By - 1/28/16 - 2:44 pm

The MBTA this week sued Amtrak over the $29 million Amtrak is demanding the authority pay for the right to have Amtrak keep running trains over Northeast Corridor tracks that are owned by the T.

The T warns that if it's forced to make the payments, it might have to take the money out of its already precariously financed mass-transit services. Read more.

By - 1/28/16 - 11:14 am

Ryan asks:

Best place for a big plate of Southern style biscuits and gravy?

By - 1/27/16 - 2:16 pm

A task force assembled by the mayor says Boston nightlife would be improved by letting downtown restaurants and bars keep serving alcohol past the current state-mandated limit of 2 a.m. - and by letting people on outdoor patios order drinks without having to get food to go with them. Read more.

By - 1/25/16 - 2:36 pm
Sebastian the Space Saver

If you don't use Facebook, or haven't been on it in a couple of weeks, then you have no idea what the city of Boston today is riffing on. And you're probably better off for that. And enough with the space savers.

By - 1/25/16 - 1:31 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is vowing an in-depth probe at race relations in the Boston Public Schools system following last week's Black at BLS campaign by black students at Boston Latin School.

By - 1/25/16 - 10:14 am

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

By - 1/23/16 - 6:25 pm

Around 6:20 p.m., Harvey Leonard had this to say about the storm in the Boston area: "It's a very significant event" for the next hour or 2.

Megz reports: Read more.

By - 1/23/16 - 11:34 am

The Herald reports on comments by the lawyer for Edwin Guzman, a BPD sergeant facing charges in Quincy of dissemination of harmful material to a minor and annoying and accosting behavior, and how he doubts the photos were really that troubling to her.

"You can’t tell me someone her age has never seen a picture of a penis on the Internet," Anderson said.

By - 1/22/16 - 9:32 am

But wouldn't "the townie" say "dude" or "khed" instead of "bro"?

H/t Michael Ratty.

By - 1/22/16 - 4:31 am


By - 1/21/16 - 11:58 pm

Boston Police report:

At approximately 8:55 this morning, the Boston Police Department was notified of a threatening email that was sent to the superintendent of school’s office at 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury. Upon receiving the email, school officials immediately notified the Boston Police Department. The BPD along with our local and Federal law enforcement partners promptly initiated an investigation and quickly determined that the threat contained in the email was not credible.

Police say they and school officials took unspecified "appropriate" actions just in case.

By - 1/21/16 - 11:51 pm
Giant Boston snow blower

One of the snow beasts.

After last winter, Boston bought two giant snow blowers that, when coupled with dump trucks, can remove 2,000 tons of snow an hour.

WCVB reports that with the impending blizzard to end all blizzards expected to sock Washington, but mostly miss us, Mayor Walsh says he's offered to loan the vehicles to that city if they need it.

By - 1/21/16 - 1:09 pm

Boston Public Schools today announced that 70.7% of the 2015 class graduated. It's the system's highest number - and reflects a shrinking gap between the graduation rates of whites and blacks and Hispanics. Read more.

By - 1/21/16 - 12:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears 12 requests for liquor licenses - all but two from either the North End or the South Boston waterfront - for one of the ten "all alcohol" licenses freed up by the state legislature for Boston last fall.

That's on top of the four restaurants whose requests they heard this week and two last week. Read more.

By - 1/20/16 - 2:40 pm

Connolly, who ran against Marty Walsh in 2013, writes that he agrees with a point Walsh made last night in his speech about getting both BPS and charter schools working together: Read more.

By - 1/19/16 - 9:31 pm

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Walsh declared that "the city of Boston is as strong as it's ever been," but he laid out several proposals to make it even better and to keep Boston at the forefront of cities in which residents look out for each other and help each other out.

Walsh emphasized schools and assured those listening that "the Boston Public Schools ARE my priority." But in remarks that seemed aimed at pro-BPS parents who protested outside Symphony Hall before his speech, he added that he is equally committed to students at the city's non-BPS charter schools. And enough, already, with pitting schools against each other, he said. Read more.

By - 1/19/16 - 6:13 pm

Local filmmakers Richard Hawke and Paul Villanova created this 3 1/2-minute video of Boston in Flux to show Boston changing over the decades.

We wanted the film to be more than simply a photographic effect," says Villanova. "We wanted to visually demonstrate the paradox of Boston - how it is constantly changing, and yet, in many ways looks the same as it did 100 years ago. There is a tension we wanted to capture."

Then and now: Some Boston scenes.

By - 1/17/16 - 6:07 pm
Women exercising in Boston

Boston high school students exercising in early 1890s (from BPL). See larger.

The Massachusetts Historical Society fills us in on the movement to get women moving, starting in the 1860s: Read more.

By - 1/17/16 - 3:35 pm

MZ asks:

Looking to donate luggage to an organization dealing with foster children or domestic abuse victims.Any suggestions, please?