By - 4/21/17 - 12:48 pm
Empty playground in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives acknowledge the last mystery photo may have been a bit too easy, so have come up with this one - can you place it?

By - 4/20/17 - 11:30 am

Some writer in the burg the New York Times once declared the sixth borough whines about what a hellhole his city is, and drags us into it: Read more.

By - 4/20/17 - 8:02 am

Now we must be strong together.
Now we must fight back together.
Now we must save the soul of this nation together.

By - 4/19/17 - 11:09 am
Trolleys in old Boston

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

By - 4/17/17 - 10:19 am

Mike watched those jets that flew overhead shortly before 10 a.m.

By - 4/16/17 - 5:21 pm

The Guardian explains our growing urban-farming sector.

H/t Brad.

By - 4/15/17 - 10:13 am

The Herald reports how one creative BPS department got to pay a $1,000-a-day consultant even though BPS policy forbids paying more than $40 an hour without the superintendent's approval, which it didn't have.

By - 4/13/17 - 9:03 am

The Globe reports. Suspended Suffolk County Probate register Felix Arroyo has said he was undercut by angry, racist underlings.

By - 4/12/17 - 9:39 pm

Domingos DaRosa, a Hyde Park resident and former city youth worker who now runs his own property-maintenance business, has filed papers with state elections officials that he has organized a campaign to run for an at-large city council seat in this year's fall elections. Read more.

By - 4/10/17 - 5:59 am

Survivor: So proud to be a Bostonian

Survivor Patrick Downes reflects on the year: "I am so proud to be a Bostonian." April 15, 2014.

Survivor Mohamed El Bachiri reflects on his year without his wife. His answer to terrorism is "A Jihad of Love", Dec 12, 2016

By - 4/7/17 - 10:42 pm
NNSA helicopter

Radiation-checking helicopter.

The National Nuclear Security Administration alerts us that it has a helicopter flitting around the Boston area this weekend taking readings on background radiation in the area in advance of the Boston Marathon: Read more.

By - 4/6/17 - 1:59 pm

Portland protester hands Pepsi to mayor, disturbs city council meeting

CNN has a weird story out of Portland, OR, in which some guy, described as being "formerly of Boston," approached the mayor and city council during a debate on parking codes with his hand in his pocket - and then pulled out a can of Pepsi that he tried to hand to the mayor: Read more.

By - 4/6/17 - 10:35 am
Frozen Dunkin' Coffee

Our own Ron Newman spotted this sign, probably only meant for the eyes of the store manager, at his local Dunkin' Donuts. Mmm, bet you can't wait to go up to the counter and smartly say to the clerk: "One Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, please!"

By - 4/6/17 - 10:11 am
World War I recruitment poster

Today's the 100th anniversary of the formal American declaration of war against Germany. Within days, the National Guard began patrols of the Boston waterfront to guard against German spies - Boston being a key Atlantic port, of course.

Recruitment poster from the BPL collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/6/17 - 9:03 am
Most of Massachusetts no longer under drought

White on the left means no drought, green on the right means flood potential.

The latest Massachusetts drought map, released this morning, shows that last week's rain and snow finally tipped a third of the state from drought watch to not at all droughty - and that another third of the state is "abnormally dry," the lowest of the drought classifications.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings along the Assabet and Taunton rivers - and a flood watch for the rest of the state, through 8 p.m. on Friday:

By - 4/5/17 - 10:59 pm

WGBH reports Jackson grabbed a reporter by the arm and pushed it aside when she asked a question about his past job selling pharmaceutical drugs. He says he was only pushing her microphone out of his face, but sent the station and the reporter apologies.

By - 4/4/17 - 1:57 pm

The Globe writes today that since 2009, at least 11 bodies have been recovered from the water surrounding Boston and that the last one was that of Zachary Marr, whose body was found in the Charles near North Station a month after he disappeared from a downtown bar.

The Globe is wrong on both counts. Read more.

By - 4/4/17 - 11:18 am
Small street in old Boston

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

By - 4/3/17 - 7:45 am

Regular street sweeping in Boston resumes today in those parts of the city not lucky enough to be the North End, the South End or Beacon Hill. If you're new to town, you can look up your street-sweeping day.

Also, the Sox open at home today.

By - 4/2/17 - 11:59 am

The Herald reports Aziza Robinson-Goodnight, 33, plans to run for one of the four at-large council seats in this fall's elections, hoping to take one of the seats now held by Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi-George, Michael Flaherty and Ayanna Pressley.