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Officials: Expect traffic delays due to Comm. Ave bridge project

Officials: Expect traffic delays due to Comm. Ave bridge project

BOSTON (WHDH) – Officials are warning commuters to expect significant traffic delays as phase two of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge replacement project is set to begin Thursday. “This is really going to be a very difficult project phase for the next few weeks,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. The warning doesn’t just apply for drivers. Officials say if you walk or take the T, you want to avoid the area during construction. “My advice to you is if it’s possible, stay away. Find another place to get where you’re going,” said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. Last summer, crews replaced […]

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Why is Boston City Hall the way it is?

Why is Boston City Hall the way it is?

Boston City Hall Plaza. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe, File Boston City Hall is brutal, and that’s not a subjective statement. The late longtime Mayor Tom Menino once proposed selling off the “cold, unfriendly” building to be demolished and moving city government to the waterfront. His successor, Mayor Marty Walsh, campaigned on the idea. But notwithstanding the looming concrete fortress’s many detractors — and there are many — the design of City Hall and its surrounding plaza is a testimonial to brutalist architecture. Fifty years after City Hall opened, it’s a style that was as popular back in […]

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1 Plane Clips Another at Gate at Boston’s Logan Airport

1 Plane Clips Another at Gate at Boston’s Logan Airport

File Photo One Delta plane hit another at a gate at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Massachusetts Port Authority officials said one plane that was taxiing clipped another plane that was parked at the gate. No passengers were on either plane, and no one was injured. Massport said the incident was considered very minor. Delta said in a statement that “The wingtips of two empty aircraft made contact as one aircraft was being repositioned.” They said maintenance technicians have evaluated both planes and no significant delays are expcted.

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Boston accents are the strongest in America, survey shows

Boston accents are the strongest in America, survey shows

BOSTON (WHDH) – “Pahk the cah in Havahd Yahd” has resonated with the rest of America after a recent survey named Boston as having the strong accent in the nation. Over one-third of Americans claim to have an accent, while almost everyone has an opinion on which ones are the strongest and the most attractive. YouGov, which conducted a survey with a sample size of 1,216 adults between July 12 and 13, found that 23 percent of Americans believe Boston is home to the strongest accent, followed by the Southern coast at 16 percent and New York at 13 […]

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MassDOT’s Comm. Ave. Bridge warning: ‘It’s coming. It’s bad.’

MassDOT’s Comm. Ave. Bridge warning: ‘It’s coming. It’s bad.’

BOSTON (AP) — It’s coming. It’s bad. That’s what the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has displayed on several electronic highway signs in the Boston area ahead of the next phase of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge replacement project. The project is expected to cause major disruptions starting Thursday along Commonwealth Avenue, the Massachusetts Turnpike and other areas around the project site. The blunt signs captured the attention of several drivers in the area, including one who sent a photo to The Boston Globe . MassDOT spokesman Patrick Marvin tells the newspaper the message appeared on 20 signs throughout Boston. He […]

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Despite Ongoing Losses, John Henry Insists That The Boston Globe Is Not For Sale

Despite Ongoing Losses, John Henry Insists That The Boston Globe Is Not For Sale

John Henry at Fenway Park in Boston, on May 11, 2013. Henry has owned The Boston Globe for nearly five years. John Henry isn’t selling. Nearly five years after the billionaire financier announced that he would buy The Boston Globe, there’s a low but persistent buzz within the city’s media and political circles that Henry is tired of losing money and looking to get out. But Henry, who is also the principal owner of the Red Sox, insists there’s nothing to it. “I don’t think of selling any local assets during my lifetime,” Henry said in an email interview. […]

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$3 Million, $1 Million Winning Lottery Tickets Sold in Boston

$3 Million, $1 Million Winning Lottery Tickets Sold in Boston

Jackpot! Mega Millions Winning Ticket Sold in San Jose Someone in San Jose became a multimillionaire Tuesday after buying a Mega Millions ticket with all six winning numbers, according to the California Lottery. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018) Two Boston residents are waking up as millionaires after buying winning lottery tickets. A $3 million ticket was sold at Lanzilli’s Grocery in East Boston, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery. The ticket was deemed a winner because the first five digits drawn matched the game’s Megaplier option. In Brighton, a $1 million ticket was sold at Lee’s […]

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Uber and Lyft not helping Boston’s traffic congestion, new report suggests

Uber and Lyft not helping Boston’s traffic congestion, new report suggests

Ride-hail companies such as Uber and Lyft do not really reduce congestion or pollution in large, dense cities such as Boston, according to a new analysis from consultant Bruce Schaller. About 60% of ride-hail car users in “in large, dense cities would have taken public transportation, walked, biked or not made the trip,” Schaller writes in “ The New Automobility: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities .” Basically, it works like this: Uber, Lyft, et al put 2.8 new vehicle miles on city streets for each mile of personal driving they take away. Such a 180 percent […]

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Should Boston schools get rid of busing? Some say the money would be better spent in classrooms, but the answer is not clear. Here’s why.

Should Boston schools get rid of busing? Some say the money would be better spent in classrooms, but the answer is not clear. Here’s why.

The Boston School Department spent $122.5 million on school transportation last school year. In a city where school buses criss-cross neighborhoods, taking some students to high-performing schools but too many others to lackluster ones, some city and school officials are now raising one of the most contentious questions since the days of court-ordered desegregation: Should Boston get rid of busing? City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George has been the most vocal, taking to social media last week, exclaiming, “Those dollars would be better spent in the classroom, directly supporting kids!” Boston School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto raised a similar point […]

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Massachusetts Candy Company Plant Abruptly Closes

Massachusetts Candy Company Plant Abruptly Closes

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Necco Wafers are displayed in Boston. The owner of a company that makes candies such as Necco wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant. The Boston Globe reported Round Hill Investments LLC announced Tuesday, July 24, 2018, it is selling Necco brands to another confection manufacturer and closing down its Revere plant. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) The Associated Press REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a company that makes candies such as Necco wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts […]

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