Acting School Superintendent John McDonough announced today that the state has chosen two private education groups to take over control of the Holland and Dever schools in Dorchester, which the state says BPS has been unable to get into shape and which are rated as low as you can get under the scoring system used by the state to judge schools.
At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley today called for a citywide "trauma response" team of behavioral-health experts to work with friends and families of shooting victims to help them and stem the tide of retribution that often leads to still more shootings.
Pressley said the city needs to make "a strategic and formidble investment" quickly.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) agreed, and said help is needed in... Read more
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) says clean business districts are better and even safer business districts and wants to look at increasing fines on "chronic" litterers.
At a City Council meeting today, O'Malley said Boston's maximum littering fines are only $25, compared to $300 in New York and $1,500 in Chicago.
O'Malley also wants to look at expanding the city "hokey" program,... Read more
Mayor Marty Walsh said tonight that murders over the past nine days in Dorchester and Mattapan are all likely part of the same gang feud - and he vowed to stop it now:
This time last year, Boston had seen 15 shootings and 2 gun fatalities. Since January 1st of this year, we have seen 13 shootings and 8 gun fatalities.
The last... Read more
No matter how much it stings, a bet's a bet and Mayor Walsh donned a Broncos jersey before calling his counterpart in Denver to offer congratulations on the Broncos' trip to the Super Bowl.
Michael Ratty asks:
Any Boston bars showing the State of the Union tomorrow night, esp. in Kenmore area?
ROSLINDALE AND JAMAICA PLAIN DEMOCRATS TO ELECT DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION
Democrats in Boston Ward 19 will be holding a caucus at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Hall, 25 Colgate Road, 2nd floor, on February 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM to elect 24 delegates and 4 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will vote to... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear an appeal from a man who says a decision by Roche Bros. to bar him from collecting signatures for his election campaign outside one of its stores violates his rights under the Massachusetts constitution, Associated Press reports.
Steven Glovsky of Wayland says Roche Bros. wouldn't let him collect signatures in a run for the governor's council... Read more
Associated Press reports state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Roxbury was brought to the State House from his cell today for a closed-door meeting.
Mayor Marty Walsh held a Twitter Q&A on January 23. Here's a screen grab gif of questions and answers.
The Globe's Billy Baker profiles Maureen Dahill, the third candidate in the battle to take over Jack Hart's old state-senate seat, the one who tried to find a bridge between the oldtimers and the yuppies. And maybe buries the lead at the very end of the story, at least for people who like keeping tabs on who's running for what.... Read more
On the same day the city IT department posted a photo proving Marty Walsh actually tweets, the mayor's office also announced the stakes of the obligatory bet with his counterpart in Denver over this Sunday's Patriots/Broncos game:
In the event that the Denver Broncos defeat the Patriots, Mayor Walsh will:
Wear Mayor Hancockâ€™s Denver Broncos jersey during a session of the U.S. Conference of... Read more
State Rep. Carlos Henriquez was sentenced to six months in jail today after he was convicted of two of five counts related to an incident involving a woman with whom he left a block party last year. The State House News Service reports House Speaker Robert DeLeo is telling Henriquez he can resign or face a House investigation.... Read more
Tom Menino still gazes out at people heading toward one of the elevator banks and the zoning-board hearing room on the eighth floor of City Hall.
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh wants the state Gaming Commission to declare Boston a "host" community for the potential casinos in both Revere and Everett, which would let the city negotiate for the sort of benefits Boston would have gotten under the agreement with Suffolk Downs before East Boston voters rejected the idea of a casino within city limits.... Read more
Portraits of Boston is a nice site where a photographer goes around taking people's photos and asking them a question. Today, one of the featured people was a guy walking down the street in the Back Bay with a bunch of flowers for his wife.
A guy who happens to be Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, as Steve Annear noticed:
"Theyâ€™re... Read more
Opponents of a 27-unit apartment building on land next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station said the $7-million proposal would lead to poor people infesting the neighborhood with their crime-ridden ways, their children breathing in fumes from the auto-body shop next door and their guests jamming up the local streets with their cars.
And, one opponent said at a meeting at the Hyde Park Municipal... Read more
MassLive reports a Cambridge District Court jury was empaneled today to consider charges of assault and battery and witness intimidation against state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Roxbury for a 2012 incident involving a woman in the back of a Zipcar after a Dorchester block party.
Innocent, etc.... Read more
Mayor Walsh announced today he's appointing interim Police Commissioner William Evans as permanent police commissioner:
Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department, and public safety is one of my biggest priorities. Commissioner Evans has been an invaluable resource to me during this transition period, and I know that his expertise and governance of the Police Department will be a key... Read more
By an 8-5 vote today, the Dorchester Reporter reports. New at-large Councilor Michelle Wu voted for him over at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley.
In addition to naming chairs of council committees and presiding over council meetings, Linehan would become mayor should anything happen to Marty Walsh.