Boston

By - 4/24/16 - 11:43 am

The Globe points out, again, that the city's premier exam school is mostly white and Asian in a city where kids are mostly black and Hispanic. But this time, the Globe looks at some of the reasons, including that a program started to help black and Latino students prepare for the entrance exam has increasingly become a resource for well off white kids

"If you are going to get disadvantaged kids into the exam school," said [a woman who runs an ISEE test-prep center in West Roxbury], "you need to stop subsidizing free ISEE test prep for people who are going away to Europe in the summer and live in condos [worth] over half a million dollars."

By - 4/21/16 - 8:23 am

Mansion Global reports:

Boston is undergoing its biggest residential boom since the 1920s, drawing the attention of wealthy house-hunters who would traditionally stick to New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. ...

When completed in the summer of 2018, One Dalton will be New England’s tallest and most expensive residential building on display, with 165 condos priced between $2 million and $35 million.

By - 4/19/16 - 10:17 am
Old open trolley

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

By - 4/17/16 - 2:59 pm

`How Harvard Rules" public domain folk song lyrics indicate why BRA shouldn't have recently approved tax-exempt and "non-profit" Harvard University Inc.'s latest real estate development/gentrification and campus expansion project in Allston neighborhood of Boston. And the "How Harvard Rules" public domain folk song lyrics also indicate why Harvard University Inc. should be required to pay a fair share of local Cambridge and Boston property taxes and Massachusetts state corporation taxes in 2016.

By - 4/15/16 - 8:02 am

Jason Mihalko recalls April 15, 2013 - and his decision to call every one of his patients:

I felt that had I not contacted my patients, I would have engaged in a human error that I could not recover from. I would have been neglectful of my patients and would have violated everything that I believe in about the therapeutic enterprise.

I would have missed my patients--dropped them--and had not been present at an important time in the world. I would have been hiding at a time that I needed to be present.

Four days later the bombs came again.

By - 4/14/16 - 12:22 pm

Five Boston-area men face arraignment in federal court today on charges related to the gambling ring they allegedly ran - and the tough-guy ways they supposedly used to get people to pay their debts - the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Among the men: Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, released in 2012 after serving 17 years in federal prison on a sentence for racketeering, money laundering, loansharking and illegal gambling - much of it in connection with Bulger's Winter Hill gang. Read more.

By - 4/14/16 - 7:34 am

WCVB reports on a criminal investigating involving "overtime costs, payments to vendors and billing, missing property, and missing maintenance and inspection records" and that seven years after poor maintenance led to the death of Lt. Kevin Kelley, firetruck maintenance in Boston has, at best, not gotten any better.

By - 4/13/16 - 11:51 am

April 15 is our new holiday, the annual celebration of the "the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragedy of April 15th, 2013."

By - 4/12/16 - 10:31 am
On a train in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell which transit line this was - and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 4/11/16 - 3:39 pm

Is there room in the Boston area for one new burger place? Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Worthy Burger, a Vermont outlet that has attained a sort of cult status for both its wood-fired burgers and its craft beers, is looking to open an outlet in the Boston area.

By - 4/11/16 - 12:32 pm
Radiation copter

Federal radiation-sensing helicopter.

The National Nuclear Security Administration reminds us today that it has a helicopter flitting above us doing its annual background radiation checks in preparation for the Marathon. Read more.

By - 4/10/16 - 7:13 am

The Clumsy Jeweler asks:

Hey! I'm looking for kolaches in Boston.

By - 4/10/16 - 2:08 am

"A century ago, muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell lambasted the “ruthless efficiency” of Standard Oil and its “robber baron” boss, John D. Rockefeller. Modern philanthropic agencies such as the Boston Foundation arose out of that critique, offering a more compassionate response to social inequality. It is disheartening that the Boston Foundation’s current leader seems to have taken a “ruthless efficiency” stance on the problem of school funding.

By - 4/8/16 - 6:31 pm

But it's for a good reason: That way, the last day of school this year will be June 24, a Friday, rather than June 27, a Monday. BPS and the Boston Teachers Union agreed to the change for the holiday that is only celebrated in Boston and Somerville (because it used to be part of Charlestown).

By - 4/8/16 - 2:13 pm

The city will staff nine early-voting sites between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4 to let voters cast ballots without waiting in line on Election Day this year, Mayor Walsh's office announced today. Read more.

By - 4/6/16 - 12:43 pm

The City Council voted today to extend members' terms from two to four years. The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh and, if he approves, to the state legislature, whose members serve two-year terms.

Only Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) voted against. Read more.