By - 12/19/14 - 4:15 am

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh held a community forum at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury Thursday Night starting at 7:00 P.M., and running for almost five hours.

They made presentations and answered questions about how Boston Police Department officer involved shootings are investigated and related issues.

Rev Laura Everett live-tweeted the event.... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 4:09 pm

CommonWealth reports a consultant working on the Boston Olympics bid approached the state lottery commission about running a very special lottery to help fund Boston's Olympics effort, should it come to that. The lottery people told him no, that would take an act of the legislature, since, by law, lottery profits are only supposed to go to the state's cities and towns.

As CommonWealth... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 12:21 pm
Sign shop in old Boston

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

By - 12/18/14 - 11:14 am

Somebody has put together a map showing local streets that align with the rising and setting sun on the winter solstice, which is this Sunday.

Meanwhile, there's a winter-solstice walk at Walden Pond at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

By - 12/17/14 - 2:00 pm

Reason reports the bus line is back from the dead and getting ready to ferry people between New York and Boston again.

By - 12/16/14 - 12:32 pm

Imagine if they slapped those things on the backs of Orange Line cars. Vroom!

By - 12/16/14 - 8:07 am

WBUR posts photos of the gingerbread structures on display through Dec. 22 at the Boston Society of Architects.

By - 12/15/14 - 9:48 pm

The BPL has released a list of the ten books taken out most frequently in 2014:

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  5. Inferno by Dan Brown
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  8. Catching Fire by Suzanne
  9. ... Read more
By - 12/15/14 - 3:50 pm

Annissa Essaibi-George, who came in fifth in 2013 for one of the four at-large city council seats, is running again for one of the seats in the 2015 elections.

Essaibi-George is a former president of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association and executive director of Fields Corner Main Street.

By - 12/15/14 - 10:29 am
Postal Service delivers letter to wrong country

UPDATE: Oops, they did it again.

Ren Jender reports the US Postal Service delivered this letter to the correct street number (but the wrong street) in Boston. Unfortunately, as you can see, it was supposed to go to that number on another street in London, on the other side of the Atlantic.... Read more

By - 12/15/14 - 10:22 am
Old street scene in Boston

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

By - 12/15/14 - 7:43 am

With Long Island shut for the next X years, the plans for Frontage Road abandoned in favor of a soccer stadium or something and the abandoned Radius Hospital off the table, Mayor Walsh is promising he'll announce a new location for a quasi-permanent place for homeless programs this week.

By - 12/10/14 - 3:47 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved giving LogMeIn a $2.5-million tax break over 13 years for the new headquarters it wants to build at 327-347 Summer St.

City Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) said the tax break would keep a fast growing company in Boston - the company pledged to add 400 to 500 new jobs over the next five years... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 12:17 pm

Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) last night gave birth to her and husband Conor's first child, Blaise Francis Pewarski, 7 lbs., 13 oz. and 20 inches long. Mom, father and son are doing fine.

By - 12/10/14 - 11:24 am
Mansion in old Boston

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

By - 12/9/14 - 10:46 pm

Bouquets are just so passe, right? An area bride-to-be is looking for corgis that her bridesmaids can hold during her wedding ceremony instead of wilting flowers. She's already got some, but needs six more:

This next April, I will be getting married to the man of my dreams and we will be having the most wonderful storybook wedding that Boston has ever seen. The

... Read more
By - 12/9/14 - 9:51 am

Mayor Walsh wants to eliminate a restriction that limits voters to signing nominating petitions for just one district councilor and mayoral candidate and four at-large councilors in an election year.

The city council tomorrow considers his request for a home-rule petition to the legislature to let Boston voters sign as many local nomination papers as they want. In a letter to the council, Walsh says... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 9:11 am
Overcrowded Kenmore on the Green Line

Jacob Weindling's advice to people heading to Kenmore: Don't.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The T reports regular service is resuming.

Good thing we're going for the summer Olympics: On this nor'eastery day, a trolley that circled the drain at Boylston and another trolley that lost part of a door while moving in a tunnel sent the Green Line into "severe" mode. Passengers crammed into stations hoping in vain to get onto trains that were... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 8:15 am

Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports:

Tire thefts are up in the city with newer Hondas being targeted most frequently.

By - 12/8/14 - 11:24 pm

As the Globe reports on its forum on the 2024 Olympics proposal:

Perhaps the most jaw-dropping quote from the evening came from [backer Juliette] Kayyem, who admitted she has not read the full bid - she has only seen a limited portion of it - which hasn’t been public. Transparency was a key issue during the conversation.

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