Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced tonight that he has canceled plans to buy software that would let the department monitor social media for potential public-safety threats and ferret out Internet-based crimes because the offerings the department was considering are overkill and raised privacy issues. Read more.
Tito Jackson today formally launched his campaign for mayor of Boston, promising a campaign against gentrifiers, rich companies seeking taxpayer handouts and a City Hall that seems stuck on bread-and-circus catastrophes like the Olympics and the IndyCar races. Read more.
A bus carrying 22 Metco students home to Boston from the Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury this afternoon overturned after a crash with a pickup truck at the Weston/Waltham line on Rte. 128, State Police and Sudbury School Superintendent Anne Wilson report. Read more.
The City Council today gave backing to a proposal by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) for a hearing to look at both specific increases in murders and shootings in Boston over the past year and more general issues about how Boston police, public-health and even housing departments can do something about it. Read more.
The City Council tomorrow considers an ordinance proposed by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) that would exempt homeowners over 60 or who have disabilities from having to shovel their sidewalks after a snowstorm. Read more.
Ch 2, 4, 38, 44 and all of their associated digital auxiliaries went dark again. Stress-related crack in the tower. Plans to move to the temporary antennas as they did back in October when they had the burn out does not seem to have happened. Read more.
Jack Frost nipping at your nose should remind us Bostonians that we could get walloped with a snowstorm at any time. A financial storm may come with less notice, so this winter investors should prepare for both.
The Herald reports on growing signs the Roxbury city councilor will take a shot at Marty Walsh next year.a
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
NBC Boston reports state officials have ordered the city to stop pouring dry ice down rat holes because the carbon dioxide the stuff gives off to suffocate the rats is not registered with the federal government as a pesticide and so is illegal, at least for killing rats.
One of the advantages of living on the coast, at least early in winter, is that we're less likely to get snow dumped on us during a major storm - such as the one that's supposed to hit tomorrow. Read more.