By - 12/28/13 - 10:12 pm
Raccoon head stuck in a grate

No lions or tigers, but we did have a bear - unfortunately, shot dead in a tree overhanging the train tracks and the turnpike in Newton.

In Waltham, first responders rescued a raccoon that had somehow gotten stuck in a storm-sewer grate.

In Brookline, a beseiged citizenry sought refuge from terrible turkeys that, when not attacking people or making town officials ... Read more

By - 12/27/13 - 9:16 am

Joe Kinsella posts a diary of his first day wearing Google Glass:

Before heading into Boston I stopped at a gas station. While pumping gas, one of my contact lenses bothered me, and I instinctively winked several times. Since wink detection was enabled, a few seconds later, I was the proud owner of several photographs of the gas station and the pump. ;)


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By - 12/26/13 - 7:46 pm

Chris Mullen asks:

Now that Xmas is over, where's the best place in town to donate decent men's winter coats?

By - 12/24/13 - 11:21 am

Today Monday December 24, 2013 is TOUCH106.1FM's year end fundraiser, the "TOUCHATHON TELETHON." The TOUCHATHON TELETHON began at midnight and will end tonight at midnight (12/24/13).

The goal of Touch106.1FM is to raise $24,000 in 24 hours through their telethon. If you donate $2000 to Touch 106.1FM, Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh has agreed to have dinner with you and a partner.

So if you
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By - 12/24/13 - 10:02 am

Sharon Phelan asks:

Does anyone know of a Christmas Day yoga class being held around Boston?

By - 12/23/13 - 1:52 pm

The Atlantic considers 20 years' worth of "Thomas M. Menino, Mayor" signs in thousands of locations across this great city of ours and talks to a Walsh spokesperson, who says the Mayor to Be plans to replace just one sign - in the City Hall lobby.

“Mayor-Elect Walsh ran a campaign focused on improving education, strengthening public safety, and supporting economic development in Boston,”

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By - 12/23/13 - 10:42 am

Duncan Wilder Johnson is raising funds for a documentary about Sam Black Church, a local hardcore and metal band from 1988 through 2000.

By - 12/22/13 - 8:40 pm

It is both sad and, in a way fitting, that I learned of Herb Gleason's passing in today's Boston Globe in a story "BRA cuts deals at expense of affordable housing". Had the story not mentioned his passing, one of my first reactions would have been to call Herb to talk with him about it.

I met Herb several years ago after he tracked... Read more

By - 12/22/13 - 9:09 am

The Globe reports on a fiefdom of bureaucrats overseen by a clueless board that cuts deals with developers to reduce payments for affordable housing - and then diverts millions from the funds it does collect to non-housing uses or just lets the money sit in the bank.

By - 12/21/13 - 11:52 am

Christopher Lydon is looking to the future of Boston by examining its past, and as part of that, dug up this copy of the "Where's Boston" film that was produced for the 1976 bicentennial and which used to be played for tourists, first at the Pru and later at Faneuil Hall (ed. question: In a building where Abercrombie & Fitch is now?).... Read more

By - 12/20/13 - 12:45 pm

The race to succeed Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh as the 13th Suffolk District State Representative has begun. Boston Police Officer Tony Dang, a Big-Time organizer for Marty Walsh in both the Vietnamese Communities and all of Dorchester in Walsh's triumphant candidacy to become Boston's Mayor succeeding Tom Menino, has entered the race.

Dang, 32, will face Dan Hunt whose father and brother both ran for... Read more

By - 12/19/13 - 6:46 am

Masspaths Snow Plowing Reports has updates on the latest status of bike paths in the area.

By - 12/18/13 - 2:21 pm

The city council today voted 12-1 to ask the legislature to lift the current state cap on liquor licenses in Boston and return control of the Boston Licensing Board to the mayor.

Only Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) voted against at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley's proposal.

The home-rule petition to go to the legislature would not only give Boston control back over liquor... Read more

By - 12/18/13 - 10:49 am
Women in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure it out - as well as when and where, of course. See it larger.

By - 12/17/13 - 6:41 pm

Snow, dead trains on the Orange Line and commuter rail, tonight had it all. Some examples:

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By - 12/16/13 - 5:24 pm

PJA Advertising put together this seasonal message back when we had all those street pianos.

H/t Graham Spector.

By - 12/15/13 - 3:38 pm

MuckRock, which made the initial public-records request for the basic data as part of a joint investigation with the Globe, maps the locations.of the 40% of license hits it got from Boston Police - minus the license-plate numbers, which the department accidentally gave out.

By - 12/15/13 - 11:15 am

The British Library has posted more than a million images from books in its collection, and many of them are of Boston, from this engraving of the three hills that gave Boston its original name (today memorialized in Tremont Street) to images of 17th-century colonial coinage to drawings of 18th and 19th century buildings, such as this fortress colonial (it's way... Read more