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By - 4/7/15 - 7:21 pm

Terry Eliasen at WBZ alerts us:

Could there be a more fitting end to this historically cold and snowy winter than hitting 70 degrees on Opening Day at Fenway? Well, that might just happen.

By - 4/7/15 - 6:52 pm

Authors of a study of the achievement gap between black and Latino boys and the rest of BPS say good educational practices and increased parental involvement at four specific schools helped raise the students' test scores but that even more work was needed to close the gap between them and other BPS students.

The study looked at four schools - identified only by pseudonyms -... Read more

By - 4/6/15 - 10:53 am
House in old Boston

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

And we wonder if you can ID the guy who was hanging out the window when the photo was taken:

By - 4/6/15 - 8:53 am
NNSA radiation monitoring helicopter

The National Nuclear Security Administration reports residents shouldn't worry if they see a helicopter flying low and fast over their heads between now and April 15 - it's just there to measure background radiation.

Why? Well, you know, so government security experts can tell if somebody's doing something untoward with something that might release large amounts of radiation all at once in the area.... Read more

By - 4/5/15 - 10:22 am

DronesX, a startup seeking to become the authoritative source on the burgeoning drone industry, is seeking a reporter to cover droney things in the Boston/Cambridge area. "Actors who look good on camera" eagerly sought, but they have to have reporting chops, too, and not be a human drone.... Read more

By - 4/3/15 - 10:36 am

Eileen McNamara argues that "Dorchester’s most famous former racist thug" is the last person who should direct a movie about the bombings and that Ed Davis should have resisted the urge to get involved.

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:... Read more

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... Read more

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.... Read more

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... Read more

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:

This, then, tells a story of a city richly characterized by top-of-the-line medical resources and overall health indicators that are enviably good, but that has, within it, substantial heterogeneity in

... Read more
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... Read more

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