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By adamg - 10/18/20 - 12:45 pm
Sign: Keep the exam

About 70 people rallied this morning on the steps of Boston Latin School in support of keeping an exam to help determine who gets into Boston's three exam schools next year, while across Avenue Louis Pasteur, about 20 people held a counter-protest saying it's time to ditch the test as a legacy of Boston's racist past. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/20 - 10:43 am
Early voting line in Allston

Voting line at 11 a.m. on Islington St. in Allston, outside the Jackson-Mann. Photo by Chris Wagner.

Boston today opened early-voting locations at several locations across the city, including Gate A at Fenway Park. Between now and Oct. 30, the locations will change (for example, the Fenway Park voting is only this weekend).

Each early voting site will also have a drop box for people who requested mail-in ballots. In addition, Boston has installed 17 drop boxes at City Hall and a number of libraries. They're available seven days a week through 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

By adamg - 10/16/20 - 9:09 pm

Boston Public Schools announced today it's delaying the return of young elementary-school students to in-school classes another week, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29 - but says that "High In-Person Priority" students who were already going to school two days a week can now start going four days a week for classes and support services. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/20 - 1:27 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 10-13-20 (with Sign Language)

Mayor Walsh said today that city health, police and parks officials are readying a system to crackdown on violations of state and city Covid-19 regulations that will likely include increased checks of both local businesses and private parties, a new fine system and, if that isn't enough, new shutdowns of parks with repeated problems. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/20 - 1:11 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that he and BPS officials will decide this weekend whether to further postpone the return of additional students to schools, based on latest city Covid-19 numbers. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/20 - 10:09 pm
Rising Boston Covid-19 numbers over past month

New daily cases per 100,000 people in Boston. Source.

State figures out tonight show that Boston is now seeing 11.1 new daily Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents, the third week in a row the city has been in the state's "red" zone - and an increase from last week's rate of 10.0. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/20 - 4:08 pm

The city reported this afternoon that it's mailed out 80% of the mail-in ballots residents have requested for the November elections, with the rest to go out soon. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/20 - 8:54 am

Maureen Rogers remembers Jake Kennedy, best known for the annual "Christmas in the City"" party for folks living in shelters.

It's hard to explain Jake Kennedy to someone who's never met him. A neighbor of his recently told Sparky that Jake is equal parts Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Peter Pan. That's a great description, but there's something missing. Oh, yes, George Carlin.

By adamg - 10/13/20 - 3:45 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 10-13-20

Mayor Walsh said today he agrees with recommendations of a police-accountability task force and will work to set up a new office with a civilian review board that can investigate complaints against police officers - with the power to subpoena both officers and documents. Read more.

By adamg - 10/13/20 - 10:19 am

There are currently a couple of Boston-specific petitions circulating online: Read more.

By adamg - 10/12/20 - 2:47 pm
Two SNL skits with similar themes, characters

Ari Ofsevit noticed certain similarities between this past Saturday's Bill Burr Boston skit on Saturday Night Live and the 2016 Casey Affleck Boston skit on the show - in particular, the guy in the hi-viz jacket who, just like four years ago, winds up getting shoved into some shelving.

Not everybody was pleased. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/20 - 5:39 pm

The latest Massachusetts Covid-19 statistics, released this afternoon, show 500 people in the hospital with the virus as of yesterday, compared to 340 on Sept. 8. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 9:15 pm

WBUR reports BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius is proposing a one-year change for Boston's three exam schools: 20% of next year's seats would go to students with the city's top grades, while the rest would be awarded based on students' ranks in each city Zip code - with students in lower-income Zip codes getting first crack.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 1:42 pm
Two guys at a workbench

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 1:11 pm

The Pappas Post reports the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has suspended Methodios Tournas as metropolitan, or leader, of the Greek Orthodox Church in Massachusetts and most of the rest of New England, through Christmas. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/20 - 10:20 am

Mayor Marty Walsh today announced the start of the "hybrid" model for most Boston public-school students has been delayed at least a week, from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, because of a testing positivity rate citywide that now exceeds 4% for the first time since early June. Read more.

By adamg - 10/2/20 - 9:11 pm

State Police report arresting a man they say stole a BWSC water-tank truck this afternoon, then took it for a ride all the way down to Rhode Island, then drove back into Massachusetts, where he was arrested after deciding he no longer wanted to drive a truck with a tired flattened by a "tire deflation device." Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/20 - 9:31 pm
Communities in red at high Covid-19 risk

DPH map of rate of Covid-19 infection in Massachusetts.

State Covid-19 statistics released today show Boston is now seeing an average of 8.5 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents, enough to put it in the state's "red" zone. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/20 - 11:59 am

COVID-19 Media Availability 9-25-20

Mayor Walsh said today that Boston's positive Covid-19 test rate jumped to 3.5% for the week ending Sept. 26, up from 2.7% the week before - and that the rates in East Boston, 02125 in Dorchester and 02121 in Dorchester and Roxbury are now at 7%. Read more.

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