By - 9/16/15 - 12:37 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) today called for a return of recess at schools that have dropped it due to the pressures of standardized testing.

Jackson said the decline in recess time has coincided with rising childhood obesity and poor behavior. Read more.

By - 9/16/15 - 8:27 am

There's a national conference of Medal of Honor recipients in Boston this week, and today Black Hawk helicopters will ferry some of the honorees to local high schools, the Massachusetts Emergency Managment Agency informs us. Apparently, this includes a helicopter landing on the Common at 11.

By - 9/16/15 - 6:30 am

Police Commissioner William Evans tells WGBH the department is looking for vendors for cameras to test out, starting within the next couple of months.

By - 9/14/15 - 7:05 pm

A second member of the BPD gang unit faces a charge of trying to disrupt a two-year investigation of the Academy Homes gang in Roxbury.

But unlike Det. Mel Steele, who acted out of a longstanding friendship with a member of the gang in feeding information to its members, Det. Brian Smigielski is charged with acting in a fit of pique. Read more.

By - 9/13/15 - 12:46 pm
Proposed Emerald Network of greenway paths in Boston area

Part of the map of the proposed Emerald Network.

WBUR reports on a proposal by Livable Networks of Cambridge to connect the 100 miles of dedicated walking and bicycling paths in the Boston area into a single large Emerald Network.

By - 9/11/15 - 4:30 pm

Sellers of unauthorized merchandise at tomorrow’s Twenty One Pilots concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion can expect to have their products seized by police, in line with a court order issued yesterday. Read more.

By - 9/10/15 - 4:13 am

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By - 9/9/15 - 9:39 pm

The School Committee could vote to require students to meet certain standards to get into the city's only vocational high school.

At a meeting tonight, the school's executive director, Kevin McCaskill, submitted a proposal that students be required to submit a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher and be ranked on their middle-school academic and disciplinary records. Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 7:29 pm

Moving more seventh graders from school buses to the T has general worked very well, but Assistant Superintendent Kim Rice told the School Committee that she's heard from a number of girls that they're not feeling all that safe on the T, in particular because of issues such as catcalling.

Rice said she and other officials plan to spend time figuring out what to do about that.

By - 9/9/15 - 6:24 pm

BPS yesterday rolled out 86 new school buses that run on propane instead of diesel fuel.

Kim Rice, assistant superintendent of operations, told the School Committee tonight that BPS concentrated on replacing older and smaller buses that serve students in wheelchairs. Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 1:13 pm

Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans today announced initiatives to try to reduce the flow of guns onto Boston streets, including free gun locks and a summit with other mayors in the area. Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 8:45 am

Among the people welcoming BPS students to school yesterday was at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Today, Pressley reports, she's getting private messages via Twitter (or "DMs" in Twitterspeak) questioning what was going on with her face:

Are ppl (incldg media) really DM'ing me re:why I wasn't wearing make-up @ #bps visits yesterday? Ridic. Ask my colleagues why they never do.

By - 9/8/15 - 8:51 am

The Dig reports that until recently license-plate data going back to 2012 was available on a publicly accessible server on the Web, because somebody at either the Boston Transportation Department at the private companies that run the system was unable to figure out the basics of data security.

Left unanswered is the question of why garbage trucks are roaming the city with license-plate scanners, although the Dig also notes that Boston Police - which said it stopped its own license scooping in 2013 - was getting daily reports from the database.

By - 9/8/15 - 8:35 am

Across the city this morning, scores of black men lined the entrances to Boston public schools to welcome kids on their first day of school this year, in a program thought up by former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez - after reading about it being done in other cities. Here, kids enter the Dearborn STEM School in Roxbury: Read more.

By - 9/7/15 - 3:10 pm
By - 9/6/15 - 2:44 am

We have no problem with Walsh prohibiting use of smokeless tobacco in city parks. It’s important to discourage its use by kids in school and youth sports leagues. Stopping adults from use of a legal product that hurts no one but themselves is more problematic philosophically, but if Walsh wants to fine adults playing softball on Boston Common for using smokeless tobacco, he can. The mayor and City Council have jurisdiction over city-owned parks, so they can make the rules.

By - 9/4/15 - 3:30 pm

Keith Matthews really doesn't like spam texts and junk calls.

In July, he sued a Utah company for three junk calls. This week, he sued a California company that he claims had an autodialer send him two text messages immediately after he used his cell phone to call the real-estate broker whose number was listed on a sign outside a house he was interested in. Read more.

By - 9/4/15 - 9:23 am

There's a group that really likes buses, and they've got the snazzy graphics to prove they're better than subways, at least if you give them their own lanes and raised platforms and stuff. Oddly, the Silver Line, our one example of "bus rapid transit," isn't listed on their gold standards or BRT in action pages.