Boston

By - 5/13/14 - 1:58 pm

Massachusetts business association and lobbying group Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) has come out against labor market reforms, specifically reforms to non-compete employment contracts proposed by Governor Deval Patrick, and those in a bill recently reported out of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Typically, non-compete agreements are proposed as a term of employment in a job offer by an... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 7:34 am

The Globe reports Bryan Glascock is being moved into a new BRA position to review city zoning and building codes.

By - 5/12/14 - 2:30 pm

Mayor Walsh has appointed 24 people to a Late Night Task Force (one for each hour?) to figure out how to wake up the City that Always Sleeps by giving parts of Boston that late-night life that all the other world-class cities seem to have already figured out how to provide. And he hopes to have at least some pilot later-night offerings open to the... Read more

By - 5/12/14 - 11:03 am
House and horse in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where this house was, who owned it and when the picture was taken. See it larger.

By - 5/11/14 - 10:44 am

The Herald reports. Low interest rates and the presence of all our colleges are bringing them in.

By - 5/9/14 - 8:32 am

When I saw this photo by BU Police this morning, my first thought was something like, "Hah, if only - nice Photoshop job". But no, the state Department of Transportation really has programmed signboards on Boston-area highways to urge people to use theyah blinkahs when changing lanes - or risk a fine.

Earlier:
Unique warning sign on Morrissey Boulevard.... Read more

By - 5/9/14 - 7:29 am

The Herald reports Boston Police yesterday rounded up 36 alleged drug dealers - 12 of them just on Waldeck Street in Fields Corner.... Read more

By - 5/8/14 - 9:12 am

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that several black employees of the Boston Police Department who tested positive for cocaine use offered enough proof the tests might have been racially discriminatory to warrant a closer inspection by a judge or jury.

A lower court judge had basically tossed the entire case. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said the numbers... Read more

By - 5/7/14 - 2:57 pm

City councilors today overwhelmingly supported the idea of bringing back the Boston Police mounted unit, disbanded as a cost-saving measure in 2009.

Councilors, including at-large Councilor Steve Murphy, who made the proposal, said cops on horses are just better at patrolling certain types of large gatherings and that they are excellent at public relations and as ice breakers between police and citizens - who doesn't... Read more

By - 5/6/14 - 8:25 pm

This morning at 7:20 am, a northbound Red line train dies on the Braintree branch

right before it left its terminal. "No announcements were posted and said", said

one rider at wollaston sta. waiting almost half-hour for the train. Countdown clocks

kept jumping up and down 10-9-12-10-11 mins. T riders wondered whether the

Red Line was playing the "Follow the Leader"... Read more

By - 5/6/14 - 2:52 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a task force to look at ways to dramatically increase the number of kids in full-day pre-school programs by 2018.

There are currently 6,000 four-year-olds in Boston, but that number is expected to grow to 8,000 by 2030. About one-third of four-year-olds in the city are currently enrolled in the city K1 program. Another quarter attend no pre-school program at all.... Read more

By - 5/6/14 - 7:33 am
Mounted Boston police officer in the 1920s

Mounted cop races down Tremont in the 1920s. Photo by Leslie Jones. See it larger.

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy wants to bring back the Boston Police mounted unit, disbanded in 2009.

In a request for a formal hearing on the issue, Murphy writes:

The Mounted Police Unit provided a sense of security and comfort to residents and visitors.

The council considers Murphy's hearing request at its regular Wednesday meeting, which begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in... Read more

By - 5/5/14 - 8:35 pm

A concerned singer writes:

The city replies:

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By - 5/5/14 - 12:05 pm

A friend asks:

Thinking of joining a softball league anyone with any recommendations or need a talented outfielder!

By - 5/5/14 - 11:09 am
Old Boston street scene

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

By - 5/3/14 - 9:45 am

Barstool Sports finds the tweet that started the whole meme about how racist Bostonians made the N-word trend - and the tweet author's admission he just made the statement up.

Yes, he made it up, but that didn't stop the media from wailing about racist Bostonians.

Yesterday afternoon, when I heard about how racist Bruins fans allegedly are, I went looking for evidence.... Read more

By - 5/2/14 - 5:35 pm

The T had a research director, with a doctorate in transportation from MIT and everything, but seems Bridj, that company planning the data-driven private shuttle service, just hired him away, the Globe reports.

By - 5/2/14 - 7:53 am

The Herald reports on the new contract, quickly penned by the Walsh administration and the local firefighters union, in contrast to the Menino days, when the two sides hated each other.

By - 5/1/14 - 1:12 pm

On Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments on whether it should order the state to allow a referendum this fall to repeal casino gambling.

Attorney General Martha Coakley declined to permit the question on the ballot, saying it would be an illegal "taking" of private property - in this case, the rights casino operators would gain if awarded contracts to run casinos - and... Read more

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