By - 8/18/14 - 8:20 am

On Friday, August 1, I had some business at Boston City Hall in the early morning. Imagine my surprise and disgust to see none other than Doug Bennett strolling out as I was heading in.

He was smiling his wide, toothy smile, wearing a Scally cap, and walking with all the confidence of a veteran candidate for public office in multiple jurisdictions.... Read more

By - 8/17/14 - 11:33 am

SoJust is 8! That's right, it's been EIGHT years since our first event! Join us to celebrate 2500 members, 180+ events and countless connections made since 2006! Our birthday parties are always our biggest events. Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet 120+ friendly SoJusters!

Meet like-minded progressives at Connecting for Justice on September 11th from 6-8:30PM at Lir Irish... Read more

By - 8/17/14 - 11:31 am

Do you often get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive ProfDev on the Art of the Schmooze on Thursday, September 4th 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

Fee: $10 in advance/$20 at the door is split with the trainer.
Limited space - Register at - Newcomers always welcomed!
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By - 8/15/14 - 10:41 am

WGBH takes a look at the Boston Public Library's push to get rid of books that people no longer check out - and why not everybody agrees with it.

By - 8/14/14 - 11:07 am

BostInno reports on Anwar Faisal's appearance before a City Council committee yesterday, notes Faisal and his lawyer know how to look up Councilor Josh Zakim's campaign contributions.

By - 8/13/14 - 5:06 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the city council could try to ban Haystack, an app that lets users alert others about parking spaces they're leaving. Haystack's tyro of a CEO direly warns that if the council does this, it is consigning Boston to become a provincial backwater of Luddite mistanthropes melancholically wallowing in the past, or words to that effect.

The council replies nobody's... Read more

By - 8/13/14 - 3:12 pm

Wait, so there might be a limit to how many luxury apartments Boston can support? Apparently so.

By - 8/12/14 - 11:23 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that the Zoning Board of Appeals will start holding bi-weekly sessions to hear zoning requests from homeowners and small businesses.

And unlike regular zoning-board hearings, which are held during working hours, the new hearings - to be conducted by a board subcommittee, will be held in the evenings.

The goal is to help decrease a ZBA backlog that had gotten up... Read more

By - 8/11/14 - 11:36 am
Lots of bales on an old Boston street

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what the deal was with all those bales. See it larger.

By - 8/11/14 - 11:01 am

And shows that Hello Kitty truly is the universal language of home decorating - as well as some cute optimism that the Green Line extension will really be completed in four years.

But where's this collection of skyscrapers CCTV briefly shows towards the end of its report on Chinese residents snapping up condos and homes in Boston? Doesn't exactly scream "Boston."

By - 8/11/14 - 10:36 am

Suffolk University will offer the History of Boston as a free online course starting Oct. 20, taught by Suffolk history professor Robert J. Allison.

By - 8/9/14 - 9:36 am

The state has released a map of evacuation zones for major hurricanes.

The map shows areas that could get whacked by worst-case storm surges - with the brownish areas those that would likely get flooded in Category 1 storms, yellow in Category 2 storms and green in Category 3 and 4 storms (you can also download more detailed community maps).

The best way

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By - 8/8/14 - 12:29 am
Giant cloud over Boston

Around 6 p.m., lots of people looked up and spotted the gigantic, majestic cloud just sitting up there, reaching way up into the sky.

Eric spotted the cloud over the Zakim - and much of the rest of the area.

Other views of the cloud:

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By - 8/7/14 - 10:06 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a start-up is planning a smartphone app that will let you get a house call from a primary-care physician - for $300.

By - 8/6/14 - 5:46 pm

May take a moment or two to appear (it's for the fight against ALS):

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By - 8/6/14 - 12:58 pm

Eeka, who has a Capital One debit card, reports she discovered this morning the bank has decided to block the card's use in parts of Boston due to fraud reasons. Only problem is, they won't tell her where she can use her card"

They're unable to tell me anything about which ATMs and stores are and are not flagged, because it's sensitive data. They

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By - 8/4/14 - 11:26 pm
The Great Controversy

From South Boston to Brighton, Bostonians are finding this book in their mailboxes or just dropped in stacks in their building lobbies.

For the one or two people who simply tossed the thing in the nearest recycling bin, it's a Seventh-Day Adventist tome first published in 1858 that

[D]escribes the "Great Controversy theme" between Jesus and Satan, as played out

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By - 8/4/14 - 10:13 am
Mystery platform under construction in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what this is and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 8/3/14 - 12:13 pm

John Ruch, formerly a reporter here and now a reporter in Atlanta, takes us on a tour of the remnants of the last Olympics held in the US.