Boston

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.

By - 10/26/16 - 3:02 pm
Boston job mapping

MIT's Mobility Futures Collaborative, which is figuring out ways to promote bus rapid transit systems (think Silver Line, but more rapid), has used 2014 job data to map the locations and types of jobs in the Boston area.

Via Chris Devers.

By - 10/26/16 - 9:44 am

In addition to four statewide ballot questions, Boston voters are deciding whether to add a surcharge to property tax bills to pay for more affordable housing and improvements to local parks and historical sites. Read more.

By - 10/25/16 - 2:47 pm

A committee set up to consider how to keep Boston Public Schools afloat today released a series of suggestions it says could save the system $100 million a year. Among them: Read more.

By - 10/25/16 - 12:03 pm
Candidate fundraiser that mentions Steve Murphy as being elected

Paul Gannon is running for state senate somewhere well south of the Neponset, but, natch, he's having a fundraiser tonight in South Boston. And look at the notables planning to attend, specifically "Register of Deeds-elect Stephen J. Murphy."

Not yet - he still has to beat John Keith, Margherita Ciampa-Coyne and Joe Donnelly in the Nov. 8 election. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 7:44 pm

A correspondent asks if there's someplace to get this Jordanian dessert:

My 93 year-old father in law is visiting and has a hankering for Knafeh Nablusieh. I was wondering if we could ask the hive-mind as to whether this can be bought for money somewhere in the Boston area?

By - 10/24/16 - 10:37 am
Old trolley in old Boston

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