Boston

By - 3/11/16 - 6:18 am

The Globe reports Mayor Walsh has told School Superintendent Tommy Chang to put more money into high schools following this week's student protests over potential cuts to foreign-language and other programs.

Walsh is hoping the state comes through with $5 million in extra reimbursement for the loss of students to charter schools the Globe reports. But part of the money will come from not expanding Advanced Work Classes in grades 4-6. The classes, which offer more rigorous instruction, are seen as a conduit to the city's exam schools and Chang had made their expansion part of his plans for improving tests scores in general and for dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School.

By - 3/10/16 - 11:59 am

The Boston Business Journal reports that Biz Stone, who grew up in the Boston area, and his wife, have decided to fund all the Boston projects listed on DonorsChoose, a site that matches teachers with specific requests with donors.

The money will pay for everything from laptops and cameras to a band saw (for a robotics club at the Quincy Upper School in Chinatown).

By - 3/8/16 - 2:42 pm

WBUR reports on proposals by the city Housing Innovation Lab to get more housing built for families that earn between $50,000 and $125,000 a year. One idea is to give builders the right to build more total units if more of them are marketed as affordable:

The lab is working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority planning areas in Jamaica Plain/Roxbury and South Boston to carry this out.

By - 3/8/16 - 2:07 pm

Boston Building Resources reports somebody donated these wooden things to them, but they have no idea what they are. Any clues?

By - 3/7/16 - 3:13 pm
Protest against BPS budget cuts

At 11:30 a.m., hundreds of high-school and middle-school students walked out of their classes at Boston schools and streamed onto buses and subways for the ride downtown to let the mayor and the governor know they don't want their programs cut. Read more.

By - 3/7/16 - 7:51 am

The Globe reports several construction unions will offer to accept lower wages - $40 an hour rather than $60 - on apartment-construction jobs - if all the jobs on a particular site are given to union workers.

By - 3/5/16 - 10:53 am

A New York activist who helped bring down ACORN and who was arrested for breaking into a US senator's office in Louisiana wants a US judge to strike down the Massachusetts law that prohibits audio recordings without a person's consent. Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 6:32 pm

Students at Boston high schools could walk out of classes Monday for a protest to demand more funding for the schools, which are facing program cuts for the next school year.

Some parents support the protest, being organized on social media, for a Monday morning walkout and march to the State House to demand more aid for their schools. Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 8:38 am

Legal Sea Foods this week sued DoorDash for offering home delivery of Legal meals even though Legal says it wanted nothing to do with the service - and repeatedly told it to stop doing that. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 6:41 pm

When we got to the Stop & Shop on American Legion a bit ago, we saw a couple of skinny Bennett signs. Green, of course, and hand painted. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 5:46 pm
Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced today her office will investigate allegations of civil-rights violations at Boston Latin School. In a statement, she said: Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 2:09 pm

Several city councilors say they're hearing of too many cases of suburban parents who have managed to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and they want that to stop. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:46 pm

City councilors want to begin working with the MBTA to see if all the computerized traffic lights the city has been installing could be used to improve bus service. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:31 pm

City officials are looking to amend decades-old fire codes that require the use of carcinogenic flame retardants on furniture sold in Boston, saying new fire-prevention measures mean the chemicals are no longer needed. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:20 pm

Anticipating voters will approve the recreational use of marijuana, city councilors voted today to ban pot shops and medicinal marijuana dispensaries from opening closer than a half mile to each other.

City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) had originally sought a one-mile restriction, but offered a half mile as a compromise. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 12:39 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits from from so-called puppy mills - and which will bar the sale of pets from the back of trucks in parking lots and the side of the road. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 10:20 pm

Leading statewide, 51-48 and citywide, 51-41.

By - 2/29/16 - 11:26 pm

Bridj, the sort-of buspooling service, says it's working out a plan to provide late-night service on weekends after the T stops running past 12:45 a.m. or so come mid-March. Read more.