By - 6/1/09 - 7:25 am
Good. Better.

Seeming to acknowledge that a lot of those 300,000 Bostonians who've met Tom Menino actually like him, would-be replacement Michael Flaherty has come up with a new campaign theme:

Times change. You're probably not driving the same car you owned in 1993. Maybe you've changed jobs too. Upgraded your computer a few times. And you probably tackle problems differently than you did 16 years ago. Learned from experience. Trial and error, and all that. ...

Now, if Sam Yoon or Kevin McCrea wanted to be wise guys, they could finish Flaherty's slogan:

Good. Better. Best.

By - 6/1/09 - 7:12 am

Dunkin Donuts has launched a $10 million marketing campaign to promote donuts as affordable comfort food in this economic climate, the Herald reports.

By - 5/31/09 - 3:17 pm

Mike Ball and I had breakfast with Pressley this morning in JP (at Doyle's, of course). He does an excellent job summarizing the discussion so go read his account. Basically, Pressley is bright and personable and well versed in the ways of government, which would help tremendously in the consensus building she says are vital to the city, but at some point, she'll need to take some specific stands on issues.

By - 5/31/09 - 5:30 am

The Sunday Globe has a well-researched report on the value of tax exemptions and other financial breaks enjoyed by area hospital companies.

The piece gives context, and raises the question of whether hospitals should be paying more to the local government.

By - 5/31/09 - 2:02 am

Red line service was stopped around 1:30 AM today due to a girl jumping on the tracks, tweets Kevin Gilnack. The unknown female then proceeded to run up the tracks from Park Street and was caught at the Charles/MGH station.

Service was stopped due to officials turning off the third rail. Bus connections were apparently delayed too.

By - 5/30/09 - 1:53 pm

Channel 5 reports the Boston firefighter with the alleged pot farm in Maine has resigned from the Boston Fire Department.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/30/09 - 10:09 am

Rather than working on real crimes, which is, you know, messy, Boston's finest are on high alert and are planning to blitz pot-smoking Phish concert-goers at Fenway Park. The Herald is overcome with the vapours at the very thought of such things happening in and around the "storied ballpark."

Hopefully there's some overtime in it, what with the cutbacks on detail work guarding holes, and all that.

By - 5/29/09 - 11:54 am

The Fenway Civic Association came up with a novel way this week to encourage people to write Tom Menino and City Council President Mike Ross to save the Boston Police Department's mounted unit: Give out Dave Matthews and Phish tickets to the first 30 people to send e-mail protests and CC the association (technically, all the missives were supposed to go to Ross, who would then print them all out to hand to the mayor on paper).

Where did the association get all those tickets? The Red Sox gave them to the association, although possibly not with the expectation they'd be used in a political letter-writing campaign.

Their suggested letter:

By - 5/29/09 - 7:56 am

Blue Mass. Group will interview Boston mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty on Tuesday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. You can suggest questions at the link.

By - 5/28/09 - 12:59 pm

To begin the countdown to Socializing for Justice's 3rd birthday later this summer - we're heading back to where we held our 3rd event back in October 2006.

Join us for Bowling for Justice at Sacco's Bowl Haven* in Davis Square on Tuesday, June 9, at 5:30 pm.

(Sacco's features candlepin bowling. Whether it's your first time or you're a candlepin pro, just come to enjoy yourself.)

RSVP at www.sojust.orgNewcomers always welcomed!

By - 5/28/09 - 12:14 pm

Lauren Beckham Falcone reviews a book about "the happiest place on earth" by a "Disney addict" and reveals that she knows more drug slang than the average Mouseketeer. Perhaps that explains why it's so happy, though her references call up some pretty unhappy situations...

By - 5/27/09 - 12:04 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission today announced a seven-day shutdown for the Boston Renaissance Charter School on Stuart Street, effective tomorrow, due to "unusually high levels of influenza-like illness in recent days."

The commission says an average of 182 students have missed class over the past three days - out of a student body of 1,200. One student and one teacher have confirmed cases of swine flu, the commission reports.

School students and staff are asked to stay away from public activities over the next week.

Boston Renaissance is the eighth Boston school shut due to a suspected swine-flu outbreak.

By - 5/27/09 - 10:05 am

Johnathan King reports that on a trip back from Logan yesterday, he rode in a cab that was actually equipped with a credit-card machine (whadaya know, city regulations actually work). Only when he got to the end of his ride, the driver told him the reader, which spent the entire trip displaying pretty pictures and information from Boston Police, "isn't actually up and running yet."

By - 5/27/09 - 8:59 am

Monday, June 8th, Faneuil Hall Marketplace. There'll be some other guys named Varitek and Wakefield there, as well as a few of their buddies, but, hey, ME. And MY WIFE.

More Info

More Info, without having to endure my drivel

By - 5/26/09 - 9:35 am

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau predicted a 2 percent increase in out-of-town visitors and hotel bookings in the Boston area, but the number was closer to 6 percent, with 1.3 million more people visiting the Boston area than last year.

1.3 million = 6%
1.3 million / 6 = 1% = 216,667
216,667 x 100 = 100% = 21,666,700

By - 5/25/09 - 10:02 pm

The sad saga of Cab 1021:

... "Cab Ten-Twenty-One, do you know where you are? The customer is waiting!"

This must be 1021's first night on the job. After getting hired, all newbies are supposed to ride around with an experienced driver for a couple nights in order to learn the ropes. But it seems 1021 either lied, telling the owner he already had experience, or that somehow he fell through the cracks and was inadvertently sent out onto the streets cold. That or he is just a really, really slow learner.

"Cab Ten-Twenty-One, do you have a GPS?... Yes? Well, USE IT!" ...

By - 5/25/09 - 9:37 pm

New York's public-school system now has exam kindergartens. Boston's doesn't. Further proof, mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea says, of how "Boston is so set in its ways, and afraid to try new things to make excellence for our kids a priority."

Or further proof that New York is home to some of the most neurotic, self-absorbed over-achievers on the planet, who somehow convinced the school department to provide special public schools for their special snowflakes. Or have I missed something and there really is a way to tell which 4-year-olds are destined to become masters of the universe?

By - 5/24/09 - 5:43 pm

This Tuesday, the California Supreme Court will rule on Proposition 8. Regardless of the verdict, we need to take a stand!

Join us, 7pm at Copley Square on the night of the Supreme Court ruling for a rally to celebrate the overturning of this hateful anti-gay law or to protest this blatant denial of civil rights.

By - 5/22/09 - 2:16 pm

Some notes from today's Radio Boston interviews with Tom Menino, Michael Flaherty, Kevin McCrea and Sam Yoon. Although Menino didn't show up in person, it didn't really make much of a difference, since the four were interviewed separately - and asked different sets of questions:

Tom Menino
"I'm not going talk about the past," but he said he has "the experience and thoughtfulness" to make this a city that works for all its people.

By - 5/22/09 - 2:03 pm

On his Radio Boston appearance, Michael Flaherty said that for the first four months of the year, there were "twice as many shootings based on the same time last year."

Boston Police statistics for the period Jan. 1 to May 3 show 88 shootings, compared to 63 for the same span in 2008 - a 28% increase.