Discovery reports on a Harvard School of Public Health study of Boston teens that found a link between soda intake and violence - although left unanswered is the question of whether the sugar makes them more violent or whether the violent consume more soda:
Twenty-three percent of teens who drank fewer than one soft drink a week reported carrying a weapon, for example, compared... Read more
BPS officials tonight offered a different take on a proposed reorganization that would shift schools around town, add 700 more seats to high-performance high schools and create two new "innovative" schools: It will help BPS better compete in a marketplace in which parents have a choice.
School Superintendent Carol Johnson said... Read more
Brian McGrory really should never write about sports.
He really has no clue. He attempts to wax poetically about the time when the Red Sox were lovable losers, but can't even manage a decent impression of Doris Kearns Goodwin in this regard.
But ya know what? Time for something happy:
Boston Police report the boy was found around 11 p.m. in an elevator at 225 Blue Hill Ave.
He woke up at a local hospital and was able to provide information about his mother, who was nowhere to be found, police say, adding once she does turn up, she'll be charged with child abandonment and child endangerment.... Read more
Parent Imperfect is a Roslindale father of two kids in the BPS system - Boston Latin and the Hennigan - yes, the school that delayed opening for two days because of that pesky PCB problem:
Just for the record, the Parent Imperfect contacted Robert Herrick of the Harvard School of Public Health to ask what he thought about the repairs to the Hennigan School.... Read more
Boston Police report the arrest of a mother for leaving her baby in a locked car, just one day after a 17-month-old was found dead, abandoned in the back of a day-care van.
Police say officers on foot patrol around 10:45 a.m. were alerted by a passerby about the baby in a car outside 2201 Washington St. in Roxbury:
While approaching the scene,... Read more
LoJack reports MBTA Transit Police used the human version of its tracking system to find an East Boston teen with a predilection for wandering away from home and school to ride the rails underneath Boston.
The company says yesterday's safe return marks the first successful use of its SafetyNet Service since it was introduced in Boston in January:
Approximately 20 minutes after arriving at... Read more
The company manager spoke to the driver who stated that she parked the vehicle at around 10:00am and states that she forgot the child was on the van because the... Read more
The Globe reports doctors at Boston Medical Center are seeing an increased number of young children suffering from malnourishment:
Many families are unable to afford enough healthy food to feed their children, say the Boston Medical Center doctors. The resulting chronic hunger threatens to leave scores of infants and toddlers with lasting learning and developmental problems.... Read more
Jeremy Marin asks:
Looking to rent an elevator for 2 hours for son's 4th bday in a few weeks. Ideas/leads?
The kid loves elevators. Who am I to argue? It'd be a fun surprise w/family greeting him & cupcakes.
The Globe reports a Boston Public Schools plan would relocate the exam school to what is now a defunct Hyde Park High School and use the BLA building to move the Boston Arts Academy out of its shared quarters with Fenway High School. Also, the Eliot School in the North End would be expanded.... Read more
Liz Dolin recounts her time at the JP Licks in West Roxbury last night with the 3-year-old kid of some woman she'd never met. She reports both had a grand time.
It would have been all too easy for J's mom to admonish her child to not bother the solitary woman eating her ice cream that evening. Instead, she encouraged her child to interact... Read more
The Boston Parent Organizing Network reports the state Board of Education has enacted a rule that will require school districts to incorporate parent and student feedback in evaluations of teachers. Districts have until the 2013-2014 school year to figure out how to do this.
Boston Police report arresting a Hyde Park man on drunk-driving charges - and that his two daughters delivered him to the police station for booking.
According to police, Jose Avillan, 47, of Hyde Park, plowed his Taurus into the back of a mini-van on Hyde Park Avenue - with his three-year-old granddaughter in the front seat - around 9:30 p.m. The car's airbags deployed... Read more
Boston City Councilors John Connolly (at large) and Tito Jackson (Roxbury, South End) today proposed raising the minimum age at which public-school students could leave school to 18.
The two say similar action in other states has led to dramatic decreases in dropout rates; they will hold a hearing... Read more