By - 8/27/15 - 10:03 am

Yves Dambreville, 66, a retired Boston Police detective, was shot to death by bikers in Port-au-Prince yesterday, InfoHaiti reports, adding the former head of Haiti's National Police was shot twice in the back in the same incident. Read more.

By - 8/22/15 - 1:04 pm

The Home Energy Efficiency Team used data from National Grid and Eversource to create maps of unplugged natural-gas leaks in eastern Massachusetts (1,837 in Boston).

Via Inside Medford.

By - 8/21/15 - 4:48 pm
Hancock image

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL) is hosting an exhibition, "We Are One, Mapping America's road from revolution to independence" to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the colonial resistance to the British Stamp Act.

This week, four new maps from the King George III Topographical Collection and other collections at the British Library were added to the exhibition. These maps are "one-of-a-kind", watercolor paintings in a beautiful 18th-century style. Read more.

By - 8/20/15 - 3:18 pm
City Councilor Frank Baker

Frank Baker: Councilors worth more than department heads.

A board assembled by the mayor to look at raises for city councilors today recommended an 11% raise, which would bring council pay to roughly $97,000 starting in January.

City Councilor Bill Linehan said he will file a measure on Wednesday for a higher increase, Mayor Walsh's past veto of a higher raise be damned.

"We're not going to back down," Linehan said. Read more.

By - 8/19/15 - 9:46 pm

Boston police officer Patrick McCarthy, 35, was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment on a a charge of assault and battery on a household member, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 8/18/15 - 9:32 pm

BPD has released the list of finalist names for its new K-9 puppy: Cannon, Clink, Hero, Kevlar, Kojack, Tango, Titus, Rocco, Tuuka and Viggo. Officer Troy Caisey, the department's dog trainer, will make the final selection, the department says, adding it received 20,000 suggestions.

By - 8/18/15 - 4:14 pm
Bright road in Dedham, dark skies over Boston

We came out of the Halfway Cafe on Washington Street in Dedham around 3:05 p.m. to the sound of thunder - even though it was still sunny overhead. But when we looked north, into Boston, we saw the city covered by an ominous cloud.

By - 8/18/15 - 12:43 pm

The governor's office today released the Brattle Group report on financial implications of holding the 2024 Olympics here. And what the Brattle Group found was that Boston 2024 dramatically underestimated the costs of certain facilities and that the much vaunted "deadline" effect for forcing infrastructure improvements could have meant even higher costs as contractors demanded extra payments to build everything on time. Read more.

By - 8/17/15 - 10:08 am

Kristen Fritz asks:

Need some best places to buy antique furniture around/outside of Boston that are relatively inexpensive - help!

By - 8/15/15 - 8:32 pm
Stormburst over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 11:30 pm

The Boston City Council yesterday voted unanimously to ban the sale of K2/Spice and other synthetic cannabinoid products.

Convenience stores and gas stations found selling the colorfully wrapped products would have to pay a fine of $300 per incident, Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), who proposed the measure, said. Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 9:14 am

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) wants BPS to look at providing vouchers to low-income parents so they can get to parent-teacher conferences and open houses they might otherwise miss due to transportation costs. Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 4:12 am

Mayor Walsh, what will you say the next time that we have a police-involved shooting and we don’t have body cam footage to let us know what happened there?

Mayor Walsh: "...We have not ruled out a pilot..."

By - 8/12/15 - 6:30 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) today proposed a property-tax exemption for residents who convert their homes to solar power. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 9:48 pm

The Boston City Council tomorrow considers a proposal to open city streets to developers of small solar-powered "pods" that could provide individualized mass transit through a monorail and a large computer network that would let people set destinations for their pods and then just speed off. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 8:52 pm
New dog needs a name

Boston Police have issued a BOLO for a name for the newest member of their K-9 unit - a 9-week old Belgian Shepherd male, who will be taking on "patrol and explosive ordinance detection duties."

According to head BPD K-9 trainer Troy Caisey, names should be strong, commanding and no more than 2 syllables. For example: names like Tuco, Bronson and Solo would be more than suitable. So, if you have a suggestion, send it our way and if we use your name - we’ll send you a BPD patch in return.

By - 8/11/15 - 4:55 pm

Boston Magazine reports there's a drug that can cure the infectious liver disease - but it costs $84,000 for a full course.