The Globe reports the city has picked Dusty Rhodes's Conventures to run First Night this year - a version that will include the Grand Procession, the fireworks and the ice sculptures, but apparently few if any of the performances seen in past First Nights.
Also of note: The city was unable to provide the Globe with a copy of the proposal from the company that lost out because "that information resided on the computer of a vacationing official" - so apparently some city departments not only use typewriters for documents, they don't use network storage, either.
Yesterday, Mayor Walsh announced a clarification of his 'no public money' pledge for Boston 2014 Olympics.
"The first thing we'll do is give Boston 2024 every parcel of land owned by the City of Boston that Boston 2024 needs to do this thing right. Then we'll buy the land they need that we donâ€™t own and give it to them," Walsh said. "While Boston 2024 investors are among the wealthiest and most highly compensated captains of industry in the Commonwealth, they can't bring the Olympics to Boston unless we give them what we have and they want."
The Boston Business Journal reports Worcester's Commerce Bank has just hired a senior vice president to head up lending to Boston taxi-fleet owners to buy medallions.
City Councilor Steve Murphy, who says BPL President Amy Ryan's departure is overdue, leads a hearing next week on the disappearance of two prints worth $600,000 from the main library in Copley Square.
The session starts at 11 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
Peter Kadzis at WGBH writes the disappearance of the prints are not even the half of what's wrong at BPL - which he describes as a rudderless behemoth that has been unable to figure out how to build the sort of endowments other local cultural institutions have.
The Globe reports the mayor, himself a recovering alcoholic, sees pot as a gateway drug and would be willing to head up efforts to defeat a ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana use.
F-bombs, shouting: Uncivil discourse on Boston's Olympic bid
Corey Dinopoulos, a co-founder of the Boston 2024 organizing committee who got the bid rolling three years ago, calls the tone "kind of depressing" for a world-class city with a chance to showcase itself.
"The city needs to calm down," he said. "People are expecting a lot from the organization. We're trying to plan for the next 15 years and that doesn't happen overnight. I think everyone needs some manners classes."
Initially, a public authority (e.g., City of Boston affiliated Industrial Development Authority) will fund land acquisition and infrastructure costs while the OCOG budget will assume the costs associated with the construction and restoration of the temporary stadium structure, Olympics back-of-house and warm-up areas. A private sector development group will be selected for the proposed development of the project that will provide funds to pay for the debt service on the initial financing utilized for land acquisition and infrastructure costs.
Substance-abuse experts and recovering addicts say a proposal by City Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker to fund new treatment programs through a 2% tax on Boston alcohol sales could provide new beds - and new hope - to addicts who now have to wait long periods for help.
Here's some of what you missed while enjoying the long weekend.
The South End had its first roof-deck fire of the season.
Boston Latin School slobs, um, seniors, with pedestrian taste in beer, trashed Hemlock Hill in the Arboretum, leaving disgusted residents to clean up after them.
A man was shot and killed in Roxbury. A 7-year-old was shot while riding his bike in Dorchester. People who knew the bicyclist killed in a Dorchester crash launched a fundraiser to send his body to Haiti for burial.
A national memorial to fallen EMTs and paramedics was held at Faneuil Hall.
A Pats fan had her kids use her obituary to declare Brady's innocence.
A couple of Cantabrigians showed handwriting is not quite a lost art.
Four men burst into a North End apartment in search of pot; police arrested one suspect when he showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound from where he shot himself in the foot.
Somebody unbolted and stole the donation boot in front of the Boylston Street firehouse.
A new report by the city and Blue Cross Blue Shield finds opiate addiction is spiking in Boston just like elsewhere in the state and says we're going to need more treatment beds and programs and soon. Read more.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against an escort classifieds site by three local women who said they were trafficked on the site as minors, saying the site is protected under a federal law that bars actions against online publishers for content created by third parties, in this case the people who take out ads on it. Read more.
Keep Corporate Education Reformers out of Boston Public Schools
Education Reform has defunded Boston Public Schools by $973,500.00 per BPS school. Corporate education reformers have no place on the - Boston Public Schools - superintendents' cabinet. We ask that Dr. Makeeba McCreary be immediately removed from the position of Chief of Staff.
Boston 2024 plans to release a major overhaul of its proposed plans for the Olympics next month, group CEO Rich Davey told a City Council committee today.
The revised plan would provide new details about possible venues, housing and other infrastructure, and may include locations outside of Boston or even New England, Davey said this morning, at at a hearing called by Council President Bill Linehan's Special Committee for the Olympics.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that people facing new drug trials because their evidence was handled by convicted state chemist Annie Dookhan cannot be brought up on more severe charges the second time around - and can't get sentences more severe than the ones originally imposed. Read more.