On Tuesday, the city will begin collecting donations to help people in the Houston area. The city is specifically looking for new clothing and blankets, toiletries, diapers, baby formula and non-perishable food items, which can be dropped off at the following locations: Read more.
Melissa Obleada asks:
New cyclist is looking for a group to ride with, bonus if it's a group of women. Any suggestions?
The Globe reports. Arroyo has denied the charges.
BPS and the BTU today announced a new contract that will give teachers a 2% raise for the fiscal year that ended June 30 and 3% this year.
According to BPS: Read more.
Just last week, Boston’s mayor and police commissioner boasted that their force has rarely resorted to using militarized riot precautions. But on Saturday, that wasn’t the case. Journalists who filed stories prior to 1 p.m. claiming that cops were on their best behavior would have been accurate; by 2 p.m., however, when the riot gear and batons came out, such descriptions warranted corrections.
The Globe talks to some current liquor-license holders who object to a City Council proposal to increase the number of liquor licenses in the city because it might affect their investments in licenses - something made possible by the state cap on the number of licenses in the city. Of particular concern: Read more.
Mayor Walsh says he'll be spending Saturday going from one barbecue to another in Boston's neighborhoods, many as part of annual "unity" events at the city's housing projects.
That, he says, is how Bostonians should react to tomorrow's racism rally at the Parkman Bandstand. Read more.
Eric Ballard asks:
I need some help/advice: best BBQ joints in Boston proper (or RL Cambridge). Kansas City/NC preferred.
I'd like to propose an alternative to decommissioning Jim Crow-era Confederate monuments and I don't like arguing with people who lost wars, they're losers, but I do like arguing with people who won them. (That's a little something I learned from Donald J. Trump.)
We've seen city councils debate the issue and vote on it as in Charlottesville, VA, and we've seen the mayor of Baltimore take four down in the dead of night.
The latest data from Boston Police show Boston has had 159 shootings through Aug. 13, up from 124 the year before and from 147 over the past five years.
Fatal shootings have increased from 16 last year to 25 this year. Firearm-related arrests are also up, slightly, from 278 last year to 286 this year.
Other major crimes (broken out by police district), are down.
In the wake of the Charlottesville white supremacist neo-nazi rally and the act of terrorism by a neo-nazi from Ohio last Saturday, people in Boston have shown concern about a Boston Free Speech rally August 19 to which some of the same people have been invited that attended rallies in Berkeley and Charlottesville. There are groups that travel the country to attend these. Some even live in Canada.
Brissette, according to the testimony of three witnesses, also threatened to withhold permits for the show unless they hired union help. The former top Walsh aide, on paid leave since his arrest in a separate federal extortion case, is charged with making a similar threat against the Boston Calling music festival.
Brissette and another City Hall aide, Timothy Sullivan, are scheduled to go on trial in January — well after the next mayoral election.
Hey, guys, what about a TV series about a Boston crime family, but instead of featuring some Afflecky tough guy, it "takes the traditionally hypermasculine crime genre and turns it on its head, placing a queer female lead at its center and making her the driver of the action"? The Dig interviews Caitlin Graham, who's trying to bring this idea to the small screen. She's from Brooklyn, but she's OK, she went to school here.