Boston

By - 10/6/09 - 12:46 pm

Allegedly, one out of every three Bostonians would give up sex for a year rather than their cellphones, according to a supposed survey by, ta da, a mobile-phone company.

The pointless survey, in which Bostonians were allegedly asked about a hypothetical situation none would ever find themselves in, showed women were more likely than men to give up bedroom exercise.

By - 10/6/09 - 7:52 am

That's the position city officials are taking on releasing the news that the reason they couldn't find several thousand e-mail messages from Menino aide Michael Kineavy was not because of some "glitch" but because, as the Globe reports, they were sitting in an old computer that had been swapped out from Kineavy's desk.

By - 10/5/09 - 3:56 pm

Percussion Sensation STOMP Partners with Project Bread to STOMP Out Hunger!

A large gift of funds has been awarded to Boston-area hunger relief agencies to support their work throughout the long winter ahead. Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, distributed $616,825 to 91 emergency food services as part of its annual Appreciation and Grant Award Ceremony at the Colonnade Hotel Boston last night.

By - 10/3/09 - 10:54 am

The Globe has the dry account of Flaherty boycotting some variety show because they wouldn't let his young ward Sam on stage since he's no longer a candidate (but they made an exception for Tito Jackson and, um, the rest of the Jackson 10), while the Herald has the photo suggesting a post-November career for Yoon as a Blues Brothers impersonator.

Meanwhile, Bruce Mohl fact checks assertions by both Menino and Flaherty in Thursday's debate; finds both played a bit loose with the truth.

Also, there's apparently a shortage of pens and paper at Flaherty HQ. Won't you help?

By - 10/2/09 - 7:58 am

Basic news accounts: Globe | Herald.

Globe editors prnounced Flaherty a man who has found his voice and who could lead this great city of ours.

By - 10/1/09 - 3:55 pm

Katie Holmes and little Suri were hustled out of a back entrance of the Children's Museum into a waiting SUV this afternoon. There were at least 4 or 5 paparazzi lying in wait to snap photos. Welcome to Boston, Hollywood.

By - 10/1/09 - 3:10 pm

Looks like uiri and Katie Holmes went for an afternoon at the Boston Children's Museum today. They were hustled out the back door in a black SUV and were still barraged by paparazzi. Welcome to Boston, Hollywood.

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

The Sheriff of Suffolk launches her bid for reelection in 2010 tonight with a fundraiser at the Hampshire House.

Possibly of more immediate concern to Cabral is a Massachusetts Appeals Court ruling today that says she has to submit to arbitration when making shift changes among prison guards due to layoffs. The ruling (which Cabral could appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court) stems from her decision in 2002 to re-assign some workers after layoffs. The union objected, saying any such changes had to go to arbitration first.

By - 9/30/09 - 8:35 pm

Republican State Sen. Scott Brown, and candidate for US Senate,

"has filed a bill to prohibit ACORN from receiving state grants or serving as a state-approved housing counselor in Massachusetts." link

Scott did not cite a single specific allegation, never mind a specific indictment or conviction of wrong-doing by ACORN or ACORN employees in Massachusetts stating only,

By - 9/30/09 - 7:13 pm

The Globe reports Boston will hire a company to "scan" all the internal City Hall messages to and from Michael Kineavy and then post those (so sounds like PDFs, although maybe they'll make it even more fun and post 5,018 GIF images). No word on the other messages, the ones the city claims would cost $250,000 to retrieve - or the messages that were forwarded to the feds.

By - 9/30/09 - 2:01 pm

High in the seats at last year’s Democratic National Convention, Attorney General Martha Coakley rose to register her vote for Hillary Clinton. The vote carried no mathematical weight - Barack Obama had already secured the nomination - but was a symbolic show of support for the woman who had come closest to the presidency.

In fairness, Coakley is not asked why she favored Clinton over Obama and maybe she has reasons that go beyond gender.

By - 9/30/09 - 7:57 am
Owens approves

At yesterday's deputy-mayor press conference/rally, Michael Flaherty never introduced the guy standing right up there with him and Sam Yoon: Former state Senator Bill Owens, who had endorsed Yoon in August. But is the presence of the man defeated by Dianne Wilkerson in 1992 enough to increase Flaherty's vote getting in black neighborhoods?

Chris Lovett writes it could be the deciding factor in Flaherty's bid for mayor, because Yoon peaked in areas with traditionally low turnout in general city elections, such as Jamaica Plain, Back Bay and Allston/Brighton. Lovett talks to former city councilor Larry DiCara about turnout, especially in minority areas where Menino did particularly well.

By - 9/29/09 - 4:22 pm

Boston today lifted its moratorium on new permits for sightseeing vehicles.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says there's no longer any reason to limit the number of permits for tour vehicles given that the original reason for the moratorium - the Big Dig - is long finished. The moratorium went into effect in 1998.

In February, a Medford man sued Boston in federal court over the ban on new licenses. Assuming the city's decision today doesn't make that case moot, it wasn't even scheduled for pre-trial motions before May, 2010.

By - 9/29/09 - 1:54 pm

Bay Windows reports the Federation of Gay Games today chose Cleveland for the 2014 Gay Games.

By - 9/29/09 - 11:00 am
Floon

As he introduced the man who would be his deputy mayor, Michael Flaherty predicted 40,000 to 60,000 more people would come to the polls in November - and that the majority of them would vote for change.

"About half the people who voted last Tuesday voted for change," Flaherty said at a City Hall Plaza press conference at which he and Sam Yoon outlined their proposed agenda - which includes dismantling the BRA, performance reviews across all departments and a 311 system.

Roughly 81,000 people voted in this month's preliminary elections, which saw incumbent Mayor Tom Menino take 51% of the vote, with Flaherty and Yoon splitting most of the rest.

By - 9/29/09 - 2:59 am

This is not a good way to win votes...

http://blog.kamens.brookline.ma.us/~jik/wordpress/...

Here, by the way, is the body of the spam he just sent me: