By - 1/17/09 - 4:37 pm

Last month I started a blog titled "Minding the Workplace," which comments on work, workers, and employment relations. I just posted an item drawn from and referencing the many discussions here on the future of the Globe and Herald, considering the future of journalism and journalists in the Internet Age:

By - 1/17/09 - 11:37 am

The Globe calls up Raybo (who, you may recall, had a special relationship with firefighters, who let him do stuff like run into burning buildings).

By - 1/16/09 - 10:02 pm

Robert David Sullivan gets a bit schadenfreudey on the news that while Boston's population seems to be increasing, albeit at amounts that require a microscope to notice, that vast Sun Belt engine of growth known as Phoenix may actually be contracting.

By - 1/16/09 - 8:40 pm

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By - 1/16/09 - 3:33 pm

The Bulletin reports it's a particular issue in Allston/Brighton, which has a relatively large Jewish population, but that police are keeping a closer eye on institutions across the city.

By - 1/16/09 - 8:58 am

This map shows ladder and engine trucks that have had to be removed from service since the Jan. 9 crash that killed Lt. Kevin Kelley (click on an icon to a link for more info; note that one of the icons is obscured by the word "map," move the map to see it). Most have been returned to service after repairs. The Globe reports Mayor Menino has ordered the Fire Department to hire licensed mechanics to maintain the trucks, rather than outsourcing maintenance to private companies.

Thanks to Brett for the suggestion to do a map. If I'm missing any trucks, let me know.

By - 1/16/09 - 7:58 am

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By - 1/15/09 - 11:41 pm

This time, Ladder 18 from South Boston and Ladder 24 from Beacon Hill, WBZ reports.

By - 1/15/09 - 11:36 pm

0153 Order requesting certain information under Section 17F re: a list of all [Boston] city commissions and boards as of January 7, 2009, names, conditions of appointment and time period length, salaries and all meeting minutes from 2008.

By - 1/15/09 - 6:03 pm

There are several local inaugural parties planned for those who are interested. (These are sponsored by

Obama Inaugural Bash
Where: West on Centre (in West Roxbury)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM

Obama Inaugural Bash
Where: The Alchemist Lounge (in Jamaica Plain)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM

Inauguration Fiesta

By - 1/15/09 - 8:00 am

Sam Baltrusis spreads the word that film crews will descend on Southie in April to make a movie about Whitey Bulger, based on Globe reporter Dick Lehr's Black Mass book.

By - 1/15/09 - 7:49 am

After an outside consultant hired by the local firefighters union found problems yesterday, the Globe reports.

By - 1/14/09 - 10:26 pm

Tammy Donroe lists local farms that sell shares in their output, says you need to be thinking about signing up now, because shares sometimes sell out as early as February (just like Sox tickets).

By - 1/14/09 - 3:02 pm

Boston Police are warning owners of Sidekick cell phones that thieves are out to get them. Police say 14% of all robberies in Boston - or 300 last year - involved the T-Mobile smartphones.

Police say they've shut two stores in recent days that may have been fencing stolen Sidekicks - Cellular Paging of JP, 420 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester, where detectives yesterday found 475 used Sidekicks, and G&M Electronics Wireless Store, 7 Blue Hill Ave., which had 71 used Sidekicks, including, police say, a stolen Sidekick it bought from an undercover detective.

Police add that almost all the thefts happen either before or after school.

By - 1/14/09 - 8:20 am

We're no longer a boring provincial backwater, at least when it comes to bars, Lauren Clark writes:

... The city's bartenders have been making a name for themselves, not only by helping popularize artisanal cocktails, but also by opening up new bars and networking with their colleagues around the country. Restaurateurs have embraced the idea that a bar is not just a place to wait for a table, but a destination in its own right.

Doing their part, Boston consumers have developed a taste for cocktails made with flavorful base spirits such as gin and whiskey, fresh-squeezed juices and naturally flavored liqueurs, syrups and bitters, some of which are formulated by bartenders themselves. ...

By - 1/13/09 - 7:41 pm

Mayor Tom Menino tonight called on city unions to accept a wage freeze or face "painful, painful" layoffs as the city grapples with declining revenue.

In his state of the city address, Menino said the city is facing a $140 million shortfall in its annual budget, due to declining tax revenues and anticipated cuts in state aid. The city has already saved $30 million by refinancing debt, but "we cannot tighten our belts out of the situation," he said. Rather than cutting deep into core city services, he said he will try to convince municipal unions to accept a one-year freeze on wages. With that, "I can protect core services for residents."

"$140 million means cuts in core services, it means cuts in core services, we're talking about real pain for working families. I don't want that. ... We have to work together to move our city forward. The state of the city is in our hands and for that reason, I know the state of our city is strong."

Also, Menino gave a strong hint he'll be running for re-election this year, concluding his speech by saying he would work tirelessly to improve Boston "this year and in the years ahead."

By - 1/12/09 - 10:28 pm

And not just by the firefighters or other city unions. Boston Public School students plan a rally outside Faneuil Hall before Menino's state-of-the-city speech tomorrow to support their schools, which are facing large cuts in programs, according to organizer Maya Jonas-Silver - a member of the Boston Latin School class of 2010.

On their Facebook page, the Student Coalition Acting for Public Education argues:

By - 1/12/09 - 8:22 pm

Kevin McCrea has one you can borrow (if, that is, he doesn't use it himself).