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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
WBUR reports on a poll showing her leading by 26 points overall - and 43 points among women.
Girl Jo asks:
Best vegetarian restaurant recommendations in boston?
Can you imagine the outrage if a Boston city councilor told his constituents to shut the hell up about jet noise from Logan?
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.