The Boston Latin School Association reports it's raised more than half of a $50 million goal to beef up STEM and international learning, athletics and after-school fellowships and internships at the nation's oldest public school.
The "Prima Perpetua" ("Forever First") campaign is supposed to run through 2017; the association has already gotten $27 million worth of pledge commitments, co-chairs Michael Leven, class of 1955,... Read more
Mayor Walsh has appointed Jeri Robinson, vice president of early learning initiatives at the Boston Childrenâ€™s Museum, to the School Committee.
Jeri Robinson is a longstanding member of Bostonâ€™s education community who knows the learning landscape, and will be an important voice at the table.
Robinson served on a committee to help then mayor-elect Walsh get up to speed after his election last fall. She... Read more
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Boston for 3-10 p.m.:
WINDS...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH. ...
IMPACTS...WIND GUSTS MAY BE STRONG ENOUGH TO KNOCK DOWN TREE LIMBS AND A FEW POWER LINES...POSSIBLY CAUSING ISOLATED POWER DISRUPTIONS.
It could be even worse along the coast south of Quincy, for which the NWS has issued a... Read more
Dave Zirin at the Nation reports on Boston's efforts to get the 2024 Olympics - and on efforts to block that:
I spoke with someone connected to the International Olympic Committee who told me that Boston has rocketed to the top of their consideration list because of how the city was able to shut itself down after the Boston Marathon bombing. Few things... Read more
A BFD district chief formerly in charge of procurement got a vendor to buy stuff for his own personal use, including a 52-inch HD TV, a gas grill, a living-room set, an elliptical machine and gift cards for Home Depot and Lowe, according to a 10-count indictment handed down by a Suffolk County grand jury today.
Witold W stuck around to photographed the fighter jets this morning - they were a bit later than scheduled.
Roving UHub photographer Ted Schwartzberg also watched the flyover of Air National Guard jets in some media thing, on Beacon Street, near the Public Garden:
Apparently the Gov. wasn't kidding. Commuter rail has published the pending weekend service on the Fairmount (Purple/Indigo) Line for the first time ever.
Hyde Park to South Station locals have fought for this for years. I'll be on the first Saturday morning, Nov. 29th train and head to the Haymarket.
Basically, it's hourly service and in some ways better than the existing five-day sked.... Read more
Police Commissioner William Evans said a gun buyback program and stepped up anti-gun efforts on the street are working: Boston Police are taking lots of guns out of circulation, 970 so far this year, compared to 667 in all of 2013.
But at a public meeting last night about a shooting in Lower Mills on Election Day, Evans said the extra work is like pushing... Read more
Marissa Breton wants to know where to find the best steak tips.
Almost 10 years ago, I took a position as a newscast writer for WBUR. Mine was the early morning shift, and my job was to arrive at 4 in the morning and start putting together the local news portion of Morning Edition. The other part of my job was to call some of the people about whom I was writing - local lawmakers, state officials,... Read more
Interim School Superintendent John McDonough plans to tell the School Committee tonight that he will not support a proposal to arm school police with a form of pepper spray.
In a statement released today, he said:
Our 75 school police officers are dedicated, talented and will do anything it takes to keep our schools safe. I think what we are hearing so far has persuaded... Read more
The City Council today was about to vote for the second time on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal to borrow $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan - which would have sent the matter to Mayor Walsh - when Yancey asked for the vote to be delayed for two weeks.
Yancey told fellow councilors and audience members who included clergymen and former City... Read more
The City Council today approved a hearing on aggressive collection tactics by a company working for the city to collect on back auto-excise taxes that Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says many people may not even realize they owe.
McCarthy, who called for the hearing, said today he has a constituent unable to renew his driver's license because of a 1988 bill for... Read more
The city as a whole went heavily Democratic in statewide races. In fact, all of the state's largest cities went for Coakley, if not all at the same 66-30 margin Boston gave her. But that wasn't enough to overcome Baker's wins across the suburbs and exurbs between 128 and I-91.
Carlo Basile beat Celeste Ribeiro Myers to retain his state rep's seat in East Boston.... Read more