The Boston Public Health Commission has posted findings from a study of swine-flu cases in Boston over the past year. One key finding: Hispanics required hospitalization for H1N1 more than four times as often as whites; black three times as often. Almost half the blacks requiring a hospital stay had asthma, which the commission says underscores the need for particularly active vaccination programs for people with certain other existing health issues (UPDATE: Sharp-eyed, statistics-minded SwirlyGrrl notes in the comments the problem seems to be among minority children, not adults).
The Globe reports city Councilor Mike Ross wants the BRA to force Northeastern to stop enrolling quite so many students. Seems the school had promised to try to curb enrollment, but it actually now has 585 more students than it promised to have.
Gee, and it's been so nice getting in and out of the post office or the grocery store without standing in line for half an hour, and having parking spaces open for friends to come visit. Oh well, looks like that's all over 'til May.
Students at the bigger/more notable institutions come tromping back:
The mayor's office just announced that Boston DPW and transportation chief Dennis Royer quit today, effective immediately, and is returning to his native Colorado.
That the announcement was made late on a Friday, a time typically reserved for announcements of bad news, is, no doubt, pure coincidence.
The Boston Fire Department recently took delivery of a trailer full of equipment to help firefighters dig you out (also new: an "urban search and rescue" trailer).
get used to it. The Globe has more.
Why? Is Democrat support for Martha waning for a reason?
Over at Blue Mass Group in a article called "Poll shows Coakley ahead 50-41 in Senate race", editor David is urging Democrats to support Coakley for US Senate citing poll numbers as a concern and more specifically citing the nominee's positions as not sufficiently progressive to get the progressive vote.
The Boston Public Library is trying to plan out the next ten years and is holding a series of meetings - and posting to a new blog - to solicit public input.
BPL officials will hold "community conversations" Tues., Jan. 5 at at the Mattapan branch library, Thurs., Jan. 7 at the Hyde Park branch and Mon., Jan. 11 at the South Boston branch on its "BPL Compass" planning. All three sessions start at 6 p.m.
The BPL Compass blog has started looking at some of the issues the city's library system expects to face.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today took his record fifth oath of office at Faneuil Hall.
In his inauguration speech (complete text), Menino said his next four years would be devoted to four main goals: Transforming education in Boston, creating a high-tech research community on the waterfront, improving basic city services through new technologies and bringing the city's residents and neighborhoods closer together.
In a New Year's message to supporters, Michael Flaherty says he's not just going to fade away or move to the suburbs or something:
... With these new friendships and partnerships, we challenged the status quo and advocated for a better, stronger Boston that works for all residents. I continue to be inspired by our collective advocacy. That is why I plan to continue to stay active both in my neighborhood and every neighborhood in our city. Together we can continue the call for more successful charter schools, a greater emphasis on youth crime prevention, and improved city services that hold City Hall accountable. ...
Gearing up for tonight's festivities, I'm curious as to the actual open-container laws here. I tried googling, to no avail.
The past few years, I had no problems carrying around/drinking cheap champagne while walking back through the Common after the fireworks at the Harbor, but I was told Mumbles is promising less leniency this year.
J.L. Bell reprints a poetic plea for tips from deliverers of the Censor, a loyalist newspaper, in 1772, including:
May Government her Laws defend,
And foul Misrule to Hell descend;
A happy Year may all enjoy,
And may your FAVOURS bless your Boy.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man's conviction on charges of trafficking in cocaine and heroin because his lawyer didn't have a chance to cross-examine the expert who certified the bag he allegedly threw out a car window contained enough of the two drugs to warrant serious jail time.
The Globe reports Boston has paid Ulysses Rodriguez Charles $3.2 million for the 18 years he spent in jail for rapes he didn't commit. The feds, however, are still trying to deport him to his native Trinidad for other crimes he was convicted of.
Noah Bierman at the Globe takes us on a tour.
When three Boston-area Hyatt hotels abruptly terminated some 100 housekeeping workers in August after having them train their own replacements from a Georgia-based contracting company, they probably had no idea that they would become a symbol of corporate cruelty.
Unfortunately for Hyatt, the story continues to gain attention and has become a rallying point for the labor movement. Hyatt has tried to defuse the crisis by extending health care coverage and offering alternative contracting arrangements, but it hasn’t managed to stop the groundswell of voices asking why this company discarded these workers, some of whom had 20 years service while making roughly $26,000 a year.
Local 718 tweets its members are busy today shoveling out hydrants blocked by snow. Help them out - the life you save could be your own.
Tape reports somebody on his street took his two trash barrels to mark a parking space.