By - 9/4/15 - 3:30 pm

Keith Matthews really doesn't like spam texts and junk calls.

In July, he sued a Utah company for three junk calls. This week, he sued a California company that he claims had an autodialer send him two text messages immediately after he used his cell phone to call the real-estate broker whose number was listed on a sign outside a house he was interested in. Read more.

By - 9/4/15 - 9:23 am

There's a group that really likes buses, and they've got the snazzy graphics to prove they're better than subways, at least if you give them their own lanes and raised platforms and stuff. Oddly, the Silver Line, our one example of "bus rapid transit," isn't listed on their gold standards or BRT in action pages.

By - 9/3/15 - 10:29 am

The City Council yesterday approved an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco at all professional and amateur sports venues in the city. The measure needs the signature of Mayor Walsh, but since he originally proposed it, he'll probably sign it.

At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty said the measure is a step towards helping young people avoid oral cancer and other problems the stuff can cause.

By - 9/2/15 - 2:00 pm

The City Council today unanimously proposed an ordinance that lets police fine any scooter or ATV riders they see popping wheelies, standing on the seats or doing other stunts on city streets. Read more.

By - 9/2/15 - 1:49 pm

The City Council today deferred any action on giving itself pay increases. In roughly 20 seconds, Council President Bill Linehan referred two raise-related orders to the Committee on Government Operations for hearings. Read more.

By - 9/2/15 - 1:40 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) says Comcast just isn't cutting it for Boston and wants to look into ways to get Verizon to bring its fiber-optic connections into town - or other companies or utilities that might do so.

RCN isn't really competition enough for Comcast and with FiOS stopping at the city line, Boston is in danger of falling on the wrong side of the digital divide for a lack of competition, O'Malley said at a City Council meeting today. Read more.

By - 9/2/15 - 10:17 am

MuckRock gives us a look at Boston Police regulations for working with informants.

By - 9/1/15 - 8:35 pm

The latest shooting statistics from Boston Police show a doubling in the number of incidents in which more than one person is shot. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 2:31 pm

What is it that Ernie Boch, Jr. finds so interesting about Donald Trump that he'd host a fund raiser an event?

By - 8/31/15 - 11:43 pm

The City Council on Wednesday gets to decide between competing salary increases: Council President Bill Linehan wants to give himself and his fellow councilors a 20% raise, to $105,000 a year, while Mayor Walsh is pushing for a 13.7% raise, to $99,500. Read more.

By - 8/31/15 - 3:10 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he is asking the City Council to pass an ordinance to ban replica handguns in public.

In a statement, Walsh said: Read more.

By - 8/31/15 - 10:47 am
RG Syndicate in old Boston

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

By - 8/27/15 - 12:16 pm

The State House News Service reports on open-meeting law violations across the state. Scroll down about two-thirds of the way for details on how the state Attorney General's office noticed the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals had failed for several years to keep the detailed meeting minutes it was supposed to.

By - 8/27/15 - 10:03 am

Yves Dambreville, 66, a retired Boston Police detective, was shot to death by bikers in Port-au-Prince yesterday, InfoHaiti reports, adding the former head of Haiti's National Police was shot twice in the back in the same incident. Read more.

By - 8/22/15 - 1:04 pm

The Home Energy Efficiency Team used data from National Grid and Eversource to create maps of unplugged natural-gas leaks in eastern Massachusetts (1,837 in Boston).

Via Inside Medford.

By - 8/21/15 - 4:48 pm
Hancock image

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL) is hosting an exhibition, "We Are One, Mapping America's road from revolution to independence" to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the colonial resistance to the British Stamp Act.

This week, four new maps from the King George III Topographical Collection and other collections at the British Library were added to the exhibition. These maps are "one-of-a-kind", watercolor paintings in a beautiful 18th-century style. Read more.

By - 8/20/15 - 3:18 pm
City Councilor Frank Baker

Frank Baker: Councilors worth more than department heads.

A board assembled by the mayor to look at raises for city councilors today recommended an 11% raise, which would bring council pay to roughly $97,000 starting in January.

City Councilor Bill Linehan said he will file a measure on Wednesday for a higher increase, Mayor Walsh's past veto of a higher raise be damned.

"We're not going to back down," Linehan said. Read more.

By - 8/19/15 - 9:46 pm

Boston police officer Patrick McCarthy, 35, was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment on a a charge of assault and battery on a household member, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.