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By adamg - 7/30/21 - 3:27 pm

A Boston Police Department auto mechanic agreed to plead guilty today to wire fraud for ordering Honda and Acura parts through BPD accounts, then reselling them to private mechanics. Read more.

By adamg - 7/30/21 - 9:18 am

WBUR reports on yesterday's release of a review of BPD actions and inactions after Patrick Rose was first accused of raping a child in the 1990s. Rose, who eventually became president of the local police union, is now behind bars awaiting trial on charges he raped several more children.

The report.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 7/29/21 - 8:59 am

The Globe reports on Doug George's ongoing battles with City Hall over the residential units he builds and runs, or as the Globe puts it, "has routinely flouted city and state housing and building laws," which might become even more of an issue should his wife become mayor, what with ultimate control over the zoning board and ISD (and the BPDA for larger projects). Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/21 - 8:56 am

John Barros said yesterday it's time for the city to require its employees to either get vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to weekly tests.

With delta surging, he said: Read more.

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By adamg - 7/27/21 - 8:31 pm
Storm at Forest Hills

T. Anderson captured the vibe during the storm at Forest Hills.

Elsewhere, Channel 7 reporters didn't have to even venture outside to get some news, lightning crashed and trees fell across the Boston area. Read more.

By adamg - 7/27/21 - 5:44 pm

The CDC is out with updated Covid-19 recommendations that call for "fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission" because of the risk posed by the Covid-19 delta variant. Suffolk County is an area of "substantial" transmission, the government says. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/21 - 5:44 pm

WBUR reports the death of Thomas Payzant, who served as Boston school superintendent from 1995 to 2006, an unusually long period in Boston, during which BPS students saw rising grades after decades of tumult left over from the 1974 busing crisis. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/21 - 11:04 am

About the same time that acting Mayor Kim Janey was announcing for-reals free service on the 28 route today, at-large Councilor Michelle Wu, also running for four years in that fifth-floor office overlooking Faneuil Hall, was announcing a plan for even more ambitious free bus service, along with the boffins at Northeastern's Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/21 - 10:37 am

WCVB reports. If she's confirmed, Gov. Baker will get to pick the next Suffolk County DA.

By adamg - 7/22/21 - 3:33 pm
New School Committee members

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today announced she had appointed Rafaela Polanco Garcia and Lorena Lopera to the School Committee, replacing Alexandra Oliver-Dávila and Lorna Rivera, who resigned over the Westie-whites text messages last month. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/21 - 11:17 am

Seems increasingly unlikely that either Andrea Campbell or Kim Janey will endorse the other should only one of them make it into the November final election: Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/21 - 3:07 pm
Rabbi Barbara Penzner addresses Boston City Council

Today's council meeting opened with an invocation by Rabbi Barbara Penzner of Temple Hillel B'nai Torah in West Roxbury.

A federal judge ruled today that Salem-based Satanists can continue to press their claim that the way the Boston City Council picks clergy members to start its Wednesday meetings - but not them - violates the Constitution's ban on the establishment of religion. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/21 - 11:26 am

Kim Janey has Ricardo Arroyo and now Michelle Wu has Lydia Edwards. That leaves seven city councilors who aren't running for mayor to endorse somebody publicly. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/21 - 5:30 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports 35 Covid-19 cases in Boston this month have been traced to the outbreak in Provincetown - most in people who had been fully vaccinated. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/21 - 11:14 am
Senior in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo of Boston seniors at a city-sponsored event. See it larger.

By adamg - 7/17/21 - 1:30 pm
Airbnb usage in Boston areas in 2018

Airbnb usage across Boston in 2018, from the study.

Two researchers at Northeastern University compared Airbnb data and crime stats for Boston neighborhoods and found that an increase in Airbnb units is followed a year or so later by an increase in violent crime. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/21 - 9:36 pm

Andrea Campbell takes note of a Globe story about Kim Janey setting up a campaign swag store: Read more.

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