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By - 4/23/19 - 12:46 pm

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) says a rapidly growing Boston can no longer simply dole out unlimited free resident parking permits to residents and wants the city to start charging $25 per annual sticker - with exemptions for senior citizens, low-income residents and home-health and BPS staff who make regular home visits. Read more.

By - 4/1/19 - 5:25 pm

Erin Osmon writes some, uh, interesting things about how women were portrayed in New Kids on The Block Lyrics, for The Muse (Jezebel):

By - 3/27/19 - 1:06 am

Who knew that Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs was from Sharon, Massachusetts (SPOILER ALERT: I did)? And who knew that Zinner traveled to South Africa (!!!), joined a band called Africa Express (!!!!), and has left the South Shore in his dust. Talk about a glow up.

By - 3/21/19 - 9:05 pm

The Boston Globe's Annika Hom talks with Leemarie Mosca, the new president and executive director of Rosie's Place Mosca serves as "the organization's fifth president" and is "responsible for overseeing organizational affairs, community engagement, and 123 staff members."

By - 3/21/19 - 8:31 pm

Matthew S. Schwartz of NPR reports on a lawsuit against the Ol' Crimson brought by one Tamara Lanier. Per Lanier "Papa Renty" is the patriarch of her family. And in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, she says Harvard is using those photos without permission — and in so doing, profiting from photos taken by a racist professor determined to prove the inferiority of black people."

By - 3/20/19 - 10:04 am

A federal complaint filed on behalf of a Harvard College student is shedding light on how the school handles disability rights and accommodations for Harvard students with disabilities.

By - 2/21/19 - 4:23 pm
  • Widline Pyrame, 30, from Boston, wanted straight hair she saw in magazines
  • Used her mother's hair relaxing products, which made it all fall out
  • But black doll given to her and her sister by her uncle made a huge difference
  • Now she wants to help other little girls love their looks with her own line of dolls

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6719913/Haitian-woman-hated-h...

By - 2/8/18 - 8:54 pm

Won't switch out trains in need of repairs, blame tracks. If one car breaks down the whole line stops. Incompetent management should put all resources into new cars.

By - 11/10/17 - 12:57 pm

ComonWealth:

In a conversation with The Codcast, Adam Gaffin, the force behind Universal Hub, says things have changed over the years, with him now working the site full-time and covering City Council meetings and Licensing Board hearings.

“One of the things the mainstream media misses by not covering those meetings is a lot of the issues that come up in Boston percolate in the City Council,” Gaffin said. “A lot of their stuff is routine but there’s still stuff that keeps coming up.”

By - 8/11/17 - 8:56 am

Jeffrey Pyle writes about the legal wrangling with BPD over documents from a long-closed murder case that ultimately led to Frederick Clay being freed after 38 years for a Roslindale murder for which he had always maintained his innocence - and why that should matter to you.

By - 5/2/17 - 2:38 pm

I wonder if former State Senator Jarrett Barrios ever admitted he overreacted to his son’s request for a fluffernutter sandwich? While most parents would have just said no, Barrios proposed some “anti-fluff” legislation in 2006. The resulting public outcry was equally overblown. Callers to talk radio shows complained of a totalitarian regime dictating our food choices. Bostonians love fluff and we will be damned if some Haavaad do-gooder is going to take it from us.

By - 3/24/17 - 2:18 pm

Stony Brook Park
100 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Starting at 7:00 a.m.

The Bike-A-Thon supports Bikes Not Bombs’ work in social justice and 100% of the proceeds from rider fundraising go towards our youth, international and shop programs that mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.

Bikes Not Bombs is excited to release a new 100 mile Century route for our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! With three other route offerings, (10, 30 or 50 miles) the Bike-A-Thon has a ride for cyclists of all abilities.

By - 2/2/17 - 8:37 pm

Retirement planning is so complex it’s tempting to use a product that implies simplification. Target date funds are one example. But there are things in life that should be highly suited to your personal preferences, like your financial plan or your wedding dress.

By - 11/28/16 - 3:34 pm

I get treated like Ebenezer Scrooge at holiday time. After all, there is no investment advisor in Boston’s Enchanted Village. But rather than admonish my readers to rein in spending, I’m recommending you treat yourself this season.

By - 11/2/16 - 3:13 pm

I’ve always wanted to dispel the common investment myth that wealthy people have an automatic advantage in the stock market. So, I thought joining a Boston Brahmin social club would be the best way to explore this topic. Things did not turn out the way I expected, but the process reinforced some very basic life lessons along with investing realities.

By - 10/5/16 - 11:36 am

Boston’s South Shore is home to two varieties of money mysteries. There’s a big, almost unsolvable whodunit. Then there are thousands of smaller cliffhangers easily solved if the gumshoes kept the legwork simple.

By - 9/20/16 - 1:24 pm

Diners in Boston’s beloved North End are almost guaranteed a great meal. There are so many places to choose from and the competition among restaurants is fierce. If a chef doesn’t make mouth-watering entrees, customers can easily flock to the highly rated place next door. This sets the culinary bar astronomically high. While you can only choose one restaurant for a meal, the abundance of choice reduces the risk your palate will be disappointed.

By - 8/18/16 - 12:34 pm

I’ve always wondered how Sir Isaac Newton, one of the smartest men that ever lived, lost a fortune in the stock market. I went back to school early this year and found out.

By - 4/10/16 - 2:24 pm
Old train semaphores in Waltham

Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.

The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.

By - 1/18/16 - 9:26 am

Starting with a recap of all the changes in Allston in its absence, before getting back to chronicling the stuff the Chamber of Commerce wouldn't want you to see, if Allston had a Chamber of Commerce.