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By - 8/13/15 - 9:14 am

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) wants BPS to look at providing vouchers to low-income parents so they can get to parent-teacher conferences and open houses they might otherwise miss due to transportation costs. Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 4:12 am

Mayor Walsh, what will you say the next time that we have a police-involved shooting and we don’t have body cam footage to let us know what happened there?

Mayor Walsh: "...We have not ruled out a pilot..."

By - 8/12/15 - 6:30 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) today proposed a property-tax exemption for residents who convert their homes to solar power. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 9:48 pm

The Boston City Council tomorrow considers a proposal to open city streets to developers of small solar-powered "pods" that could provide individualized mass transit through a monorail and a large computer network that would let people set destinations for their pods and then just speed off. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 8:52 pm
New dog needs a name

Boston Police have issued a BOLO for a name for the newest member of their K-9 unit - a 9-week old Belgian Shepherd male, who will be taking on "patrol and explosive ordinance detection duties."

According to head BPD K-9 trainer Troy Caisey, names should be strong, commanding and no more than 2 syllables. For example: names like Tuco, Bronson and Solo would be more than suitable. So, if you have a suggestion, send it our way and if we use your name - we’ll send you a BPD patch in return.

By - 8/11/15 - 4:55 pm

Boston Magazine reports there's a drug that can cure the infectious liver disease - but it costs $84,000 for a full course.

By - 8/11/15 - 8:44 am
New Boston 311 page on Twitter

Boston last night started renaming its Mayor's Hotline and Citizens Connect systems as Bos:311 as it begins to convert to the easier to remember phone number to call in complaints and reports about problems in the city. Read More.

By - 8/10/15 - 8:57 pm

Mayor Walsh wants to crack down on misbehaving scooter and ATV drivers, who he says have created "a notorious atmosphere of criminal and other disturbing activity so elevated as to endanger the common good and general welfare of the city." Read more.

By - 8/10/15 - 10:26 am
Where in old Boston was this street scene?

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene.

By - 8/9/15 - 11:54 am

Deray McKesson on safety, accountability and justice on the one year anniversary of Black Lives Matter:

We will work hard to teach people that the safety of communities is not predicated on the presence of police – that safety is a more expansive notion than policing. Safety is strong schools, access to jobs, workforce development and access to healthcare, among many other things.

By - 8/5/15 - 9:32 pm
Segun Idowu of Boston Police Camera Action Team

Segun Idowu of Boston Police Camera Action Team pauses for a thought during testimony.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told a City Council committee today he wants to learn from the mistakes of other cities with body cameras before equipping Boston police officers with them. Read more.

By - 8/5/15 - 3:26 pm

Brian Benoit, 43, pleaded guilty today to stealing morphine, fentanyl, lorazepam, and midazolam from Boston EMS ambulances and drug boxes for three months in 2011 to feed his addiction to painkillers, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 8/5/15 - 12:36 pm

Mayor Walsh today vowed to ban the sale of chewing tobacco - and other tobacco products at professional and amateur sports venues in Boston.

Joined by former Sox ace Curt Schilling - who blames his mouth cancer on an addiction to chaw - Walsh said he plans to file a proposed ordinance with the city council next week. Read more.

By - 8/5/15 - 12:26 pm

I got a voicemail today asking me to listen to 'an important message from the Boston Public Health Commission', but because it was a voicemail I couldn't follow the prompt to the message. I tried calling back, but all I got was a screeching noise (what I expected from an automated system). Anyone know what this is about?

By - 8/4/15 - 3:57 pm
Ominous clouds over Kendall Square in Cambridge

Kendall Square around 4 p.m. Photo by Ari Ofsevit.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Boston area at 3:50 p.m.:

AT 349 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM LITTLETON TO FRAMINGHAM TO NEAR NORTHBRIDGE...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

By - 8/4/15 - 11:45 am

The latest stats from Boston Police are out: Through Aug. 2, 130 people have been shot in Boston, compared to 89 in the same period last year.

Gun-related murders, however, are down, from 26 to 15, which might reflect better medical care or worse shots or both. Read more.

By - 8/4/15 - 10:40 am
Guys in a factory in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on here, where and when.

By - 8/3/15 - 6:30 pm

The Forward explains why the Chubby Chickpea decided to stop spending the money for kosher certification.

By - 8/1/15 - 3:01 am

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