By - 9/9/16 - 1:13 pm

WBUR reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge today agreed with the city that it can order 100 police officers to wear body cameras to test whether the system could work in Boston.

The city and the patrolmen's union had worked out an agreement for voluntary participation in the pilot, but BPD Commissioner William Evans announced plans to order 100 officers to wear the cameras when none actually volunteered.

By - 9/8/16 - 11:23 pm

As the city and the police union await a judge's decision on whether Boston Police can force 100 officers to wear body cameras in a pilot, BPD is announcing that eight commanders will start wearing the devices. Read more.

By - 9/8/16 - 8:50 pm

Results from Boston, by far the largest place in Suffolk County, show Steve Murphy winning the Democratic nomination for register of deeds - even if barely, with just 31% of the vote - with runner up Katie Forde garnering 27%. That means he is still theoretically vulnerable to a strong challenge in November from one of the independent candidates - John Keith, Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and Joe Donnelly. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 6:33 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang said outreach efforts by BPS and the Boston Latin School Association to get more minority students into prep classes for the ISEE class worked. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 11:17 am
Tall telephone poles in old Boston

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

By - 9/7/16 - 10:50 am

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state law and regulation intended to protect consumers from shoddy vehicle repairs applies to corporations as well. Read more.

By - 9/6/16 - 9:43 pm

Meet Bret LaBelle, a sergeant who's been on the force for 18 years. And yes, he rocks the accent, which is a requirement for all Bostonians on the show.

By - 9/6/16 - 2:24 pm

The Globe profiles the five candidates who show up at candidate forums - Katie Forde, Stephanie Everett, Mike Mackan, Jeffrey Ross and Paul Nutting - and the two who couldn't be bothered, so why waste time mentioning their names?

Whoever wins will face three independents in November.

Ed note: The primary is this Thursday. Yes, it's an oddball date that probably only benefits one of the candidates who doesn't really want to deal with forums.

By - 9/3/16 - 2:38 pm
Hermine wind probability map

The French Toast Alert now stands at Blue/Guarded, because the National Hurricane's wind-probability map now shows a 50-60% chance of strong gusts even in the Boston area (that's what the brown on the map means). Were we running a Cape alerting system, we might even kick it up a notch, because the local NWS office says the Cape, Islands and South Shore have an even better chance of DANGEROUS WIND.

By - 8/31/16 - 11:21 pm

Does anyone have any kind of polling numbers in this race? There are a few candidates I'm deciding between, but I'm not ashamed to say that any coalescing of the anti-Murphy vote would help me in my decision.

By - 8/31/16 - 12:23 pm
Cone of probability for Tropical Depression 9

The S means possible winds of 39-73 mph.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. The storm now has a name: Hermine.

The National Hurricane Center reports there's a chance a storm in the Gulf of Mexico now known prosaically as Tropical Depression 9 could churn up the coast and smack us with heavy rains, high tides and strong winds by Monday.

The storm, which has been slowly meandering across the Atlantic for the past couple of weeks, might finally be getting better organized over the warm Gulf waters. Read more.

By - 8/30/16 - 5:57 pm

MassDOT reports Keolis will run a train to and from the Bruce Springsteen concert at Gillette on Sept. 14.

The downbound train will leave South Station at 5:35 p.m., Back Bay at 5:40 and Dedham Corporate Center at 5:55. The train back to Boston will leave a half hour after the end of the concert. Tickets are $20 at the ticket counters at South Station, Back Bay and North Station.

By - 8/30/16 - 8:58 am

I felt compelled to share this with UHub for some reason. . .

By - 8/29/16 - 9:56 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Amtrak hopes to have the new trains barreling down the tracks by 2021, which is roughly when the T hopes to have the new Red and Orange Line trains mostly on the tracks.

By - 8/29/16 - 12:32 pm
Making tracks in old Boston

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

By - 8/28/16 - 1:22 am


Mass. students top nation on ACT scores

Massachusetts high school students in the class of 2016 had the country’s highest scores on the ACT exam, state officials announced Wednesday.

The average Massachusetts student scored 24.8 out of a possible 36 on the standardized test, used by many colleges for admissions. Nationally, the average composite score was 20.8.