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.

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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.

By - 5/22/09 - 1:13 pm

I'm listening to Radio Boston's report on the Boston mayor's race. More later, but to start with Menino: Rather than split the Boston Redevelopment Authority into separate pro-development and planning agencies, he is working to bring the city transportation department into the BRA.

By - 5/22/09 - 12:11 pm

The Herald reports the board headed by alleged Wilkerson best bud Daniel Pokaski seems not to have ever met a bar it didn't like - no matter how many times the police show up with evidence of major issues:

By - 5/22/09 - 1:10 am

CVS Pharmacy plastic prescription containers offgassing. Check for the
odor inside these amber containers labelled KERR Friendly & Safe manufactured by Berry Plastics

By - 5/21/09 - 8:30 pm

Blue Mass. Group reports the state Senate narrowly defeated a proposal today to eliminate the two holidays in Suffolk County - apparently some solons worried that July 4th would be next.

Among Suffolk County senators, Sonia Chang-Diaz voted to strike the two holidays, while senators Marian Walsh, Jack Hart, Anthony Galluccio, Anthony Petrucelli and Steven Tolman voted to uphold our confusing little holidays.

By - 5/21/09 - 1:20 pm

Radio Boston on WBUR tomorrow will be about this fall's race for Mayor of Boston. Starts at 1 p.m., 90.9 FM. Sam Yoon, Michael Flaherty and Kevin McCrea will be there live, but Tom Menino sends his regrets - along with a taped interview.

By - 5/20/09 - 4:36 pm

A federal appeals court has rejected disgraced drug-dealer protector Kiko Pulido's request for a new trial on grounds he was mislead into pleading guilty last year to a variety of corruption charges that left him facing 26 years in federal prison.

By - 5/20/09 - 3:49 pm

At least one educational counselor believes so:

This list would not be complete without Boston. Boston has more than 100 colleges and 100,000 students in its surrounding area, so there's no need for a car when exploring this town of 600,000.

This assessment will not warm the hearts of Universal Hub denizens who have been dealing with noisy undergrads...

Amherst(!!!), Berkeley, Montreal, and Washington D.C. are nos. 1-4, with the Hub coming in at 5.

Personally, I'd opt for NYC. But I'm sure that Madison, Austin, and a few others have their fans.

By - 5/20/09 - 11:39 am

Yesterday was the deadline for returning signatures to run for Boston city council (and mayor). David Bernstein provides some early pronouncements on who will be on the ballot for council races this fall. Could be 17 people on the ballot for the four at-large seats, so doesn't look like the council will be able to close ranks behind Steve Murphy again and get the preliminary election canceled.