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By - 7/3/09 - 4:36 pm

The Jeanie Johnston Pub is calling itself the "Tour de France 2009 Headquarters." Jeanie Johnston Pub and Ferris Wheels Bike Shop host two Tour de France Party Nights at exciting stages of the 21-day race -- Team Time Trial (July 7th) and Alps Mountain (July 21st)! Party nights feature:

+ Tour de France trivia contests for seasoned Tour fans
+"Tour de France 101" - how to watch the Tour, the teams, the strategy

By - 7/3/09 - 3:10 pm

In a story that ran in today's Boston Herald, Mayor Menino's campaign trashed a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide voters with the resources they need for civic engagement. The organization, MassVote, works to increase voter education and turnout amongst communities of color, youth, the disabled and in ethnic communities where language is a barrier. Since its creation in 1999, MassVote has helped empower thousands of Massachusetts voters.

By - 7/3/09 - 3:03 pm

The Herald reports the Sox offered up to $400,000 to save the Boston Police mounted unit, which often helped keep order around Fenway Park but that "the mayor looked a gift horse in the mouth and said 'neigh.' "

In a statement, Councilor and Would-Be Menino Replacement Yoon said:

Our mounted unit was an important community policing tool and public safety resource for our parks. News of its elimination prompted an outpouring from across the city of people pleading to save the unit. There were dozens of cost-saving reforms the mayor could have implemented to save the unit. But once again, Mayor Menino chose symbolism over substance.

Now we hear reports that the City turned down an offer from the Red Sox to continue funding the mounted unit. At a time when Boston is cutting back on schools, city services, and public safety, it would be shortsighted and foolish to reject an outstretched hand. The administration needs to clarify what happened and be transparent about any offers that were made regarding the mounted unit.

“These are the very public-private partnerships that can make our city great – and can transform education, athletics, and the arts for Boston's children. We need a mayor who can tap into all the generosity and talent that Boston has to offer.

By - 7/3/09 - 11:22 am

Volunteers are needed at the American Jewish Historical Society on the campus of Hebrew College to do preliminary processing of collections, scanning and digitizing of documents under the direction of the archivist. Duties will include: photograph sleeving, paperclip and staple removal, Xeroxing, refoldering of documents in acid-free folders, creating box lists, and scanning and indexing documents for digital research. No experience necessary; training will be provided. Help preserve local Jewish heritage while learning preservation techniques for your own family papers.

By - 7/3/09 - 10:06 am

Maybe Tom Menino figures he can keep delaying negotiations over debates until after the election. The Herald reports His Honor continues to play coy on the whole debate issue, while his mouthpiece tut-tuts a group organizing forums as unworthy of the mayor's attention because he finds it "doubtful" the group can actually organize a debate.

Kevin McCrea, who says he'll debate anyone anytime, fulminates:

... What does that mean? You mean they can't invite a bunch of people and put 4 chairs and a microphone on a stage? I would believe that Menino might not be able to handle that on his own, but MassVOTE?

The arrogance and disregard for the people shown by Menino is truly incredible. What is more incredible is how the mainstream media in this town play along with his invisible suit as well. The TV stations and the Globe and the Herald play along with this ruse because they are afraid of his vindictiveness, and they aren't doing the fourth estate's job which is to expose what is going on. ...

By - 7/2/09 - 10:01 pm

William Feegbeh of Brighton couldn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, so he's running a write-in campaign - part of which apparently involves sneaking his signs into the windows of unsuspecting merchants - Michael Pahre reports.

By - 7/2/09 - 9:47 pm

Eeka arrived home today to find four identical Flaherty Good/Better mailings in her mailbox, addressed to the two people who actually live there:

... When I've volunteered for campaigns, they've had me do such exciting tasks as, well, going through their database and taking out obvious duplicate voters, so as not to waste money/trees/energy on mailings, not annoy households with duplicate phonecalls, and most of all, not make prospective voters think that the candidate is wasteful and can't bother to have humans work for him or her. ...

