By - 7/28/16 - 11:02 am
Massachusetts drought map

The latest Massachusetts drought map, released this morning, has extended the Massachusetts "severe drought" zone to include the city of Boston. Read more.

By - 7/28/16 - 10:03 am

Responding to a complaint about street trees dying in this heat and drought on Columbia Road from Mass. Ave. to Quincy Street, Boston Parks and Recreation says:

The BPRD only waters newly planted trees and not existing established trees.

By - 7/28/16 - 9:07 am

The Independent Film Festival Boston is suing the Boston International Film Festival for trademark infringement, charging the latter is intentionally confusing both movie makers and ticket buyers. Read more.

By - 7/28/16 - 7:57 am

State Rep candidate and former mayoral candidate Charles Clemons Muhammad (that's how his tiny sign reads) was spotted on Monday morning inside the Forest Hills MBTA station. Dressed nattily in an expensive-looking suit, he chased after T patrons who probably weren't in the mood for a good chat on the issues during their morning the middle of a heat wave.

In doing so, Clemons may have violated an unwritten rule regarding how the start of local campaigning begins the first week of August...or is it after Labor Day?

By - 7/25/16 - 11:17 am
Guy signs something at a counter

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out who these people were and what they were doing. See it larger.

By - 7/22/16 - 12:46 pm
Proposed New England passenger rail routes

Proposed rail routes

Transportation fficials from three New England states and Quebec are looking at a plan that to better link Boston with New Haven and Montreal via track upgrades and the purchase of trains that could reach a peak speed of 79 m.p.h. - faster than what trains can do on most of the tracks now but far slower than typical intercity trains in Europe and Japan. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 8:48 pm

In September, the Boston School Committee will debate whether to oppose a ballot question that would lift the state's cap on new charter schools. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 2:25 pm

UPDATE: Story rewritten to take into account BPS comments.

WGBH reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang is looking at a plan that would require exam-school applicants be enrolled in a BPS school in fifth or sixth grade to apply to one of the city's three exam schools - as a way of dealing with the minority-enrollment issue at Boston Latin School. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 11:09 am
New City of Boston Web site

New Boston Web site on a laptop.

Boston unveiled its new city Web site today at (if you go to the old, you'll be redirected, or should be). Gone is the clutter of the old site. In fact, as you can see from the home-page, there's a whole lot of nothing there, unless you like staring at a blue version of the lagoon in the Public Garden.

That's because the designers are obviously going for the phone-on-the-go demographic rather than us decrepit old Miltons on clunky desktops down in Storage B. Read more.

By - 7/19/16 - 9:02 pm

The BC athletics department posted this video today to prove that Boston College is Boston's college. For some reason, they thought the Charles between MIT and BU would be more of a draw than Mary Ann's.

By - 7/18/16 - 11:46 am

Swimman79 asks:

Is there anywhere in Boston to buy the cheese made in the Azores?

By - 7/17/16 - 12:55 pm

Lauren asks:

Is there anywhere in Boston (or even Winthrop or Revere) to get soft serve ice cream?

By - 7/15/16 - 9:17 am

Mandy asks:

I need ukulele strings. Don't know how to play, just starting for fun. It's a cheaper one. Where do I go?

By - 7/14/16 - 11:10 am

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what's going on in it. See it larger.

By - 7/13/16 - 10:31 pm

The Dig introduces us to some of the kids at Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, "an alternative BPS high school that is often a last resort for youth who are in danger of leaving or being expelled from the system."

By - 7/13/16 - 5:55 pm

More than 500 places to get your Pokemon Go fix (but caveat: Suspiciously low on the pokestops south of Jamaica Pond, because of course we're always left out). Polygon discusses the map.

By - 7/12/16 - 9:48 pm

Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans today announced they have reached a deal with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association for a six-month, $500,000 pilot to test body cameras worn by 100 volunteer officers.

However, no date for the beginning of the pilot - which advocates had once hoped would start this spring - was announced.

Start date of the pilot program, along with other specific policies related to body cameras, are in the process of being finalized by BPD.

By - 7/12/16 - 11:22 am

The Charles River Conservancy kicks off a Swim the Charles fundraising campaign and releases feasibility study supporting potential for Charles River Swimming Facility

In conjunction with today's sold­out fourth annual CitySplash event, the Charles River Conservancy, released "Swimming in the Charles: A Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Permanent Swimming Facility in the Charles River Basin" and launched Swim the Charles, an Indiegogo campaign to support returning swimming to the Charles.

By - 7/12/16 - 10:48 am
Banjo place in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo of a school for learning how to pluck the guitar, banjo and mandolin.