By - 8/9/16 - 9:44 am
Pro-charter tweet praises a BPS school

Heshan Weeramuni, an active supporter of Boston Public Schools, noticed this tweet by a group working to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts that turns "education" into a verb and sings the praises of the O'Bryant - which people who actually live in Boston know is a BPS school, not a charter.

Oopsies: The Great Schools campaign took down their tweet this morning after Weeramuni posted a copy - just like Boston 2024 did last year.

By - 8/7/16 - 9:31 am
No Red Line on Google Maps

Red Line? What's that? You'll take buses and you'll like it. Screen capture by Nat V.

Seems that this morning, if you try to use Google Maps to plot out a trip via public transit in Boston, you'll get back an itinerary that involves buses and the Green Line - the Orange, Red and Blue lines are now dead to the mapping service. Read more.

By - 8/6/16 - 5:23 pm

No, this has nothing to do with Boston Latin. The Globe reintroduces us to Queon Jackson.

The last we'd heard of him, BPS had put the Madison Park headmaster on leave in 2013 due to a Secret Service investigation into credit-card fraud. He was never charged. BPS never gave him another job, but kept paying him - and he used the $375,000 he earned to start an artisanal ice-pop concern in Delaware - where he told a magazine he moved because of a relative's health issues. Only now he's back in Boston, or, at least back on the official BPS payroll as a "special assistant" in the Bolling Building.

By - 8/5/16 - 7:29 pm
Boston cop with machine gun in 1919

Over the years, news photographer Leslie Jones took a number of photos of Boston Police officers with guns.

The above photo, which he took on July 3, 1919, at the height of the Red Scare, was captioned: Read more.

By - 8/5/16 - 9:01 am

In a world gone mad, with Kumbaya-singing wimps serving as president and governor, they say officers need more protection and firepower, the Herald reports.

Meanwhile, the Globe reports no BPD officers have volunteered to test body cameras in a pilot slated for September, so the department will have to order 100 or so officers to put them on.

By - 8/4/16 - 10:40 am

The City Council agreed yesterday to begin looking at the possibility of prohibiting stores from using plastic bags to package the things their customers buy. Read more.

By - 8/3/16 - 3:37 pm

BPS investigators say they found several new instances of Boston Latin School failing to adequately respond to "alleged bias-based incidents" - in addition to the one previously reported instance for which the school headmaster received a two-day suspension. Read more.

By - 8/3/16 - 1:56 pm

The City Council voted today to hold a hearing on a recent Boston Public Health Commission vote to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes at convenience stores because store owners never had a chance to testify on the proposal before the council.

By - 8/3/16 - 1:35 pm
Boston Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George speaks against expansion of charter schools

Essaibi-George explains vote against charter-school expansion after glowering at shuffling charter supporters.

The City Council voted 11-2 today to oppose what two called the pending "catastrophe" of expanding charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more.

By - 8/2/16 - 10:49 pm

Edward Tutunjian, one of the largest owners of Boston cab medallions, agreed to plead guilty to payroll tax evasion, employing illegal aliens and failing to pay overtime wages today and agreed to pay more than $2.3 million in fines and restitution, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 8/2/16 - 9:50 pm

Verizon and city officials said tonight that if they reach agreement on a cable contract, the company will roll out its FiOS service to four Boston neighborhoods using its traditional fiber-optic cables right to people's homes or buildings. Read more.

By - 8/2/16 - 11:35 am
Sailors in Charlestown during World War II

The National Archives and Digital Commonwealth have posted more than 1,000 photos from the First Naval District, which was headquartered in Boston, taken between 1939 and 1947. About 650 of the photos are from the Boston area (on that link, click on the 976 at the bottom of the map, then on the 652) and show aerial views of naval installations in Charlestown and South Boston (some marked "CONFIDENTIAL"), workers building and repairing things and lots and lots of navy-yard buildings. Also, the two sailors above, from the USS Mason - "the first predominantly Negro ship comissioned" - at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

By - 8/1/16 - 11:57 pm

Mayor Walsh is asking the City Council to approve a city ordinance that would require Boston restaurants and food trucks to prominently place a sign with a letter grade corresponding to the results of their most recent health inspections. Read more.

By - 8/1/16 - 2:07 pm

* The following is an open letter (to councilors George, Wu, Flaherty, Pressley and Zakim) and will be shared with

Dear Councilors,

I am writing to oppose Councilor O'Malley's and Councilor Jackson's proposal to stand against the charter expansion referendum in the State of Massachusetts. First, and most importantly, it is about our city's children.

By - 8/1/16 - 9:42 am

Boston Public Schools today announced a new service this fall that will let middle-school and high-school students get a morning wake-up call - voiced by Big Papi. Read more.

By - 7/30/16 - 11:08 am

The Life Is Good Co., the local company that has marketing its eponymous slogan with the smiling "Jake" face since the 1990s, says a California company that lets people create and sell T-shirts online is doing a very bad thing: Letting people make and profit off unauthorized copies of the phrase and face. Read more

By - 7/29/16 - 10:09 am

Jessica Burko asks:

What's the going rate per cup at a kids' lemonade stand? (asking for my mini entrepreneurs).