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By - 9/6/16 - 2:24 pm

The Globe profiles the five candidates who show up at candidate forums - Katie Forde, Stephanie Everett, Mike Mackan, Jeffrey Ross and Paul Nutting - and the two who couldn't be bothered, so why waste time mentioning their names?

Whoever wins will face three independents in November.

Ed note: The primary is this Thursday. Yes, it's an oddball date that probably only benefits one of the candidates who doesn't really want to deal with forums.

By - 9/3/16 - 2:38 pm
Hermine wind probability map

The French Toast Alert now stands at Blue/Guarded, because the National Hurricane's wind-probability map now shows a 50-60% chance of strong gusts even in the Boston area (that's what the brown on the map means). Were we running a Cape alerting system, we might even kick it up a notch, because the local NWS office says the Cape, Islands and South Shore have an even better chance of DANGEROUS WIND.

By - 8/31/16 - 11:21 pm

Does anyone have any kind of polling numbers in this race? There are a few candidates I'm deciding between, but I'm not ashamed to say that any coalescing of the anti-Murphy vote would help me in my decision.

By - 8/31/16 - 12:23 pm
Cone of probability for Tropical Depression 9

The S means possible winds of 39-73 mph.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. The storm now has a name: Hermine.

The National Hurricane Center reports there's a chance a storm in the Gulf of Mexico now known prosaically as Tropical Depression 9 could churn up the coast and smack us with heavy rains, high tides and strong winds by Monday.

The storm, which has been slowly meandering across the Atlantic for the past couple of weeks, might finally be getting better organized over the warm Gulf waters. Read more.

By - 8/30/16 - 5:57 pm

MassDOT reports Keolis will run a train to and from the Bruce Springsteen concert at Gillette on Sept. 14.

The downbound train will leave South Station at 5:35 p.m., Back Bay at 5:40 and Dedham Corporate Center at 5:55. The train back to Boston will leave a half hour after the end of the concert. Tickets are $20 at the ticket counters at South Station, Back Bay and North Station.

By - 8/30/16 - 8:58 am

I felt compelled to share this with UHub for some reason. . .
http://www.bu.edu/today/2016/squirrel-bone-gnawing/

By - 8/29/16 - 9:56 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Amtrak hopes to have the new trains barreling down the tracks by 2021, which is roughly when the T hopes to have the new Red and Orange Line trains mostly on the tracks.

By - 8/29/16 - 12:32 pm
Making tracks in old Boston

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

By - 8/28/16 - 1:22 am

BostonGlobe:

Mass. students top nation on ACT scores

Massachusetts high school students in the class of 2016 had the country’s highest scores on the ACT exam, state officials announced Wednesday.

The average Massachusetts student scored 24.8 out of a possible 36 on the standardized test, used by many colleges for admissions. Nationally, the average composite score was 20.8.

By - 8/26/16 - 9:31 pm

The Herald reports the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association is aghast at the way the city ordered 100 officers to test out the cameras when the union and the city negotiated such a nice agreement calling for officers who volunteered to wear the cameras to participate.

You may recall, of course, that Police Commissioner William Evans issued his order when no officers volunteered.

By - 8/25/16 - 11:25 pm
Steve Tompkins and Alex Rhalimi, running for Suffolk County Sheriff

Tompkins (l) and Rhalimi.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins and challenger Alex Rhalimi both oppose legalization of recreational marijuana, but for different reasons. Read more.

By - 8/25/16 - 3:23 pm

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m. They might be downtown sooner than 7 p.m.

The mystery military copters whose crews have been doing training with local police this week are scheduled for a return tonight, between 7 and 11 p.m.

By - 8/25/16 - 9:16 am

The weekly drought map shows little change in Massachusetts: The Boston area remains in an "extreme drought" and most of the rest of the state is in a drought as well, except for the extreme western end, which is "abnormally dry."

Scituate, not part of the MWRA water system, is asking residents to limit their shower time.

By - 8/24/16 - 4:24 pm

A dispute over whether Massachusetts should pay Amtrak $29 million for Acela service over tracks the state owns got ugly this week when the national railroad filed a court document suggesting it might have to stop service north of Providence rather than continuing to deal with the "chronically delinquent" MBTA. Read more.

By - 8/24/16 - 1:17 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.

By - 8/22/16 - 10:22 am
Trolley in old Boston

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

By - 8/19/16 - 5:58 pm

The Globe reports Police Commissioner William Evans is reconsidering his initial decision to let Edward Tutunjian transfer his taxi medallions to his family before pleading guilty to tax evasion.