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By - 2/8/15 - 2:21 pm

Mayor Walsh canceled school for the next couple of days and said a city under a snowy siege is going to get tough with people who refuse to shovel and who are responsible for the near complete gridlock across the city on Thursday and Friday.

Walsh said he plans to meet with interim School Superintendent John McDonough this week to talk about how to make... Read more

By - 2/5/15 - 1:47 pm

The Herald reports on the departure of Joe Rull, the mayor's chief operating officer; quotes the mayor as expecting Rull to continue to watch out for the city's best interests even as he gets paid by the private Boston 2024.

By - 2/5/15 - 10:46 am
Clothesline in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 2/5/15 - 2:14 am

The issue isn't paying for expansion vs paying for upkeep. The issue is adequate funding vs inadequate funding.

By - 2/4/15 - 7:15 pm

The Globe reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough will name the specific schools within two weeks.

McDonough is forecasting a budget deficit of between $48 million and $51 million over the coming fiscal year - at least $5 million of which can be attributed to the recent contract agreement with teachers to add 40 minutes to the school day at 20 elementary schools. He... Read more

By - 2/4/15 - 2:40 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) is calling for regulations to require stores that buy second-hand cell phones to take steps to help cut down on the trade in stolen phones and give police access to their sales records.

At today's council meeting, Jackson said the theft of fancier phones - and headphones - is no laughing matter: "It's not only electronics, not only petty theft,... Read more

By - 2/4/15 - 9:03 am
Packed platform on the Orange Line at Wellington

At Wellington, riders take train outbound to get on inbound train. Photo by Nick Palmarazzo.

Traffic: You don't want to know.

The T: Trains are running, more or less, but slowly, and wheezing under the load of people trying to get to work and the people trying to get to the Patriots parade. Well, except on commuter rail, where the same conditions exist except for all the trains that were canceled on the more exotic lines, such as Fairmount.... Read more

By - 2/3/15 - 2:59 pm
Flu on the increase in Boston

ILI="Influenza-like illness." Source: BPHC.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.

There have been 728 documented influenza cases reported to BPHC, and hundreds of people have visited Emergency Departments for influenza-like illness since October. Additionally, 23% of those cases have resulted in hospitalization, and there have been 4 deaths, the majority of which were individuals with

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By - 2/3/15 - 1:35 am

City Councilor Josh Zakim said Monday that he’s filed an order for four nonbinding Olympics-related ballot questions.

By - 2/2/15 - 11:13 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) says a world-class city needs a municipal font it can call its own.

On Wednesday, O'Malley will formally introduce the idea of developing a common font that could be used in "signage networks on our transit systems, on emergency and police vehicles and on city materials such as trash receptacles."

He notes that Chatanooga, TN has... Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 10:42 pm
Zakim

City Councilor Josh Zakim (Mission Hill, Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill) thinks Boston voters should get a voice on the proposed 2024 Boston Olympics, especially since they could require the city to make "significant financial and operational commitments" to the games.

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Zakim will propose four specific - and non-binding - ballot questions for this November's ballot:

1. Should Boston host

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By - 2/2/15 - 6:16 pm

So, we won't finance late night MBTA service for people who live and work here year round, but we'll find a way for the Olympics?

By - 2/2/15 - 4:41 pm

UPDATE: No, they can't - Mayor Walsh just postponed the parade to Wednesday.

Just got The Call again: No school on Tuesday in BPSville.

So kids can go root on the Patriots on Boylston or Tremont. But let's make it a learning experience: Kids, do you know the warning signs of frostbite?... Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 3:53 pm
Snow stats for area along Roslindale/Hyde Park line

The city today announced a new Web site that lets you look up snow-removal stats across the city and in your neighborhood in particular.

It's interesting, I guess, that as of a few minutes ago, the city has used 50,622 tons of salt and plowed a cumulative total of 136,835 miles of roads, but, to be honest, those numbers are kind of meaningless to... Read more

By - 2/1/15 - 4:11 pm

UPDATE: Unlike last week, trash pickup will NOT be delayed a day. However, crews will hit the road earlier (5 a.m.) to try to stay ahead of the snow.

Mayor Walsh says an official snow emergency goes into effect at 6 a.m., which means people parked on snow routes have until 8 a.m. to move their cars, although based on the latest forecasts,... Read more

By - 1/31/15 - 12:34 am

boston.com:

Speaking on the WGBH program Boston Public Radio Friday afternoon, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city would not take property by eminent domain to facilitate a 2024 Olympics bid.

“This is the first time I’ve publicly used the words eminent domain, and I am not going to be using powers to remove businesses because of an Olympic bid,” Walsh told hosts

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By - 1/30/15 - 7:58 am

A poll by the Emerson College Polling Society shows naysayers at 48%, pro-Olympics people at 42%.

The poll shows support grows the farther away from Boston somebody is - western Mass. shows 58% support for the possible Games - and the less college somebody has had. Only 36% of people polled in Suffolk County want to bring the Olympics here.

The poll of 554... Read more

By - 1/28/15 - 9:08 pm

So far, this is my favorite timelapse of the storm. Pay close attention to Minute 2:30 when the cleanup begins

By - 1/28/15 - 7:51 pm

Senator Eileen Donoghue .. claimed the high costs associated with..becoming a host city would be outweighed by the economic gains from increased tourism and business.

By - 1/28/15 - 6:46 pm

We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

This is a public safety issue. I am confident that our roads are safe and drivable, and that our schools will be clear by tomorrow morning. But, I have grave concerns about the status of our sidewalks and the well-being of students walking to and from their bus

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