By - 8/25/16 - 11:25 pm
Steve Tompkins and Alex Rhalimi, running for Suffolk County Sheriff

Tompkins (l) and Rhalimi.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins and challenger Alex Rhalimi both oppose legalization of recreational marijuana, but for different reasons. Read more.

By - 8/25/16 - 3:23 pm

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m. They might be downtown sooner than 7 p.m.

The mystery military copters whose crews have been doing training with local police this week are scheduled for a return tonight, between 7 and 11 p.m.

By - 8/25/16 - 9:16 am

The weekly drought map shows little change in Massachusetts: The Boston area remains in an "extreme drought" and most of the rest of the state is in a drought as well, except for the extreme western end, which is "abnormally dry."

Scituate, not part of the MWRA water system, is asking residents to limit their shower time.

By - 8/24/16 - 4:24 pm

A dispute over whether Massachusetts should pay Amtrak $29 million for Acela service over tracks the state owns got ugly this week when the national railroad filed a court document suggesting it might have to stop service north of Providence rather than continuing to deal with the "chronically delinquent" MBTA. Read more.

By - 8/24/16 - 1:17 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.

By - 8/22/16 - 10:22 am
Trolley in old Boston

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

By - 8/19/16 - 5:58 pm

The Globe reports Police Commissioner William Evans is reconsidering his initial decision to let Edward Tutunjian transfer his taxi medallions to his family before pleading guilty to tax evasion.

By - 8/19/16 - 9:50 am

A Boston couple has sued Costco and the maker of Kirkland detergent pods for a 2013 incident with a detergent pod that they say left their young daughter with injuries for which she still needs treatment. Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 1:40 pm
Massachusetts drought continues

An "extreme" drought affecting parts of Middlesex and Essex counties now covers more of eastern Massachusetts, despite recent rains. Read more.

By - 8/17/16 - 3:47 pm

Soviet propaganda from the 70's using our fair city!

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By - 8/17/16 - 9:39 am

Kate Fussner reports she's kept her inner Masshole in check behind the wheel even as she now has to deal with a Roslindale-to-Dorchester commute, but that she realized with a start one day in the North End - when stuck walking behind a clot of tourists shuffling in search of a cannoli - that the snarling beast is no longer far from the surface and she's now as ready to hate everyone around her as the rest of us.

By - 8/16/16 - 10:55 am
Potter's Hotel in Old Boston

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

By - 8/14/16 - 8:27 pm

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m. Warning canceled for Boston, although it's kind of boomy and rainy here along the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier.

Until 9 p.m.


By - 8/11/16 - 10:05 am

Mayor Walsh's office reports a new law signed by Gov. Baker this week will let Boston reduce its default speed limit on most roads to 25 m.p.h. - and that he plans to work with the DPW and the city council to do that as speedily as possible. Read more.

By - 8/11/16 - 9:57 am
Extreme drought in part of Massachusetts

The weekly state drought map is out, and for the first time it shows some "extreme" drought, in Middlesex and Essex counties. Except for the extreme western part of the state - and Nantucket - all of the state is now in some form of drought.

The MWRA reports the Quabbin Reservoir, which serves Boston and a number of surburbs, was at 87.4% of capacity on Aug. 1.

By - 8/10/16 - 12:04 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Boston area forThursday afternoon, with an expected high of 96: Read more.

By - 8/9/16 - 9:44 am
Pro-charter tweet praises a BPS school

Heshan Weeramuni, an active supporter of Boston Public Schools, noticed this tweet by a group working to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts that turns "education" into a verb and sings the praises of the O'Bryant - which people who actually live in Boston know is a BPS school, not a charter.

Oopsies: The Great Schools campaign took down their tweet this morning after Weeramuni posted a copy - just like Boston 2024 did last year.

By - 8/7/16 - 9:31 am
No Red Line on Google Maps

Red Line? What's that? You'll take buses and you'll like it. Screen capture by Nat V.

Seems that this morning, if you try to use Google Maps to plot out a trip via public transit in Boston, you'll get back an itinerary that involves buses and the Green Line - the Orange, Red and Blue lines are now dead to the mapping service. Read more.

By - 8/6/16 - 5:23 pm

No, this has nothing to do with Boston Latin. The Globe reintroduces us to Queon Jackson.

The last we'd heard of him, BPS had put the Madison Park headmaster on leave in 2013 due to a Secret Service investigation into credit-card fraud. He was never charged. BPS never gave him another job, but kept paying him - and he used the $375,000 he earned to start an artisanal ice-pop concern in Delaware - where he told a magazine he moved because of a relative's health issues. Only now he's back in Boston, or, at least back on the official BPS payroll as a "special assistant" in the Bolling Building.