Boston

By - 4/15/16 - 8:02 am

Jason Mihalko recalls April 15, 2013 - and his decision to call every one of his patients:

I felt that had I not contacted my patients, I would have engaged in a human error that I could not recover from. I would have been neglectful of my patients and would have violated everything that I believe in about the therapeutic enterprise.

I would have missed my patients--dropped them--and had not been present at an important time in the world. I would have been hiding at a time that I needed to be present.

Four days later the bombs came again.

By - 4/14/16 - 12:22 pm

Five Boston-area men face arraignment in federal court today on charges related to the gambling ring they allegedly ran - and the tough-guy ways they supposedly used to get people to pay their debts - the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Among the men: Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, released in 2012 after serving 17 years in federal prison on a sentence for racketeering, money laundering, loansharking and illegal gambling - much of it in connection with Bulger's Winter Hill gang. Read more.

By - 4/14/16 - 7:34 am

WCVB reports on a criminal investigating involving "overtime costs, payments to vendors and billing, missing property, and missing maintenance and inspection records" and that seven years after poor maintenance led to the death of Lt. Kevin Kelley, firetruck maintenance in Boston has, at best, not gotten any better.

By - 4/13/16 - 11:51 am

April 15 is our new holiday, the annual celebration of the "the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragedy of April 15th, 2013."

By - 4/12/16 - 10:31 am
On a train in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell which transit line this was - and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 4/11/16 - 3:39 pm

Is there room in the Boston area for one new burger place? Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Worthy Burger, a Vermont outlet that has attained a sort of cult status for both its wood-fired burgers and its craft beers, is looking to open an outlet in the Boston area.

By - 4/11/16 - 12:32 pm
Radiation copter

Federal radiation-sensing helicopter.

The National Nuclear Security Administration reminds us today that it has a helicopter flitting above us doing its annual background radiation checks in preparation for the Marathon. Read more.

By - 4/10/16 - 7:13 am

The Clumsy Jeweler asks:

Hey! I'm looking for kolaches in Boston.

By - 4/10/16 - 2:08 am

"A century ago, muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell lambasted the “ruthless efficiency” of Standard Oil and its “robber baron” boss, John D. Rockefeller. Modern philanthropic agencies such as the Boston Foundation arose out of that critique, offering a more compassionate response to social inequality. It is disheartening that the Boston Foundation’s current leader seems to have taken a “ruthless efficiency” stance on the problem of school funding.

By - 4/8/16 - 6:31 pm

But it's for a good reason: That way, the last day of school this year will be June 24, a Friday, rather than June 27, a Monday. BPS and the Boston Teachers Union agreed to the change for the holiday that is only celebrated in Boston and Somerville (because it used to be part of Charlestown).

By - 4/8/16 - 2:13 pm

The city will staff nine early-voting sites between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4 to let voters cast ballots without waiting in line on Election Day this year, Mayor Walsh's office announced today. Read more.

By - 4/6/16 - 12:43 pm

The City Council voted today to extend members' terms from two to four years. The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh and, if he approves, to the state legislature, whose members serve two-year terms.

Only Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) voted against. Read more.

By - 4/4/16 - 11:29 am

The Boston Business Journal reports General Electric says its philanthropic arm will donate $25 million to BPS over the next five years to get students ready for college and work at a modern high-tech company. The company will donate another $25 million to local workforce-training and health centers.

By - 4/3/16 - 7:12 pm

At least, in Boston. BPS says:

All Boston public schools will be open on Monday, April 4, 2016. There is a forecast for a small accumulation of snow during the day on Monday. However, we do not anticipate major disruptions or delays. As always, we would like to remind our students, families, and staff to proceed with caution during any inclement weather.

By - 4/2/16 - 8:26 pm

The York Press reports on Phil Saltonstall's plans to import English cask ale here - and ship craft US ale back to the old country - once he moves here with his wife, Harriet, who becomes Her Majesty's representative in New England in August.

And, yes, he's one of the original Saltonstalls, from which line our Brahmins sprang.

H/t Steve Garfield.

By - 4/2/16 - 3:36 pm

Here is how it worked:

The Boston City Council, in 2004, approved an Order extending certain Urban Renewal Plans until April 30, 2015, and also enacting "a series of procedural changes with respect to Urban Renewal Plans in Boston” consisting of changes in the Council's Urban Renewal Plan review process, so as to retain only the powers to vote on initiation of new Urban Renewal Plans and termination of ongoing Plans, and deleting from Council jurisdiction extensions of expiring Plans. Read more.

By - 4/1/16 - 8:01 am

No word yet if Jim Cantore is getting ready to fly back up to Plymouth to repeat his legendary thundersnow reporting from last year, but the National Weather Service is out with a very special weather statement for the weekend:

LATE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING...A PERIOD OF SNOW IS LIKELY AND MAY BE HEAVY FOR A TIME ALONG WITH THE RISK OF THUNDERSNOW. WHILE A MAJOR SNOWSTORM IS NOT EXPECTED A FEW INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME MAY OCCUR AND IMPACT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

And, yes, we could get "A PLOWABLE SNOWFALL" on Monday as well.

By - 4/1/16 - 7:32 am

The Crimson writes that City Council President Michelle Wu and Walsh Chief of Staff Daniel Koh - both Harvard '07 - disprove the "negative stereotypes off campus." Still, Koh adds, Harvard grads have to work to dispel the stereotypes, the exact nature of which the Crimson does not specify, except that it involves "dropping the H-bomb:"

Harvard students must be aware of these stereotypes and try to counter them with open-mindedness in the workplace.