By - 6/1/15 - 7:50 am

City Councilor Steve Murphy, who says BPL President Amy Ryan's departure is overdue, leads a hearing next week on the disappearance of two prints worth $600,000 from the main library in Copley Square.

The session starts at 11 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

Peter Kadzis at WGBH writes the disappearance of the prints are not even the half of what's wrong at BPL - which he describes as a rudderless behemoth that has been unable to figure out how to build the sort of endowments other local cultural institutions have.

By - 5/31/15 - 10:07 pm

The Globe reports the mayor, himself a recovering alcoholic, sees pot as a gateway drug and would be willing to head up efforts to defeat a ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana use.

By - 5/31/15 - 7:08 pm


F-bombs, shouting: Uncivil discourse on Boston's Olympic bid

Corey Dinopoulos, a co-founder of the Boston 2024 organizing committee who got the bid rolling three years ago, calls the tone "kind of depressing" for a world-class city with a chance to showcase itself.

"The city needs to calm down," he said. "People are expecting a lot from the organization. We're trying to plan for the next 15 years and that doesn't happen overnight. I think everyone needs some manners classes."

By - 5/28/15 - 12:11 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for eastern Massachusetts through 7 p.m. Read more.

By - 5/27/15 - 11:07 pm

Yeah, about that:

Initially, a public authority (e.g., City of Boston affiliated Industrial Development Authority) will fund land acquisition and infrastructure costs while the OCOG budget will assume the costs associated with the construction and restoration of the temporary stadium structure, Olympics back-of-house and warm-up areas. A private sector development group will be selected for the proposed development of the project that will provide funds to pay for the debt service on the initial financing utilized for land acquisition and infrastructure costs.

By - 5/27/15 - 1:59 pm
Matthew Walsh calls for more treatment programs

Matthew Walsh tells councilors treatment programs for people like him need more resources.

Substance-abuse experts and recovering addicts say a proposal by City Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker to fund new treatment programs through a 2% tax on Boston alcohol sales could provide new beds - and new hope - to addicts who now have to wait long periods for help.

By - 5/26/15 - 8:10 am

Here's some of what you missed while enjoying the long weekend.

The South End had its first roof-deck fire of the season.

Boston Latin School slobs, um, seniors, with pedestrian taste in beer, trashed Hemlock Hill in the Arboretum, leaving disgusted residents to clean up after them.

A man was shot and killed in Roxbury. A 7-year-old was shot while riding his bike in Dorchester. People who knew the bicyclist killed in a Dorchester crash launched a fundraiser to send his body to Haiti for burial.

A national memorial to fallen EMTs and paramedics was held at Faneuil Hall.

A Pats fan had her kids use her obituary to declare Brady's innocence.

A couple of Cantabrigians showed handwriting is not quite a lost art.

Four men burst into a North End apartment in search of pot; police arrested one suspect when he showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound from where he shot himself in the foot.

Somebody unbolted and stole the donation boot in front of the Boylston Street firehouse.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:51 am

The latest drought standings are just out this morning, and all of Massachusetts - and much of New England and a good part of New York are now in a moderate drought. The US Drought Monitor adds: Read more.

By - 5/20/15 - 2:11 pm

A new report by the city and Blue Cross Blue Shield finds opiate addiction is spiking in Boston just like elsewhere in the state and says we're going to need more treatment beds and programs and soon. Read more.

By - 5/19/15 - 3:41 pm

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against an escort classifieds site by three local women who said they were trafficked on the site as minors, saying the site is protected under a federal law that bars actions against online publishers for content created by third parties, in this case the people who take out ads on it. Read more.

By - 5/19/15 - 12:23 am


Keep Corporate Education Reformers out of Boston Public Schools

Education Reform has defunded Boston Public Schools by $973,500.00 per BPS school. Corporate education reformers have no place on the - Boston Public Schools - superintendents' cabinet. We ask that Dr. Makeeba McCreary be immediately removed from the position of Chief of Staff.

By - 5/18/15 - 3:21 pm

(L-R) Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey, International Olympic Committee member Angela Ruggiero, Executive Director of Olympic Planning Sara Myerson and City Liaison John Fitzgerald at Monday's public hearing

Boston 2024 plans to release a major overhaul of its proposed plans for the Olympics next month, group CEO Rich Davey told a City Council committee today.

The revised plan would provide new details about possible venues, housing and other infrastructure, and may include locations outside of Boston or even New England, Davey said this morning, at at a hearing called by Council President Bill Linehan's Special Committee for the Olympics.

By - 5/18/15 - 10:56 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that people facing new drug trials because their evidence was handled by convicted state chemist Annie Dookhan cannot be brought up on more severe charges the second time around - and can't get sentences more severe than the ones originally imposed. Read more.

By - 5/18/15 - 6:18 am

The Globe reports Mayor Walsh wants Kairos Shen to quit, but Shen is all, yeah, well, fire me then, because of a state law that can boost the pension of public workers fired by incoming administrations.

By - 5/17/15 - 11:02 am

Some frou-frou travel magazine ranks us as the fifth most unfriendly city for tourists:

Beantown denizens put off readers with their Brahmin-like brains and their skillful backtalk.

Brahmin-like brains? What does that even mean, you pusillanimous codswallopers? And we wouldn't be backtalking if the tourists weren't getting all up in our grills and stuff, amirite?

By - 5/15/15 - 3:18 pm

Death by lethal injection for killing Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu, but found he didn't deserve death for the murder of Krystle Campbell and MIT officer Sean Collier.

WBUR has more details.

Statement by Mayor Walsh: Read more.

By - 5/14/15 - 7:14 pm

Boston tomorrow serves up a beta smartphone app that will let tennis players reserve time on some city courts. Read more.

By - 5/13/15 - 10:31 pm

The Boston City Council starts its regular meetings with a convocation or prayer by a clergy member selected by a particular councilor. Today, members of the local International Society for Krishna Consciousness opened the council meeting with a request for help for survivors of the Nepal earthquakes and by singing the Hare Krishna mantra.

They were invited by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu, who noted 2015 is the group's 50th anniversary in Boston. Wu and Council President Bill Linehan wore garlands presented by group members.