What are you seeing out there?
If any election needs them, it might be this one, no? The Massachusetts Council of Churches has compiled a list (scroll down a page or two) of Boston-area churches that will be hosting election-related prayer services and vigils tonight and tomorrow.
There are five ballot questions, but only room enough on the first page of the ballot for four of them. You'll need to turn your ballot over to vote on Question 5, which would add a 1% surcharge to property-tax bills to pay for affordable housing, parks and preservation of historic monuments.
Three photos of Bostonians standing in lines today. Can you guess which one is different from the other two? Answer (and photo credits) in the comments.
Sigh, as I feared when family members returned from early voting in Boston, all those ballots will be treated as absentee ones come Tuesday. That is, they will arrive in masses of envelopes inside larger envelopes for the wardens and clerks to process.
Our training for the recent primary included a promise that Elections would be able to process voters from the 255 precincts via smart computer tech. That would have meant fewer ballots for each precinct to handle. But no... Read more.
David Koraca, a.k.a. David Corazza, was sentenced to two to three years in prison after admitting he bilked clients who thought they were hiring "a Harvard-educated attorney" who, in fact, only took classes at the Harvard Extension School - where he bilked classmates out of thousands of dollars - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The Globe reports the sneaker company wants to flee Canton for new digs in our very own Hub, joining New Balance and Converse.
Of course, the move will be accompanied by layoffs. And, of course, even though the company already said it's moving to Boston, the mayor's office is looking at what sort of tax breaks it can unwrap as a housewarming gift.
The weekly drought map is out and shows Boston is now in a "severe" drought, rather than an "extreme" one. The portion of Massachusetts still in "extreme" drought has shrunk as well.
BWSC rain totals show a monitoring station on Adams Street in Dorchester got nearly 6 inches of rain last month, more rain than the station saw in June, July, August and September combined.
Adam Castiglioni reports Boston Super Tours, the company with the extra large aquatic buses, is out of business. The original duck-tour company, the one with the actual duck boats, remains afloat.
Boston has loaded the source code for boston.gov on github, which means code writers can now rummage around and submit improvements to make the site work better.
City Hall says this makes Boston the first "major" US city to turn its Web site into an open-source project. Officials emphasize the code - based on open-source Drupal software - contains no sensitive data.
Intriguingly, github stats show a code contribution from Marty Walsh. OK, granted, just for the "readme" file.
WGBH (over-the-air broadcast 2.1 & 2.2) and WGBX (over-the-air broadcast 44.1, 44.3, 44.4) will remain on low power and will have spotty reception until repairs are completed. They were also impacted by the same situation that blew Ch 4, 5, and 38 off the air recently.
In addition to four statewide ballot questions, Boston voters are deciding whether to add a surcharge to property tax bills to pay for more affordable housing and improvements to local parks and historical sites. Read more.
Paul Gannon is running for state senate somewhere well south of the Neponset, but, natch, he's having a fundraiser tonight in South Boston. And look at the notables planning to attend, specifically "Register of Deeds-elect Stephen J. Murphy."
Not yet - he still has to beat John Keith, Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and Joe Donnelly in the Nov. 8 election. Read more.