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By - 4/29/15 - 4:06 pm

The City Council today took the first step towards installing sunscreen dispensers in city parks: Approving a motion for a hearing on the idea.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain), who proposed the dispensers, said it could be done at no cost to taxpayers if the the city partners with a sunscreen company or local health-care institution to fund the $100 to $200 cost of the dispensers. He said this is how Miami is paying for its free sunscreen.

By - 4/27/15 - 10:27 pm
Matt O'Malley

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) says making sunscreen dispensers outdoors as ubiquitous as hand-sanitizer stations in city buildings would let residents and visitors enjoy this most walkable of cities with less fear of sun-caused skin cancer.

In a motion that goes before the council on Wednesday, O'Malley calls for a hearing to consider how to equip Boston parks with free sunscreen dispensers so that people can liberally coat themselves with the lotion.

O'Malley says he already has the backing of the Melanoma Research Foundation.

By - 4/24/15 - 11:27 am

We weren't the only people on our block - or across the city - who put leaf bags out this week, only to find them sitting forlornly by the curb at the end of the day. Turns out there wasn't any leaf collection this holiday week, but it resumes next week.

By - 4/23/15 - 5:56 pm

Word comes after it turned out two of the machines used by Suffolk County prosecutors for evidence "gave readings during calibration tests that were within the manufacturer’s guidelines but outside the narrower range imposed by the Code of Massachusetts Regulations," the DA's office reports, adding it is working with state experts to try to figure out what to do about the results.

Also, Suffolk prosecutors will:

By - 4/23/15 - 1:24 pm

BostonGlobe:

The tales of past Olympics’ adverse effects on poor residents have become almost legendary. Homeless people arrested or bused out of town in Atlanta. Rental prices soaring in Sydney and London. More people on the streets in Vancouver. Homes knocked down in Beijing, Sochi, and Rio de Janeiro.

By - 4/23/15 - 10:33 am

The sky's the limit tomorrow as the T throws open the faregates and lets everybody ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston (well, at least until the end of service), as a way of saying "sorry" for all that unpleasantness back in January and February.

Take that trip to Wonderland you've always wanted to? Family get together at Ruggles? Try to get on and off at every single last stop on the system?

By - 4/23/15 - 9:31 am

Sara DiBari asks:

Where can I get good barbecue in MA? Like taking someone from the South good. Doesn't have to be near Boston.

By - 4/22/15 - 11:28 pm

Randi Weingarten, President, American
Federation of Teachers writes:

By - 4/22/15 - 10:14 am
Old tearoom in Boston?

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

By - 4/21/15 - 11:15 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that Boston cabbies who "lease" cabs for daily shifts are independent contractors and so owed nothing under the state's minimum-wage and unemployment laws.

The state's highest court noted that the state law that defines "employees" explicitly excludes cab drivers.

The judges also rejected the cabbies' assertion that collectively the medallion and radio-assocation owners were "a singular employer exercising monolithic control over the taxicab industry."

By - 4/20/15 - 5:08 pm
Minutemen on Patriots Day getting all wet in the rain

Patty Neal reports these Minutemen were having trouble finding a cab today.

By - 4/19/15 - 12:02 pm

Incoming School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning released names of a 35-member transition team that will "imagine what the future holds for the Boston Public Schools."

By - 4/18/15 - 11:02 am

Several legislators, including our own reps Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) and Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) have filed legislation that would prohibit the IOC from simply taking over control of billboards and electric signboards owned by the MBTA, MassDOT and Massport in the Boston area should Boston get the 2024 Olympics - unless the IOC pays the going rates for using the spaces.

By - 4/17/15 - 11:11 am
Myerson

Mayor Walsh today announced the creation of an Office of Olympic Planning and a full-time executive director: Sara Myerson, formerly chief of staff and director of policy at Preservation of Affordable Housing in Boston:

By - 4/17/15 - 7:44 am

WBUR reports on the city's growing number of permanent surveillance cameras.

By - 4/16/15 - 6:30 am

The Huntington News takes a look at Spot, a homegrown app for connecting drivers who need a space with people who have driveways or other parking spaces to rent out - which makes it different from the banned Haystack, which tried to alert people to open spaces on the street.

By - 4/15/15 - 8:13 pm
Arrows on Boston street signs

A disgusted citizen complains about the arrows on many Boston street signs, in this case on Centre Street in West Roxbury:

These overhead signs are useless. The text is so narrow that you can't read any of it. What's with the arrows taking up so much room? Is that even standard? Never seen that in any other city. These signs along Centre St are distracting and should be taken down. Too many drivers are going dangerously slow through intersections trying to get close enough to read them.

By - 4/15/15 - 7:46 pm

Citizens Bank this week sued the armored-car company that shuttles money to and from its branches and ATMs to make the company keep doing that until the bank can fully replace it.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Citizens said Garda Atlantic had threatened to stop all its service today, a move that would have left "thousands of individuals and small businesses" unfairly without access to their money.

By - 4/15/15 - 4:14 pm

WBUR has the details on the plan to stop subway service at 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 and to eliminate several of the late-night bus routes.

By - 4/15/15 - 2:33 pm

Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the "largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers." Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.

A thousand workers in Boston held their action one day early in deference to today’s anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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