Boston

By - 10/29/16 - 9:57 am
Rainbow over the Charles River

Melissa Sullivan enjoyed the rainbow over the Charles River this morning.

She wasn't alone: Read more.

By - 10/28/16 - 9:03 am

The Dorchester Reporter sounds the alarm: Dorchester is Boston's noisiest neighborhood (while neighboring Mattapan is the quietest), based on the Greater Boston Neighborhood Noise Report Card.

By - 10/27/16 - 2:46 pm

Boston has loaded the source code for boston.gov on github, which means code writers can now rummage around and submit improvements to make the site work better.

City Hall says this makes Boston the first "major" US city to turn its Web site into an open-source project. Officials emphasize the code - based on open-source Drupal software - contains no sensitive data.

Intriguingly, github stats show a code contribution from Marty Walsh. OK, granted, just for the "readme" file.

By - 10/26/16 - 3:24 pm

WGBH (over-the-air broadcast 2.1 & 2.2) and WGBX (over-the-air broadcast 44.1, 44.3, 44.4) will remain on low power and will have spotty reception until repairs are completed. They were also impacted by the same situation that blew Ch 4, 5, and 38 off the air recently.

By - 10/26/16 - 3:02 pm
Boston job mapping

MIT's Mobility Futures Collaborative, which is figuring out ways to promote bus rapid transit systems (think Silver Line, but more rapid), has used 2014 job data to map the locations and types of jobs in the Boston area.

Via Chris Devers.

By - 10/26/16 - 9:44 am

In addition to four statewide ballot questions, Boston voters are deciding whether to add a surcharge to property tax bills to pay for more affordable housing and improvements to local parks and historical sites. Read more.

By - 10/25/16 - 2:47 pm

A committee set up to consider how to keep Boston Public Schools afloat today released a series of suggestions it says could save the system $100 million a year. Among them: Read more.

By - 10/25/16 - 12:03 pm
Candidate fundraiser that mentions Steve Murphy as being elected

Paul Gannon is running for state senate somewhere well south of the Neponset, but, natch, he's having a fundraiser tonight in South Boston. And look at the notables planning to attend, specifically "Register of Deeds-elect Stephen J. Murphy."

Not yet - he still has to beat John Keith, Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and Joe Donnelly in the Nov. 8 election. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 7:44 pm

A correspondent asks if there's someplace to get this Jordanian dessert:

My 93 year-old father in law is visiting and has a hankering for Knafeh Nablusieh. I was wondering if we could ask the hive-mind as to whether this can be bought for money somewhere in the Boston area?

By - 10/24/16 - 10:37 am
Old trolley in old Boston

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

By - 10/23/16 - 6:48 pm

Jeff Lawrence, owner of the Dig, alerts readers he's getting ready to pass the paper onto "the next generation:"

One thing I’m considering very seriously, though, is selling the business to a non-profit and making the paper a not-for-profit venture. Not that it ever generated a profit anyway, but the idea that independent journalism should be free and unfettered from ad dollars is extremely appealing to me, and I imagine the reader as well.

By - 10/21/16 - 10:25 pm

When it rains, it pours, Tamas K-L shows us.

Parts of JP went dark. Also, as Marybeth reports: Read more.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:57 pm

The Boston City Council today approved looking into how to regulate rental services like Airbnb from laying waste to neighborhoods and harming local hotels and workers while also protecting poor homeowners who increasingly rely on the services to make ends meet and stay in the city. Read more.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:42 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on the vetting process for how people become constables following last week's shootout in East Boston, involving a man who the council named a constable earlier this year. Read more.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:25 pm

The city council today urged Harvard University to give its food-services workers the $35,000 minimum salary that is one of the issues in the workers' current strike. Read more.

By - 10/18/16 - 12:20 pm

WBUR reports on a poll showing her leading by 26 points overall - and 43 points among women.

By - 10/17/16 - 10:15 am

Girl Jo asks:

Best vegetarian restaurant recommendations in boston?

By - 10/16/16 - 2:08 pm

Can you imagine the outrage if a Boston city councilor told his constituents to shut the hell up about jet noise from Logan?

By - 10/13/16 - 4:25 pm

Sure, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the western suburbs for tonight, but Eric Fisher says we could hit 80 next week.