The Globe takes a look at developers in this overheated town making payments to neighborhood associations and institutions that support their projects before city boards.
The Boston Licensing Board today held 14 hearings on requests from restaurants that want one of the five all-alcohol licenses that state legislature graced on the city that became available this month - and holds a similar number of hearings next week.
Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the board will defer any decisions on who gets the new licenses - which can be resold for six-figure amounts - until after all the hearings are done, so it can decide which five made the best "public need" cases. Read more.
Even as we still try to tame our human drivers, Boston will begin planning for cars that drive themselves - in a year-long effort that will include figuring out how to test "autonomous" cars on our centuries-old roads. Read more.
Herald News city/digital editor Will Richmond called attention to publicity events and canvassing efforts in Fall River today by the charter school industry that wants voters to vote Yes on Question 2, and public school supporters who want folks to vote No on 2.
A Cameroonian national has had his bid for American citizenship quashed because he'd defrauded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of nearly $12,000, and that's not the sort of moral turpitude we want in our new citizens. Read more.
WBUR reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge today agreed with the city that it can order 100 police officers to wear body cameras to test whether the system could work in Boston.
The city and the patrolmen's union had worked out an agreement for voluntary participation in the pilot, but BPD Commissioner William Evans announced plans to order 100 officers to wear the cameras when none actually volunteered.
Results from Boston, by far the largest place in Suffolk County, show Steve Murphy winning the Democratic nomination for register of deeds - even if barely, with just 31% of the vote - with runner up Katie Forde garnering 27%. That means he is still theoretically vulnerable to a strong challenge in November from one of the independent candidates - John Keith, Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and Joe Donnelly. Read more.
School Superintendent Tommy Chang said outreach efforts by BPS and the Boston Latin School Association to get more minority students into prep classes for the ISEE class worked. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state law and regulation intended to protect consumers from shoddy vehicle repairs applies to corporations as well. Read more.
Meet Bret LaBelle, a sergeant who's been on the force for 18 years. And yes, he rocks the accent, which is a requirement for all Bostonians on the show.
The Globe profiles the five candidates who show up at candidate forums - Katie Forde, Stephanie Everett, Mike Mackan, Jeffrey Ross and Paul Nutting - and the two who couldn't be bothered, so why waste time mentioning their names?
Whoever wins will face three independents in November.
Ed note: The primary is this Thursday. Yes, it's an oddball date that probably only benefits one of the candidates who doesn't really want to deal with forums.
The French Toast Alert now stands at Blue/Guarded, because the National Hurricane's wind-probability map now shows a 50-60% chance of strong gusts even in the Boston area (that's what the brown on the map means). Were we running a Cape alerting system, we might even kick it up a notch, because the local NWS office says the Cape, Islands and South Shore have an even better chance of DANGEROUS WIND.