Boston

By - 3/22/15 - 7:13 am

Matt Karolian asks:

Looking for jewelers in Boston who do custom work. Recommendations?

By - 3/21/15 - 6:50 pm

Local singer Louie Bello reports he was on his way back from SXSW on JetBlue when one of the flight attendants asked him to get on the PA and sing a song.

By - 3/20/15 - 3:47 pm

Nicole Freedman, appointed by then Mayor Menino to gear up Boston's bicycling efforts, is leaving next week for a transportation job with the city of Seattle (to which we also recently lost our chief of detectives).

She writes:

By - 3/20/15 - 10:39 am

In contrast to the idea of a Boston Olympics, Bostonians love them some space savers. WBUR reports:

70 percent of Boston residents are in favor of the use of space savers, despite the controversy, vandalism and parking challenges the tradition brings each winter.

By - 3/19/15 - 9:53 pm

WBUR reports its latest Olympic poll shows only 36% of Boston residents now back the idea of holding the games in Boston - and that more people hold an unfavorable view of Boston 2024 organizers than think they're swell.

Separately, WBUR reports Deval Patrick now says he'll shmooze International Olympics Committee top dogs for free, instead of for $7,500 a day.

By - 3/19/15 - 7:31 pm

Squiggs asks:

Any pubs that you could shoot pool in?

By - 3/19/15 - 2:41 pm

CommonWealth Magazine ponders a Boston with a continuing decline in the pre-18 set.

Boston is becoming not only a city without young people to shovel snow for those of us with arthritic hands and bad backs, but also a city which has a strikingly reduced number of young people participating in Little League, youth hockey, scout groups, and all of those other bedrock institutions that cement neighborhoods and create a sense of community.

By - 3/18/15 - 4:44 pm

The National Weather Service says it's looking more like we could get ACCUMULATING WET SNOW starting Friday morning. And they're mentioning things we just don't want to hear anymore, like CYCLOGENESIS (granted, it's no BOMBOGENESIS, BABY!) and the 40/70 benchmark. The French Toast Alert level has been adjusted accordingly.

By - 3/18/15 - 7:27 am

WBUR reports on a study that found Boston is the third most unequal city in the country in terms of income:

In 2013, the richest Boston households - those at the 95th percentile - took home $239,837 in income, while those at the 20th percentile made just $15,952.

By - 3/18/15 - 7:24 am

The Globe reports on a study by an institute at UMass on all the economic benefits we'd see - but don't worry, the institute isn't directly affiliated with UMass Boston, which has strongly supported the games and stands to get its first dorms out of the deal. The study does caution we should be concerned about public expenditures and Olympics fever sucking the life out of projects and development in the rest of the state.

By - 3/17/15 - 12:54 am

Waiting for a Super Man | Edushyster:

As a public school teacher from Southern California, it is frightening to see Tommy Chang on the short-list of candidates for consideration for the very important job of Superintendent of Boston’s Public Schools. He built his career not as a public educator, but as a man on a mission to privatize our schools.

By - 3/16/15 - 4:23 pm

Watertown PD Sgt. John "Mac" MacLellan.testified today that Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev could have escaped police on Laurel Street in Watertown in Dun "Danny" Meng's car-jacked Mercedes without killing his brother Tamerlan who had been apprehended.

By - 3/16/15 - 3:20 pm

City officials said today they are pouring extra manpower into cleaning up city streets and sidewalks as the snow melts, but say making Boston shine again is going to take help from residents.

City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) said he hopes residents put as much effort into cleaning the curbs and sidewalks in front of their homes as they put into helping neighbors shovel out their cars.

"We're all in this together," he said at a hearing called by Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) to look at city plans for post-snowpocalypse cleanup.

By - 3/16/15 - 9:35 am

The Globe reports one way BPS plans to save money is by reducing options for school breakfasts and lunches - and that some mornings, kids will be given a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and some fruit or they can just go hungry.

By - 3/15/15 - 7:18 pm

This just in from the National Weather Service:

By - 3/15/15 - 1:10 pm

With a very special appearance by Shelby Scott.

By - 3/13/15 - 8:23 pm

Joe Growhoski asks:

Where in Boston can I get grapefruit sculpin on tap?

By - 3/11/15 - 8:23 pm

The School Committee today approved a contract with Tommy Chang, who will now become Boston's next school superintendent.

Chang, who currently oversees 130 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, will earn $257,000 annually, and will be eligible for performance increases of up to 4% based on annual evaluations by the School Committee. Additionally, Dr. Chang will be eligible to receive annual performance increases, between 0 and 4%, based on his evaluation by the School Committee.

By - 3/11/15 - 5:26 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a formal request to the MBTA to make its Friday and Saturday late-night service permanent.

Councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michelle Wu (at large), who proposed the motion, acknowledged that keeping the service running will require what Zakim called "very creative and thoughtful" ways to pay for it, including possibly a surcharge for the service.

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