The Dig takes a look at a school system increasingly balkanized among a bevy of private concerns - from the plan to hand over a brand-new $70-million science school in Roxbury to a charter group to the way it may have helped Shaun Harrison fly under the radar for so long.
So all anyone in Boston with a young, school-age child is going to talk about in the next 36 hours is the lottery placements that are going out for BPS.
I know each school is different, but is there any rule of thumb on how much a wait list tends to move in terms of spots? I feel like anything under 10 should be decent,... Read more
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Last night, the city marked a number of Citizens Connect snow complaints closed with this note:
Thank you for your request. This service request is now considered closed due to the recent arrival of Spring. The City worked around the clock this winter to address the record-breaking snowfall and we hope that many of your concerns were resolved. We encourage you to let us... Read more
Our illustrious senior senator Elizabeth Warren was interviewed live via satellite on "Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday, April 10th (great interview, by the way -- Clinton/Warren 2016!).
Anyway, I know these uplinks often happen in suburban studios with the Boston skyline added in the background, but I've never seen this one before. Was it really Boston?
A City Council committee meets Monday with FAA officials to discuss changes in Logan take-off patterns that some councilors say has meant added noise over a stretch of Boston from the South End to Hyde Park.
As if to advertise the hearing, jets taking off from Logan began flying over Roslindale and neighboring areas early this morning. As of 9:40 a.m., they are still... Read more
The city today launched what it hopes is a 15-month conversation on how to boost art in Boston. Boston Creates will:
Provide an opportunity for Bostonâ€™s many communities and neighborhoods to create a cultural blueprint highlighting Bostonâ€™s strengths and setting innovative goals for the future. Weâ€™ll look at community organizations and individual artists; cultural spaces and facilities; our cultural heritage and communities; our festivals... Read more
Yes, it's an official thing, with a mayoral proclamation and everything. Vanyaland explains.
Do you know of any hair cuts for cancer events? I have about 10 inches I'd like to donate!
Anyone know of a place in Boston that has a stick/bubble hockey table? The bar near me that had one just closed.
Terry Eliasen at WBZ alerts us:
Could there be a more fitting end to this historically cold and snowy winter than hitting 70 degrees on Opening Day at Fenway? Well, that might just happen.
Authors of a study of the achievement gap between black and Latino boys and the rest of BPS say good educational practices and increased parental involvement at four specific schools helped raise the students' test scores but that even more work was needed to close the gap between them and other BPS students.
The study looked at four schools - identified only by pseudonyms -... Read more
The National Nuclear Security Administration reports residents shouldn't worry if they see a helicopter flying low and fast over their heads between now and April 15 - it's just there to measure background radiation.
Why? Well, you know, so government security experts can tell if somebody's doing something untoward with something that might release large amounts of radiation all at once in the area.... Read more
DronesX, a startup seeking to become the authoritative source on the burgeoning drone industry, is seeking a reporter to cover droney things in the Boston/Cambridge area. "Actors who look good on camera" eagerly sought, but they have to have reporting chops, too, and not be a human drone.... Read more
Eileen McNamara argues that "Dorchesterâ€™s most famous former racist thug" is the last person who should direct a movie about the bombings and that Ed Davis should have resisted the urge to get involved.
The Globe reports Clear Channel took down the billboard messages paid for by local developer John Rosenthal - who had long had an anti-gun message on a garage he owned along the turnpike - after protests from gun groups.
UPDATE: Looks like WCVB has removed the video. Transcript in the comments.
WCVB has video of John Fish saying that
What bothers me a lot is the decline of pride, of patriotism, the love for our country.
The City Council voted 12-0 for a resolution by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) to block city workers from traveling to Indiana on official business due to its new law allowing companies to discriminate against lesbians and gays.
The council passed a similar resolution related to Arkansas - even as that state's governor was vetoing a similar law.
The resolutions go to Mayor Walsh.
"I don't... Read more