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By - 11/10/15 - 7:15 am

IGN takes a look at Boston landmarks ruined by nuclear war in Fallout 4 (note, sometimes they show the current views second, sometimes first).

By - 11/9/15 - 2:13 pm

UPDATE: Walsh says Pierce should shut his misinformed yap. More below.

Charles Pierce (yes, that Charles Pierce) levies a j'accuse at Mayor Walsh, charging he wants to shut 36 public schools to make way for more charter and parochial schools.

He's cut a deal with some of the most odious practitioners of the school "reform" grift, including the Walton Family of Wingnuts, and he did so under the radar.

Pierce bases his assertion on FOIA'ed documents, as discussed by Mary Lewis Pierce, who has a kid in BPS.

Mayor Walsh's office issued the following statement:

The Mayor has never said, nor does he have a plan to close 36 schools. Mayor Walsh has proven his dedication to Boston Public Schools by, in the past year alone, providing unprecedented budgetary support, extending learning time for students, adding 200 pre-kindergarten seats to the district, and hiring a first-class Superintendent. The Mayor also launched a multi-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan this fall to guide smart investments in Boston's schools with the goal of providing all students with a high-quality, 21st-century education.

The Esquire article is untrue and unsourced, and references meetings that the Mayor has never had. We are extremely disappointed at the spread of misinformation.

By - 11/7/15 - 9:13 am

Jamaica Plain News reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley will vote for O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) for council president to replace Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown), who is not trying for a third term in the president's aerie above the council chambers.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:27 pm

The Globe reports councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Michelle Wu (at large) all want to replace Bill Linehan as council president.

Fans of council intrigue, of course, remember that Linehan got a second go at the council presidency (the holder of which makes assignments to council committee and gets to stand up on the brutalist president's rostrum in the council chambers) two years ago thanks to one of Wu's first decisions after her election.

By - 11/5/15 - 6:32 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on the liquidation of the local chain.

By - 11/4/15 - 12:25 pm
Murphy and Yancey

City councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Charles Yancey (Dorchester, Mattapan), both of whom lost in yesterday's election, share a moment before this afternoon's city-council meeting.

By - 11/4/15 - 11:19 am
Old drugstore in Boston

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

By - 11/4/15 - 7:47 am

Yancey vows to keep working for a high school in Mattapan, WGBH reports. WGBH reports on Campbell's path to victory. Read more.

By - 11/3/15 - 8:43 pm
Essaibi-George and Campbell

Winners: Essaibi-George and Campbell.

Yancey

The Dorchester Reporter calls District 4 for Andrea Campbell in a decisive win over three-decade Councilor Charles Yancey, in her first run for elective office.

Annissa Essaibi-George finished ahead of incumbent Steve Murphy for the fourth at-large seat, behind Wu, Flaherty and Pressley. Murphy, on the council since 1997, called Essaibi-George to congratulate her. Essaibi-George came in fifth for an at-large seat two years ago.

Read more.

By - 11/2/15 - 1:13 pm

Boston City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) wants to extend city councilors' terms from two to four years.

On Wednesday, the day after what could be a council election with a record low turnout, the council will consider his request for a hearing into the idea of asking the state legislature to make the change.

Baker's hearing request states: Read more.

By - 11/2/15 - 10:53 am
Boston records on women's suffrage vote in 2015

Boston results: Men tell women, nah, we're good.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of a statewide referendum on women's suffrage. Men rejected the idea, aided in part by the nation's first organization of anti-suffrage women - many active progressives but also Brahmins who feared what would happen if their lessers got the vote. Read more.

By - 10/31/15 - 7:21 pm
No longer buried in Government Center

Robin and spouse got dressed up as those two costumes buried in cement in the Government Center T stop for decades.

Great minds think alike: Read more.

By - 10/31/15 - 3:21 pm

If you live in the path of Logan Airport departures there's no doubt you were unable to sleep the morning of Saturday, October 31, 2015. He's a chart of the flights from about 5:30 A.M. to about 9:00.
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The same data is presented here as a gif.

By - 10/31/15 - 2:44 pm

The T reports it will not be adding an extra hour of late-night service to offset the end of daylight time tonight, so plan accordingly.

By - 10/30/15 - 10:32 pm

John Pepper, who started Boloco, then left, then returned, explains how he wound up back at Boloco, what's been going on at the chain, why he had to close the School Street and Newbury Street outlets. And he gives a taste of what he's planning.

By - 10/30/15 - 5:18 pm
Mayor Walsh plays board hockey

After an invigorating game of bubble hockey in the South End today, Mayor Walsh announced the expansion of the city's ParkBoston app to all of the city's 8,000 parking meters. Read more.

By - 10/30/15 - 2:08 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh doesn't want to let go of harbor fireworks without a fight, after hearing they might not go on due to the cost.

By - 10/30/15 - 11:20 am

Tuesday's election, which could have record low turnout, features a small field of five candidates for the four at-large council seats and contested elections in just four of the nine district races (Baker vs. Palmer in District 3, Yancey vs. Campbell in District 4, McCarthy vs. Sanon in District 5, Jackson vs. Clemons in District 7). Here are some articles about the races: Read more.

By - 10/29/15 - 2:16 pm

Ayr Muir, founder of Clover Food Lab, says it's been bothering him that some of his full-time workers don't make enough to live on in Boston. So he writes today he's going to experiment with gradual price increases over the next couple of years to get all of his workers up to at least $20 an hour.

I think we can't build a long-term sustainable food system without changing our labor practices. I think we can do this, but I need your help. We ask a lot of our customers, we want to know what we can do better, we want to know what you think of new menu items. We even ask you for recipes and ideas for the next sandwich. We ask you to tell everybody you know about Clover. Now I want to ask you to help us pay more. ...

By - 10/28/15 - 1:15 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy, one of five candidates for the four at-large seats open in Tuesday's election, continues to bang the drum for a privately funded solar-powered monorail between North and South stations.

Read more.