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Not Easy to Tell Gonzalez, Baker Apart

Not easy to tell Gonzalez, Baker apart

What if Barack Obama endorsed the wrong candidate for governor? What if he meant to support Trump-bashing RINO Gov. Charlie Baker and got confused and ended up backing Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez, the milder of the two men? I mean, if Obama wanted to help an anti-Trump candidate, who better than honorary Democrat Charlie Baker? Not that it matters very much. The Obama endorsement got lost in the frantic and overwhelming media coverage of the Judge Brett Kavanaugh drama as well as the Boston visit Monday of the aptly named U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake, a previously obscure Republican […]

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BPDA Outlines New Interim Planning Overlay District

BPDA Outlines New Interim Planning Overlay District

Last Thursday at the Mario Umana Academy the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Kristina Ricco outlined the city’s proposed Interim Planning Overlay District, or IPOD, for East Boston. Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Kristina Ricco during Eastie’s Interim Planning Overlay District meeting. According to Ricco city officials will submit the IPOD plan to the BPDA on Oct. 11 for approval. If the BPDA board approves the IPOD it will be sent to the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for formal approval. Ricco said the IPOD plan will encompass all of Eastie with the exception of Suffolk Downs and […]

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Boston Herald Endures Another Round of Painful Cuts

Boston Herald endures another round of painful cuts

The Herald will be leaving its offices in the Seaport for space in Braintree. The Boston Herald’s journalists knew they were in for a rough ride when renowned cost-cutter Digital First Media acquired the paper in March. But not this rough. DFM offered jobs to 175 employees initially, down from 240 in December. That part was well telegraphed during the Herald’s bankruptcy process. However, the cuts continued, either by layoff or attrition: By the start of September, the newspaper’s staff had shrunk to roughly half of its size at the end of last year. The hammer fell again on […]

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Sounds of Balloons Popping Puts Boston Schools on Lockdown

Sounds of balloons popping puts Boston schools on lockdown

BOSTON — Police say the sound of popping balloons mistaken for gunfire prompted schools around Boston’s Fenway Park to go into lockdown. Boston police say officers responded to a call for shots fired around 2:30 p.m. Thursday near the campus of Simmons University. The university, as well as nearby Emmanuel College, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston Latin School and the Winsor School all took precautionary measures, including issuing lockdown and “shelter in place” orders. But Sgt. John Boyle said it was eventually determined a student activity involving balloon popping was the noise source. The lockdowns were […]

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84-Year-Old ‘Octopus Whisperer’ Among Aquarium Volunteers To Be Honored

84-Year-Old ‘Octopus Whisperer’ Among Aquarium Volunteers To Be Honored

BOSTON (CBS)- They call him the “octopus whisperer,” and for nearly 25 years this 84-year-old has volunteered to work with the eight armed creatures at the New England Aquarium . On Thursday night, he and hundreds of other aquarium volunteers will be honored for their time and commitment. But he’ll tell you, getting to know these fascinating sea animals is reward enough. “As you can see, she’s getting playful,” says Wilson Menashi, super volunteer at the NE Aquarium as he interacts with Freya, a three year old octopus. She and Wilson are as close as a human and a […]

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‘We Need This New Recovery Center;’ Boston, Quincy Officials Spar Over Access to Potential Treatment Center

‘We need this new recovery center;’ Boston, Quincy officials spar over access to potential treatment center

Wikimedia Commons The Boston City Council wants to put addiction treatment facilities on one of Massachusetts’ islands, but they are going to have to fight Quincy for it, officials said. “We have letters here from different civic associations and business leaders particularly around certain neighborhoods in the City of Boston that are struggling… so we know that we need the bridge rebuilt,” Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell said Wednesday. She said the city had reached a “crisis point.” Long Island, an island in the middle of the Boston Harbor which formerly provided shelter and treatment for much of […]

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Thanks to The Boston Public Library, You Can Read Mark Judge’s Book ‘Wasted’ Online

Thanks to the Boston Public Library, you can read Mark Judge’s book ‘Wasted’ online

Mark Judge outside a friend’s home in Bethany Beach, Del. You no longer have to shell out nearly $2,000 to get a look at the book by the friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — the one about teenage drinking and private school culture. And you have the Boston Public Library to thank. The library uploaded a copy of Mark Judge’s “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” to the Internet Archive this week, making a free digital version available for people to check out. “They own it — they are a library — they bought the book,” said […]

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The Great Boston Unicorn Hunt

The Great Boston Unicorn Hunt

Business Every startup wants to pass the $1 billion valuation mark. These are the Boston startups we think can manage it. Images via iStock (Unicorn); Bills (Getty Images) We’re number one! Boston-area startups are on track to outpace their New York–based rivals in total VC funding, making the Hub the hottest tech city on the East Coast. That’s in no small part because our techies are aiming—and increasingly succeeding—at taking their companies over the vaunted $1 billion valuation mark into “unicorn” status. Who will be the next big thing? We’re betting on these guys. 128 Technology What it’s doing: […]

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Robot Pioneer Rethink Shuts Down

Robot pioneer Rethink shuts down

Rethink Robotics , a Boston company that played a leading role in the development of human-friendly collaborative robots, abruptly shut down on Wednesday afternoon, after an expected deal to acquire the company fell through. “We thought that we had a deal that we were going to be able to close,” said Rethink chief executive Scott Eckert, but the buyer backed out. Eckert declined to identify the company that had broken off the acquisition. Eckert said the Rethink ran low on cash as sales of the company’s Baxter and Sawyer robots fell short of expectations. “We got out a little […]

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In Boston, Flake Hopes for ‘Real Investigation’ into Kavanaugh

In Boston, Flake hopes for ‘real investigation’ into Kavanaugh

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke Monday at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Chris Triunfo/SHNS photo Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, the Republican who has become a pivotal player in the volatile Supreme Court battle over Trump’s nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, told a crowd in Boston Monday that he wants a “real investigation” into sexual assault allegations against the judge. “It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover,” Flake said. “We actually need to find out what we can find out, and we have to realize that we may […]

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