By - 7/17/18 - 1:21 pm

Across the Boston area, a million cell phones suddenly cried out: Flash-flood warning until 3 p.m. Avoid flood areas now, the NWS warns.

At 104 PM EDT Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. These storms have produced 2 to 3 inches of rainfall per hour. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

By - 7/17/18 - 9:53 am
Big old house in old Boston

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

By - 7/16/18 - 4:38 pm

The Globe gets a copy of a report on the MIT-devised school-assignment system BPS used to replace the old zone system several years ago with the hopes that every elementary-school student in the city would be given a choice of at least one high-quality elementary school. The report found the system is working well - for kids in predominantly white neighborhoods.

By - 7/16/18 - 3:40 pm
A weird map of Boston

Last month, the Boston Consulting Group, which promises to "bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and drive transformation," issued a report on lessons from Boston on "reshaping urban mobility with autonomous vehicles." Read more.

By - 7/13/18 - 2:41 pm
By - 7/12/18 - 2:46 pm

Joseph Losano of Swampscott, arrested in May on charges he picked up two women working as prostitutes in the area of Newmarket Square and raped them, was indicted yesterday on charges he raped three more women, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 7/11/18 - 2:02 pm

The City Council agreed today to consider a proposal by councilors Michelle Wu, Kim Janey and Lydia Edwards that would require retail and restaurant chains to get zoning-board approval before opening any new outlets in the city's "local business" districts. Read more.

By - 7/11/18 - 1:04 pm

The City Council today agreed to continue studying a proposal by Council President Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) to extend the right to vote in municipal elections to "immigrants with legal status." Read more.

By - 7/11/18 - 11:27 am
Old house with outdoor laundry in Bostonh

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

By - 7/11/18 - 10:24 am
Some street grids

Of course, Boston roads are whack, but what's Charlotte's problem?

Geoff Boeing, an urban planning postdoc at UC Berkeley, has been playing around with software to figure out how major US cities orient their roads. Not surprisingly, he finds Boston roads an impenetrable blob (right up there with, um, Charlotte, NC).

But we make up for it, he says: Read more.

By - 7/6/18 - 12:03 pm
East 4th Street in South Boston in the rain

Deluge hits South Boston. Photo by Eileen Murphy.

As the thunder continues to rumble over UHub's secret mountain lair along the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier, it's gotten much cooler.

Jacob Long at WFXT, though, reports a side effect of the front: Canceled flights at Logan: Read more.

By - 7/6/18 - 9:41 am

The Globe reports some industrious moguls, led by a guy who runs a company in Natick and PR impresario George Regan, are willing to pony up and donate at least $700,000 to bring back the horses. Read more.

By - 7/5/18 - 3:32 pm

But in declarations filed in connection with a lawsuit in Washington state over the separations, officials in Boston, Chelsea and Somerville say they would need to dedicate special resources to help the kids overcome the trauma that comes from being forcibly removed from their parents. Read more.

By - 7/2/18 - 9:29 pm

The School Committee did what it was told tonight and made Laura Perille interim superintendent to replace suddenly ex-Superintendent Tommy Chang for the next year or so while the committee looks for a new permanent(ish) superintendent.

Read more.

By - 7/2/18 - 4:30 pm

Patrick Bench asks:

Best recommendations for restaurants that do not use single use straws in Boston? Is there a list available?

By - 7/2/18 - 9:33 am

Parking-ticket fees have just gone up.

Special bonus: The city will no longer tow cars blocking street sweepers on streets with overnight sweeping. Instead, the owners of those cars will get $90 fines. People who park in no-parking zones on streets with daytime sweeping will get $40 fines - and might just have to pay even more, because towing of those cars will continue.

By - 6/29/18 - 9:13 pm

NBC Boston reports BPD Commissioner William Evans is denying a report he's quitting.

By - 6/27/18 - 9:59 pm

Stan Kelly asks:

Where is the best place to launch a kayak in Boston Harbor to fish for Stripers?

By - 6/27/18 - 9:54 pm

The Globe reports the School Committee is expected to give the temporary position to Laura Perille, CEO of Edvestors - and somebody whose kids went to Boston public schools. She'll be filling in for Tommy Chang, who announced his departure last week.