We weren't the only people on our block - or across the city - who put leaf bags out this week, only to find them sitting forlornly by the curb at the end of the day. Turns out there wasn't any leaf collection this holiday week, but it resumes next week.
Word comes after it turned out two of the machines used by Suffolk County prosecutors for evidence "gave readings during calibration tests that were within the manufacturerâ€™s guidelines but outside the narrower range imposed by the Code of Massachusetts Regulations," the DA's office reports, adding it is working with state experts to try to figure out what to do about the results.
Also, Suffolk prosecutors... Read more
The tales of past Olympicsâ€™ adverse effects on poor residents have become almost legendary. Homeless people arrested or bused out of town in Atlanta. Rental prices soaring in Sydney and London. More people on the streets in Vancouver. Homes knocked down in Beijing, Sochi, and Rio de Janeiro.
Rene Bernal, Dora Sandoval, and Alexander and Dulce Bernal
As... Read more
The sky's the limit tomorrow as the T throws open the faregates and lets everybody ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston (well, at least until the end of service), as a way of saying "sorry" for all that unpleasantness back in January and February.
Take that trip to Wonderland you've always wanted to? Family get together at Ruggles? Try to get on... Read more
Sara DiBari asks:
Where can I get good barbecue in MA? Like taking someone from the South good. Doesn't have to be near Boston.
Randi Weingarten, President, American
Federation of Teachers writes:
Sonya Romero-Smith is a kindergarten teacher in Albuquerque, N.M., where three-quarters of the students are poor. Before class each day, she feeds hungry students, cleans others with bathroom wipes and toothbrushes, and offers clean socks, underwear, pants and shoes to those who need them. This past fall, she became the foster mother of two of... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that Boston cabbies who "lease" cabs for daily shifts are independent contractors and so owed nothing under the state's minimum-wage and unemployment laws.
The state's highest court noted that the state law that defines "employees" explicitly excludes cab drivers.
The judges also rejected the cabbies' assertion that collectively the medallion and radio-assocation owners were "a singular employer exercising... Read more
Patty Neal reports these Minutemen were having trouble finding a cab today.
Incoming School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning released names of a 35-member transition team that will "imagine what the future holds for the Boston Public Schools."
Among the key initiatives the transition team will immediately focus on is embarking on a â€˜listen and learnâ€™ tour that will ultimately help establish a 100-day entry plan to guide the district during the first semester of the... Read more
Several legislators, including our own reps Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) and Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) have filed legislation that would prohibit the IOC from simply taking over control of billboards and electric signboards owned by the MBTA, MassDOT and Massport in the Boston area should Boston get the 2024 Olympics - unless the IOC pays the going rates for using the spaces.
No doubt... Read more
Mayor Walsh today announced the creation of an Office of Olympic Planning and a full-time executive director: Sara Myerson, formerly chief of staff and director of policy at Preservation of Affordable Housing in Boston:
The Office of Olympic Planning is an important step forward in this process and it will build a bridge between the City's planning and the development of the Olympic proposal.... Read more
WBUR reports on the city's growing number of permanent surveillance cameras.
The Huntington News takes a look at Spot, a homegrown app for connecting drivers who need a space with people who have driveways or other parking spaces to rent out - which makes it different from the banned Haystack, which tried to alert people to open spaces on the street.
A disgusted citizen complains about the arrows on many Boston street signs, in this case on Centre Street in West Roxbury:
These overhead signs are useless. The text is so narrow that you can't read any of it. What's with the arrows taking up so much room? Is that even standard? Never seen that in any other city. These signs along Centre St are... Read more
Citizens Bank this week sued the armored-car company that shuttles money to and from its branches and ATMs to make the company keep doing that until the bank can fully replace it.
In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Citizens said Garda Atlantic had threatened to stop all its service today, a move that would have left "thousands of individuals and small... Read more
WBUR has the details on the plan to stop subway service at 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 and to eliminate several of the late-night bus routes.
Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the "largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers." Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.
A thousand workers in Boston held their action one day early in deference to... Read more
There will be a moment of silence at City Hall at 2:49 p.m.
Healthcare, airport, theater, and fast food workers, adjuncts, drivers, students all showed up in a big way for #WageAction in Boston Tuesday.
â€” Sweetadelinevt (@sweetadelinevt) April 15, 2015
BOSTON, MA â€“ Thousands of underpaid workers frustrated by low wages will rally,... Read more