Boston

By - 3/21/16 - 10:43 am

It's the third BPS snow day of the year, and, yes, it's time for Tory Bullock's third snow-day video: Read more.

By - 3/20/16 - 6:35 pm

The mayor's office showed this video at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast this morning.

By - 3/20/16 - 6:11 pm

From Hyde Park to Charlestown, kids break out in grins; parents groan.

Officials say it's not the amount of snow, but the timing:

An important factor in this decision is the timing of the snowstorm, with several inches of snow expected to fall during the morning commute. Because safety is the top priority of Boston Public Schools, Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang made the decision to close school on Monday.

Boston's community centers will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bad news, BPS administrative workers: You still have to go in.

By - 3/20/16 - 7:18 am
Possible snow totals in Boston area

Um, what? From the NWS.

We go to sleep Saturday night after disappointing the kidlet with the news there might not be any snow at all and wake up Sunday morning to find, oh, we've got ourselves a winter-storm warning, the computer models have changed again and now we could get up to 7 inches of snow. And heavy, wet snow, the kind that sticks to power lines and tree limbs and makes the electricity go off. Gah! So get that snow shovel out of the shed and rush out to your nearest food mart to get all the essentials.

By - 3/17/16 - 6:00 pm

Suffolk County's more obscure elected positions continue to prove popular among retired or ousted city councilors. The Globe reports that City Councilors Charles Yancey and Steve Murphy, who lost their elections in the fall, are both eyeing the for-some-reason-still-elected position of Suffolk County Register of Deeds.

This morning, a roving UHub reporter spotted Yancey in the register's office: Read more.

By - 3/17/16 - 5:01 pm

Alfred Davis, 70, of Lynn, was indicted today on larceny and forgery charges for allegedly using some $20,000 in philanthropic grants to the BHA for travel expenses in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Barbados, expensive meals, collectible coins, a mattress and supplements to help him maintain erections, authorities announced today. Read more.

By - 3/17/16 - 8:44 am

The Dig starts an exploration of the tangled world of Boston liquor licenses with a look at what got us to $350,000 liquor licenses, including the way the last time the legislature gave Boston more licenses for outer neighborhoods not a single one of the licenses actually went to those neighborhoods.

By - 3/16/16 - 11:01 pm

BPS officials said tonight roughly $6 million being pumped into high schools to stave off teacher layoffs comes from an anticipated increase in state aid for the effects of losing students to charter schools. Read more.

By - 3/16/16 - 3:37 pm

Prior Years

In FY15 and FY16, although the mayor's budget increased funding in Boston Schools by approximately $38m each year, the two budgets actually cut spending by $65m and $40m respectively.

Principals had to make choices and staff was cut. (Regrettably, there is no composite list kept by the administration that we can reference to see the impact. That would be a good thing to do.)

By - 3/16/16 - 2:01 pm

On March 22, 2016 the New England Diversity Council will be hosting their Women in Leadership Symposium at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. This symposium will bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their organizations.

By - 3/15/16 - 5:48 pm

Variety reports CBS wants to get rid of its radio stations, which in Boston include WBZ 1030, WBZ-FM, a.k.a. the Sports Hub, WBMX, i.e., Mix 104.1, and WZLX.

Via the Boston Radio Interest mailing list.

By - 3/15/16 - 2:00 pm
BRA

The BRA plans to issue an RFP next week for a "strategic advisor" charged with helping the authority "in the development of an organizational identity and brand strategy" based on some reforms the authority has made over the past couple of years.

In many ways, the BRA's brand remains unchanged from its founding in the 1950s as a way for the city to condemn and tear down entire neighborhoods, BRA Director Brian Golden acknowledges. Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 11:39 am

A new study by the BRA does little to dispel the idea that Boston is increasingly becoming a place for the very rich and the very poor. Boston's Workforce finds: Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 10:42 am
Guys in a tunnel

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out exactly what these guys were doing, and when (hint: This was on a Saturday night) See it larger.

By - 3/15/16 - 10:37 am

Mayor Walsh wants to expand a pilot program in Charlestown in which the city increased the fine for curbside parking on street-sweeping days from $40 to $90 and in exchange stopped towing cars whose owners left them there anyway. Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 8:32 am

The Globe reports on a case involving a phone belonging to an alleged member of the Columbia Point Dawgs, indicted last year with 47 other people.

By - 3/14/16 - 6:46 pm

But at a City Council hearing today, a leader of a small-landlord group vowed war against a proposed "just cause eviction" law that would require landlords to notify tenants why they're being evicted - and to file copies with the city. Read more.

By - 3/14/16 - 11:57 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report they are looking at "several incidents" involving people who made payments for apartments advertised online that were not, in fact, available for lease.

After making payments for apartments advertised on sites such as Craigslist: Read more.

By - 3/11/16 - 6:18 am

The Globe reports Mayor Walsh has told School Superintendent Tommy Chang to put more money into high schools following this week's student protests over potential cuts to foreign-language and other programs.

Walsh is hoping the state comes through with $5 million in extra reimbursement for the loss of students to charter schools the Globe reports. But part of the money will come from not expanding Advanced Work Classes in grades 4-6. The classes, which offer more rigorous instruction, are seen as a conduit to the city's exam schools and Chang had made their expansion part of his plans for improving tests scores in general and for dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School.

By - 3/10/16 - 11:59 am

The Boston Business Journal reports that Biz Stone, who grew up in the Boston area, and his wife, have decided to fund all the Boston projects listed on DonorsChoose, a site that matches teachers with specific requests with donors.

The money will pay for everything from laptops and cameras to a band saw (for a robotics club at the Quincy Upper School in Chinatown).