The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that black infant mortality rates in the city decreased from 13.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001-2004 to 7.4 in 2009-2012.
The latest rate is twice that of white infants - but that compares to a death rate four times greater in the earlier period, the commission said.
The BPHC's efforts to improve the Black low birth... Read more
City Councilor Tito Jackson had some bad news today for Roxbury residents who want to preserve the historic Dearborn school building and move its science-based classes to another location in the neighborhood: State officials told him they would rescind the $36 million grant it awarded Boston for a new school because it's based on a plan calling for tearing down the old building.
Neighbors of... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the prison term of a Springfield man who went berserk after his sons' basketball team lost and began a beatdown of the opposing coach that ended with him biting part of the man's left ear off.
BPS announced tonight the problems that plagued bus service for some students today could continue tomorrow:
Tomorrow morning we will need 175 buses, compared to about 120 today. So far, only about 110 drivers have agreed to work tomorrow.
Veolia has indicated it is working with the union to encourage the drivers to report tomorrow. Veolia is continuing to assign drivers to routes. However,... Read more
School officials say too many bus drivers decided not to show up to work today, forcing BPS and its bus operator to call in other bus companies, assign supervisors to bus routes and work with the MBTA to provide free rides on that system for students.
Although the bulk of BPS students report for school next week, BPS today promised school-bus rides to students at... Read more
The Bay State Banner reports on a staffing issue at Madison Park High School.
Parent Imperfect considers the fate of the Dearborn STEM school, which the BPS is preparing to hand over as an "in district" charter school to a group that has built lots of housing but which has never overseen a $70-million school project.
Correction: The School Committee took no action tonight.
Interim School Superintendent John McDonough told the School Committee tonight he's looking at a two-year phase-in for a plan to move seventh and eighth graders who need transportation to and from school from school buses to the T - as first proposed by Mayor Walsh:
This may be a good way to implement a good policy... Read more
La Bibliotequetress asks:
We want book suggestions for kids/YA coming to Boston for first time. History fiction or non fiction to read before trip?
Sonja Alves reports:
Long, long shot but my sonâ€™s lovey is lost somewhere in Back Bay. Old tan bear with 2011 on the foot.
The bear also has a red bow on.
Boston Police report Timara Reynolds, 18, hasn't been seen since July 3.
Reynolds, 5'4" and 170 lbs., was last seen around midnight that day at 11 Jerome St., wearing an orange tank top, a matching orange skirt, rainbow flip flops and a black hooded sweatshirt with "Yeah Buddy."
If you've seen her, contact 911 or C-11 detectives at 617-343-4335.... Read more
The Globe alerts us that the disposable-income set is now beset by constant worrying about just how many babies they should pop out.
"I get the sense that [people think] weâ€™re choosing to have one child because we donâ€™t love our son as much as people with multiple children, and it drives me nuts,â€ť she says. "One woman came up to me at Trader... Read more
The mother of a young boy whom a teacher's aide molested at the Martin Luther King School charges the school's principal knew about the allegations but refused to do anything about them - and even kept the aide in the same classroom with her son - until police began investigating the aide over similar allegations at another school.
MassLive reports the council voted 7-6 yesterday for a school budget that will force all BPS students in seventh and eighth grades to ride the T to school this fall, or find another way there.
WBUR reports BPS hopes to save $8 million a year by switching from school buses to CharlieCards.
Among those voting for the cost-saving measure: At-large Councilor Steve... Read more
Looks like one Wellesley dad will be having a jim-dandy Father's Day, based on his Craigslist ad:
My Kids Suck: Skywalker Trampoline with Enclosure â€“ 17X15 â€“ $350 (Wellesley)
They begged. Pleaded. Told me how theyâ€™d use it EVERY day. How our house would become THE place to hang out. We had a hot tub. And a basketball court. And a fire pit. And... Read more
Tomorrow's the annual Southie Family Fun Day in Marine Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.