The South End News posted photos of some of the 50 weapons seized by Boston Police over the past four months, concludes there are simply too many guns on the city's streets, says the local media needs to pay at least as much attention to shootings as it does to fans getting hit by foul balls at Fenway (with an oped by Dianne Wilkerson on the topic).
So what happened in Boston, and what next? A roundup of some Olympic thoughts:
Jon Keller says this is the Market Basket story all over again - the 1% once more was tone deaf: Read more.
The Boston Stress Study hopes to outfit large numbers of Bostonians with wearable stress monitors so that it can come up with accurate numbers on just how crazed life is in this never-say-stop 21st-century city - and how that breaks down across professions, locations and, who knows, maybe even T lines.
WBUR's CommonHealth has more on the study, an effort by local startup Neumitra, which, you'll not be surprised to learn, hopes to sell "embedded biomodules to accurately and continuously measure the autonomic nervous system throughout daily life demands."
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this old Boston scene.
Mayor Walsh said this morning he will not agree to sign the "host city contract" without assurances that Boston will not be liable for any possible cost overruns. And if the USOC says he has to agree to a contract today even though it won't be available until September, "then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and paralympic games." Read more.
Steve reports finding a two-page leaflet on his front steps in South Boston yesterday from Boston 2024, extolling its new "fact-based plan for hosting the games" that will, of course, fix the T, create thousands of new jobs and housing units, lead to better bike lanes and mean more taxes for the city. Read more.
Boston 2024 today released the two previously withheld chapters of its initial bid documents that won us the right to compete for the 2024 Olympics.
Although Boston 2024 has repeatedly said - as recently as last night - that the games will be profitable - the previously secret Bid and Games Budget document said that would happen only after first plugging a sizable budget hole: Read more.
The convoluted legal maneuverings around the proposed Wynn casino in Everett got more interesting this week when the US Attorney's office denied the city's claims that two former state troopers, working on the side as private eyes for Wynn, got a look at what were supposed to be private documents related to Wynn's purchase of the land from three men now under federal indictment for the way they allegedly tried to hide that one of them was a convicted felon. Read more.
A local man who got three junk calls on his cell phone is suing the company he says made them. Read more.
Boston 2024 head Steve Pagliuca opened an Olympic debate tonight by saying the group would release the financial and political parts of the initial bid tomorrow, rather than next week.
The FBI reports arresting a flim-flam man living in Orlando on charges he defrauded Bostonians and others out of $12 million over the past year with promises of riches from non-existent gold-mining operations in Brazil and Africa. Read more.
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports.
Boston 2024 today released details of its plans to spend more than $100 million on insurance to cover the risks of a hurricane hitting Boston during the Olympics, terrorists striking the games, sponsors dropping out, ticket sales proving disappointing or entire countries boycotting the games. Read more.
This statement just in from Mayor Walsh:
The question of releasing the original bid documents has become an unnecessary distraction in what should be a constructive civil discourse about the future of the City of Boston. It's important that we continue our focus on building a concrete and sound plan that is shaped by community input and brings long-term benefits to the City of Boston and its residents. As a result, I asked Boston 2024 to provide the original bid, in its entirety, for public review. Both Boston 2024 and the United States Olympic Committee fully support the release of these documents in order to maintain an open and transparent process.
The chapters, from Boston 2024's original bid to the US Olympic Committee, involve the financing and political support for the proposed 2024 games.
The first episode of ABC's mini-series on Boston ERs includes scenes from the hospital treatment of Ryan Morrissey, the Charlestown teen who was fatally shot last November - including video from a meeting between his surgeons and his parents.
City Council President Bill Linehan today blocked a vote to force Boston 2024 officials to show up with secret documents related to Olympic financing - until at least the council's next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 12. Read more.
The Globe reports a judge has ordered Boston to rehire David Williams, fired for allegedly lying about the chokehold he applied during a North End arrest in 2011. Williams was back on the job then after an arbitrator ordered the city to rehire him after he was fired for his role in the 1995 beating of Boston police officer Michael Cox.