By - 3/2/16 - 1:20 pm

Anticipating voters will approve the recreational use of marijuana, city councilors voted today to ban pot shops and medicinal marijuana dispensaries from opening closer than a half mile to each other.

City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) had originally sought a one-mile restriction, but offered a half mile as a compromise. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 12:39 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits from from so-called puppy mills - and which will bar the sale of pets from the back of trucks in parking lots and the side of the road. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 10:20 pm

Leading statewide, 51-48 and citywide, 51-41.

By - 2/29/16 - 11:26 pm

Bridj, the sort-of buspooling service, says it's working out a plan to provide late-night service on weekends after the T stops running past 12:45 a.m. or so come mid-March. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 2:45 pm
Hope the dog at Boston City Council hearing on puppy mills

MSPCA staffer testifies with aid of adorably cute - but also ill - little puppy dog.

The Boston City Council could vote as early as Wednesday on a proposed and now fast-tracked measure that would ban pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits raised by large commercial breeders - and ban everybody from selling pets by the side of the road. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 8:20 am

The Globe posts a database of the more than 3,500 Boston addresses that are connected to BWSC water mains with lead pipes - which means occupants should probably let their water run for a bit first thing in the morning.

By - 2/29/16 - 8:05 am

The Herald takes a look at $40 million worth of no-bid contracts BPS has with private vendors to handle some of the educational work that once might have been handled by the system itself.

By - 2/29/16 - 6:50 am

WBUR reports on our leaky natural-gas pipeines.

A problem that amounted to the direct loss into the atmosphere of 3 percent of all the natural gas consumed in 2012. That’s according to Phillips and his colleagues at Harvard, Duke and Stanford universities. If anything, that number is conservative, Phillips says. And if you think 3 percent is small, think again.

By - 2/26/16 - 12:10 pm

RCN is alerting customers they might have brief problems with their TV pictures during the day between Feb. 29 and March 8.

These outages are caused by a phenomenon called "solar satellite interference" or "sun outage." This happens when the sun moves directly behind a TV satellite and interferes with its signal.

Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 8:58 pm
Boston Sunday Herald advertisement from the 1890s

The New York Public Library has a collection of hundreds of posters that newspapers back in the 1890s would print up every week to try to entice readers. Among them: Posters for the Boston Sunday Herald - which went from the lowbrow (see the above poster larger) to the sophisticated: Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 8:29 pm

Kevin Cullen, who used to be a police-beat reporter, gives Daniel Keeler a sendoff, describing him as a tough-but-fair champion of justice. David Bernstein, who once took a critical look at the BPD homicide unit on which Keeler served, is not quite so charitable.

By - 2/25/16 - 7:25 am

The state this week approved plans to add 1,100 new charter-school seats in Boston.

The board of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decided Tuesday to let Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester add 429 seats and expand to grades 9-12 - and to let the Brooke schools add 691 students and a high school. Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 6:17 am

NECN reports. At 3:11 a.m., Patrick tweeted from the Back Bay:

Wow! I thought a plane crashed just now. Just thunder.

By - 2/24/16 - 7:09 pm

School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill says BPS should give every student who wants to attend free test-prep classes to help them get ready for the ISEE test that is one of the two criteria for getting into the city's three exam schools, as part of the overall move towards dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 2:03 pm

The City Council almost voted today on a zoning change that would prohibit both medical marijuana dispensaries and potential recreational pot shops from being closer than a mile to each other. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 12:49 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a total 28.7% pay increase for police detectives, retroactive to 2011 - but also voted to ask the city's public-safety unions to talk about future contract talks.

Councilor Mark Ciommo, who chairs the council's ways and means committee, said detectives deserve the raises, which an arbitrator awarded last fall. The total city cost will be $9 million. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 8:20 am

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at what we do know about Boston Police's use of a StingRay device, which can masquerade as a cell tower and intercept location data from nearby phones.

By - 2/23/16 - 8:05 am

Eiffel Designs asks:

Where can I get Haxe (pig knuckle) on short notice in the Boston area?

By - 2/23/16 - 7:56 am

All 6,000 of them under a new Boston Police regulation. What about Uber and Lyft drivers? They're not cabbies, so exempt from any BPD regulations, but the Globe reports legislation on Beacon Hill would require those drivers to get fingerprinted as well.

By - 2/22/16 - 9:20 pm

Councilor Tim McCarthy (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) says he has nothing against the time honored tradition of yard sales. But he says something has to be done about people who are turning them into full-scale commercial enterprises, disrupting blocks with traffic, noise and trash. Read more.