Boston

By - 2/27/17 - 2:26 pm

City Council President Michelle Wu is proposing an ordinance that would require a council committee to hold a hearing on any issue backed by at least 250 Boston residents.

The "free petition" proposal would be similar to a section of the state constitution that requires legislators to introduce bills submitted by their constituents - just with a requirement for signatures. Read more.

By - 2/27/17 - 11:17 am
Parlor in old Boston

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

By - 2/27/17 - 9:40 am

The National Weather Service is looking at temps near 70 by Wednesday, which the forecasters note is "well above normal." Also, the balmy temps could be accompanied by lots and lots of rain, possibly in the form of thunderstorms.

Then, of course, since this is New England, we could get some snow over the weekend, possibly in the form of two fast-moving "clipper" storms.

By - 2/27/17 - 1:30 am

This is an invitation to use Mapjunction! A free web tool for map lovers and history enthusiasts. In Mapjunction you can compare any two maps from Boston and environ history. You'll see almost 400 maps and aerial photos that are the result of combining about 3000 individual maps and aerial scans. Just move the green wand from side to side to uncover history. Move the wand up and down to change opacity, and use the side bars to pick any map, aerial or atlas to explore.

By - 2/26/17 - 11:19 pm

The Globe talks to probate lawyers who say the register's office under Felix Arroyo is a mess - but that that's no change from the way it was under predecessor Patty Campatelli. The state trial-court system, which relieved Arroyo of his duties - but with pay - says it's found "serious deficiencies" under him, but won't say what they are. Arroyo wants a public investigation, but won't release the trial-court letter detailing the charges against him.

By - 2/25/17 - 12:52 pm

BPS: We Dream Together is available in English, Arabic, Cape Verdean and Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

By - 2/25/17 - 10:10 am

The Globe reports a startup thinks it's smarter than the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and is now offering to deliver a bottle of lemonade to your door - with a complimentary eighth of an ounce of pot as a "gift."

By - 2/24/17 - 10:55 pm
By - 2/23/17 - 10:03 pm
Trans rights rally in Post Office Square in Boston

Trans rights march in Post Office Square, where DoE has offices. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Both Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Tommy Change reaffirmed their commitment to protecting transgender students, the day after the Trump administration told schools they no longer had to do so - and never mind he once promised to protect them.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.

By - 2/22/17 - 6:22 pm
Sunset over the Boston area

Tamas K-L was leavin' on a jet plane, but he probably knows when he'll be back a-gain.

By - 2/22/17 - 10:43 am

Kristin Johnson runs the numbers on the proposed BPS budget for the coming school year, finds that "49 schools are losing a total of $11.47 million [in funding]" under a BPS budget released earlier this month.

The cuts are related in part to declining enrollment at the schools, but they also mean some schools would lose positions - such as librarians - that threaten their accreditation and possibly accelerate their downward spirals, she writes.

By - 2/21/17 - 8:06 am

Xconomy reports Boston (and New York) saw its weakest quarterly increase in tech jobs in five years in the last quarter of 2016.

By - 2/18/17 - 11:08 am

NBC Boston reports Mayor Walsh claims the city writes itself tickets when confronted with unshoveled sidewalks along parks and other city parcels, but that still isn't getting the snow shoveled.

By - 2/18/17 - 11:01 am

...and Rep Jack Kingston comes along for the ride. More of Milo, the premier spokesman for the alt-right, on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Alt-right

By - 2/17/17 - 4:50 pm

This will probably be the most divisive video I post this week. If you're already a fan of Weather is Happening, you'll appreciate this video. But if you've never heard of the Weather Man before, you'll probably get about a minute into it (if that long) and wonder about my sanity in posting it (and then try to post something about how I'm losing it and how you remember when UHub was good, Adam).

By - 2/17/17 - 10:56 am
Where the space saver complaints come from: South Boston, East Boston, Charlestown

Hot spots for space-saver complaints, 2/14-2/16. Source. See it larger.

From Tuesday through Thursday of this week, Boston's 311 system received 753 complaints about space savers, including this one from Russell Street in Charlestown:

PWD had taken the space savers away earlier however people have put out new ones

The city responded: Read more.

By - 2/17/17 - 9:40 am

Jami asks:

Looking for recommendations on really good restaurants in Boston for anniversary that aren't outrageously priced.

By - 2/16/17 - 9:19 am

Anna's Taqueria locations are closed today to support the Day Without Immigrants protest.

Eater Boston lists other local restaurants that are either shut or showing their support in other ways. Read more.

By - 2/14/17 - 5:48 pm
West Roxbury Judge Kathleen Coffey

West Roxbury Judge Kathleen Coffey urges councilors to back more mental-health workers on the street.

Boston city councilors have started looking at expanding a program that uses mental-health workers to try to de-escalate confrontations between "emotionally disturbed" people and the police.

A proposal by Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large) to add more workers to the existing Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST) won the backing of Police Commissioner William Evans and West Roxbury Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Coffey, who runs a special court session for people with mental illnesses facing criminal charges. Read more.