By - 4/6/17 - 9:03 am
Most of Massachusetts no longer under drought

White on the left means no drought, green on the right means flood potential.

The latest Massachusetts drought map, released this morning, shows that last week's rain and snow finally tipped a third of the state from drought watch to not at all droughty - and that another third of the state is "abnormally dry," the lowest of the drought classifications.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings along the Assabet and Taunton rivers - and a flood watch for the rest of the state, through 8 p.m. on Friday:

By - 4/5/17 - 10:59 pm

WGBH reports Jackson grabbed a reporter by the arm and pushed it aside when she asked a question about his past job selling pharmaceutical drugs. He says he was only pushing her microphone out of his face, but sent the station and the reporter apologies.

By - 4/4/17 - 1:57 pm

The Globe writes today that since 2009, at least 11 bodies have been recovered from the water surrounding Boston and that the last one was that of Zachary Marr, whose body was found in the Charles near North Station a month after he disappeared from a downtown bar.

The Globe is wrong on both counts. Read more.

By - 4/4/17 - 11:18 am
Small street in old Boston

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

By - 4/3/17 - 7:45 am

Regular street sweeping in Boston resumes today in those parts of the city not lucky enough to be the North End, the South End or Beacon Hill. If you're new to town, you can look up your street-sweeping day.

Also, the Sox open at home today.

By - 4/2/17 - 11:59 am

The Herald reports Aziza Robinson-Goodnight, 33, plans to run for one of the four at-large council seats in this fall's elections, hoping to take one of the seats now held by Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi-George, Michael Flaherty and Ayanna Pressley.

By - 3/31/17 - 9:03 pm
Boston city seal

Boston is soliciting bids from companies that want to build and run an online store on the city Web site to sell "official City of Boston branded merchandise."

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.

By - 3/28/17 - 6:20 pm
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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who is totally not a fascist, nope, wants elected leaders of cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities arrested, WHDH reports. When last we heard from Hodgson, he was offering to ship some of his inmates down to Texas to build Trump's wall.

UPDATE: Curtatone responds: Come at me, you jack-booted thug.

By - 3/28/17 - 10:51 am
Doodle on old city document

The folks at the Boston City Archives report they recently ran across this doodle in the 1869 city tax records. Do you know what it represents? See it larger.

By - 3/28/17 - 10:37 am

Chris Hedges Delivers the Ultimate Trump Takedown

Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor at Princeton University, author of several New York Times best-sellers, and Presbyterian minister.

By - 3/27/17 - 9:39 am

Matt Karolian asks:

Someone keeps leaving bags of dog poop in the street outside our house. What are the best means of catching the poopetrator?

By - 3/26/17 - 2:35 pm

Jeff Swanson asks:

So where can I get a sushi burrito in Boston?

By - 3/24/17 - 3:29 pm

Andy Woodruff takes note of the news that Boston schools are getting new world maps that try to more accurately show the true sizes of continents and countries and begins to ponder what a Boston-centric world map might look like - in lots and lots of projections.

By - 3/24/17 - 2:18 pm

Stony Brook Park
100 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Starting at 7:00 a.m.

The Bike-A-Thon supports Bikes Not Bombs’ work in social justice and 100% of the proceeds from rider fundraising go towards our youth, international and shop programs that mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.

Bikes Not Bombs is excited to release a new 100 mile Century route for our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! With three other route offerings, (10, 30 or 50 miles) the Bike-A-Thon has a ride for cyclists of all abilities.

By - 3/24/17 - 1:04 pm

Associated Press interviews the Rev. Laura Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and author of an impending book, Holy Spokes, about the spirituality she's discovered as a daily Boston bicycle rider:

Bicycling through Boston's twisting, traffic-clogged streets may seem more about self-preservation than spiritual enlightenment.

For the Rev. Laura Everett, her daily 6-mile commute is a way of connecting to her adopted city, its residents, and her sense of community and vulnerability.

By - 3/23/17 - 3:41 pm

In decisions issued last week and today, a federal judge allowed lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of a Massachusetts ban on recording "private" discussions to go forward - but said the state has a legitimate stake in protecting the privacy rights of its citizens. Read more.

By - 3/22/17 - 4:40 pm

Senator Elizabeth Warren: GOP Health Care Plan Is Not Improving Health Care | MSNBC

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, speaks on the nature of Donald Trump economic plans and the future of corporate America.

By - 3/22/17 - 9:54 am

WGBH reports that ICE has labeled nine New England communities a "uncooperative" when it comes to just handing over undocumented aliens. Boston, Cambridge and Somerville all made the list.

Vestigial Suffolk County, though, doesn't make the list - perhaps because, as we learned from the story of the two Irish guys from Quincy, the Suffolk County sheriff's department continues to stow immigrants in exchange for ICE payments.