By - 1/6/15 - 10:34 am

State Sen. Will Brownsberger (2nd Suffolk and Middlesex) reports Logan Airport is resuming a noise-abatement takeoff system the FAA ordered it to stop last summer.

Basically, late at night, weather permitting, the airport tries do all of its landings and departures over the water. That means planes are flying in opposite directions onto adjacent runways. The traffic has to be timed to separate them

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By - 1/6/15 - 10:14 am
Trolley in old Boston

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

By - 1/5/15 - 6:58 pm

School Committee member Claudio Martinez resigned his post at the end of last month to focus on "personal matters that require my attention."

His resignation after six years means Mayor Walsh will fill another slot on the committee, which advises the school superintendent. Last week, Walsh appointed Regina Robinson to the committee.

By - 1/5/15 - 6:25 pm

The Boston 2024 people have released another video. No magic crystals this time, but they do have a guy who declares Boston is right for the Olympics because "hipsters of all stripes have decided this is a good place to be" (0:41). Also, we have chowder.

H/t Chris.

By - 1/4/15 - 10:37 am

Michelle Geffken fills us in on our homegrown rock:

It's also known as the Church Stone, since at least thirty-five 19th century Boston area churches were built from Roxbury Puddingstone.

Also see The Dorchester Giant - Oliver Wendell Holmes's fable on how the rock came to be.

H/t George.... Read more

By - 1/3/15 - 1:59 pm
Sunrise from the Great Blue Hill

Be Brilliant watched the sunrise from the top of the Great Blue Hill this morning.

By - 1/3/15 - 12:38 pm

The Globe dims the glow of last week's school-day-lengthening announcement with the news that the Boston school system is facing an impending deficit of $69 million to $79 million for the coming fiscal year.

By - 1/2/15 - 6:07 pm

So the No Boston Olympics people have their own series of videos, although so far none involve the use of magic crystals.

By - 1/1/15 - 10:47 am
Bags of Utz products

From the complaint: Just look at those bags!

In its latest product-labeling lawsuit, Boston law firm Mirabella Law has found a pair of area consumers who claim they never would have eaten "all natural" Utz potato chips if they'd known the snacks were made with oils based on genetically-modified vegetables and with such "unnatural" ingredients as maltodextrin and citric acid.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this week in US District Court in Boston, seeks... Read more

By - 12/31/14 - 10:45 am

The Mayor's Hotline and Citizens Connect provide a valuable, direct line from residents to the city (a meta-complaint: When are we getting 311 instead of that number that's hard to remember?). Here are the best complaints of the year:

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By - 12/30/14 - 8:43 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced he has appointed Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College to the Boston School Committee, to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of the Rev. Gregory Groover.

Robinson had previously served as associated dean of women at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, from which she has a bachelor's in speech communications and a master's in counseling.

Robinson has served... Read more

By - 12/26/14 - 10:31 pm

Kristie Helms asks:

Question... good place in Boston to browse/purchase vinyl?

By - 12/26/14 - 2:37 pm
Richard Stutman of the Boston Teachers Union

As Walsh, students listen, BTU President Richard Stutman talks.

Mayor Walsh and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman today announced agreement on a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day at the 60 elementary and middle schools in Boston that don't already have them.

Walsh said the move is a major step to ensuring "a world-class education for every student in the city." He said experience elsewhere and in Boston schools that... Read more

By - 12/24/14 - 10:05 am
Christmas baskets on a trolley line in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on with the baskets in this photo, taken Christmas, 1903 - and where it was taken. See it larger.

By - 12/23/14 - 6:12 pm

City health officials and police are trying to figure out what's causing a sharp increase in drug overdoses in Boston this year.

The Boston Public Health Commission said today the city had 32 suspected overdoses this past weekend - concentrated downtown and in East Boston and Dorchester. The same period last year saw just 8 overdoses.

In a statement, the commission said samples from street... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 11:55 am

Chris Faraone recounts a season with the Boston Bandits, a "semipro" team (players actually pay to play), whose most famous player got that way only by being shot to death, allegedly by Aaron Hernandez.

After driving north in slush and grayness for close to three hours, the Bandits expect some relief once they arrive and unload. Despite being the same field where they lost

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By - 12/19/14 - 4:15 am

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh held a community forum at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury Thursday Night starting at 7:00 P.M., and running for almost five hours.

They made presentations and answered questions about how Boston Police Department officer involved shootings are investigated and related issues.

Rev Laura Everett live-tweeted the event.... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 4:09 pm

CommonWealth reports a consultant working on the Boston Olympics bid approached the state lottery commission about running a very special lottery to help fund Boston's Olympics effort, should it come to that. The lottery people told him no, that would take an act of the legislature, since, by law, lottery profits are only supposed to go to the state's cities and towns.

As CommonWealth... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 12:21 pm
Sign shop in old Boston

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

By - 12/18/14 - 11:14 am

Somebody has put together a map showing local streets that align with the rising and setting sun on the winter solstice, which is this Sunday.

Meanwhile, there's a winter-solstice walk at Walden Pond at 11 a.m. on Sunday.