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By - 11/5/14 - 2:17 pm

The City Council today approved a hearing on aggressive collection tactics by a company working for the city to collect on back auto-excise taxes that Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says many people may not even realize they owe.

McCarthy, who called for the hearing, said today he has a constituent unable to renew his driver's license because of a 1988 bill for... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 8:37 pm

The city as a whole went heavily Democratic in statewide races. In fact, all of the state's largest cities went for Coakley, if not all at the same 66-30 margin Boston gave her. But that wasn't enough to overcome Baker's wins across the suburbs and exurbs between 128 and I-91.

Carlo Basile beat Celeste Ribeiro Myers to retain his state rep's seat in East Boston.... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 10:39 am

Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) want the school department to just say no to pepper spray.

School police, who do not carry guns, say pepper spray would help them better control violent situations. But in a request to the council for a hearing on the BPS idea, the two councilors say they don't understand the need when violence in Boston... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 10:26 am

J.L. Bell recounts an attempt by Gov. Hutchinson in 1772 to try to peel John Hancock away from Sam Adams and his rabblerousing. Hutchinson sensed the populace had tired of all that revolutionary stuff and Adams was becoming a has-been. But then Boston Town Meeting overwhelmingly re-elected Adams to the colonial legislature.

I can’t help but think that Hutchinson was fooling himself about his

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By - 11/4/14 - 8:03 am

A one-hour tour of Boston by and for people who live in Madrid. It's all in Spanish, but even if you don't speak it, you can look at the pictures. My favorite part was when the local host, a native Spaniard now in Boston, and the interviewer jaywalk across Dartmouth from the park to the library and the interviewer expresses some fear and the host... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 7:48 am

Karen Cord Taylor's case for trying to bring the Olympics here basically boils down to: A real world-class city would jump at the chance to go for the Olympics. That's what real entrepreneurs do! She concludes:

I don’t know, if we are chosen, whether things will turn out badly or well. I do know that taking a risk and prevailing is one of the

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By - 11/3/14 - 8:23 am

Former City Councilor John Tobin has been posting Tom Menino stories on his Facebook feed, including one this morning about how the mayor was displeased with the old suits Tobin was wearing:

He said, "meet me after the breakfast and we will take a ride." I said "ok" having no idea where we were going. About 8:15, he finishes his talk and he

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By - 11/3/14 - 7:55 am

Lawrence Harmon ponders Councilor Charles Yancey's pursuit of a new high school in Mattapan and says the idea could work - if the city converts the current West Roxbury Education Complex into a K-8 school.

Yancey and Mattapan would get a state-of-the-art high school (open to students from across the city), even as secondary enrollment across the city drops, while West Roxbury parents would... Read more

By - 11/2/14 - 11:08 pm

By now, you've probably seen MIT professor Kevin Lynch's movie of his drive around Cambridge and Boston in 1964. Danny Shaw recreated that famous drive this year - and put the two side by side.

Via Boston Reddit.... Read more

By - 11/2/14 - 7:08 pm
Menino banner on City Hall

They'll signal the start of Tom Menino's funeral procession from Faneuil Hall to Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park, and will mark each year of his life.

Photo copyright Maria M. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/1/14 - 11:00 am

Around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a hearse carrying Tom Menino's body will leave Faneuil Hall for a private mass at noon at Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park.

The procession will pass in front of several spots in the city that were important to Menino, including Fenway Park, Dudley Square, where he started the renovation of the Ferdinand Building, Grove Hall, to which he... Read more

By - 10/30/14 - 11:46 pm

The Sun-Times, which is sort of Chicago's equivalent of the Herald (only with fewer professionally taken photos), is scheduled to launch news aggregator sites in 70 cities across the country tomorrow, including Boston. The Sun-Times extols:

The effort is designed to offer content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed, which aggregate news stories while offering additional commentary.

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By - 10/30/14 - 5:41 pm

For people who want to bring flowers or mementos to honor Tom Menino, the mayor's office announces.

Tomorrow, condolence books will be placed in all BPL branches and city community centers.

Letters and cards may be sent to:
Mayor Menino’s Office
Boston University
75 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215.

By - 10/30/14 - 11:24 am
Menino

Thomas M. Menino, the longest serving mayor in Boston history, died this morning at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he had been battling cancer.

Menino, 71, served 20 years as mayor after a career as city councilor. He was very much a man of his city - what other big-city mayor could boast of having shaken hands with a majority of the residents he served?... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 3:03 pm

The City Council today passed an ordinance under which all trucks over 10,000 pounds used by city contractors will have to be equipped with side guards and special mirrors to reduce the odds a bicyclist or pedestrian will be crushed when the truck makes a turn or changes lanes.

The ordinance, which goes into effect in six months, is the first in the nation. The... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 10:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Consalvo will become deputy director for home-ownership programs at the Department of Neighborhood Development.

Consalvo joins Felix Arroyo and John Barros as former mayoral candidates now working for winner Marty Walsh.

By - 10/27/14 - 6:15 pm

BPS officials are holding a series of meetings to discuss the possibility with parents. School Police officers do not carry guns.

The intent to develop an OC/pepper spray policy has been in the police officers’ contract for several years. Officers do not currently carry it because we would need to develop clear guidelines around training and use protocols first. BPS wants to know what

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By - 10/27/14 - 4:14 pm

Yeah, so what if tons of college graduates flee Boston as soon as they toss those mortarboards in the air? The BRA and UMass Boston's Donahue Institute says it doesn't matter because a) So many of Boston's college kids come from somewhere else, so you'd expect a lot of them to leave and b) Boston has the largest percentage of 20-34 year olds of any... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 3:53 pm

The head of the city's infectious-disease program says we're not going to see a replay of what happened to that nurse in Newark.

"You can't lock them up, it just doesn't work," Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Boston Public Health Commission's infectious-disease program, told the commission board today.

Barry said isolating patients - in decent conditions, rather than in an unheated tent -... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 3:24 pm

Apparent enterovirus cases in Boston have been on the decline since they peaked the week of Sept. 20, the city's director of infectious disease said today.

Dr. Anita Barry told the Boston Public Health Commission board that emergency-room visits and hospital admissions for children and teens with severe asthma or other respiratory problems are still running ahead of last year but that rates have been... Read more

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