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By - 8/29/14 - 11:49 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that black infant mortality rates in the city decreased from 13.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001-2004 to 7.4 in 2009-2012.

The latest rate is twice that of white infants - but that compares to a death rate four times greater in the earlier period, the commission said.

The BPHC's efforts to improve the Black low birth

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By - 8/28/14 - 12:59 pm
Areas city has issues with federal flood map

One map showing where Boston thinks FEMA erred: Gray is for flood areas the city agrees with, blue areas the city thinks don't deserve the designation and red the areas the city thinks should be added.

Even as they are appealing roughly a third of the 1,500 acres the federal government wants to add to maps of areas likely to flood in a "100-year" event,... Read more

By - 8/28/14 - 9:08 am
Blimps over Boston!

Roving UHub photographer Ted Schwartzberg looked up late yesterday afternoon for Boston's first ever blimp parade - featuring the Hood, DirectTV and MetLife blimps in a grand procession of blimpiness (maybe next year they can have blimp races).

By - 8/27/14 - 11:21 am
Old newsstand

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this old newsstand.

By - 8/27/14 - 10:03 am

Boston is appealing a federal flood-plain decision that could mean dramatically higher insurance rates for thousands of Boston landowners.

In an appeal to FEMA yesterday, the city says 507 of the 1,585 acres the feds now say would flood in a "100-year storm" would not actually flood in that kind of storm.

Last year, FEMA released revised 100-year floodplain maps for eastern Massachusetts. Besides... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 11:29 pm

FirmieFirms asks:

Anyone know a good black hair studio in Mattapan / Dorchester / Hyde Park? I need a perm!

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series,... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 3:41 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents. There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series,... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 3:13 pm

Wayne Dutch asks:

Any recommendations for wedding photographer/videographer?

By - 8/26/14 - 10:58 am

And you can probably figure out which one made the list. Would it really have killed them to call it the 50 "Best Public Schools in Greater Boston" (or even "Eastern Massachusetts," given that they include schools in Bolton, Newburyport and North Attleboro)?

By - 8/25/14 - 10:20 pm

BPS announced tonight the problems that plagued bus service for some students today could continue tomorrow:

Tomorrow morning we will need 175 buses, compared to about 120 today. So far, only about 110 drivers have agreed to work tomorrow.

Veolia has indicated it is working with the union to encourage the drivers to report tomorrow. Veolia is continuing to assign drivers to routes. However,

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By - 8/25/14 - 3:45 pm

School officials say too many bus drivers decided not to show up to work today, forcing BPS and its bus operator to call in other bus companies, assign supervisors to bus routes and work with the MBTA to provide free rides on that system for students.

Although the bulk of BPS students report for school next week, BPS today promised school-bus rides to students at... Read more

By - 8/25/14 - 10:46 am
Construction in front of a co-op grocery store in Boston

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

By - 8/23/14 - 2:38 pm
Offending statement on the side of a bottle of Coke.

On the side of a 2-liter bottle of Coke.

A Boston man and a Chelmsford woman this week sued Coca Cola, alleging its flagship product is misleading and manipulating consumers into drinking it.

In their suit, filed in US District Court, Damiano DiPaola of Boston and Michelle Marino of Chelmsford both said they were regular Coke drinkers until they learned it was made with phosphoric acid, a preservative and tartness enhancer they say violates... Read more

By - 8/23/14 - 10:00 am

Pip asks:

Any tips for a good but not overly expensive steak place in Boston for a group that don't get to see each other often? Please.

By - 8/22/14 - 7:36 pm

Shirley Leung's column about why she and her husband left the South End for the suburbs is actually a decent enough piece about the problems faced by people who live in the South End who decide to have children.

My problem with her column (granted, as the president of the Center for the Easily Annoyed) is that she conflates the South End with the... Read more

By - 8/22/14 - 4:42 pm

On Wednesday, the City Council voted to ban the Haystack app for finding open on-street parking spaces.

By - 8/22/14 - 3:56 pm

Moto asks:

I want to eat a honeycomb. Where in boston can I buy a honeycomb by itself and not in a jar?

By - 8/21/14 - 9:39 am

In response to a complaint about how the lights at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street downtown now require pedestrians to cross with traffic rather than all alone, the city Transportation Department's engineering team optimistically says drivers will yield to walkers:

Walk signals at this location allow pedestrians to cross while the light is green for vehicles. Turning vehicles must yield to pedestrians. This type

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