By - 7/2/09 - 3:55 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today that seven police officers have been suspended for steroid abuse following a three-year investigation.

Four other officers were suspended for "officer misconduct" at disgraced cop Kiko Pulido's illegal after-hours club at 24 Factory St. in Hyde Park (conveniently located right up the street from a BPD warehouse from which somebody kept stealing drugs a couple years back).

Another officer was given some unpaid time off for not reporting steroid use, Davis said in a statement.

In addition to the suspensions, Davis said he's ordered several steps to reduce future problems, including training supervisors in detecting signs of drug use, mandatory training for all officers on the health risks of anabolic steroids and pre-employment steroid screening of recruits. He said he is also looking at adding steroids to the list of drugs now screened for in annual drug tests and enacting a two-strikes-and-you're-out policy for steroids. These steps would require contract negotiations with unions representing officers.

By - 7/2/09 - 9:51 am

Wicked Local West Roxbury reports on the comments the three made before the Ward 20 Democratic Committee recently.

By - 7/2/09 - 9:26 am

The Globe reports:

Asked multiple times if the firefighters themselves bore any responsibility for what city leaders call an abuse of the public retirement system, Flaherty repeatedly steered his answers to Menino, who is seeking an unprecedented fifth term in office.

"The mayor, as CEO of our city, has to take responsibility for contracts that he signs on behalf of the residents of our city," Flaherty said. "The buck stops on his desk."

By - 7/1/09 - 5:34 pm

Where the Candidates Are will keep you updated on the public appearances of candidates for Boston mayor and city council.

By - 7/1/09 - 5:03 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission made the announcement today:

One Boston resident was a 52-year-old man who died at his home on June 26. Test results came back today indicating he was positive for H1N1 influenza. The second Boston resident was a 30-year-old man who was hospitalized on June 15 and died June 29. He is a probable case of H1N1 influenza; the confirmatory test for H1N1 is pending at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

That brings our swine-flu death toll to four. City and state health officials say swine-flu cases appear to be on the wane in Boston.

By - 7/1/09 - 4:02 pm

David Bernstein reports on a $3.8 million settlement with a man who spent 12 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping he didn't commit. The payment was made in December; for some reason, the city didn't issue a press release.

By - 7/1/09 - 1:02 pm is running a poll.

Best Pizza In Boston

I'll get up on my soapbox and tout my favorite, The Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale. If you like their pies, why not give them a vote? Or, vote for your own particular fave. At the moment, Pizzeria Regina is kicking ass, but how about giving some props to the underdogs from the neighborhoods?

(Go to the last page for the actual poll.)

By - 6/29/09 - 8:07 pm

Boston Offline is tweeting from a candidates' night (city council and mayor) in Roxbury tonight.

By - 6/29/09 - 2:26 pm

Yoon tweets he bought a raffle ticket at fundraiser for the Boston Living Center last night, gave it to a cop on the way out, the ticket won $300, the cop gave the money to the center.

By - 6/27/09 - 1:27 pm

Mr. D, who'd been teaching high-school math here, is returning to the Rio Grande Valley. But not without listing the things that make Boston special, including the BPL, the MBTA, his students, the Dunkin' Donuts at Washington and Sagamore in Chelsea and:

By - 6/26/09 - 6:00 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today held its nose and upheld a 2002 jury verdict that the city of Boston pay the money to William Broderick, ousted as a captain in 2002 by then Commissioner Paul Evans.

The city and Evans had appealed the verdict, arguing it was way too high and should have been reduced by the judge in the case, that Broderick failed to prove his case and that Evans had some immunity based on a Supreme Court case that seemed to hold Broderick's public complaints about the police department were not protected under the First Amendment.

By - 6/26/09 - 8:50 am
Bike station

Mass. High Tech takes a look at BikeNow, which aims to set up 150 solar-powered bike-rental kiosks across Boston for a fleet of 1,500 bicycles - if it can raise $2 million in financial backing.

By - 6/25/09 - 6:03 pm

That slowdown on the orange line and the delays due to manual control ? ... maybe headed off a bad accident.

My notes on all this:

By - 6/25/09 - 4:49 pm

I went by the Mass General Hospital earlier this afternoon, and there were two or three TV news crews there. Any idea what's going on? The local TV news websites don't seem to have anything.

By - 6/24/09 - 4:43 pm

The park mounted unit will stay around because rich folks like the idea of horsies in the park and so kicked in enough money to keep rangers on horse, but the more mundane BPD mounted unit will be dismounted with the fiscal year starting July 1 because it got no similar outpouring of cash, under a budget approved by the city council today.

City Council President Mike Ross, who opposed dismantling the unit, said he and Councilor Stephen Murphy worked with the mayor's office to keep control of the Jamaica Plain stables so that they could be re-opened in the future if finances improve and the city re-starts the mounted unit.

By - 6/24/09 - 3:57 pm

The Bulletin reports on an only-in-Boston situation that could force Knights of Columbus halls and similar facilities to shut down and create problems at the city's two public golf courses.

By - 6/23/09 - 11:55 pm

Protest Against Obamacare and the ABC-TV Obamacare Infomercial

ABC is going to be turning over
all of its news programming to the White House
on Wednesday.

"Good Morning America" will be broadcasting from the South Lawn, "World News Tonight" will be broadcast from the Blue Room, and then in prime time, an hour-long infomercial from the White House will be aired to help Obama promote his vision of socialized medicine.