Boston

By - 7/7/14 - 9:12 am

The Globe reports on Mayor Walsh's announcement this morning that he'll be naming Joseph Finn as the next permanent head of the Boston Fire Department.

By - 7/6/14 - 2:38 pm

Veolia, the international corporation that has the contract to operate Boston-owned school buses, continues its battle against Boston bus drivers' union representative USW 8751 with an assist from the Boston Police Department.
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By - 7/5/14 - 9:29 pm

Ryan Ruel's posted a 3.35-gigapixel panorama of Boston which he stitched together out of 430 individual photos he took today from Cambridge.

By - 7/4/14 - 7:42 pm

The Globe reports the Boston Public Health Commission is warning doctors about chikungunya after four area residents returned from Caribbean trips with it - barely a year after it first showed up in the Caribbean. The commission isn't concerned about the disease taking hold here because the kind of mosquito that spreads it doesn't live around here - it can't tolerate our winters.... Read more

By - 7/2/14 - 7:52 pm

The Updated Bottle Bill has been languishing in the state legislature for over 12 years and this year, they missed the window to give it a vote too. But this year, activists collected enough signatures on an initiative petition to put the question on November's ballot so voters can decide the question, because the legislature would not.

The expanded bottle bill has always been popular... Read more

By - 7/1/14 - 1:11 pm

It’s happening.

Posts from bright-eyed, hopeful renters are rolling in with really outlandish hopes and questions like “Where can I find a $400/month 1-bed in Kendall Square?”....yikes.

I was compelled to write this post to pre-answer some of the questions I’m anticipating and manage people’s expectations a bit BEFORE they look for apartments.

For some background, I’ve been working on Jumpshell for the past... Read more

By - 7/1/14 - 9:58 am
Arthur cone

UPDATE: Tropical Depression 1 is now Tropical Storm Arthur.

The National Hurricane Center is eying a tropical depression off Florida that could intensify enough to get itself named Arthur and churn up the Atlantic seaboard (as tropical storms are wont to do) and smack into us just in time for the weekend.... Read more

By - 6/30/14 - 11:16 am

The Globe reports there'll be no extended bar hours in Boston, because decades after the legislature took away local control of bars, legislators still don't trust City Hall.

By - 6/30/14 - 10:53 am
Construction work in old Boston

But which square, and when? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 6/29/14 - 10:32 pm

Hannah diCicco asks:

Here's an odd one: where in the Boston area can I get sinamay bias tape & hat bases for making a fascinator?

By - 6/29/14 - 8:26 am

Shots fired, shotspotter on,
911, what's goin on?
Tires squeel, bullets fly, oh God I hear a baby cry!

Sirens wail, an old woman frail... falls down...her heart begins to fail.
Police, ambulances, a man, blood on his face, will they live?
Maybe... God's grace.

Curious neighbors gather round, some just stare at the ground.
In some houses lights go... Read more

By - 6/28/14 - 10:57 am

A UHub regula who'd rather throw his money towards local businesses instead of online companies named for South American rivers asks where the best places are around here to pick up theology and philosophy books.

By - 6/28/14 - 10:28 am

The city has been posting a lot of municipal data sets, including crime information. 2014 shootings in Boston draws on that data to show you where shootings have happened in Boston this year (also see 2014 murders, which I'll continue to do by hand to provide more than the barebones info in the BPD data).... Read more

By - 6/27/14 - 1:03 pm
Marty Walsh on an electric bench

Mayor is electrified by new bench in Titus Sparrow Park.

An MIT spinoff is installing benches equipped with solar-powered phone chargers - and air-quality and noise monitors - in several parks, the mayor's office says.

Changing Environment's "soofa" benches are going into Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

"Your cell phone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?” the mayor asks... Read more

By - 6/26/14 - 10:36 am

The Supreme Court today overturned the Massachusetts law that set a buffer zone around abortion clinics as a violation of the First Amendment of protesters.

In its ruling, the court said the buffer zones prevented "personal, caring, consensual conversations with women about various alternatives" to abortion, in violation of the First Amendment and that, in fact, by pushing what the court said were not "protesters"... Read more

By - 6/26/14 - 10:17 am
A triple decker in Boston on wheels

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo.

By - 6/26/14 - 7:58 am

JIMMY TINGLE
Making Comic Sense

7:00 PM
Tonight- Thursday, June 26
Doyle's Cafe
3484 Washington St,. JP
Tickets $25 at the door
http://bostonward19dems.org/

A fundraiser for the Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee (thanks, Jimmy!)

By - 6/25/14 - 6:28 pm

At-large Councilor Steve Murphy, who wants to bring back horses to the police department, was more than annoyed when Police Commissioner Bill Evans didn't show up at a hearing today and began threatening to use his subpoena power to force him to appear. After a bat signal went out, the Globe reports, Evans did show up, said he was busy planning a summer program... Read more

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