If Boston gets the 2024 Olympics, backers say they would fulfill part of their goal of making permanent improvements to venues by leaving behind a new swimming pool in Franklin Park after the end of the modern pentathlon planned for the park.
The pool would go next to White Stadium, which would undergo a major renovation as a venue for both the pentathlon - whose athletes compete in five separate sports - and for equestrian events.
City Council President Bill Linehan said today he'll chair a special committee to look at how Boston can host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
To join him, Linehan chose councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton), Frank Baker (Dorchester), Tito Jackson (Roxbury), Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan), Michelle Wu (at large), and Matt Oâ€™Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain).
WBZ reports an entomologist who discovered a new wasp species in East Africa has named it after the Boston goalie: Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski. Seems the guy is from Newton and a big Bruins fan.
The Pawtucket Red Sox have a new owner who's moving the team somewhere else.
Bradley got a good view of Rob Gronkowski as the Patriots parade began down Boylston Street.
As he waited for the Patriots parade down Boylston this morning, Nick Barber watched the guy attaching the Patriots banner to the pole atop the Old Hancock Building.
You can sort of see him about halfway up the pole in the photo below - if you squint and use your imagination a bit:
The Globe's Andrew Ryan reports police officers will be instructed to order down anyone they see atop a snow pile during tomorrow's Patriots victory parade.
Too much snow on the ground, too much cold, the Mayor says:
Due to today's bad weather and the worsening forecast for tonight, the New England Patriots and the City of Boston have made the mutual decision to postpone the victory parade until Wednesday, February 4 at 11 a.m.
This is the above-the-fold half of the Seattle Times print-edition front page today.
Because that's when the Patriots Duck Boat parade will start at the Prudential Center. It will end with at City Hall, rather than with the ceremonial dunking in the Charles, because the Duck Boats are not equipped as icebreakers.
UPDATE: Mayor Walsh says no rally at City Hall, though, due to all the snow and the windchill. Also: City is working to remove snow from everywhere, not just the parade route, mayor says. He adds:
I think we're gonna have school tomorrow. We're not cancelling school for the parade tomorrow, I can tell you that.
With police keeping people out of Kenmore Square who weren't there before the end of the game, fans who just want to be part of something big are streaming towards the Parkman Bandstand.
Chris in Boston captured a large crowd on its way there.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m. People began leaving the bandstand around 11:25 and started heading towards Kenmore Square. Some people began throwing ice chunks on Boylston Street; one car had its windshield shattered at Boylston and Ring Road.
Ryan captured the BPD squad at Landmark Center after the Super Bowl.
Police have locked down Kenmore: No cars, pedestrians being allowed in; only people in Kenmore bars being allowed onto streets - and that to leave the area. The Green Line is bypassing Kenmore station.
What a finish to that game!
Cue the Duck Boats! Maybe that'll get the roads cleared.
Fireworks in Jamaica Plain.
The Jaded Gardener reports:
Overheard at Dorchester Stop & Shop, "Not the fat free cheese, this is the Super Bowl dammit!"
Patty Neal spotted this snowfitti on one of the walls around Angell Memorial in Jamaica Plain today.
Speaking on the WGBH program Boston Public Radio Friday afternoon, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city would not take property by eminent domain to facilitate a 2024 Olympics bid.
In a message to students, BPD Commissioner William Evans says play nice and don't do anything you wouldn't want your dean of students to find out about: