By - 9/29/09 - 4:22 pm

Boston today lifted its moratorium on new permits for sightseeing vehicles.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says there's no longer any reason to limit the number of permits for tour vehicles given that the original reason for the moratorium - the Big Dig - is long finished. The moratorium went into effect in 1998.

In February, a Medford man sued Boston in federal court over the ban on new licenses. Assuming the city's decision today doesn't make that case moot, it wasn't even scheduled for pre-trial motions before May, 2010.

By - 9/29/09 - 1:54 pm

Bay Windows reports the Federation of Gay Games today chose Cleveland for the 2014 Gay Games.

By - 9/29/09 - 11:00 am

As he introduced the man who would be his deputy mayor, Michael Flaherty predicted 40,000 to 60,000 more people would come to the polls in November - and that the majority of them would vote for change.

"About half the people who voted last Tuesday voted for change," Flaherty said at a City Hall Plaza press conference at which he and Sam Yoon outlined their proposed agenda - which includes dismantling the BRA, performance reviews across all departments and a 311 system.

Roughly 81,000 people voted in this month's preliminary elections, which saw incumbent Mayor Tom Menino take 51% of the vote, with Flaherty and Yoon splitting most of the rest.

By - 9/29/09 - 2:59 am

This is not a good way to win votes...

Here, by the way, is the body of the spam he just sent me:

By - 9/28/09 - 10:56 pm

Dear Universal Hub,

Tomorrow, we are announcing our historic ticket to change Boston politics forever.

One week ago, almost 50% of voters had the courage to vote for change. With their vote, they sent a message to Boston: it is time to transform the way we do business in City Hall with new leadership and a fresh perspective.

By - 9/28/09 - 10:20 pm

File under: Floon!

Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty have scheduled a press conference for 10:15 a.m. tomorrow. Dale Herbeck tweets it's to announce that Yoon will be "running" as Michael Flaherty's deputy mayor.

Herbeck says this is the "BIG development breaking in Boston mayoral race" that David Bernstein at the Phoenix teases he's writing up right this second. Gin Dumcius at the Dorchester Reporter tweets one of his sources has confirmed the story. UPDATE: Bernstein confirms after he got Twitter-scooped on his own story.

By - 9/28/09 - 4:52 pm

Join 7NEWS and Project Bread to STOMP Out Hunger! at the opening night performance of STOMP in Boston, Thursday, October 1 (show runs through October 18 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre). On opening night Project Bread will receive a $10 donation for each ticket sold! STOMP, the award-winning, international percussion sensation, has performed in 350 cities and 36 countries. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — such as matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to fill the stage with sensational rhythms.

By - 9/28/09 - 1:36 pm

The Boston Globe has made available a sample of the 5000 e-mails that City Hall finally coughed up related to Kineavy (these are e-mails from other people's mailboxes that included Kineavy in the To/From/CC fields not from his own mailbox, because he was double deleting his e-mails to avoid archival).

Particularly telling as to Kineavy's motivation for double-deleting all of his e-mail is a heavily CC'd discussion related to 2009 Saint Patrick's Day breakfast roast jokes. Kineavy ends the discussion with his colleagues by stating:

By - 9/28/09 - 8:50 am

Michael Flaherty heads to Suffolk Superior Court today - for jury duty - the Lit Drop folks at the Dorchester Reporter report.

By - 9/27/09 - 7:56 pm

OK, so Nov. 7 is the Big Test - the ISEE exam that helps determine which sixth graders get into one of the Boston exam schools next fall.

You have to fill out a registration form to take the test, of course. With a number-2 pencil. So that you can fill in all your answers in the form of little circles.

No, I am not making this up.

By - 9/27/09 - 7:22 pm

A weekend of pretty awesome cycling events comes to and end. NECN covered Saturday's professional cycling race, the first pro race held in Boston in over 20 years. The 40-mile men's and women's races took place on the .7-mile loop around City Hall Plaza. Five-time US National Criterium Champion, Tina Pic, won the women's event in the final race of her career before entering retirement. Kyle Wamsley took the men's race in a sensational, final three-man sprint.

By - 9/26/09 - 8:10 am

The Globe shows off printouts of the 5,000 extra e-mails the city managed to find belonging to Menino aide de camp Michael Kineavy; says it also found, gosh, some missing e-mails that might be relevant to the federal investigation into indicted ex-Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and her alleged liquor license issues. Says there are far more, but city officials balking at complying with the state open-records law say it would cost $250,000 to recover them.

The Herald, meanwhile, starts reading the messages and tears into Hizzonah for the way he released the paper copies of the e-mail:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino used classic stall tactics and flouted public records laws in the release of e-mails improperly deleted by his top lieutenant, making various payment demands and dumping the public records to reporters after darkness fell outside a locked-up City Hall. ...

Jay Fitzgerald considers the costs:

Some in the adminstration are apparently bellyaching that reproducing the emails is "cost prohibitive." Maybe if they had kept track of emails in the first place and didn't require expensive computer forensics teams to retrieve them, then perhaps the costs might have been a little lower, right guys?

The Outraged Liberal suggests a ritualistic solution:

If Michael Kineavy is as loyal to Boston Mayor Tom Menino as is widely reported, he ought to think about falling on his sword -- today.

Can you say "obstruction of justice"?

The "discovery" of more than 5,000 e-mails previously thought lost -- some related to the federal investigation into City Councilor Chuck Turner and former State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson -- adds a whole new life to what Menino has tried to dismiss as an innocent mistake by an overzealous clean freak off a top aide. ...

By - 9/25/09 - 2:58 am

Thursdays published an article on how local elected officials in state office voted to authorize Governor Patrick to appoint interim US Senator Paul Kirk Jr.

Mike Rush lone local legislator to vote against appointing temporary senator
by Bob Katzen

By - 9/24/09 - 5:35 pm

Associated Press reports on a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a Middlesex County jail guard against Boston Police, whose officers he says threw him to the ground and beat him in March when he wouldn't stop videoing them responding to a car accident involving a friend of his. Police say they have yet to see the suit.

By - 9/24/09 - 4:52 pm

Unfortunately, it's by blindsiding you with nearly $40 of parking violations, giving you a nearly impossible way to challenge it, and then hitting you with a ticket as I recently found out.