By - 10/14/09 - 4:47 pm

The Boston Police Department today announced a new flying squad that will use computerized data from a variety of sources to identify trouble spots in the city and then clean them up. As BPD informs us, the effort was actually announced by Mayor Thomas M. Menino:

By - 10/14/09 - 11:49 am

Former state Rep. and one-time mayoral candidate Mel King endorsing Michael Flaherty in front of City Hall today.

King said the election was about children, of ensuring that the city educates them first before worrying about Globe stories about the state of high-school athletics. He said two-thirds of the children in Boston do not attend public schools, and their parents stop caring about public education. But, quoting Khalil Gibran, he said all children are our children and we can't just leave them to the current "system of low expectations."

Former Mayor Ray Flynn also endorsed Floon, saying they would do more than anybody else to ensure social justice, in part by enforcing a city ordinance calling for the hiring of Boston residents on large construction projects.

By - 10/14/09 - 8:00 am

Fred Thys at wbur 90.0 fm filed this story:

Capuano: A Washington Insider, Unknown At Home

BOSTON — Mike Capuano has just left a Democratic caucus on health care in the new underground Capitol Visitors’ Center. Most members of Congress walk the corridors back to their offices, but Capuano takes advantage of the Washington weather, much balmier than Boston’s this time of year, by going outside.

Someone calls, “Senator!” from a limousine.

By - 10/13/09 - 10:56 pm

Scheduled to appear at City Hall Plaza Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. to announce their support for Michael Flaherty.

By - 10/13/09 - 9:07 pm

Martial Law & Forced Vaccinations in Massachusetts- read about it here:
Very scary stuff folks police state is getting worse

By - 10/13/09 - 6:00 pm

John Keith will do the honors, starting at 6:30 p.m.

By - 10/13/09 - 4:42 pm

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By - 10/13/09 - 1:32 pm

Matt Conti reports the City Council's Committee on Government Operations holds a hearing on Thursday (2 p.m. in its fifth-floor hearing room at City Hall) on a proposal by Councilor Steve Murphy to force restaurants to find other containers for their take-out chicken fingers.

By - 10/13/09 - 10:55 am

Which one could it be? It's not Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where the blogging, tweeting CEO just posted a copy of the memo from his counterpart at another hospital. He stripped out the name, so we don't know if it's a massively gigantic hospital across town, but we hear from another source that Mt. Auburn Hospital also banned its employees from the social networks last week.

Effective immediately, the Hospital is blocking access to social networking sites including Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter from all Hospital computers.

The decision is based on recent evidence that some employees have been using these sites to comment on Hospital business, which is a violation of the Hospital's Electronic Communications policy and a potential HIPAA violation. ...

By - 10/13/09 - 8:58 am

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports Alex Selvig, running against incumbent AB Councilor Mark Ciommo, has endorsed Floon. Ciommo got 60% of the vote in September in a four-way field.

The Lit Drop lets us know there's a MassVote forum for all eight at-large city council candidates tonight at UMass-Boston. If you miss that, or if you just can't get enough at-large action, the Brighton Allston Improvement Association holds an at-large forum on Thursday in Brighton Center.

By - 10/11/09 - 9:45 am

Oh, the humanity, as pedestrians get mowed down at an incredible rate. The Globe reports.

By - 10/10/09 - 5:04 pm

The Globe reports that Tom Cruise has rented out the Zakim for Sunday so he can land a helicopter on it. Alas, no word on how much it costs to inconvenience motorists like that, but, hey, I bet we could crowdsource the fee and have a heckuva party, just like one of those vodka ads where they fill a swimming pool up with foam cubes and jump in.

By - 10/10/09 - 9:35 am

If you happen to be near the Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury around 2:30 this afternoon, you'll get to see a bunch of ministers lending their imprimatur to Tom Menino's re-election effort. Among the ministers planning to endorse Hizzona are Evan Hines of the Eliot Church, Jeffrey Brown of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge and Bishop Gideon Thompson of the Jubilee Christian Church.

Wall isn't endorsing a candidate, but has made it clear over the past couple of years he has no love for Menino.

By - 10/10/09 - 12:14 am

The city quietly posted a new batch of e-mail messages to Michael Kineavy Friday evening. Among the messages, a February, 2009 plea from Bryan Glasscock, director of the city environment department, for help in convincing Mayor Tom Menino to reconsider his decision to yank out all of City Hall's voice-mail systems:

By - 10/9/09 - 10:37 pm

The E-mail Archives of Michael Kineavy now has a second set of e-mail copies from the infamous old PC, the one Kineavy didn't remember getting replaced.

By - 10/9/09 - 8:08 pm

Last week the potential deputy mayor told the Jamaica Plain Gazette that Kevin McCrea didn't get any more votes than Donald Duck would have. Oh, and Floon joked about the number of public-records and open-meeting complaints filed by McCrea - including, you know, the lawsuit against the City Council, Michael Flaherty, president, that McCrea won:

"We'll create a position called the Division of Kevin McCrea Information Requests," Yoon joked. Flaherty quickly added that a better name would be "McFOIA."

Guess what? McCrea tells the paper this week that Yoon called to apologize after the remarks showed up on the paper's Web site.

By - 10/9/09 - 11:23 am

Well here you go! Check out the first "MBTA Scorecard" Includes everything from on time performance, to lies! Have yourself a good laugh, and check it out. And guess what, The Green Line's "train tracking system is used for on-time performance reporting, but performing the analysis is most practical on a periodic rather than a monthly basis", So there's absolutely no data for the Green Line. Cover up, much!

By - 10/9/09 - 10:25 am

Chris Faraone considers the arguments by the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

By - 10/8/09 - 2:56 pm

Looks like somebody in Boston really enjoyed Wacky Packs as a kid:

By - 10/8/09 - 9:50 am

Tele-Publishing, Inc., a subsidiary of Phoenix Media/Communications Group, Inc., yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the social network's personal pages violate a patent Tele-Publishing was granted in 2001.

The complaint, filed in US District Court in Boston, seeks unspecified treble damages and an end to Facebook's alleged infringement of Tele-Publishing's patent, which sets out a method by which a remote user can upload images and information to a server to build a personal Web page.

From the Tele-Publishing patent: