

The Globe reports the man told police he had no choice but to sell crack - his job working with at-risk kids didn't pay enough to let him keep his Lexus.

By - 2/5/16 - 10:22 am

Tory Bullock sums up the feelings of many BPS students - and staffers: Read more.

By - 2/4/16 - 8:48 pm

The city of Boston tweets:

No parking ban has been declared. There should be no space savers on our City's streets.

By - 2/4/16 - 6:47 pm

Was the sound of 57,000 BPS students shouting their approval on learning school has been canceled for tomorrow.

By - 2/4/16 - 12:34 pm
French Toast Alert: Elevated

Klaxons started going off in the French Toast Alert bunker when the news broke: The storm that was supposed to give us maybe a dusting could now smack us with 4-8 inches overnight. You know what to do: Go clear out some space in your trunk for the fixin's you're going to go pick up.

By - 2/3/16 - 11:54 pm

Boston school officials today formally introduced a proposed budget that would cut central services such as nurses and force high schools to do things like drop AP courses and librarians, but leave elementary schools largely unscathed. And they urged students and parents to lobby the state legislature to help increase state aid. Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 6:31 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang made the announcement today, said BPS is working out arrangements to refund families who have already paid for trips. Among the trips canceled: Two to Nicaragua.

By - 2/3/16 - 6:26 pm

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society recently purchased some 1,000 negatives chronicling the life of James Michael Curley between 1934 and his death in 1958. They turned them into photos, digitized them all and posted them on Digital Commonwealth.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 2/2/16 - 4:15 pm

On the evening of February 3rd, Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm! Advance tickets $10.50, DOS tickets $15!

TOMORROW NIGHT :: Allan Rayman, Mothers, LOLO and Animal Flag play Brighton Music Hall as part of the Fenway Recordings Sessions, in association with Communion Music.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/820182171426697/

Tickets here: http://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/01004F8FB86F46ED

By - 2/1/16 - 11:03 am
El, trolley tracks and horse-drawn carriages in old Boston

If you thought today's first mystery photo was just a little too easy (like, if you couldn't figure it out, hide your Boston ID in shame), you were right - the folks at the Boston City Archives posted the wrong photo.

Here's the correct mystery photo, showing your basic Boston street back when we had els running over trolley tracks and horse-drawn carriages were more than just a tourist attractions. Can you tell where and when the photo was taken? See it larger.

By - 2/1/16 - 10:25 am
When and where is this?

One probably wouldn't be going too far out on a limb to say that many people will immediately know where this is. But the folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when. See it larger (or see it even larger).

By - 1/30/16 - 11:33 am

Decorated BPD detective Brian Smigielski, 43, was sentenced to a year of probation and a $5,000 fine yesterday for alerting members of the violent Academy Homes gang that the FBI was after them and warning them when they were about to be arrested, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By - 1/28/16 - 2:44 pm

The MBTA this week sued Amtrak over the $29 million Amtrak is demanding the authority pay for the right to have Amtrak keep running trains over Northeast Corridor tracks that are owned by the T.

The T warns that if it's forced to make the payments, it might have to take the money out of its already precariously financed mass-transit services. Read more.

By - 1/28/16 - 11:14 am

Ryan asks:

Best place for a big plate of Southern style biscuits and gravy?

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