By - 3/19/09 - 3:51 pm

Shortly after 3 p.m., Boston Fire tweeted:

Report on Box 3547: Confirmed Building Fire, L6 reports heavy fire on roof, 1 line charged at this time

Which is a little meaningless unless you happen to be either right there or in possession of a list of Boston fire boxes.

Firebufffeed to the rescue: Whoever runs that does have a list of Boston fire boxes and translates the above to: a three-story apartment building at 563-565 Norfolk St. (in Mattapan).

By - 3/19/09 - 3:29 pm

The commissioner denies the rumor in a memo to Boston Police:

... This rumor is false. I am personally proud to have the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization and I look forward to our future successes.

By - 3/19/09 - 1:15 pm

Because we've been talking so much about the future of print journalism in Boston, especially the future of the Globe, I thought I'd share a couple of interesting pieces that offer a broader (and even more disturbing) perspective on what this economic threat to the daily paper means:

Here's a very thoughtful piece by Paul Starr, "Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)," in the New Republic -- long but worth printing out and reading -- about how the demise of the daily newspaper impacts public accountability:

By - 3/19/09 - 11:31 am

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  • By - 3/19/09 - 11:12 am

    The Dorchester Reporter reports that Ego Ezedi, director of the Roxbury YMCA, is running for an at-large seat on the city council this fall. Ezedi ran a close race for the District 4 seat against Charles Yancey in 2003.

    By - 3/19/09 - 9:40 am

    Adam Reilly spends some time with McCrea, the only candidate for mayor who's not already ensconced in City Hall.

    By - 3/19/09 - 12:10 am

    UPDATE: The feed is now gone. A Boston firefighter had set it up after seeing what the Boston Police Department was doing, not knowing BFD was about to launch an official site, at

    The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.

    Boston Police jump on Twitter.

    By - 3/18/09 - 11:13 pm

    Following the success of the Boston Police, The Boston Fire Department is now on Twitter.

    This Twitter feed will be updated with information on citywide fire related emergencies whenever possible. Come join us!

    By - 3/18/09 - 10:19 pm

    First was Fringe. Now Jason Meserve tweets (here and here that tonight's episode of Criminal Minds on CBS opened with a car allegedly stranded on a Rte. 128 with just one lane on each side and then had Boston Police responding to something on 128. He rates it a double fail.

    By - 3/17/09 - 11:07 am

    The Boston Business Journal rushes to get us the news.

    This lady would probably not beg to differ. Nor would this guy, who explains what gets his Irish up, or, at least, the part of him that is Irish, rather than Hispanic or French.

    A green drink you might not actually want to down.

    By - 3/17/09 - 8:16 am

    This is why schools and city offices are closed in Boston today.

    By - 3/16/09 - 5:05 pm

    Boston Police let Andy know that while they are now monitoring followers on Twitter, if he really needs help, he should still contact them the old-fashioned way.

    By - 3/16/09 - 9:09 am

    The Daily Free Press reports that City Council President Mike Ross's proposal to force Boston colleges to hand over the addresses of off-campus students could violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - and that Emerson College is already vowing to not hand over names.

    Ross begs to differ as he continues his campaign to prevent more than four unrelated students from sharing apartments. An ordinance he helped pass last year has proven unenforceable, in part, the Free Press reports, because ISD can only respond to complaints, and nobody's complained about groups of students living together.

    By - 3/16/09 - 9:01 am

    Sam Baltrusis has the details on casting calls for extras for an ABC show to be taped in Boston about "a Boston-based district attorney destined to become the first female president."

    Hah! Somebody from Boston becoming president again?

    By - 3/16/09 - 7:58 am

    Ghetto Uprising, who teaches in a local school, considers that Boston survey of teens on Rihanna and concludes that what it really means is not that many teens feel beating up women is OK specifically but that:

    ... [V]iolence is a logical, acceptable, even expected resolution to conflicts. maybe in their adolescent minds, aggressive talking and violation of physical space (assuming she did both) can warrant a beatdown for anybody: "Rihanna was prolly talkin' sh#t and all up in his face, so he f%cked her up." he might have responded like that to anyone who behaved similarly regardless of his/her gender or the context of their relationship.

    of course, this assumption that she must have "done something" to start with is deeply troubling, but more troubling is their idea that someone could deserve such a severe beating for anything short of slappin' somebody else's mama.

    By - 3/15/09 - 6:58 pm

    Yoon today claims the Globe is misrepresenting his stance on a return to an elected school committee, that he only said we should talk about whether we should bring it back.

    As Adam Reilly notes, Yoon should really be careful claiming he never said something like that when he said stufff like that in his campaign announcement, the one he thoughtfully posted on YouTube:

    In order to become the Boston that we know we can be, we have to be willing to face our problems head on, and be willing to be bold, innovative, creative. And we need to talk. We need to talk about what it would mean to go back to an elected school committee. At a time when our schools are facing the largest budget shortfall they've ever seen, we have to question whether an appointed school committee--appointed solely by the mayor--can truly be the educational advocates we need them to be.

    Now, yes, technically, Yoon did not say "Elected School Committee. Let's get one. Now." But he sure sounds like that's the direction he's fancying.

    By - 3/15/09 - 4:40 pm

    New study predicts that Boston will be affected heavily by rising sea levels due to climate change:

    But the oceans won't rise at the same rate everywhere, said study author Jianjun Yin of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University. It will be "greater and faster" for the Northeast, with Boston one of the worst hit among major cities, he said. So, if it's 3 feet, add another 8 inches for that region.