By - 11/10/09 - 4:19 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports a 65-year-old man with "multiple underlying health conditions" died of H1N1 on Oct. 31. Test results confirming H1N1 infection came back yesterday, the commission says.

He is Boston's fifth H1N1 death, the commission says. The others died during the spring outbreak.

By - 11/9/09 - 4:17 pm

Brian Hopkins, a New Yorker up in Boston for a little barhopping a few years back, sued Amtrak in 2008, alleging the railroad failed to alert him that climbing on top of a train at 4 a.m. might result in such severe burns that he'd lose one of his arms.

Hopkins has since added the MBTA to his lawsuit (of course). Hopkins' lawyers now want Amtrak to hand over all the documentation they have on people who have ever been electrocuted by grabbing catenary wires in general and dating back to 1991 at South Station specifically.

By - 11/9/09 - 1:58 pm

Still from an MBTA surveillance video just as the train stopped.

The T provided hree separate videos (three? Yes, three) of the woman falling off the platform - looks like one of the people waving at the oncoming train almost fell on the tracks himself.

By - 11/9/09 - 8:00 am

William McAdoo introduces us to some rising stars on the Boston culinary scene.

By - 11/7/09 - 10:25 am

J.L. Bell takes a look at press leaks in pre-Revolutionary Boston:

... The legal challenge to writs of assistance came in the midst of a feud between two Customs officials in Boston, Collector Benjamin Barons and Surveyor Charles Paxton. Both men slipped documents embarrassing to the other side into sympathetic newspapers. ...

By - 11/7/09 - 9:32 am
A testing moment

Today's the day when sixth graders across Boston take the ISEE, which will help determine whether they get an invitation to one of the city's three exam schools (it counts for 50% of the decision, with the rest based on their last fifth-grade marks and their first sixth-grade marks). Here, kids - and their parents - wait in line at the West Roxbury Education Complex for check in. They had to show both an acceptance letter for the test and a passport or birth certificate - nobody was going to pull a Curley today.

By - 11/7/09 - 9:27 am

Your guy won/lost this past Tuesday. You can take the sign down now.

By - 11/6/09 - 4:18 pm

Malalai Joya, now 31, was the youngest ever woman elected to the Afghan Parliament in 2005 and is an outspoken critic of the Karzai government and NATO occupation. Press Pass TV caught up with Joya and supporters at an event hosted in Dorchester by Dorchester People for Peace and United for Justice with Peace

By - 11/6/09 - 1:04 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews City Councilor Steve Murphy, who says the city is nearing completion on a new "payment in lieu of taxes" plan that could almost triple the $15 million the city now receives from local colleges, hospitals and other non-profit organizations.

By - 11/6/09 - 11:26 am

Beacon Press posts a note from Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Easter Rising, on his recent visit to the four Boston high schools that use his books in their curricula:

... At Codman Academy today, students read passages of All Souls to me and talked about their personal connections to each passage, e.g. one young woman related to my outrage at the injustices in my brother Steven's case, telling me -- and the assembly of students and faculty -- that she experienced similar rage at her sisters imprisonment on murder charges. I was so moved by the experience at Codman Academy that I announced that this would become an annual institution, making pro bono appearances in the Boston Public Schools every year on All Souls Day (and the following days), thus bringing the intentions of the All Souls Day vigils we once held in South Boston, into the schools (where they are as relevant as ever). ...

By - 11/6/09 - 8:00 am

The Globe reports on the launch of El Tiempo de Boston, a weekly that will compete with El Mundo, El Planeta and La Semana.

By - 11/6/09 - 7:54 am

Matt O'Malley, who knows something about running for an at-large city-council seat, analyzes the numbers - and suggests why Tito Jackson should consider running for Chuck Turner's district seat in two years.

By - 11/5/09 - 4:49 pm

New video from the Boston Public Health Commission:

By - 11/5/09 - 1:16 pm

Ya know, we haven't had a good horrifying rat story recently. Chris Faraone to the rescue, with a look at Boston's rat rampage, from the North End to Allston/Brighton. With bonus fun fact on how male rates mate with up to 20 other rats a day.

By - 11/4/09 - 11:02 pm

Justin Rice reports his will cover all the activity at local public schools - and give high-school and college students a chance to commit some journalism. He starts with a look at South Boston High's only female varsity football player.

By - 11/4/09 - 9:40 pm

The preliminary precinct breakdowns from the city show that Michael Flaherty actually carried Ward 5 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill and part of Fenway), although barely (2,544 to 2,472). In the September preliminary, that was Menino country.

Floon also carried the day in Ward 16 in Dorchester, another area Menino took in September. Obviously, though, that and the Flaherty strongholds of Charlestown, South Boston and neighboring Ward 7 in Dorchester were not enough to overcome Menino romps in areas such as Hyde Park, Roslindale and Roxbury.

Matt O'Malley, who has much better eyes, dives into the numbers in much greater depth. On Blue Mass. Group, Bob has still more analysis of the numbers.

By - 11/4/09 - 8:39 pm

This is a warning to all school kids that cut school.
Undercover police are working at MBTA train stations looking for kids out of school so do not get caught.

By - 11/4/09 - 12:15 pm

Right here - get your reading glasses on.

Via Harry Mattison.

By - 11/4/09 - 9:17 am

MeninoThe Globe declares Menino A leader in touch, in gear. The Herald looks ahead to 2013 and wonders if Menino will really stick around that long.

John Carroll predicts Menino will regret running for that fifth term. David Bernstein hopes Menino uses some of his political capital to deal with "some very difficult things that need doing." Scot Lehigh starts with the nagging. Peter Gelzinis talks to some voters, provides a sort of O. Henry ending.