By - 2/13/15 - 9:59 am

Mayor Walsh today issued a statement to clarify his statement yesterday that he thinks the T might have to shut down due to the anticipated weekend blizzard: He was being descriptive, not prescriptive:

The MBTA has faced incredible difficulties over the past few weeks due to the historic amount of snowfall and increasingly cold weather, coupled with an aging system. Closing the T for the

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By - 2/12/15 - 1:45 pm

Yesterday, Boston Police say, officers subdued and arrested a murder suspect who fired at a pursuing officer, without returning fire.

Since. Dec. 31, officers have made several other arrests of people they say either pointed guns at them or appeared to without any of the suspects being shot:

On Feb. 8, officers arrested a Mattapan Square shooting suspect who allegedly started firing again...Read more

By - 2/11/15 - 7:34 pm
Beacon Hill gridlock

E inched past the State House on Beacon Street.

From the North End to Mission Hill this evening, drivers sighed as one as they sat in their steel cans, the luckier ones with podcasts or radio shows to listen to, the worse off with only the brake lights of the car in front of them for company, all victims of a city not designed for cars in the first place, with untold tons of...Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 3:18 pm

Mayor Walsh was the bearer of the bad news - which also includes school going right through June 30. He said school officials are still figuring out what to do if we get more snow days.

Walsh said the T has assured him T buses will be running and that trains will be running on at least a limited schedule.

Walsh made the school announcement...Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 1:02 pm

The 77.3 inches of snow the National Weather Service reports we've gotten so far equals 1.15 Smoots - although we're not sure if that includes an ear or not.

H/t David Bernstein for the suggestion....Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 11:44 am

And at a feisty press conference, MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott could not rule out further shutdowns if we got more snowstorms. She said she should have a better idea later this afternoon when service can resume.

In contrast to the quiet, subdued Walsh and Baker press conferences, reporters went for the jugular and Scott didn't back down. "Oh, Lord Jesus!" she said at one...Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 10:37 am

At-large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Steve Murphy are proposing a change in city ordinances to let smaller restaurants offer BYOB service.

In a proposal to go before the council tomorrow - assuming the council meets - the councilors will propose ending the city's current BYOB ban for restaurants that cannot afford one of the city's pricey liquor licenses or which are not located in...Read more

By - 2/9/15 - 3:16 pm

Mayor Walsh says the city snow emergency will stay in effect through at least tomorrow. The parking ban on major thoroughfares remains in effect as well - and Walsh said cars parked on them will be towed.

Like schools, libraries will be shut. But 14 youth centers will be open. No decision on additional school closings until tomorrow; he said he's meeting with interim School...Read more

By - 2/9/15 - 10:27 am
Bucolic scene in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this bucolic scene in old Boston. See it larger.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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

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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