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By - 9/26/16 - 10:30 am

UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).

In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.

By - 9/25/16 - 5:55 pm

Best Boston Reddit question of the month:

I just moved here for school. Is this just confirmation bias or is this whole city obsessed with broccoli?

By - 9/24/16 - 9:09 pm

Looks like Mr. Autumn Man will have a grand time walking down Mass. Ave. on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the day will have "quite the autumn feel" and that not only will temperatures dip into the 30s by Sunday night, they could hit a record low - thanks in part to the drought, natch - maybe even warrant a frost advisory for areas closer to Boston than the Worcester hills.

By - 9/23/16 - 8:48 am

Politico reports that while Suffolk County Register of Deeds candidate John Keith had Keytar Bear at his formal campaign kickoff this week, Steve Murphy had no clue who Keytar Bear was. Read more.

By - 9/22/16 - 9:58 am

Natives and recent arrivals alike yesterday urged the Boston Licensing Board to give Paolo's, 251 Main St., a full liquor license so it can expand into a new bistro to be called Monument - although residents living right next to the place objected to its proposed 1 a.m. closing time. Read more.

By - 9/19/16 - 10:35 am
Street watering division hard at work in old Boston

This photo shows the Boston Street Watering Division hard at work. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where and when. See it larger (the sign on the second floor of the left house reads "Table Board").

By - 9/18/16 - 1:31 pm

The word is out about hedge fund vultures and how they use the wealth people invest in their funds and the privilege it provides to get public policy and extract wealth.

Hedge fund managers are among the billionaires who gave millions of out-of-state money to market charter expansion in Massachusetts at the expense of publicly-funded district schools.

By - 9/17/16 - 11:15 pm

The Globe takes a look at developers in this overheated town making payments to neighborhood associations and institutions that support their projects before city boards.

By - 9/17/16 - 2:15 pm
That's a lot of salt

Bring it, Mother Nature! The Boston Public Works Department shows off its new pile of salt in its yard off the Expressway, built out of the 10,000 tons of salt it got this week.

By - 9/16/16 - 10:54 pm

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By - 9/14/16 - 3:28 pm
Christine Pulgini and liquor-license requests

Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini and today's applications.

The Boston Licensing Board today held 14 hearings on requests from restaurants that want one of the five all-alcohol licenses that state legislature graced on the city that became available this month - and holds a similar number of hearings next week.

Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the board will defer any decisions on who gets the new licenses - which can be resold for six-figure amounts - until after all the hearings are done, so it can decide which five made the best "public need" cases. Read more.

By - 9/14/16 - 8:18 am

Even as we still try to tame our human drivers, Boston will begin planning for cars that drive themselves - in a year-long effort that will include figuring out how to test "autonomous" cars on our centuries-old roads. Read more.

By - 9/12/16 - 11:05 am
Old scene in old Boston

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

By - 9/10/16 - 2:26 pm

Herald News city/digital editor Will Richmond called attention to publicity events and canvassing efforts in Fall River today by the charter school industry that wants voters to vote Yes on Question 2, and public school supporters who want folks to vote No on 2.

By - 9/10/16 - 12:01 pm

A Cameroonian national has had his bid for American citizenship quashed because he'd defrauded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of nearly $12,000, and that's not the sort of moral turpitude we want in our new citizens. Read more.

By - 9/9/16 - 1:13 pm

WBUR reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge today agreed with the city that it can order 100 police officers to wear body cameras to test whether the system could work in Boston.

The city and the patrolmen's union had worked out an agreement for voluntary participation in the pilot, but BPD Commissioner William Evans announced plans to order 100 officers to wear the cameras when none actually volunteered.

By - 9/8/16 - 11:23 pm

As the city and the police union await a judge's decision on whether Boston Police can force 100 officers to wear body cameras in a pilot, BPD is announcing that eight commanders will start wearing the devices. Read more.

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

Results from Boston, by far the largest place in Suffolk County, show Steve Murphy winning the Democratic nomination for register of deeds - even if barely, with just 31% of the vote - with runner up Katie Forde garnering 27%. That means he is still theoretically vulnerable to a strong challenge in November from one of the independent candidates - John Keith, Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and Joe Donnelly. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 6:33 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang said outreach efforts by BPS and the Boston Latin School Association to get more minority students into prep classes for the ISEE class worked. Read more.