By - 7/2/09 - 9:07 pm

CommonWealth Unbound takes a look at the latest Boston crime stats, sees murders and shootings seem to be down for June and draws the rainy conclusion.

By - 7/2/09 - 3:55 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today that seven police officers have been suspended for steroid abuse following a three-year investigation.

Four other officers were suspended for "officer misconduct" at disgraced cop Kiko Pulido's illegal after-hours club at 24 Factory St. in Hyde Park (conveniently located right up the street from a BPD warehouse from which somebody kept stealing drugs a couple years back).

Another officer was given some unpaid time off for not reporting steroid use, Davis said in a statement.

In addition to the suspensions, Davis said he's ordered several steps to reduce future problems, including training supervisors in detecting signs of drug use, mandatory training for all officers on the health risks of anabolic steroids and pre-employment steroid screening of recruits. He said he is also looking at adding steroids to the list of drugs now screened for in annual drug tests and enacting a two-strikes-and-you're-out policy for steroids. These steps would require contract negotiations with unions representing officers.

By - 7/2/09 - 9:51 am

Wicked Local West Roxbury reports on the comments the three made before the Ward 20 Democratic Committee recently.

By - 7/2/09 - 9:26 am

The Globe reports:

Asked multiple times if the firefighters themselves bore any responsibility for what city leaders call an abuse of the public retirement system, Flaherty repeatedly steered his answers to Menino, who is seeking an unprecedented fifth term in office.

"The mayor, as CEO of our city, has to take responsibility for contracts that he signs on behalf of the residents of our city," Flaherty said. "The buck stops on his desk."

By - 7/1/09 - 5:34 pm

Where the Candidates Are will keep you updated on the public appearances of candidates for Boston mayor and city council.

By - 7/1/09 - 5:03 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission made the announcement today:

One Boston resident was a 52-year-old man who died at his home on June 26. Test results came back today indicating he was positive for H1N1 influenza. The second Boston resident was a 30-year-old man who was hospitalized on June 15 and died June 29. He is a probable case of H1N1 influenza; the confirmatory test for H1N1 is pending at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

That brings our swine-flu death toll to four. City and state health officials say swine-flu cases appear to be on the wane in Boston.

By - 7/1/09 - 4:02 pm

David Bernstein reports on a $3.8 million settlement with a man who spent 12 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping he didn't commit. The payment was made in December; for some reason, the city didn't issue a press release.

By - 7/1/09 - 1:02 pm

Boston.com is running a poll.

Best Pizza In Boston

I'll get up on my soapbox and tout my favorite, The Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale. If you like their pies, why not give them a vote? Or, vote for your own particular fave. At the moment, Pizzeria Regina is kicking ass, but how about giving some props to the underdogs from the neighborhoods?

(Go to the last page for the actual poll.)

By - 6/29/09 - 8:07 pm

Boston Offline is tweeting from a candidates' night (city council and mayor) in Roxbury tonight.

By - 6/29/09 - 2:26 pm

Yoon tweets he bought a raffle ticket at fundraiser for the Boston Living Center last night, gave it to a cop on the way out, the ticket won $300, the cop gave the money to the center.

By - 6/27/09 - 1:27 pm

Mr. D, who'd been teaching high-school math here, is returning to the Rio Grande Valley. But not without listing the things that make Boston special, including the BPL, the MBTA, his students, the Dunkin' Donuts at Washington and Sagamore in Chelsea and:

By - 6/26/09 - 6:00 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today held its nose and upheld a 2002 jury verdict that the city of Boston pay the money to William Broderick, ousted as a captain in 2002 by then Commissioner Paul Evans.

The city and Evans had appealed the verdict, arguing it was way too high and should have been reduced by the judge in the case, that Broderick failed to prove his case and that Evans had some immunity based on a Supreme Court case that seemed to hold Broderick's public complaints about the police department were not protected under the First Amendment.