Mayor Walsh today vowed to ban the sale of chewing tobacco - and other tobacco products at professional and amateur sports venues in Boston.
I got a voicemail today asking me to listen to 'an important message from the Boston Public Health Commission', but because it was a voicemail I couldn't follow the prompt to the message. I tried calling back, but all I got was a screeching noise (what I expected from an automated system). Anyone know what this is about?
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Boston area at 3:50 p.m.:
AT 349 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM LITTLETON TO FRAMINGHAM TO NEAR NORTHBRIDGE...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on here, where and when.
The Forward explains why the Chubby Chickpea decided to stop spending the money for kosher certification.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a man who failed to win appointment as a Boston police cadet was so far down the candidate list - despite getting a really good score on a written test - he probably wouldn't have gotten appointed even if BPD hadn't given preferential treatment to several women candidates it wanted to hire to bring more women into the ranks. Read more.
Yes, the movie on how the Globe Spotlight team took on Bernie Law is coming out soon.
You can also read the Phoenix story that actually broke the news before the Spotlight team.
From Harvard and Brandeis to landlords in downtown Boston, people are being asked to turn off lights and close blinds to help conserve energy so that the operator of the regional power grid doesn't have to take more extreme measures to help its electrical grid deal with all the added demand from air conditioners.
Updated to correct source of the request - ISO New England, not Eversource. Thanks, cybah!
The South End News posted photos of some of the 50 weapons seized by Boston Police over the past four months, concludes there are simply too many guns on the city's streets, says the local media needs to pay at least as much attention to shootings as it does to fans getting hit by foul balls at Fenway (with an oped by Dianne Wilkerson on the topic).
So what happened in Boston, and what next? A roundup of some Olympic thoughts:
Jon Keller says this is the Market Basket story all over again - the 1% once more was tone deaf: Read more.
The Boston Stress Study hopes to outfit large numbers of Bostonians with wearable stress monitors so that it can come up with accurate numbers on just how crazed life is in this never-say-stop 21st-century city - and how that breaks down across professions, locations and, who knows, maybe even T lines.
WBUR's CommonHealth has more on the study, an effort by local startup Neumitra, which, you'll not be surprised to learn, hopes to sell "embedded biomodules to accurately and continuously measure the autonomic nervous system throughout daily life demands."
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this old Boston scene.
Mayor Walsh said this morning he will not agree to sign the "host city contract" without assurances that Boston will not be liable for any possible cost overruns. And if the USOC says he has to agree to a contract today even though it won't be available until September, "then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and paralympic games." Read more.
Steve reports finding a two-page leaflet on his front steps in South Boston yesterday from Boston 2024, extolling its new "fact-based plan for hosting the games" that will, of course, fix the T, create thousands of new jobs and housing units, lead to better bike lanes and mean more taxes for the city. Read more.