By - 6/11/09 - 9:01 am

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral today endorsed at-large City Council hopeful Ayanna Pressley:

By - 6/10/09 - 12:39 pm

Nearly $200,000 in statewide grants help families cope with the economic crisis

By - 6/9/09 - 8:17 pm

As if the changes and cuts to Boston's community-center based daycare and pre-kindergarten programming was not enough, it now appears that some additional critical staffing at some community centers is also being cut.

The large community center "clusters," those centers that were joined at the hip for management purposes (2, 3, and 4 buildings in some instances) are cutting their "assistant cluster administrator" position. While that may sound a tad administratively heavy, these people are often the equivalent of a ship's executive officer of "chief of the boat," and are irreplaceable.

By - 6/9/09 - 3:57 pm

To seek legislation to expand the number of charter schools in Boston; move comes the day after opponent Michael Flaherty called for more charter schools and the day before opponent Sam Yoon planned to call for more charter schools.

But unlike their plans, Menino's proposal calls for the charter schools to be overseen by the Boston School Committee.

By - 6/9/09 - 1:33 pm

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By - 6/9/09 - 11:03 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a claim by a Whitman police officer injured in a crash while responding to a fatal accident caused by a Brockton Hospital patient whom the hospital released even though he was still under the effects of anesthesia.

The patient died when hit by a car while walking home under the influence of anesthesia he'd been given for a colonoscopy. While driving to that scene, Whitman officer Dean Leavitt's cruiser was hit by another car, resulting in serious - and permanent - injuries.

Although the hospital's own rules forbid patients under the influence of powerful sedatives from being released without an escort, the court said the chain of events did not therefore mean the hospital was to blame for Leavitt's injuries, since the hospital itself did not directly cause them:

... Leavitt's injury was not "caused" by the hospital because it falls outside the scope of foreseeable risk arising from any negligent conduct that would make the hospital's alleged misconduct tortious. ...

Complete ruling:

By - 6/9/09 - 7:32 am

Weather-related shutdown of flights on the Northeast Corridor has stacked up planes at Logan. My 6:50 am to BWI has been delayed to 8am. Expect similar delays for NYC and Washington area flights.

Currently stuck on the tarmac at Logan. First mentioned this about an hour ago on twitter.

By - 6/9/09 - 7:23 am

In a creative attempt to stem gang violence, yesterday local law enforcement officials gathered 50 purported members of 17 gangs into West Roxbury District Court, for a series of presentations, the Globe reports.

By - 6/8/09 - 9:36 pm

Via CNN.

Paper to impose 23% pay cut, which will likely lead to court and federal hearings.

Steve Silva tweets the vote was 265-277.

Dan Kennedy tweets:

To everyone's credit, BosGlobe has continued to put out a good paper this year despite months of labor chaos. Assume that will continue.

By - 6/8/09 - 4:43 pm

At-large City Council candidate Doug Bennett is proposing creation of "a gigantic big brother program through a partnership between the universities of Boston and the City Government through the Boston's Department of Public Health" to help curb youth violence:

By - 6/8/09 - 1:41 pm

Boston Non-Profit Engages Youth in Solutions to Community Violence

Sponsored by the Boston Foundation, guests of honor included Boston’s Chief of Human Services, Larry Mayes, who was awarded with a Community Media Champion Award.

By - 6/8/09 - 11:10 am

Councilor Sam Yoon said yesterday that if elected mayor, he would fight to gain a half-cent increase in the sales tax in Boston to pay for new efforts to combat juvenile murders and other crimes in the city.

Yoon's made his proposal in an interview with Channel 4's Jon Keller. The proposal, which would require the approval of the state legislature and the governor, would raise $35 million and would help bring Boston back to the best years of the "Boston Miracle," when the city went two straight years in the 1990s without a single youth homicide.

Yoon also called incumbent Tom Menino stale and said it's simply time for a 21st-century mayor, one who would act on things such as a Boston Finance Commission report that identifies $70 million in savings through "common sense" reforms:

Politicians, just like anything else, have a shelf life.

By - 6/8/09 - 10:01 am

Michael Flaherty's education platform, released today, calls for more charter schools, greater parental school-assignment choice, and increased autonomy for school principals (Ed. note to Flaherty writers: Remember that a school principal is your PAL).

Meanwhile, Sam Yoon will unveil his own education position on Wednesday, focusing on increasing the number of seats in charter schools.

Flaherty said that while he supports the idea behind neighborhood schools, in the short run Boston just doesn't have the money to guarantee that all schools would provide quality education:

By - 6/5/09 - 9:46 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission announced today it's shutting the Blackstone Elementary School in the South End for a week because of high absence rates. Some 114 of the school's 600 students were out today - in addition to a number of stafff members.

The Blackstone is the 13th school in Boston shut for a week due to high absence rates linked to swine flu.

By - 6/5/09 - 1:23 pm

According to Kevin McCrea, there are rival groups of media outlets working on debates (Channels 4 and 5 acting on their own and 25 and the Herald vs. a grouping of NECN, WBUR, WGBH and the Globe) and the mayor's people may be playing one against the other.

By - 6/5/09 - 12:24 pm

Volunteer Boston says Bostonians between 25 and 34 are less likely to participate in volunteer activities than their peers almost anywhere else.

By - 6/5/09 - 11:24 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the Boston Police Department had the right to fire a patrolman who teamed up with his brother and a couple of pals to beat up a guy in a 2003 parking-garage dispute.

The court ruled that while, technically, Noel Docanto had not been convicted of the off-duty attack, it was only because he had admitted to sufficient facts and that that plea did not lessen the nature of his "felonious conduct."

The court described the incident:

By - 6/4/09 - 8:06 am

This time for several months as they go over criticism of their newest plan to increase the number of school assignment zones from three to five, the Globe reports.

Increasing the number of zones is supposed to reduce transportation costs, but would also increase the percentage of "failing" schools in parts of Roxbury and Dorchester.

By - 6/4/09 - 1:49 am

Reporters beware, don't plunk.

The State House News Service reports that Michael Travaglini, executive director of the Massachusetts pension fund, told a local reporter, "You have no right to record a meeting".

Travaglini later defended his stance by stating the reporter disrupted the public meeting of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board by arriving late and "plunking a recording device in the middle of the table".

By - 6/3/09 - 3:54 pm

A few years ago, Joe Porcelli started up a site for Jamaica Plain residents to meet and organize online. Now Porcelli is expanding Neighbors for Neighbors to every Boston neighborhood.

He's using Ning as a platform.

Also see Hyde Park Mass - also built on Ning.