By - 2/12/09 - 11:42 pm

A letter on City of Boston letterhead went out to some city residents telling them to put out their recycling bins by tomorrow or risk a hefty fine on their real estate tax bill. Fortunately, it was all just a prank.

By - 2/12/09 - 6:01 am

David Bernstein writes Yoon could get elected mayor in November - but only if several specific things happen, from Yoon raising enough money to Menino and Flaherty making each other the main focus of their campaigns.

By - 2/12/09 - 5:46 am

In 1968, firefighter William Carroll rescued a baby, Evangeline Harper, from a burning building:

A newspaper photograph captured their image - a white firefighter from South Boston with his lips pressed to the mouth of a black baby from the Roxbury public housing development - at a time when riots sparked by racial tensions were burning down American cities.

Over 40 years later, they are reunited.

By - 2/11/09 - 5:25 pm

Is Boston a "global city"?

Foreign Policy magazine thinks so, ranking the Hub 29th on its 2008 list of global cities, applying these five factors:

-business activity
-human capital (#9)
-information exchange
-cultural experience
-political engagement (yikes, #50)

This is an interesting feature to browse through:

By - 2/11/09 - 12:37 am

Peter Vanderwarker with some of his work.

For 30 years, Peter Vanderwarker has made a name for himself photographing iconic Boston buildings and locations, both in books (Boston Then and Now) and on newsprint (he and Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell collaborated on a "then and now" feature in the Sunday Globe Magazine).

But while a new exhibit of Vanderwarker's work at the Boston Athenaeum has some of the types of photos you'd expect - it starts with four large images of the Hancock against the clouds - there are also portraits of people.

By - 2/10/09 - 3:33 pm

NECN reports on a hearing called by City Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Sam Yoon; firefighter union head Ed Kelly blames Menino for Kevin Kelley's death.

By - 2/9/09 - 7:44 pm

Take 3% pay cut as mayor tries to convince unions he can't otherwise strongarm to accept a pay freeze.

By - 2/9/09 - 9:30 am

Kevin McCrea stays out of the kitchen (suggestion: next time, get a little closer to the camera and the mic):

More McCrea for Mayor videos.

Kevin McCrea asks Angela to the prom. Oh, wait, wrong Kevin McCrea (I think).

By - 2/9/09 - 7:24 am
Obey, now!

Booking photo courtesy Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Art via Obamafy Yourself.

The Herald talks to Boston's top graffiti cop (yes, of course Boston has one) about his arrest of the street-art guy:

... "He's always been a big problem," Kelley said. "He'd go from city to city to do this." ...

He's also the guy who brought down the tagger known as Spek.

By - 2/8/09 - 6:43 pm

YoonThe Globe breaks the news that Sam Yoon is running for mayor this year, although a formal announcement won't come for awhile. Yoon is in his second two-year term on the council.

He joins fellow at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty and Kevin McCrea. Tom Menino has yet to say if he'll spend his $1-million+ war chest and try for an unprecedented fifth term.

Jimbo wonders:

... Yoon would appear to be the most liberal of the three Democrats, while Flaherty should have strong backing from unions and Menino has a vast political machine at his disposal. Does Yoon's candidacy weaken Flaherty's chance to unseat Boston's longest-serving mayor?

Yoon's campaign Web site (perhaps now that he's running for mayor, he'll update his blog for the first time since 2005).

By - 2/8/09 - 11:18 am

Fans of TS the paramedic's accounts of life on the streets of Boston rejoice: He's back from military service in Germany and blogging again.

By - 2/6/09 - 5:22 pm
Proposed school zones

This shows School Superintendent Carol Johnson's proposal for increasing the number of school-assignment zones for elementary and middle schools in Boston from three to five (click on it for a larger version). The goal is to save money by reducing the length of some bus routes.

I'm betting the outcome will be to increase confusion among parents. Parents in Hyde Park, who'd been studying schools in Mattapan and Dorchester, will now have to bone up on schools in West Roxbury and Roslindale. Are North End parents prepared to have their kids bused to Jamaica Plain?

Via Braving the BPS Lottery, a Roslindale mother who's already wondering what this will mean for her 2010 plans.

By - 2/6/09 - 1:41 pm

At least, if they are trying to get on the BPD and are named Flaherty and are married to him.

By - 2/6/09 - 1:31 pm

That's what Kevin McCrea says. Can anybody more familiar with municipal finance than me comment on that?

By - 2/6/09 - 12:51 pm

I posted an entry to my blog, "Minding the Workplace," about the culture of Boston that may yield nods of agreement, flames, or ho hums. Here are some excerpts:

In Boston, more than in many other major cities, there exists a "tinted glass ceiling" that continues to exclude those who in some way challenge the authority of those who have long held the reigns of power and influence in this city. It is grounded in the city's historically insular culture, and it is especially prevalent in workplaces of all kinds....

By - 2/6/09 - 11:16 am

Wicked Local Roslindale reports it was pretty easy: The Boston Police Superior Officers Federation agreed in exchange for the city dropping an investigation into officers who may not be living in Boston like they're supposed to.

Isn't there a term for something like that?

By - 2/5/09 - 11:46 pm

The Jarics.

A Boston police officer has been put on desk duty while the department investigates a claim he used his cruiser to provide an escort to a pair of male strippers from Logan Airport to the Roxy on Tremont Street on Oct. 28.

Channel 10 in Providence broke the news, says the ultimate destination of the pair, the Jarics, was a male strip club in Providence the following night. The Jarics had posted an account of their escort from Logan, along with a photo apparently taken in the Ted Williams Tunnel on their Web site (very not safe for work, really, I mean, it, do NOT click on that link at work, unless your work involves putting out gay porn), but they've deleted it.

In a statement, Police Commissioner Ed Davis said:

These are troubling allegations at a time when resources are stretched thin. The department is taking this matter very seriously and it will be fully investigated.

Davis did not name the officer.

Let's not forget the motorcade Tim McCarver and Joe Buck got from U.S. marshals during the 2007 World Series.

By - 2/5/09 - 1:38 pm

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Contribute your our own word play or someone else's. Have at it.