Boston

By - 11/9/16 - 10:57 am

Specifically ones that could use a donation.

By - 11/9/16 - 10:27 am

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Eddie Odney, 38, to three years of probation and fines and reimbursement of $11,600 for a scheme in which he bought and used gift cards he knew came from people returning stolen merchandise at several local retailers, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 11/8/16 - 10:52 pm

In last week's thread about voting, someone asked for examples of the silly write-in entries I saw at mine. It wasn't as wide-ranging or impulsive as the last primary. Voters seemed to take this election more seriously.

We did see:

By - 11/8/16 - 6:57 am
Line to vote in Copley Square

The line to vote at the BPL in Copley Square shortly after 7. Photo by Catboston.

What are you seeing out there?

By - 11/7/16 - 10:11 am

If any election needs them, it might be this one, no? The Massachusetts Council of Churches has compiled a list (scroll down a page or two) of Boston-area churches that will be hosting election-related prayer services and vigils tonight and tomorrow.

By - 11/7/16 - 8:54 am

There are five ballot questions, but only room enough on the first page of the ballot for four of them. You'll need to turn your ballot over to vote on Question 5, which would add a 1% surcharge to property-tax bills to pay for affordable housing, parks and preservation of historic monuments.

By - 11/6/16 - 4:24 pm
Weird cloud over Boston

Say, we don't always get oval clouds over Boston, like the one Tamas K-L spotted over Boston this afternoon:

Independence day or election day coming?

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By - 11/4/16 - 1:50 pm
People standing in lines in Boston

Three photos of Bostonians standing in lines today. Can you guess which one is different from the other two? Answer (and photo credits) in the comments.

By - 11/3/16 - 3:35 pm

Sigh, as I feared when family members returned from early voting in Boston, all those ballots will be treated as absentee ones come Tuesday. That is, they will arrive in masses of envelopes inside larger envelopes for the wardens and clerks to process.

Our training for the recent primary included a promise that Elections would be able to process voters from the 255 precincts via smart computer tech. That would have meant fewer ballots for each precinct to handle. But no... Read more.

By - 11/3/16 - 12:31 pm
Corazza

He'll have a different view out his window now (photo from his former Web site).

David Koraca, a.k.a. David Corazza, was sentenced to two to three years in prison after admitting he bilked clients who thought they were hiring "a Harvard-educated attorney" who, in fact, only took classes at the Harvard Extension School - where he bilked classmates out of thousands of dollars - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 11/3/16 - 11:23 am
Men with horses in old Boston

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

By - 11/3/16 - 10:10 am

The Globe reports the sneaker company wants to flee Canton for new digs in our very own Hub, joining New Balance and Converse.

Of course, the move will be accompanied by layoffs. And, of course, even though the company already said it's moving to Boston, the mayor's office is looking at what sort of tax breaks it can unwrap as a housewarming gift.

By - 11/3/16 - 9:58 am

The weekly drought map is out and shows Boston is now in a "severe" drought, rather than an "extreme" one. The portion of Massachusetts still in "extreme" drought has shrunk as well.

BWSC rain totals show a monitoring station on Adams Street in Dorchester got nearly 6 inches of rain last month, more rain than the station saw in June, July, August and September combined.

By - 11/2/16 - 1:48 pm

The Jamaica Plain News let the four candidates for the obscure job explain why they deserve the six-figure salary: Margherita Ciampa-Coyne; Joe Donnelly; John Keith; Steve Murphy.

By - 11/1/16 - 11:06 am

Adam Castiglioni reports Boston Super Tours, the company with the extra large aquatic buses, is out of business. The original duck-tour company, the one with the actual duck boats, remains afloat.

By - 10/29/16 - 9:57 am
Rainbow over the Charles River

Melissa Sullivan enjoyed the rainbow over the Charles River this morning.

She wasn't alone: Read more.

By - 10/28/16 - 9:03 am

The Dorchester Reporter sounds the alarm: Dorchester is Boston's noisiest neighborhood (while neighboring Mattapan is the quietest), based on the Greater Boston Neighborhood Noise Report Card.

By - 10/27/16 - 2:46 pm

Boston has loaded the source code for boston.gov on github, which means code writers can now rummage around and submit improvements to make the site work better.

City Hall says this makes Boston the first "major" US city to turn its Web site into an open-source project. Officials emphasize the code - based on open-source Drupal software - contains no sensitive data.

Intriguingly, github stats show a code contribution from Marty Walsh. OK, granted, just for the "readme" file.

By - 10/26/16 - 3:24 pm

WGBH (over-the-air broadcast 2.1 & 2.2) and WGBX (over-the-air broadcast 44.1, 44.3, 44.4) will remain on low power and will have spotty reception until repairs are completed. They were also impacted by the same situation that blew Ch 4, 5, and 38 off the air recently.