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By - 7/30/14 - 9:49 pm

The City Council voted today to form a commission to figure out how to honor former Mayor Ray Flynn and agreed to back efforts to rename the Ferdinand complex in Dudley Square the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building.

By - 7/30/14 - 1:59 pm

The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on how to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services.

Councilors Bill Linehan - who proposed the hearing - and Steve Murphy said it was time for regulation to protect public safety and out of fairness to existing medallion owners, who are subject to scrutiny by the police hackney division.

Younger councilors who actually use the... Read more

By - 7/30/14 - 1:33 pm

The City Council voted unanimously today to issue a formal summons to landlord Anwar Faisal to appear at a hearing on Aug. 13, or risk possible arrest.

Faisal has declined past requests to appear voluntarily at council hearings on his rental practices. City Councilor Josh Zakim, who is particularly concerned about Faisal's dealings with Northeastern University, submitted the request for a summons.

At-large Councilor Steve... Read more

By - 7/30/14 - 9:50 am
Sad Mike Ross is sad about seagulls

Mike Ross tapped out a column today that's ostensibly about the problems with the American patent system but which is really about his hatred for seagulls.

Some see the world for all its glory; I see a bunch of problems in need of tinkering. My latest annoyance is seagulls. A peaceful day on the beach can suddenly turn Hitchcock when errant sunbathers leave unattended

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By - 7/29/14 - 8:03 pm

MassLive.com reports on Mayor Walsh's appointment of Ted Landsmark, recently let go as president of Boston Architectural College.

By - 7/29/14 - 4:54 pm

A Dallas-area man charged with sending out more than 500 threatening letters since 2008 was captured in part due to Web-server logs maintained by the BPS IT department - which showed visits from an IP number linked to the man's home address.

Law-enforcement officials already had their eye on Hong Minh Truong last June when 28 Boston public schools received letters, covered in a... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 10:51 pm

KTRE reports a resident of a Dallas suburb faces federal charges that he's sent hundreds of rambling, threatening letters to addresses across the country since 2008.

Last year, 28 Boston schools received the letters, which mentioned al Queda, Sarin gas and mashed leeches.

By - 7/28/14 - 7:49 pm

At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty will ask his fellow councilors to back a change in state law that would let Boston offer detail work on road projects and at concerts and arenas to retired BPD officers, easing a shortage of detail officers and filling city coffers with extra money.

Flaherty says his proposal would bring Boston in line with 175 other cities and towns in the... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 7:30 pm

City Council President Bill Linehan says it's time to bring companies such as Uber and Lyft under the same sort of regulations already that taxi and pedicab operators already have to follow.

On Wednesday, the city council considers a request from Linehan for a hearing on how to give city regulators say in the operation of the new services:

All Taxis and Pedi-cabs in the

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By - 7/26/14 - 8:49 pm

boston.com:

An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.

While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.

By - 7/24/14 - 4:49 pm

Bonesaw asks:

Do you know anyone in the Boston area who sells ostrich eggs?

By - 7/24/14 - 11:37 am

CapeCodOnline:

No protests. No children in the schools. No effect on city services. Two children with pneumonia treated at a local hospital and paid for by the federal government.

That's how the first month has played out at Naval Base Ventura County—Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California, where unaccompanied immigrant children are being housed

Still, normally rational folks are freaking out, here a state... Read more

By - 7/24/14 - 11:32 am
Bleak Boston street

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

By - 7/22/14 - 1:26 pm

Mayor Walsh is ordering the Zoning Board of Appeals to start hearing cases all the livelong day in an effort to bust up a backlog of hearings that now extends to six months.

Starting Aug. 5, the board will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to consider requests from residents and companies who want to do something to their property that needs... Read more

By - 7/21/14 - 2:32 pm

Vanyaland interviews Constantine Valhouli, who has added Boston-area locations referenced by song lyrics to a Google map.

By - 7/21/14 - 11:02 am
Old escalators at an MBTA station

Some of you might remember when escalators on the T featured wooden slats that were death on heels. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this station and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 7/20/14 - 9:01 am

In Friedrich Lu's case, that hobby is suing local institutions. Over and over again.

Lu, a homeless man, has been filing federal lawsuits by himself, sometimes in hand-written complaints, since at least 1995 against, among others, the Boston Public Library, MIT, Harvard, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston College, Suffolk County, the US Attorney's office in Boston, Boston Municipal Court... Read more

By - 7/19/14 - 10:56 am

A city fund that pays teens for summer jobs at local non-profit groups and city agencies didn't pay some teens for their first week of work.

In e-mail to supervisors at some of these agencies, the Boston Youth Fund said it failed to get time slips to some agencies in time for them to meet the deadline to get their teens paid. Then, the... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 10:26 pm

Officials from the Boston Globe and the company it hired to distribute its advertising circulars told angry city councilors at a hearing today they're willing to try to keep Boston from being papered over with the circulars.

Councilors, who raised the specter of a possible fine system for errant deliveries, said they're looking, at a minimum for something like what Cambridge has - where... Read more

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