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By - 4/2/15 - 5:47 pm

The Globe reports Clear Channel took down the billboard messages paid for by local developer John Rosenthal - who had long had an anti-gun message on a garage he owned along the turnpike - after protests from gun groups.

By - 4/2/15 - 1:51 pm

UPDATE: Looks like WCVB has removed the video. Transcript in the comments.

WCVB has video of John Fish saying that

What bothers me a lot is the decline of pride, of patriotism, the love for our country.

Meanwhile, Mayor Walsh denies a report in the Herald that he's calling for Fish to step down from an active role in Olympic organizing effords:

By - 4/1/15 - 1:52 pm

The City Council voted 12-0 for a resolution by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) to block city workers from traveling to Indiana on official business due to its new law allowing companies to discriminate against lesbians and gays.

The council passed a similar resolution related to Arkansas - even as that state's governor was vetoing a similar law.

The resolutions go to Mayor Walsh.

"I don't believe money from the residents of the city of Boston should be expended in those states while these laws are on the books," Jackson said.

By - 4/1/15 - 6:30 am

An hour+ of weather and outdoor reports from the blizzard of April 1, 1997.

H/t Ari Ofsevit.

By - 4/1/15 - 6:12 am

Now shut up and help poor John Fish get the Olympics and fix the T so we don't become a global laughingstock, Shirley Leung admonishes.

By - 3/31/15 - 1:43 pm

City Councilor Michelle Wu breaks the news: On April 6, the City Council moves from RealPlayer streaming to YouTube streaming - and closed captioning - for its meetings and committee hearings.

By - 3/31/15 - 11:45 am
PacMan on Boston streets

In what's probably an early April Fool's Easter Egg, Google Maps now sports a PacMan mode, which lets you turn local streets into an '80s arcade game. The map above shows the area around Boylston and Tremont. Look for the PacMan button in the lower left of the full-screen desktop Google Maps (it's not there in the "classic" maps).

Via Nick Barber.

By - 3/31/15 - 8:50 am

You can find when your street is supposed to be swept, in case you should maybe want to move your car.

By - 3/30/15 - 2:07 pm
Michelle Wu and son Blaise at Boston City Council hearing on snow removal

Councilor Wu asks about snow removal as son Blaise takes a break (via Boston City TV).

City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says it might be time for the city to make its peace with space savers - and make some money by selling official City of Boston space savers.

At a hearing on snow removal today, McCarthy said the idea, proposed by a constituent, has grown on him. In an era when some people would put out "furnaces and toilets" to spite trash workers tasked with removing their space savers, the city could bring in extra revenue for snow and trash removal via official space savers, he said.

By - 3/30/15 - 2:03 pm

Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the BU School of Public Health, uses T maps to illustrate health inequities in Boston - a city with one of the densest populations of doctors in the world:

By - 3/30/15 - 11:01 am
G and J restaurant in old Boston

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

By - 3/29/15 - 12:40 pm

You might not think the South End, Charlestown, the waterfront and the Fenway are still in need of urban renewal, but the BRA would beg to differ. NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a BRA effort to convince the public it still needs special power over development - which includes the right to take land by eminent domain - across 3,000 acres of Boston. The first meeting on the authority's bid to extend the urban-renewal powers set to expire this year is Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its 9th-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 3/26/15 - 5:19 pm

David Bernstein reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough has asked 15 BPS administrators to tender their resignations so that incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang has a clean slate with which to start his administration.

Chang officially starts in July, although he has been spending time in Boston working with McDonough to get ready for his new job.

By - 3/26/15 - 7:57 am

City Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Steve Murphy (at large) both want to look at alternatives to rebuilding what is now the rapidly disappearing bridge to the shelters and workshops on Long Island.

By - 3/26/15 - 7:45 am

Marty Walsh held a Twitter chat yesterday, and answered one of the more pressing issues of the day:

Oh, and look: Somebody has started an online petition to rename the Zakim Bridge the Leonard P. Zayn Malik Bridge.

By - 3/25/15 - 5:33 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy says Boston could solve a key gap in its recycling program by partnering with companies that say they can now recycle the polystyrene coffee cups that Dunkin' Donuts and their ilk still use.

By - 3/25/15 - 5:14 pm

City Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) said today he is continuing to work towards putting four ballot questions before Boston voters this fall on whether they want the city to host the 2024 Olympics and whether taxpayers should pay for anything related to the games or use eminent domain to take any property Olympics organizers think they need.

Zakim said recent pronouncements by Boston 2024 that it wants a statewide referendum is "very encouraging."

By - 3/25/15 - 11:31 am
Boston Mayor Walsh announces a new traffic-fatality plan

Mayor Walsh, other city officials and an old parking meter today.

Mayor Walsh said today the dedicated bike lanes planned for Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner are only part of a long-term "Vision 0" plan to curb crashes and traffic-related deaths through a combination of street reconfiguration and tougher enforcement.

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