That selfie you just posted to Instagram might end up in the FBIâ€™s brand new face recognition database, searchable by your local law enforcement agency. Other things the federal government wants to put in that database include photos of your tattoos, an image of your iris, details about how you walk, your DNA, and a recording of your voice, among other unique identifiers.... Read more
The state Gaming Commission voted today to pick the Wynn proposal for Everett over the Mohegan Sun proposal for Suffolk Downs, with three of the four commissioners saying Wynn's proposal would be better for the area, workers and the environment.
Commission members said Wynn proved it had greater capital to ensure its project could get built and then run through challenging economic times - and... Read more
Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) tomorrow asks the City Council to consider a proposal that would let people over 55 who have lived in their homes at least ten years defer payment of their city property tax until they sell the property or die.
In his request for a hearing on the matter, Linehan says the measure would let longtime residents stay... Read more
A Boston man who used to drink Blue Diamond Growersâ€™ Almond Breeze Shelf Stable Chocolate Almond Milk says he was shocked into suing when he discovered that what Blue Diamond called "evaporated cane juice" was, in fact, processed sugar, and that the allegedly "all natural" product also contained potassium citrate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D-2 and Vitamin D-Alpha-Tocopherol.
Casley Vass is seeking to become lead... Read more
The Globe reports on Council President Bill Linehan's proposal to increase councilor salaries about 29% - to $108,500.
Street Fight reports that Everyblock, which used to be a handy place to look up building permits and the like, is coming back to Boston and will add a Medford version (Medford? Yes, Medford).
There were roughly a gazillion hearings before the Boston Licensing Board today and roughly a gazillion minus two of those were from people who plan to serve tapas, a.k.a. small plates, a.k.a. community plates. Wha?
Are tapas the new cupcakes or the new froyo, only even more expensive? What is going on here?
Mayor Walsh is proposing a requirement that companies that equip their trucks with ... Read more
Unofficial results from Boston, the 800-pound gorilla of Suffolk County politics, show acting Sheriff Steve Tompkins easily besting challenger Doug Bennett (and the other guy who didn't have as many signs), while one-time City Councilor Felix Arroyo holds a commanding lead in the race for Register of Probate over incumbent Patricia Campatelli (currently running third behind Arroyo and Martin Keogh).... Read more
Since there are so many stories and comments here about the T, I thought the following might be interesting to many of you. Andrew is a member of the T Rider Oversight Committee. He has posted videos and commentary, from a trip to Tokyo, concerning the Tokyo Subway and how it compares to our own in Boston. He has asked for commentary, so I figured... Read more
On Sept. 15, workers from the Office of Neighborhood Services will begin walking every last inch of the 850 miles of streets in Boston, to catalog everything they can find as part of a citywide "audit," Mayor Walsh announced today:
Our ONS reps are outstanding, but I want them to know every inch of the area that they represent and the best way to do... Read more
A non-existent endorsement from Elizabeth Warren wasn't the only thing that showed up on Patty Campatelli's campaign Facebook page over the weekend. Somebody who follows the page forwarded the following screen capture. Like the Warren endorsement, these are now scrubbed from the page:
The last time something like this happened,... Read more
The EPA reports it's given the Charles River an A- for cleanliness in 2013:
Reflecting nearly twenty years of focused efforts by EPA, state and local officials, private environmental advocacy groups and concerned citizens, this is the first time the Charles River earned a grade higher than â€śB+â€ť. As with past years, the grade is based on bacterial sampling conducted by the Charles River... Read more
The Globe reports the embattled Suffolk County Register of Probate posted a bogus endorsement from Elizabeth Warren on her Facebook page. Or maybe it's that hacker that seems to pop up every so often to post bogus stuff on her Facebook page.
The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that black infant mortality rates in the city decreased from 13.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001-2004 to 7.4 in 2009-2012.
The latest rate is twice that of white infants - but that compares to a death rate four times greater in the earlier period, the commission said.
The BPHC's efforts to improve the Black low birth... Read more
One map showing where Boston thinks FEMA erred: Gray is for flood areas the city agrees with, blue areas the city thinks don't deserve the designation and red the areas the city thinks should be added.
Even as they are appealing roughly a third of the 1,500 acres the federal government wants to add to maps of areas likely to flood in a "100-year" event,... Read more