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By - 10/6/14 - 1:12 pm

The ski and snowboard films shown at the Boston Winter Film Festival are an awesome blend of creativity and raw power; nature and technology; awe, fear, and excitement. The event features some of 2014's best winter films, shot on location in some of the remote mountain ranges on earth and right here in our own backyards, on our city streets, and at our favorite local... Read more

By - 10/1/14 - 5:36 pm

City councilors said today they're not going to stand for being disrespected by the Zoning Board of Appeals. So they're calling a hearing.

Councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Councilor Josh Zakim (Fenway, Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill) say they were infuriated and aghast at a Sept. 23 zoning hearing on a project on Hereford Street. The two councilors and Mayor Walsh asked the... Read more

By - 10/1/14 - 1:38 pm
By - 10/1/14 - 12:38 pm

City Council President Bill Linehan today announced he's keeping the proposed 29% wage hike for councilors in a committee for now, rather than letting councilors vote.

Linehan has vociferously backed increasing councilor pay to $112,500, saying councilors are well worth it, have not gotten raises in eight years and cost city residents less than $9 apiece a year. But at a hearing on Monday, a... Read more

By - 9/30/14 - 11:20 am
Old Boston train station

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

By - 9/30/14 - 6:18 am

A roving UHub reporter went to City Hall around 4:30 p.m. yesterday to see which of the 13 councilors was burning the (figurative) midnight oil doing the hard work they say they do on behalf of their constituents that warrants a 29% raise - possibly even if that means risking fines and imprisonment. He found several completely empty offices - not even staffers... Read more

By - 9/29/14 - 10:54 am
Henry Luthin, Boston assistant corporation counsel

Luthin to councilors: Yes, you can raise your pay - if you don't mind risking fines and jail.

Henry Luthin, assistant corporation counsel, had some bad news today for city councilors fretting they're falling behind their counterparts in other cities and the local police and fire commissioners: They can't increase their pay without breaking state law.

At a hearing this morning, Luthin said councilors are municipal employees covered by a state laws that ban workers from getting directly involved in discussions that would... Read more

By - 9/25/14 - 10:38 am

A Boston resident who says he was denied a gun permit when he tried to use a US passport as proof of citizenship wants a federal judge to order Police Commissioner William Evans to issue him a license to carry post haste.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court along with Commonwealth Second Amendment, Phuong Ngo argues he's being deprived of... Read more

By - 9/25/14 - 8:17 am

Tsunami Skweek asks:

Hey, Boston, where can I get some tea eggs?

By - 9/24/14 - 3:49 pm

by Jane Regan

Somerville, MA, September 23, 2014 – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wowed a crowd of some 500 students, faculty and neighbors on September 15 with stories from her youth, but she also issued dire warnings about the big banks, the lack of investment in education and the “hollowing out of the middle class.”

The senator was also protested by those who came to... Read more

By - 9/24/14 - 12:07 pm
Mysterious old machinery in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what this thing did. See it larger.

By - 9/23/14 - 1:48 pm

bostonmagazine.com:

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has been taking heat over its ‘voter education’ materials, and deservedly so.

In mailings, newspaper ads, and other materials, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has been claiming, with the weakest of justifications, that ..[20] targeted state legislators voted to prioritize illegal immigrants over veterans for public housing. That’s a crock. They did no such thing.

... Read more
By - 9/23/14 - 11:28 am

Angela Mastrogiacomo asks:

Favorite brunch spots?

By - 9/23/14 - 7:56 am

Boston today launches an app to let people pay their parking tickets via their smartphones.

TicketZen, available for both Android and iOS devices, lets users scan the bar code at the bottom of their tickets, which will connect their payment information to the city's ticket-paying system.

The app provides a smoother user experience than navigating to the City’s parking ticket payment website from

... Read more
By - 9/22/14 - 12:22 pm

The City Council's Committee on Government Operations holds a hearing on proposed council raises on Monday, Sept. 29.

The session begins at 10 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

The committee, chaired by Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large), will take testimony from councilors and the public on Council President Bill Linehan's proposal to give the council a 29% raise, to $108,500.

At... Read more

By - 9/22/14 - 10:52 am
Roxy Dress Shop and elevated railroad in Boston

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

By - 9/21/14 - 11:14 am

Greg Hum spotted this bicycle built for five on Storrow Drive this morning during the annual Hub on Wheels.

SouthieSpots captured the start of the tours - which ranged from 10 to 50 miles around Boston - this morning at City Hall:

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were... Read more

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