The City Council almost voted today on a zoning change that would prohibit both medical marijuana dispensaries and potential recreational pot shops from being closer than a mile to each other. Read more.
The Boston City Council today approved a total 28.7% pay increase for police detectives, retroactive to 2011 - but also voted to ask the city's public-safety unions to talk about future contract talks.
Councilor Mark Ciommo, who chairs the council's ways and means committee, said detectives deserve the raises, which an arbitrator awarded last fall. The total city cost will be $9 million. Read more.
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at what we do know about Boston Police's use of a StingRay device, which can masquerade as a cell tower and intercept location data from nearby phones.
Eiffel Designs asks:
Where can I get Haxe (pig knuckle) on short notice in the Boston area?
Councilor Tim McCarthy (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) says he has nothing against the time honored tradition of yard sales. But he says something has to be done about people who are turning them into full-scale commercial enterprises, disrupting blocks with traffic, noise and trash. Read more.
Jamaica Plain News reports that Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) plans to seek an ordinance that would prohibit pet stores in Boston from selling dogs, cats and rabbits.
Lucky Peach surveys the oddities of Chinese food as it is served in the Boston area.
"I could not lobby Kowloon into opening a Kowloon in the south of Florida,â€ť she says of the Saugus-based favorite that's peak Boston Chinese, though it wasnâ€™t for lack of trying: "There are so many people who want that style of cooking."
H/t MC Slim JB.
J.L. Bell reports Boston town leaders felt compelled in 1702 to pass an ordinance limiting the speed of horses within the town limits - the first legal speed limits in British North America.
WBUR reports on a protest yesterday.
New England Folklore tells us all about Mary Dyer's baby, the Puritan crackdown on heretics and how the two led to her death.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for eastern Massachusetts between 1 and 10 p.m. - with gusts of up to 60 m.p.h. possible:
STRONGEST WINDS SHOULD OCCUR LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WHEN A BAND OF SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS CROSSES THE REGION.
Boston firefighters and ISD inspectors are busy this afternoon responding to buildings where water in pipes froze and burst the pipes, leading to floods of water.
Among the buildings affected: Boston College's Conte Forum, right in the middle of a basketball game, where a sprinkler pipe gave way. Firefighters and BC maintenance workers were able to shut the water without requiring any evacuations. Read more.
City Councilors Andrea Campbell (Roxbury) and Michael Flaherty (at large), say that for an average of about $23 per resident a year, Boston would be able to build more housing for people being priced out of the city - and help upgrade city parks and historic sites. Councilor Bill Linehan, however, is not sure he buys it. Read more.