UPDATE, Thursday: Found safe.
Caleb Jacoby, 16, an 11th grader at the Maimonides School, has not been seen or heard from since 12:30 p.m. yesterday.
He's 5'11" and 140 lbs., and was last seen wearing navy chinos, a navy polo shirt, a brown winter jacket with a hood, white socks and brown sneakers or shoes.
Police urge anybody with information about his whereabouts to contact them, at 617-730-2222.
Jacoby is the son of Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.
Sacha Pfeiffer noticed these fliers up around Cambridge and Somerville:
Sad children with cold hands (and annoyed parents) somewhere in Cambridge/Somerville
Boston Public Schools are closed on Friday. This was followed by a few minutes later by a press release from the mayor's office with the following sub-headline:
Extended vacation one last gift from Mayor Menino to students of Boston
Mike reports that when he ordered a pizza from the Randolph Papa Gino's last night, he made a request: "Draw a lion on box, please. Even if cheesy." As you can see, they delivered. He adds:
My one year old saw it and roared. Which was my entire reason for the request.
So kids, stay straight and don't skip school.
Boston Police report they are investigating how a toddler girl wound up at 1833 Washington St. yesterday afternoon with injuries that would claim her life.
Police say she was found unresponsive around 4:40 p.m. and was declared dead at Boston Medical Center. The Globe reports authorities do not consider her death "suspicious."
Some Globe columnist determines the reason so many people in their 20s don't have jobs isn't because the economy sucks and the middle class is disappearing, but because their goddamn coddling boomer parents were too nice to them and didn't kick them out of the nest to forage for bananas.
Is this what John Henry meant when he wrote: "A newspaper needs to provide the breadth of perspective and diligent analysis that gets to the heart of what is going on in our world?"
BPS added extra security to the Hyde Park Education Complex today after a staff member found a gun outside the building. In a statement, BPS says:
Our own Suldog recalls a different time.
Everything normal, but BPS still warns:
Unfortunately we do not have complete confidence that service will continue every day. Parents should continue to have alternate plans in place. We will send automated phone calls and update this website in the event of a service disruption.
UPDATE, Monday: The city Parks Department reports the chain was fixed this morning.
A concerned citizen of the parental type (we assume) files a complaint from the South End:
Titus Sparrow park playground climbing ladder is broken and dangerous! Please fix!
Bill Clinton's getting an award at the Harvard School of Public Health next Thursday and the kids at Boston Latin School couldn't be more thrilled. Not because they get to mingle with Bubba, because they don't, but because the fact the award is being given across Avenue Louis Pasteur from the school means they all get out of school 2 1/2 hours early so the city can shut the street or something.
There he was, at the other end of the line at 6:03 a.m.: BPS Robocall Guy, alerting us that school buses are rolling in the city of Boston today, but cautioning that, as parents, we should continue to maintain contingency plans, just in case.
The Globe reports the bus company has put two union leaders on leave.
Boston Police cruisers and community-center vans were pressed into service as impromptu school buses when school-bus drivers struck this morning over proposed work-rule changes - including a new bus tracker for parents.
BPS says the strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 caught it unawares:
Because of this, students will not be marked late and absences will be marked as â€śexcusedâ€ť in the Boston Public Schools during the disruption.
A one-year-old in a stroller escaped injury, but both his parents were seriously injured when a car driven by a teenager swerved into them in a crosswalk at Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street around 3:20 p.m., Boston Police report:
Schools open tomorrow with a new policy that lets any student get a free lunch, regardless of income eligibility or whether their parents have filled out paperwork.
"Children can focus on learning when they are well-fed, and families can focus on education when they donâ€™t have to budget for school meals every week," said BPS Interim Superintendent John McDonough. "This program makes sense for students. We expect that every major city will join this national program in the next few years - and we are able to put Bostonâ€™s families at the forefront."