By - 8/27/17 - 2:47 pm

Melissa Obleada asks:

New cyclist is looking for a group to ride with, bonus if it's a group of women. Any suggestions?

By - 8/27/17 - 9:32 am

A couple days ago, somebody posted the following complaint - with a photo - to Boston's 311 for a situation at State and Purchase streets: Read more.

By - 8/24/17 - 6:32 pm

The Globe reports. Arroyo has denied the charges.

By - 8/24/17 - 4:12 pm

BPS and the BTU today announced a new contract that will give teachers a 2% raise for the fiscal year that ended June 30 and 3% this year.

According to BPS: Read more.

By - 8/22/17 - 10:58 am
Construction in old Boston

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

By - 8/21/17 - 11:00 pm


Just last week, Boston’s mayor and police commissioner boasted that their force has rarely resorted to using militarized riot precautions. But on Saturday, that wasn’t the case. Journalists who filed stories prior to 1 p.m. claiming that cops were on their best behavior would have been accurate; by 2 p.m., however, when the riot gear and batons came out, such descriptions warranted corrections.

By - 8/21/17 - 10:37 am

The Globe talks to some current liquor-license holders who object to a City Council proposal to increase the number of liquor licenses in the city because it might affect their investments in licenses - something made possible by the state cap on the number of licenses in the city. Of particular concern: Read more.

By - 8/21/17 - 9:05 am

Lisa Johnson reports she recently came across a clipping of a poem about a 1715 eclipse in England - that had a more recent account of a Boston eclipse written on it: Read more.

By - 8/18/17 - 10:58 am

Mayor Walsh says he'll be spending Saturday going from one barbecue to another in Boston's neighborhoods, many as part of annual "unity" events at the city's housing projects.

That, he says, is how Bostonians should react to tomorrow's racism rally at the Parkman Bandstand. Read more.

By - 8/18/17 - 9:05 am

Eric Ballard asks:

I need some help/advice: best BBQ joints in Boston proper (or RL Cambridge). Kansas City/NC preferred.

By - 8/18/17 - 2:01 am

I'd like to propose an alternative to decommissioning Jim Crow-era Confederate monuments and I don't like arguing with people who lost wars, they're losers, but I do like arguing with people who won them. (That's a little something I learned from Donald J. Trump.)

We've seen city councils debate the issue and vote on it as in Charlottesville, VA, and we've seen the mayor of Baltimore take four down in the dead of night.

By - 8/17/17 - 12:35 pm

The latest data from Boston Police show Boston has had 159 shootings through Aug. 13, up from 124 the year before and from 147 over the past five years.

Fatal shootings have increased from 16 last year to 25 this year. Firearm-related arrests are also up, slightly, from 278 last year to 286 this year.

Other major crimes (broken out by police district), are down.

By - 8/15/17 - 5:58 pm

In the wake of the Charlottesville white supremacist neo-nazi rally and the act of terrorism by a neo-nazi from Ohio last Saturday, people in Boston have shown concern about a Boston Free Speech rally August 19 to which some of the same people have been invited that attended rallies in Berkeley and Charlottesville. There are groups that travel the country to attend these. Some even live in Canada.

By - 8/14/17 - 11:47 am
School kids in old Boston

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

By - 8/10/17 - 11:54 am

Variety reports that Melissa McCarthy, last in town for the Ghostbusters remake, will star in a movie about the first women cops in Boston in the 1970s (the real ones, not Raquel Welch, and presumably the real ones issued guns, not the real ones who weren't).

H/t Louise Miller.

By - 8/9/17 - 2:21 pm

Silence is no longer an option:

Brissette, according to the testimony of three witnesses, also threatened to withhold permits for the show unless they hired union help. The former top Walsh aide, on paid leave since his arrest in a separate federal extortion case, is charged with making a similar threat against the Boston Calling music festival.

Brissette and another City Hall aide, Timothy Sullivan, are scheduled to go on trial in January — well after the next mayoral election.

By - 8/9/17 - 11:26 am

Hey, guys, what about a TV series about a Boston crime family, but instead of featuring some Afflecky tough guy, it "takes the traditionally hypermasculine crime genre and turns it on its head, placing a queer female lead at its center and making her the driver of the action"? The Dig interviews Caitlin Graham, who's trying to bring this idea to the small screen. She's from Brooklyn, but she's OK, she went to school here.

By - 8/8/17 - 3:28 pm

The New York Times reports the MTA is trying a new style announcement, telling the truth. Perhaps the T should adopt this ground breaking policy.

By - 8/7/17 - 9:50 am

Joe Kinsella has put together a list of key spots for anybody interested in the history of technology innovation in the Boston area (with side excursions out to Auburn for the site of the first rocket launch and the Cape for the first wireless transatlantic transmission).

By - 8/5/17 - 10:34 am
Boston neighborhood Snapchat filters

A couple of days ago, the Boston Department of Innovation and Technology released a series of Snapchat "filters," because those are all the rage with the kids these days. The idea isn't to make your nose look like the Bunker Hill Monument (although that would be kind of cool), but to let Snapchat users sort of watermark their photos with an icon representing their 'hood.

East Boston residents must love having their existence summed up as the Logan control tower. And Roslindale residents must love that their neighborhood is represented by the entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery, which is in Jamaica Plain.