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By - 11/4/14 - 6:24 pm

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE EXCERPTS FROM HIS BOOK YOU WILL UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT GANGS AND GUN VIOLENCE. RAW, SHOCKING, REAL!

Why this problem in Massachusetts burdens my soul!

By - 11/4/14 - 10:39 am

Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) want the school department to just say no to pepper spray.

School police, who do not carry guns, say pepper spray would help them better control violent situations. But in a request to the council for a hearing on the BPS idea, the two councilors say they don't understand the need when violence in Boston schools is declining and when pepper spray brings with it a variety of health risks and legal liabilities for the city:

By - 11/3/14 - 7:55 am

Lawrence Harmon ponders Councilor Charles Yancey's pursuit of a new high school in Mattapan and says the idea could work - if the city converts the current West Roxbury Education Complex into a K-8 school.

Yancey and Mattapan would get a state-of-the-art high school (open to students from across the city), even as secondary enrollment across the city drops, while West Roxbury parents would get the extra K-8 seats they've been arguing for for years, he writes.

By - 10/31/14 - 12:38 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Boston and Transit police are hoping to head off general mayhem tonight.

Boston Police themselves report:

By - 10/22/14 - 11:17 am

Especially, you know, that one.

Ed. note: A couple years ago, the kidlet's World History class covered Islam (also Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity). Those outraged Revere parents, or at least the one quoted by WHDH, can take solace in knowing she did not start wearing a niqab or quoting the Koran at inopportune times.

By - 10/18/14 - 3:43 pm

Mayor Walsh had a bonus for Roslindale parents with small kids at today's Adams Park re-dedication: Work on renovating Fallon Field will begin next year, rather than in 2016 as originally planned.

His announcement comes a few months after a new parents group began lobbying for new and improved playgrounds in the neighborhood.

By - 10/8/14 - 2:57 pm
Boston city councilors Charles Yancey and Bill Linehan

Yancey, Linehan shake after Linehan tells Yancey he won't get a vote on proposal today.

Several city councilors said today they strongly back Councilor Charles Yancey's longstanding proposal to put a high school on a 20-acre parcel on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital.

However, Council President Bill Linehan deferred any vote on the idea after several councilors also said that while they don't oppose the idea, they need more information on it. Among those: Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton), who chaired a hearing at the Mattapan public library just last night on the idea.

By - 9/27/14 - 11:16 am

Paul Levy recounts a letter a local youth-soccer league got from a lawyer trying to get the league to make an exception for his 7-year-old so she can play soccer with earrings.

By - 9/20/14 - 7:27 pm

Nancy Gair, who spent seven years as an instructor at the local Isis Parenting centers, says the company owes her and other workers back pay after it suddenly shut down in January.

By - 9/20/14 - 9:42 am

The state released MCAS scores yesterday and among the winners is Jeremiah Burke High School, which was taken off the state's list of "underperfoming" schools that are "among lowest achieving and least improving schools" - and subject to possible state takeover if they don't shape up.

The Elihu Greenwood Elementary School and English High School, however, remain on this "Level 4" list - just one step up from the lowest possible ranking. And the Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park and Dorchester Academy were added to the list.

By - 9/19/14 - 11:12 pm
Little kid outside the Apple Store on Boylston Street in Boston.

A concerned citizen complained shortly after 10 p.m.:

There is a child (maybe 8) who is sleeping on the street outside the Apple Store while his parents are in line. This is child abuse. Please intervene.

By - 9/19/14 - 6:43 pm

WBZ reports Children's Hospital is currently treating more than 100 kids with the respiratory infection - and that 12 of them are in critical condition.

Enterovirus fact sheet.

By - 9/4/14 - 6:27 pm

The Globe reports BPS says it won't file to turn the Dearborn STEM school into an "in district" charter school this year, which means the earliest it can try is 2016.

By - 8/29/14 - 11:49 am

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.

By - 8/27/14 - 10:38 pm

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.

By - 8/26/14 - 11:44 am

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.

By - 8/25/14 - 10:20 pm

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, we cannot guarantee service tomorrow morning.

The MBTA will be free on Tuesday for students.

By - 8/25/14 - 3:45 pm

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 two in-district charter schools, 13 other charter schools and 11 special education programs. A spokesman says:

2,977 students were scheduled for yellow buses this AM; buses for 392 of these did not run.

In a statement, BPS says:

By - 8/14/14 - 10:13 am

The Bay State Banner reports on a staffing issue at Madison Park High School.

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