By - 7/23/16 - 6:49 pm
Storm moving in over Boston

It looked like a killer death storm was about to swallow up Boston late this afternoon. That John Gage was able to post this photo strongly suggests it didn't.

It did, however, get pretty intense in places such as Chelsea and Melrose: Read more.

By - 7/17/16 - 12:55 pm

Lauren asks:

Is there anywhere in Boston (or even Winthrop or Revere) to get soft serve ice cream?

By - 7/16/16 - 11:47 am

The federal government this week sued Eversource and the MWRA because, it alleges, an electrical cable from South Boston to Deer Island is in the way of the harbor dredging the government wants to do. Read more.

By - 7/6/16 - 12:07 pm
Dog on a paddleboard in Boston Harbor

John Gage spotted this pair in the harbor off Deer Island this morning.

By - 7/3/16 - 11:17 am

A man involved in a fistfight at a Revere Street home overnight returned with some friends - only to discover his opponent had a rifle, which he fired - Winthrop Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.

By - 4/29/16 - 1:34 pm
Swan and baby swans at Deer Island

John Gage observed a swan flotilla at Deer Island today.

By - 4/13/16 - 12:30 pm

Mike Freedberg takes a look at the numbers in yesterday's special election for the state Senate seat Joe Boncore of Winthrop won:

Winthrop, which totals about 12 percent of the District’s population, saw about 4100 ballots. Boston, whose precincts take up moire than 50 percent of the District, registered barely 5,420. A town of 18,000 people almost equaled the vote of Boston wards home to about 110,000 folks!

And the smallest turnout of all was on Beacon Hill, home to state Rep. Jay Livingstone.

By - 4/12/16 - 9:32 pm has the results for the First Suffolk and Middlesex race. There are no Republicans running in the May 10 final - for the right to serve until this November's election.

By - 3/31/16 - 9:46 pm

John Keith of the South End (yes, our John Keith) is running for Suffolk County Register of Deeds, joining a field that includes former city councilors Steve Murphy and Charles Yancey, perennial candidate Doug Bennett and newcomers Katie Forde and Paul Nutting.

By - 3/28/16 - 11:36 pm

Katie Forde is running for the top administrative job at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, in addition to Paul Nutting and three guys who have long run for office. Read more.

By - 3/28/16 - 7:33 am

Paul Nutting of Dorchester says he's running for Suffolk County Register of Deeds. Other potential candidates including long-time and now former city councilors Steve Murphy and Charles Yancey and long-time candidate Doug Bennett. Read more.

By - 3/17/16 - 6:00 pm

Suffolk County's more obscure elected positions continue to prove popular among retired or ousted city councilors. The Globe reports that City Councilors Charles Yancey and Steve Murphy, who lost their elections in the fall, are both eyeing the for-some-reason-still-elected position of Suffolk County Register of Deeds.

This morning, a roving UHub reporter spotted Yancey in the register's office: Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 10:46 pm

Mike Freedberg introduces us to the six declared candidates for the First Suffolk and Middlesex state-senate seat.

By - 1/11/16 - 12:16 pm
Surfing at Deer Island

John Gage watched surfers from Deer Island today.

By - 12/15/15 - 8:13 am

State Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) announced last night he's running for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senate seat being vacated by Anthony Petruccelli.

His announcement came only hours after neighboring state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) announced he wasn't going to run for the seat. Read more.

By - 12/6/15 - 10:52 am

When not out shooting fires and beer trucks hanging over guard rails on I-93 for the Herald, Mark Garfinkel likes to relax by taking photos of planes flying over his home in Winthrop. Yesterday, he noticed a 737 flying under a behemoth Airbus A380 and took a cool photo of the planes and their contrails.

Then he heard from one of the pilots of the A380, after it landed in Miami on its voyage from London.

It is said that inside every aviation enthusiast is a little child. If that’s true then it must also be true that this "child" writer feels like a kid must feel on Christmas morning.

By - 9/18/15 - 9:10 am
Deer Island girl

UPDATE: Mother's boyfriend charged.

WCVB reports the girl was from Boston - where the arrest was made.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office declined comment, said the investigation "remains very active."

The body of the girl, estimated age 4, was found June 26 wrapped in a blanket inside a plastic bag on the shore of Deer Island.

By - 9/1/15 - 3:06 pm
Deer Island girl

A comparison of the oxygen isotopes in the still unidentified girl's hair and teeth with water samples suggests "the child may have spent time in any of several New England states, as well as other locations across the US," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 8/7/15 - 11:18 pm
Sunset frmo Winthrop

John Gage watched the sunset from Winthrop this evening.