Boston

By - 3/3/16 - 6:41 pm

When we got to the Stop & Shop on American Legion a bit ago, we saw a couple of skinny Bennett signs. Green, of course, and hand painted. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 5:46 pm
Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced today her office will investigate allegations of civil-rights violations at Boston Latin School. In a statement, she said: Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 2:09 pm

Several city councilors say they're hearing of too many cases of suburban parents who have managed to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and they want that to stop. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:46 pm

City councilors want to begin working with the MBTA to see if all the computerized traffic lights the city has been installing could be used to improve bus service. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:31 pm

City officials are looking to amend decades-old fire codes that require the use of carcinogenic flame retardants on furniture sold in Boston, saying new fire-prevention measures mean the chemicals are no longer needed. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:20 pm

Anticipating voters will approve the recreational use of marijuana, city councilors voted today to ban pot shops and medicinal marijuana dispensaries from opening closer than a half mile to each other.

City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) had originally sought a one-mile restriction, but offered a half mile as a compromise. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 12:39 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits from from so-called puppy mills - and which will bar the sale of pets from the back of trucks in parking lots and the side of the road. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 10:20 pm

Leading statewide, 51-48 and citywide, 51-41.

By - 2/29/16 - 11:26 pm

Bridj, the sort-of buspooling service, says it's working out a plan to provide late-night service on weekends after the T stops running past 12:45 a.m. or so come mid-March. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 2:45 pm
Hope the dog at Boston City Council hearing on puppy mills

MSPCA staffer testifies with aid of adorably cute - but also ill - little puppy dog.

The Boston City Council could vote as early as Wednesday on a proposed and now fast-tracked measure that would ban pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits raised by large commercial breeders - and ban everybody from selling pets by the side of the road. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 8:20 am

The Globe posts a database of the more than 3,500 Boston addresses that are connected to BWSC water mains with lead pipes - which means occupants should probably let their water run for a bit first thing in the morning.

By - 2/29/16 - 8:05 am

The Herald takes a look at $40 million worth of no-bid contracts BPS has with private vendors to handle some of the educational work that once might have been handled by the system itself.

By - 2/29/16 - 6:50 am

WBUR reports on our leaky natural-gas pipeines.

A problem that amounted to the direct loss into the atmosphere of 3 percent of all the natural gas consumed in 2012. That’s according to Phillips and his colleagues at Harvard, Duke and Stanford universities. If anything, that number is conservative, Phillips says. And if you think 3 percent is small, think again.

By - 2/26/16 - 12:10 pm

RCN is alerting customers they might have brief problems with their TV pictures during the day between Feb. 29 and March 8.

These outages are caused by a phenomenon called "solar satellite interference" or "sun outage." This happens when the sun moves directly behind a TV satellite and interferes with its signal.

Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 8:58 pm
Boston Sunday Herald advertisement from the 1890s

The New York Public Library has a collection of hundreds of posters that newspapers back in the 1890s would print up every week to try to entice readers. Among them: Posters for the Boston Sunday Herald - which went from the lowbrow (see the above poster larger) to the sophisticated: Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 8:29 pm

Kevin Cullen, who used to be a police-beat reporter, gives Daniel Keeler a sendoff, describing him as a tough-but-fair champion of justice. David Bernstein, who once took a critical look at the BPD homicide unit on which Keeler served, is not quite so charitable.

By - 2/25/16 - 7:25 am

The state this week approved plans to add 1,100 new charter-school seats in Boston.

The board of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decided Tuesday to let Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester add 429 seats and expand to grades 9-12 - and to let the Brooke schools add 691 students and a high school. Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 6:17 am

NECN reports. At 3:11 a.m., Patrick tweeted from the Back Bay:

Wow! I thought a plane crashed just now. Just thunder.

By - 2/24/16 - 7:09 pm

School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill says BPS should give every student who wants to attend free test-prep classes to help them get ready for the ISEE test that is one of the two criteria for getting into the city's three exam schools, as part of the overall move towards dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School. Read more.