NBC Boston reports state officials have ordered the city to stop pouring dry ice down rat holes because the carbon dioxide the stuff gives off to suffocate the rats is not registered with the federal government as a pesticide and so is illegal, at least for killing rats.
One of the advantages of living on the coast, at least early in winter, is that we're less likely to get snow dumped on us during a major storm - such as the one that's supposed to hit tomorrow. Read more.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city of Boston because a new state law bars the city from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft. Read more.
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Wu isn't saying which incumbent she will take on, but said it won't be against 5th District Rep. Katherine Clark, who has also suffered online harassment: Read more.
Brian Sniffen is looking for American eel, not unagi.
Fresh Truck is a non-profit that brings fresh produce to neighborhoods and folks who might not have enough.
So kids, just don't do it, mkay? And if you do score some weed, throw it out! And heavens, don't tell anybody how much you paid.
For the second time this week, law-enforcement officials say they've broken up a large heroin and fentanyl ring in the Boston area.
Two days after the feds announced some 20 arrests of what they say was a ring run out of Saugus and Roslindale, local law-enforcement officials announced their own heroin-ring bust, centered on Jamaica Plain's violent Mozart Street gang. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Landwer Cafe, which has a menu featuring Israeli fare such as shakshouka as well as coffee, is advertising for a chef and general manager for a Boston outpost.
To sum up: BRRRRR:
WINDS THIS STRONG WILL RESULT IN TREE DAMAGE INCLUDING SOME WEAKENED TREES BEING KNOCKED DOWN. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNING GIVEN THE BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. DRIVING WILL BE DIFFICULT IN OPEN AREAS AND ON BRIDGES.
The City Council today overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by councilors Frank Baker (Dorchester) and Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) to add a 2% tax on liquor sales to fund addiction treatment programs.
Council President Michelle Wu joined Baker and Linehan in voting for the tax; the other 10 councilors voted against. Read more.
The Boston City Council today kicked the issue of banning plastic bags at local stores into the next year. Read more.
The Boston City Council today approved a measure that would let city small businesses have acoustic musicians play without having to get a permit from the city. The proposal was sponsored by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu.
The Boston City Council today voted 12-1 for an ordinance that would prod the city's two gas companies to speed up repairs of hundreds, possibly thousands, of natural-gas leaks in the city. Read more.
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene.
Eric Fisher braces us for what could be record-setting "Chuck Norris level cold" Friday morning (not that Thursday will be that much better) - like maybe even sub-zero readings in some parts of southern New England (although he's looking at a few degrees above zero for Boston). Oh, but with wind chills down to -25 here.