By - 10/16/17 - 9:27 am

The Herald reports a judge looking into the Suffolk County probate office found that while Felix Arroyo won a job for which he had no training, he was not helped by racist white workers who may have set out to sabotage him, especially after he dared to hire new employees who were not white.

In an election for an office few care about, Arroyo replaced Patty Campatelli, who, you may recall, was also suspended from the job.

By - 10/14/17 - 10:40 am

The AP reports "Birds gone wild in Boston and Brookline of course "

After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, the birds have stormed back in what’s considered a major success story for wildlife restoration. But as they spread farther into urban areas, they’re increasingly clashing with residents who say they destroy gardens, damage cars, chase pets and attack people.

By - 10/13/17 - 12:18 pm

The BPDA board yesterday approved a test to make it easier for homeowners to add a single apartment in three neighborhoods - in a program that will include zero-percent city loans of up to $30,000 for any required modifications. Read more.

By - 10/11/17 - 10:13 pm

In a city that thinks of itself sometimes as the Athens of America, surely we can have a real debate, where two candidates for a particular office can actually talk out issues.

That wasn't what we got tonight. The format of the "debate" between Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury left no room for the candidates to really get into things. Only for one brief moment did they break out of the confines of the forum-style session, when they exchanged a couple of angry barbs over last year's Black Lives Matter at Boston Latin imbroglio. Read more.

By - 10/11/17 - 5:36 pm

RoxVote and BNN will both be livestreaming the Walsh/Jackson debate at 6.

By - 10/11/17 - 9:01 am

WCVB reports one of the posts involved "involved a cartoon man carrying a decapitated head with the caption 'Nat Turner's slave rebellion.' " A police officer now stands guard outside BFD headquarters just in case.

By - 10/10/17 - 1:37 pm
Vaulted ceiling in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City archives wonder if you can place this scene.

By - 10/9/17 - 2:07 pm
By - 10/6/17 - 10:05 am

CORRECTION: The candidates will have two debates after all - they agreed to a second one on Oct. 11.

After both sides agreed not to scab out at a WBZ debate, we're left with just a single mayoral debate, at WGBH's studios on the 10th (and now a second one the next night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury). Tito asked Marty for at least four total debates. One of Marty's minions replied, basically: Yeah, right.

Speaking of Walsh opponents, John Connolly popped up this week ... Read more.

By - 10/5/17 - 9:57 pm

Caitlin asks:

Any idea where to bring 5" floppy disks to get text files?

By - 10/5/17 - 11:04 am

NBC News reports Stephen Paddock "researched possible locations in Boston and Chicago."

UPDATE: NBC News narrows it down to the Fenway Park area, but says no indication he actually traveled to Boston.

By - 10/5/17 - 9:16 am

The City Council yesterday approved a measure that would require landlords of larger buildings to have a specific reason to evict tenants - and to notify the city, so it could alert tenants to their rights, WBUR reports.

By - 10/5/17 - 9:08 am

Both Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson pulled out of a debate planned for Channel 4 tonight because of a contract tiff between the station and union members over pay for longtime workers, the Globe reports. The union, an IBEW local, had planned a picket line.

By - 10/4/17 - 11:54 pm

At a forum tonight, Mayor Marty Walsh said he would spend the next four years building on what he said were the successes of his first term, while challenger and City Councilor Tito Jackson said he would take more aggressive steps to make Boston a better place. Read more.

By - 10/2/17 - 12:10 pm
Gym class in old Boston

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

By - 10/2/17 - 11:12 am

Some people who went to get their cars inspected today report they couldn't because of problems with a new state inspection system.

MassDOT says it's no biggie, that there were only scattered problems due to the service stations' lack of training, but one increasingly frustrated motorist begs to differ. Read more.

By - 10/1/17 - 3:14 pm
By - 9/29/17 - 8:46 am

Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico is a new fund, set up by the Boston Foundation and the city, to help Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria. Read more.

By - 9/29/17 - 8:39 am

ICE reports it arrested 50 people in Massachusetts in raids targeted specifically at communities that have declared themselves "sanctuary cities." Read more.