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By adamg - 2/20/20 - 10:47 am
Ray Flynn with other people

The folks at Boston City Archives wonder if you can identify the people standing with then mayor Ray Flynn in this photo. This isn't one of those historic puzzlers - they really don't know (well, except one of them was Fire Commissioner Leo Stapleton) and are looking for help.

By adamg - 2/19/20 - 3:13 pm

The Washington Post, which has lots of ex-Bostonian staffers these days, takes a long look at what Boston's trying to do to stave off rising sea levels now that we've apparently rejected plans to build a giant dam around the harbor. Naturally, while Seaport buildings lay in "aqua fences" to keep themselves dry, "there are no sea walls where most of Boston’s poorest residents live," although it does note the city's planning for a new seawall along Day Boulevard and a re-do of Moakley Park to turn it into a giant sponge during really high tides.

By adamg - 2/18/20 - 7:15 pm

BPS today issued an RFP for a company that can write exam questions that will both ensure potential students are ready for the "rigorous" exam schools while also "furthering equitable access to the exam schools, particularly for Black and Latinx students who have historically been underrepresented." Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 4:52 pm

The New York Times reports the Border Patrol will be redeploying some of its more highly trained officers from the Mexican border to several cities, including Boston.

Among the agents being deployed to sanctuary cities are members of the elite tactical unit known as BORTAC, which acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol. With additional gear such as stun grenades and enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification ...

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 9:33 am
Big purple monster eats the Pru

Nobody eats the Pru on my watch!

The Boston Comics Roundtable has turned to Kickstarter to help fund a series of three comic books, titled "Boston Powers" and featuring the superheroes who live among us right here in the Hub of the Universe. And the Cape: Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/20 - 1:23 pm

The City Council today agreed to look, again, at how to increase the percentage of contracts the city awards to companies owned by minorities and women - which, the last time the city disclosed numbers, was less than 1% of roughly $664 million in contracts each year. Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/20 - 12:54 pm

The City Council will take a look at how to keep moderate-income families in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/20 - 2:03 pm

City Councilor Ed Flynn (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown) wants to look at automatic recounts of close municipal elections, following last year's at-large race, in which Julia Mejia won the fourth at-large seat by just one vote. Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/20 - 9:57 am
Dining room in old Boston

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

By adamg - 2/6/20 - 10:37 pm

With New York State banning real-estate brokers from charging fees to renters, Mayor Marty Walsh said today he's forming a group to look at apartment broker fees in Boston.

In a statement, Walsh said: Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/20 - 10:03 am

The president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association is accusing the Boston Teachers Union of helping to demonize cops and even endanger their lives by supporting a Black Lives Matters program that calls for hiring more black teachers and school counselors instead of school cops.

But not all Boston cops agree with BPPA President Michael Leary's missive to BTU President Jessica Tang. Read more

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 8:54 pm

The company that writes the ISEE exam that BPS has long used to help figure out who to invite to attend exam schools and BPS administrators are exchanging exclamations of "You can't quit me! I quit you first!" today. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 9:53 am
Streetcar in old Boston

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

By adamg - 2/3/20 - 3:22 pm
Jeep Jones

Clarence "Jeep" Jones, who led the Boston Redevelopment Authority board for 24 years, died Saturday.

Read more.

By adamg - 2/1/20 - 1:41 pm

The state Department of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Boston reported today that a UMass Boston student recently returned from Wuhan, China, was diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus, the first in the state. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/20 - 10:38 am

Nicholas Agri wonders where he can get some ice cream in a small plastic Sox helmet.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 10:12 pm

WCVB reports on the opening of the first recreational pot shop in Provincetown, population 3,000, while Boston, population nearly 700,000, has yet to see any open.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 2:15 pm

Boston now pays more to have its recyclables hauled away than its trash, so its time to look at getting more creative with how it encourages residents to recycle, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) said today. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 2:00 pm

The Boston City Council today agreed with a request from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) to look at an ordinance under which local employers would be mandated to let their employees buy monthly MBTA passes as a pre-tax benefit, which would save workers some money and increase T use at a time when local roads are increasingly choked with people driving in from their suburban homes now that they've been priced out of the city.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 1:34 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to hold a hearing to look into what can be done about a school-transportation budget that continues to increase. Read more.

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