The National Weather Service says it's looking more like we could get ACCUMULATING WET SNOW starting Friday morning. And they're mentioning things we just don't want to hear anymore, like CYCLOGENESIS (granted, it's no BOMBOGENESIS, BABY!) and the 40/70 benchmark. The French Toast Alert level has been adjusted accordingly.
WBUR reports on a study that found Boston is the third most unequal city in the country in terms of income:
In 2013, the richest Boston households - those at the 95th percentile - took home $239,837 in income, while those at the 20th percentile made just $15,952.
The Globe reports on a study by an institute at UMass on all the economic benefits we'd see - but don't worry, the institute isn't directly affiliated with UMass Boston, which has strongly supported the games and stands to get its first dorms out of the deal. The study does caution we should be concerned about public expenditures and Olympics fever sucking the life out of projects and development in the rest of the state.
As a public school teacher from Southern California, it is frightening to see Tommy Chang on the short-list of candidates for consideration for the very important job of Superintendent of Bostonâ€™s Public Schools. He built his career not as a public educator, but as a man on a mission to privatize our schools.
Watertown PD Sgt. John "Mac" MacLellan.testified today that Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev could have escaped police on Laurel Street in Watertown in Dun "Danny" Meng's car-jacked Mercedes without killing his brother Tamerlan who had been apprehended.
So Jahar could have escaped and not run over his brother. So it goes. #Tsarnaev
â€” Kevin Cullen (@GlobeCullen) March 16, 2015
City officials said today they are pouring extra manpower into cleaning up city streets and sidewalks as the snow melts, but say making Boston shine again is going to take help from residents.
City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) said he hopes residents put as much effort into cleaning the curbs and sidewalks in front of their homes as they put into helping neighbors shovel out their cars.
"We're all in this together," he said at a hearing called by Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) to look at city plans for post-snowpocalypse cleanup.
The Globe reports one way BPS plans to save money is by reducing options for school breakfasts and lunches - and that some mornings, kids will be given a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and some fruit or they can just go hungry.
With a very special appearance by Shelby Scott.
Joe Growhoski asks:
Where in Boston can I get grapefruit sculpin on tap?
The School Committee today approved a contract with Tommy Chang, who will now become Boston's next school superintendent.
Chang, who currently oversees 130 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, will earn $257,000 annually, and will be eligible for performance increases of up to 4% based on annual evaluations by the School Committee. Additionally, Dr. Chang will be eligible to receive annual performance increases, between 0 and 4%, based on his evaluation by the School Committee.
The City Council today unanimously approved a formal request to the MBTA to make its Friday and Saturday late-night service permanent.
Councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michelle Wu (at large), who proposed the motion, acknowledged that keeping the service running will require what Zakim called "very creative and thoughtful" ways to pay for it, including possibly a surcharge for the service.
The Seattle Times reports BPD Chief of Detectives Robert Merner is moving to Seattle to take the same job under new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole - who got to know Merner when she was police commissioner here between 2004 and 2006.
AT THIS POINT...IT LOOKS LIKE A PERIOD OF SNOW THEN CHANGING TO RAIN. PERHAPS THIS WILL GET BOSTON THE 2 INCHES IT NEEDS TO BREAK THE RECORD FOR SNOWIEST WINTER. IT WILL BE A CLOSE CALL THOUGH. IN ADDITION...THERE ARE 4 TO 5 MORE DAYS FOR THE FORECAST TO CHANGE.
Jamaicaplainiac ponders the news that some high-priced lawyers are looking at a civil-rights lawsuit to force the state to end its cap on charter schools, decides to look at some enrollment and test numbers in Boston and comes to somewhat different conclusions:
If the contention of the potential lawsuit is that charter schools are so much better than district schools that itâ€™s a civil rights violation to cap the number of charters, well, I just donâ€™t see it.
Indeed, some of those ELL and students with disabilities numbers are so suspiciously low that if I were running one of these schools, I would get pretty nervous when people start bringing up civil rights violations.
And I have to wonder not only why theyâ€™re fighting to expand charter schools, but why some of these schools havenâ€™t been closed down.
This just in from Hizzonah:
The success of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games relies on transparency. I urge Boston 2024 to release the salaries for all staff and consultants as a testament to the transparency and openness of this process
UPDATE: Boston 2024 releases salaries. Davey is making $300,000 a year, Patrick will get $7,500 a day to travel overseas and shmooze IOC members. The Herald has the complete list.
Although until this week, most people thought it was an interest in getting guns away from teenagers.
In 2006, Harrison was an active participant in a high-profile city gun buyback program, in which people could turn in guns, no questions asked, and get a Target gift card.