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By - 4/6/14 - 11:10 am

Molly Galler reports on the opening of the Bled for Boston exhibit of photos of people who got Boston-specific tattoos after the Marathon bombings.

One of the last shots I saw on the first floor was of two women who had been inside the Forum restaurant during the bombings. They had written, "This special place, this state of grace." Chills.

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By - 4/4/14 - 2:50 pm

Keytar Pre-Bear? Nat Tarbox took this in 2012.

Boston Magazine gives us an idea of the man behind the fur. Unlike other bears, he plans to hibernate over the summer. And he hates schoolkids.

By - 4/1/14 - 8:55 am

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By - 4/1/14 - 7:39 am
Bake sale on City Hall Plaza to raise funds for schools

A group of parents will protest cuts at Boston public schools next week by holding an old-fashioned bake sale outside City Hall.

"Gosh darn it, let's give the Mayor, City and State a hand!" reads the flyer for the bake sale, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday.

By - 4/1/14 - 7:34 am

The Herald reports, says she at least got charged for robbing a bank in Quincy - twice - rather than one in Boston.

By - 3/31/14 - 11:47 pm

Seems Viacom and RCN are having one of those fun little cable/network tiffs and as I watch the Daily Show and the Colbert Report tonight, I'm getting a scroll that sends me to some Web site that calmly and rationally explains how Viacom is having to take time out from hugging puppies and cooking hot meals for elderly nuns to defend itself from the heartless... Read more

By - 3/31/14 - 9:08 am

MyCityGardens is a group that aims to connect people with a zeal for gardening but no yards with people with yards who'd love to see them cultivated but just can't do it themselves.

Their Web site features a map showing where people are looking for plots to garden and where people have plots that can be gardened.

It is true that so far, there

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By - 3/31/14 - 9:03 am

Parent Imperfect reports how a Wellesley state rep managed to get a bill drafted and passed in just 24 hours to remove the cap on charter-school expansion in Massachusetts. No public hearings, etc., because that would just be so boring, or something.

A reasonable person might ask if Rep. Peisch’s alleged personal involvement with charter and other educational reform organizations might create a conflict

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By - 3/31/14 - 8:46 am
Red Line antics

Dan Meade reports on riding all four subway lines (and the Silver Line) on their first two nights of extended weekend service:

2:31 AM – On the Red Line, the “Boston T Party” runs into another crew celebrating the late night service. A light gymnastics competition ensues.

Photo copyright Dan Meade. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/29/14 - 6:45 am
Late night at Park Street. Photo by MBTA.

Late night at Park Street. Photo by MBTA.

Walkingbostonian reports on the first night of extra weekend service on the T:

B train totally crushed, busier than rush hour, after 2 am, and we had to leave many people behind on all the platforms.

Packing them in.

ElmerCat also rode the early-morning rails:

More people than I expected taking Ⓣ after 2 am tonight. Lots of people dancing on the

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By - 3/27/14 - 8:52 pm

Under a new city program, doctors at Boston Medical Center can now write prescriptions for Hubway memberships, as a low-cost exercise option for low-income residents.

Under Prescribe-a-Bike, patients will pay only $5 for an annual membership in the bike-sharing system, which gets them an unlimited number of 30-minute Hubway rides. Patients also get a free helmet.

"Obesity is a significant and growing health concern for

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By - 3/27/14 - 5:52 pm

"I credit the determinations of by the MA DCF, the CT DCF, and the GAL [Guardian ad litem] that placement of Justin in the conditional custody of her parents is not in her best interests at this time."

-Joseph Johnston, Justice, Juvenile Court Department, Suffolk County, MA

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By - 3/27/14 - 4:02 pm
Big-headed mascots and the MBTA

Photo of local and state officials and big heads by Eric Haynes, Governor's Office.

Late-night MBTA weekend service starts tomorrow night, with trains and select bus routes running until 3 a.m., as part of a year-long pilot to see if we really want later service on weekend nights.

More details.

By - 3/27/14 - 11:11 am

In unusually harsh language, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered the Boston Housing Authority to restore the Section 8 housing voucher of a man who physically could not have attended hearings it held on his case because he was in jail at the time.

The court found the authority violated its own regulations for how to hold hearings and misled Melvin Furtick on whether he... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 1:23 pm

The City Council voted today to urge the School Committee to hold off action on a proposal to eliminate school buses for 4,500 middle-school students until it can undergo more study.

City councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who sponsored the unanimously approved motion, said making seventh and eighth graders take the T to school instead of traditional school buses could expose them to far more danger... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 1:16 pm

Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says the city could boost revenue and free up downtown parking spaces by rolling out meters that accept payments via smartphones.

Jackson says the increased revenue would come by ending the current practice of people getting lucky and zipping into spaces that have time left on the meter - under a smartphone system, a meter would reset every time somebody new... Read more

By - 3/25/14 - 8:40 pm

~75 local parents, teachers, communities members and many of their children showed up at the steps of the State House this afternoon to protest the proposed 2014/2015 BPS budget cuts and to ask the state to consider holding the lifting the charter cap until the state finds away to make sure both school systems are fully funded.

Several parent and student organizers spoke to a... Read more

By - 3/25/14 - 9:49 am

The BPL says a deal with a streaming-media company will let people with library cards stream up to ten movies, TV series, albums or audio books a month.

To use the Hoopla service, you'll need to first download a client (for more modern browsers on iOS, PCs or Android devices), then have your library card and PIN ready to ... Read more

By - 3/24/14 - 12:07 pm
Old classroom

The folks at the Boston City Archive wonder if you can place this photo. The date will be easy to spot if you see the larger version (and note all the other writing on the blackboards), but where?

By - 3/23/14 - 9:58 am

Parent Imperfect explains why he doesn't think much of the "third way" proposal by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes to lift the cap on charter schools.

If charter schools are a safety valve, then they make for an expensive and leaky valve at a time when urban districts like the BPS are under tremendous budget pressure. Rather than divert

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