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By adamg - 6/19/20 - 9:31 am

The city has a calendar of Juneteenth events in Boston today.

Hyde Park Stands Against Racism, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. outside the Community Center/Municipal Building, Logan Square.

Irish Community Conversation on Black Lives Matter, noon. E-mail [email protected] before the event for the Zoom login info.

By adamg - 6/19/20 - 9:00 am

WBUR reports on efforts by Black residents at Mass. General, Brigham and Women's and Boston Medical Center to boost both minority employment and do more about health disparities between white and minority patients.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 8:59 pm
Barr and Gross

Look who showed up on Tremont Street in Roxbury today. The Justice Department posted this photo of Attorney General William Barr and BPD Commissioner William Gross, both grinning, which you can easily tell because neither is wearing a mask, which Gross, at least, had been so good at doing up until now, unlike Barr, who won't don a mask even if might mean getting a whiff of the tear gas he's just ordered police to fire at peaceful protesters. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 10:35 am

Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency-room physician at Brigham and Women's with a penchant for health policy, reported yesterday that state stats show that for the third week in a row, Boston has not had any of the "excess" deaths that started climbing as Covid-19 erupted here earlier this year. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 9:54 am

WBZ reports Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins is now investigating the paperwork error that let the two suspects briefly enjoy a day of freedom this week before they were re-captured and brought back to the jail to await court dates.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 2:42 pm
Bad mailings

Angry citizens are filing 311 complaints (like this one) about the fireworks mailings they're now getting from a New Hampshire fireworks dealer in this, the Year of the Fireworks, even though the offerings are, you know, technically illegal here.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 1:57 pm

Bill Walczak writes that true reform will mean changing the way BPD hires new officers.

By adamg - 6/16/20 - 1:59 pm

After plowing through yesterday's news, Megan Johnson had an idea: Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/20 - 11:58 am

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

By adamg - 6/15/20 - 9:40 am

WBZ reports Mayor Walsh today is submitting a revised, $3.6-billion budget to the City Council - about $65 million less than the first one he submitted, due to revenue losses associated with Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/20 - 11:31 am

COVID-19 Media Availability 6/12/20

Mayor Walsh today declared racism a public-health crisis in Boston and announced he is shifting $3 million from the Boston Police overtime fund to public-health efforts - and that he will also the City Council to approve another $9 million shift from police overtime to efforts aimed at ending racial disparities in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/20 - 9:34 am

WBZ reports.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 1:22 pm

Shutting T stations after protests only creates dangerous situations for people who just want to get home, several Boston city councilors said today.

But the council did not formally go on record with a resolution calling on the T to stop shutting stations near vigil and protest sites at their regular Wednesday meeting because two councilors objected, which means it will instead go to a council committee for a hearing before the council votes. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 11:47 am

COVID-19 Media Availability 6/10/20

Mayor Walsh said this morning that tax losses due to the Covid-19 shutdown could mean a budget hole of between $65 million and $80 million for the city budget in the fiscal year that begins in just three weeks. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 11:32 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that 200 Boston restaurants have won approval for outdoor seating - and can begin using the parking spaces out front if they don't have enough room on neighboring property or the sidewalk.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 11:18 am

At a City Hall press conference this morning, Mayor Walsh said fireworks complaints in May were up 2,300% over last May. He then emphasized that was not a typo - the city got 650 fireworks complaints last month, compared to just 27 a year ago. Read more

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 10:05 am

Boston Restaurant Talk considers how the governor's current re-opening plan could mean clubs - and bars not attached to restaurants - might not be allowed to open until sometime in 2021, or even later, because they're in "phase 4," which requires development of a vaccine or treatments that doctors, as opposed to certain politicians, declare effective. How long can clubs hold out?

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 3:25 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission is urging civil rights/Black Lives Matter protesters to get tested for Covid-19: Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 9:28 am

With pre-Fourth fireworks at possibly their most insane levels ever, City Councilor Julia Mejia (at large) will host a mental-health counselor and two youth leaders in an online session to try to figure out what to do about the problems the bombs bursting in air are causing. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/20 - 2:35 pm

The City Council's agenda for its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting includes a number of items that could lead to changes in the way the Boston Police Department operates. Read more.

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