A dozen people were arrested today as police in Boston, Swansea and Swampscott raided locations related to two groups that imported massive amounts of fentanyl and other drugs from Mexico for distribution in the Boston area, local and federal law-enforcement officials said today. Read more.
A report by several do-gooder groups says the state needs to do more to improve public transit inside the core of the state's economy - Boston and the other communities clustered around it within and along 128. Read more.
A city analysis of public-health data from 2016 and 2017 shows Bostonians are having healthier babies and are less likely to grow up smoking, or do lots of binge drinking or have unsafe sex than in years past. But the numbers also show a rapid rise in opioid deaths and too many of us are anxious and torpid - fewer Bostonians are exercising and rates of certain chronic diseases remain unchanged. Read more.
The Boston City Council today agreed to hold at least one hearing to try to figure out how to make Madison Park the sort of vocational school that educators from other cities would want to visit to learn how it does things. Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a formal process for developers to propose possibly taking over city buildings such as libraries, community centers, public-health facilities and fire stations and redeveloping them into larger structures that would include new city facilities layered with housing units. Read more.
But first, we should welcome Joe's second child, James Matthew Kennedy, who arrived in December.
Meet James Matthew Kennedy. Born early this morning and doing great. First gift he received was (appropriately) a Patriots jersey from Grandpa Joe. Thanks to all for the kind words. We are exhausted, over the moon and deeply grateful! pic.twitter.com/F7D1ZVlDK7
A federal judge in Boston today sided with the little guy in a battle with a national corporation, at least as far as deciding where he and his lawyer can argue his class-action case. Read more.
At-large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley today announced she's running for the 7th District congressional seat now held by Mike Capuano of Somerville. Read more.
Eversource will soon start charging customers for the privilege of soaking up some sun.
Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed taxes on property speculation as a way to keep Boston from becoming another Manhattan.
The City Council today approved a request by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu to begin looking at charging fees for what are now free resident parking permits - and maybe even limiting the number of permits any one family could get. Read more.
The City Council today approved a request by at-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George for a hearing to look at whether voters should once again be giving a direct say on who serves on the School Committee. Read more.
Boston city councilors will study the implications of unleashing fleets of driverless cars on the mean streets of Boston - not just how they will fit in with all the Massholes out there but what the shift would mean for cab and ride-share drivers. Read more.
Mayor Walsh said today he's looking at a possible lawsuit against companies that make and market narcotics. In a statement, he said: Read more.
Steve Holt ponders what our atavistic attachment to our parking spaces means.