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By adamg - 10/26/20 - 3:06 pm

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reports it will be using that phone emergency notification thing to people in Boston and a number of other communities that they are now in high-risk Covid-19 communities and get those masks on and those hands washed pronto, starting around 5 p.m. Just in case you didn't already know.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 9:26 pm

At-large City Councilor Michelle Wu and 11 of her colleagues - joined by several state legislators and US Rep. Ayanna Pressley - tonight released a statement condemning what they called now former School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto's "deeply offensive" and "blatantly racist" words during the exam-school hearing last night. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 12:20 pm
Loconto unfurling flat to start meeting

Loconto unfurling a flag to start meeting with Pledge of Allegiance.

The Herald reports Michael Loconto resigned as chairman of the School Committee this morning amid growing uproar over "hot mic" comments he made in the middle of last night's lengthy meeting on suspending the exam for exam schools for next year's class - and just a few hours after his vote on the exam question, which he called "the proudest moment I've had in my 18 years in public service." Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 1:42 am
Boston School Committee and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius

Student member Khymani James speaks during School Committee discusion early this morning.

Update: School Committee chairman resigns over "hot-mic" comments.

The Boston School Committee voted unanimously early this morning to suspend the use of an exam to decide who gets into the city's three exam schools for the next year because of a raft of problems brought up by the Covid-19 pandemic, in a meeting that lasted more than 8 1/2 hours. Read more.

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.

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