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By - 11/10/14 - 12:07 pm

Marissa Breton wants to know where to find the best steak tips.

By - 11/10/14 - 10:58 am
Curved street in old Boston

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

By - 11/6/14 - 3:12 pm
Saying farewell to Tom Menino on the Red Line

Hand-lettered farewell on the Red Line. Photo by Dan Meade.

Almost 10 years ago, I took a position as a newscast writer for WBUR. Mine was the early morning shift, and my job was to arrive at 4 in the morning and start putting together the local news portion of Morning Edition. The other part of my job was to call some of the people about whom I was writing - local lawmakers, state officials,... Read more

By - 11/5/14 - 2:32 pm

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough plans to tell the School Committee tonight that he will not support a proposal to arm school police with a form of pepper spray.

In a statement released today, he said:

Our 75 school police officers are dedicated, talented and will do anything it takes to keep our schools safe. I think what we are hearing so far has persuaded

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By - 11/5/14 - 2:24 pm

The City Council today was about to vote for the second time on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal to borrow $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan - which would have sent the matter to Mayor Walsh - when Yancey asked for the vote to be delayed for two weeks.

Yancey told fellow councilors and audience members who included clergymen and former City... Read more

By - 11/5/14 - 2:17 pm

The City Council today approved a hearing on aggressive collection tactics by a company working for the city to collect on back auto-excise taxes that Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says many people may not even realize they owe.

McCarthy, who called for the hearing, said today he has a constituent unable to renew his driver's license because of a 1988 bill for... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 8:37 pm

The city as a whole went heavily Democratic in statewide races. In fact, all of the state's largest cities went for Coakley, if not all at the same 66-30 margin Boston gave her. But that wasn't enough to overcome Baker's wins across the suburbs and exurbs between 128 and I-91.

Carlo Basile beat Celeste Ribeiro Myers to retain his state rep's seat in East Boston.... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 10:39 am

Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) want the school department to just say no to pepper spray.

School police, who do not carry guns, say pepper spray would help them better control violent situations. But in a request to the council for a hearing on the BPS idea, the two councilors say they don't understand the need when violence in Boston... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 10:26 am

J.L. Bell recounts an attempt by Gov. Hutchinson in 1772 to try to peel John Hancock away from Sam Adams and his rabblerousing. Hutchinson sensed the populace had tired of all that revolutionary stuff and Adams was becoming a has-been. But then Boston Town Meeting overwhelmingly re-elected Adams to the colonial legislature.

I can’t help but think that Hutchinson was fooling himself about his

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By - 11/4/14 - 8:03 am

A one-hour tour of Boston by and for people who live in Madrid. It's all in Spanish, but even if you don't speak it, you can look at the pictures. My favorite part was when the local host, a native Spaniard now in Boston, and the interviewer jaywalk across Dartmouth from the park to the library and the interviewer expresses some fear and the host... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 7:48 am

Karen Cord Taylor's case for trying to bring the Olympics here basically boils down to: A real world-class city would jump at the chance to go for the Olympics. That's what real entrepreneurs do! She concludes:

I don’t know, if we are chosen, whether things will turn out badly or well. I do know that taking a risk and prevailing is one of the

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By - 11/3/14 - 8:23 am

Former City Councilor John Tobin has been posting Tom Menino stories on his Facebook feed, including one this morning about how the mayor was displeased with the old suits Tobin was wearing:

He said, "meet me after the breakfast and we will take a ride." I said "ok" having no idea where we were going. About 8:15, he finishes his talk and he

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By - 11/3/14 - 7:55 am

Lawrence Harmon ponders Councilor Charles Yancey's pursuit of a new high school in Mattapan and says the idea could work - if the city converts the current West Roxbury Education Complex into a K-8 school.

Yancey and Mattapan would get a state-of-the-art high school (open to students from across the city), even as secondary enrollment across the city drops, while West Roxbury parents would... Read more

By - 11/2/14 - 11:08 pm

By now, you've probably seen MIT professor Kevin Lynch's movie of his drive around Cambridge and Boston in 1964. Danny Shaw recreated that famous drive this year - and put the two side by side.

Via Boston Reddit.... Read more

By - 11/2/14 - 7:08 pm
Menino banner on City Hall

They'll signal the start of Tom Menino's funeral procession from Faneuil Hall to Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park, and will mark each year of his life.

Photo copyright Maria M. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/1/14 - 11:00 am

Around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a hearse carrying Tom Menino's body will leave Faneuil Hall for a private mass at noon at Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park.

The procession will pass in front of several spots in the city that were important to Menino, including Fenway Park, Dudley Square, where he started the renovation of the Ferdinand Building, Grove Hall, to which he... Read more

By - 10/30/14 - 11:46 pm

The Sun-Times, which is sort of Chicago's equivalent of the Herald (only with fewer professionally taken photos), is scheduled to launch news aggregator sites in 70 cities across the country tomorrow, including Boston. The Sun-Times extols:

The effort is designed to offer content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed, which aggregate news stories while offering additional commentary.

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By - 10/30/14 - 5:41 pm

For people who want to bring flowers or mementos to honor Tom Menino, the mayor's office announces.

Tomorrow, condolence books will be placed in all BPL branches and city community centers.

Letters and cards may be sent to:
Mayor Menino’s Office
Boston University
75 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215.

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