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By adamg - 4/21/21 - 2:39 pm
Arroyo talking about dogs

Arroyo: Social-equity lens needed for Boston dog-park needs.

City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says it's way past time for Boston to begin installing dog parks outside the "high income neighborhoods" he says have them now - and that the city should be planning them first, rather than waiting for organized groups of dog owners with discretionary income to push for them. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/21 - 12:05 pm

Boston Police report recovering an expensive flute that had gone missing in 2012 after, they say, the cab driver that day showed up at a local musical-instrument store in February to inquire as to how much it might be worth. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/21 - 11:26 am

The Globe reports former Police Commissioner Paul Evans says the limited Patrick Rose documents released by City Hall yesterday do not tell the full story of what happened after Rose was accused of child molestation in 1995, that he did everything he could to get rid of Rose, but there was only so much he could do when the alleged victim, 12 at the time, declined to go forward with the criminal case and that Acting Mayor Kim Janey should be ashamed of herself for suggesting he somehow abetted Rose's continuing at BPD.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 11:18 pm
Boston mayoral candidates on Zoom.

Barros, Campbell, Essaibi-George, Santiago, Wu

Five mayoral candidates discussed issues today in a forum sponsored by the Wards 4 and 5 Democratic committees, moderated by WGBH's Callie Crossley. Acting Mayor Kim Janey bowed out at the last minute to take part in a City Hall press conference with DA Rachael Rollins about the Chauvin verdict.

Some of the topics: Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 4:06 pm

The city law department today released a copy of the file about a 1995 child sexual-assault charge against Patrolman Patrick Rose, who later became head of the police union before retiring and being charged in court last year on charges of raping several children - allegedly including the daughter of one of his initial victims. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/20/21 - 1:05 pm
Eneida Tavares

The City Council is considering a proposal by the Boston Elections Department to hold the September preliminary elections for mayor and city councilor on Sept. 14, rather than Sept. 21, which would give more time for voters to apply for and return mail-in ballots for the November final elections - assuming the state allows for widespread mail-in voting again this year. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 11:52 am

Dr. Paul Sax, clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, writes it might be time to say it's OK for people to go outside without a mask on - but to keep one handy for those inside visits. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 11:41 am

Sometimes people who file 311 complaints get frustrated when their complaints aren't handled quickly. So they'll complain again, but this time reference other neighborhoods they think is getting better treatment (in South Boston, people sometimes bring up other parts of South Boston). Some examples: Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/21 - 11:20 am

WBZ-TV "April Fools Storm" Blizzard 1997 Coverage

Some WBZ coverage of the April Fool's Day Blizzard back in '97. Via Adam Reilly, who says, "toughen up, everybody."

By adamg - 4/16/21 - 9:58 am

A group of White and Asian-American parents are appealing a judge's decision that the Boston School Committee did nothing wrong in the way it came up with a non-exam way to admit students to Boston's three exam schools for the coming school year. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/21 - 8:55 am
April snow in Roslindale

Then again, they did say more snow at the higher elevations, and we're three-quarters of the way up a hill in Roslindale, so. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 6:51 pm

A federal judge ruled today that the Boston School Committee can proceed with selecting students for the city's three exam schools via a formula based on grade point average and Zip codes, rather than using GPAs and the traditional entrance exams. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 10:36 am

Margaret Middleton reports:

While working at an historic house and researching the life of the deceased homeowner, we came across a box of baseball cards under the bed in the master bedroom. The cards were accompanied by Yankees paraphernalia. ...

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 10:22 am
Street scene in old Boston

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

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 9:19 am

Incumbent District 3 Councilor Frank Baker finally announced this week that, yes, he's running for re-election - and he posted the photos of him getting nomination papers at City Hall to prove it. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 4:29 pm

The Boston Public Library announced today it is ending late fines for books not returned by their due dates - and that anybody with existing late fees will have them deleted from their record. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 9:30 pm
Pie chart showing how much more of a private endowment Boston Latin School has than every other BPS school

The parent group Quality Education for Every Student today released data and charts showing the differences between different BPS schools when it comes to private fundraising. One school obviously stands out.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 2:06 pm
Janey

Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today that the city law department should release an edited version of the Boston Police Department's internal-affairs file on former police-union president Patrick Rose by the end of the week - which she said would only be the first step in changing how the department handles criminal investigations into officers, to ensure somebody like him never again serves as a Boston cop. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 12:48 pm
Current look of the city police data portal

The current look of the Analyze Boston police data portal.

Boston Police have started looking at building a Web site that would let the public see data from arrests and other incidents in a variety of ways, including on maps.

But first, BPD Supt. James Hasson and city CIO David Elges said today, the city hopes to restore a long-standing data set of the information on the city's Analyze Boston public data portal. Read more.

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