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Spencer Buell

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City won’t reject resignations from BLS leaders

City leaders said Thursday they would not reject resignations from two top officials at the prestigious Boston Latin School.Both BLS Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and then Malcolm Flynn, assistant headmaster, announced they would step down this week, amid scrutiny of the racial climate at the exam...

Friday, June 24, 2016, 1:26 AM

Greenway sculpture went $1.2 million over estimated cost: anonymous 'Whistleblowers'

All last summer it was a colorful and Instagram-approved piece of undulating art dangling over the Rose Kennedy Greenway.But now Janet Echelman’s aerial sculpture “As If It Were Already Here” is at the center of questions about how the taxpayer-supported Greenway Conservancy spends money.The...

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 2:28 AM

A monkey named Dizzy is running all over the place at a zoo in Springfield

Zookeepers atSpringfield’s Zoo in Forest Park were still chasing around a monkey named Dizzy Wednesday after the 12-pound primate fled his enclosure on Tuesday.The zoo wrote on Facebook Wednesday that they still hadn’t found the sneaky little primate, and that the park would remain closed until...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 11:37 PM

Boston Police arrest two in fatal shooting at Dorchester high school

Two men were arrested Wednesdayin connection with the daylight shooting outside a Dorchester high school that left a teenager dead and several others injured earlier this month.The pair, 23-year-oldJonathan Aguasvivas,of Roxbury, and Benzy Bain, 24, of Mattapan, were ordered held without bail at a...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9:54 PM

It's lawn game season at City Hall Plaza again

Can City Hall Plaza morph from an underused windswept wasteland into a hub of fun?It can and it should, Mayor Marty Walsh said on Tuesday, calling it a “brick desert” in need of a makeover.“This is a brick desert that’s been here for a long time and … we activated it last year and people loved it...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 3:24 AM

Plan to cut Boston's speed limit to 20 mph gets hearing

The proposal to slash the default speed limit on Boston streets from 30 mph to 20 mph came under the microscope at the State House on Tuesday as lawmakers considered the idea at a hearing.City Council already approved the measure with a unanimous vote in April, but Boston needs state approval to...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 1:36 AM

Orange, cantaloupe, mannequin's hand sacrificed in demonstration of fireworks' danger

If Buzzfeed and officials in Cambridge have anything in common, it’s that both know the best way to get our attention these days is to blow something up.That’s why the police and fire departments in the city staged a controlled explosion, in an effort to spread awareness about the dangers of...

Monday, June 20, 2016, 9:03 PM

PHOTOS: Fort Point Open Studios

Artists in Boston's Fort Point this weekend gave visitors a look at their artwork and workspaces for the latest installment of the neighborhood's biannual Open Studios.More than 80 artists opened their doors to the public over the three-day showcase of paintings, sculptures, music, film and...

Monday, June 20, 2016, 3:33 AM

Fort Point is still an artists' enclave

For three days this weekend, artists in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood opened the doors to their live-in galleries-slash-studios-slash-homes.In this tumultuous time for the neighborhood, once an artists’ refuge and now one of the hottest slices of real estate in the country, a small but...

Monday, June 20, 2016, 2:55 AM

Why drive to work in Boston when you can Park&Pedal?

It’s been nearly a year since the launch last summer of Park&Pedal, a first-of-its-kind program that encourages Boston commuters to drive part of the way to work, park in a free parking lot outside the city, then bike downtown.Now the program is gearing up for a growth spurt.At a festival on...

Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:30 AM

Duck boat safety measures proposed two months after fatal crash

Less than two months after a deadly crash near Boston Common, lawmakers are proposing new rules for tourist-schlepping vehicles like the city’s fleet of duck boats.The proposal, announced at the State House on Wednesday morning, would require that duck boats be fitted with cameras and sensors to...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 9:18 PM

Trump banner that caused unease for East Boston's Latinos replaced by Democrat's sign

In the weeks following Donald Trump's victory in Massachusetts' Republican primary with 49 percent of the vote, signs supporting the bombastic New York real estate mogul caused unease in East Boston.For many in the heavily Latino area, it was especially unsettling when a large Trump banner with his...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 2:30 PM

For the Pine Street Inn, a graduation

Those who have completed job training through thePine Street Inn shelter were honored in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday attended by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.Pine Street Inn offers temporary and permanent housing as well as training in a number of fields to help Boston's homeless community...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 1:15 AM

PHOTOS: Vigil at Boston City Hall for Orlando victims

A crowd of more than a thousand brought rainbow flags and messages of peace to City Hall Plaza on Monday night, a show of support for Orlando following the tragic shooting massacre in that city that left 49 dead and 53 injured.Their message, as one poster put it: "Love will win."RELATED: At City...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 8:42 PM

DraftKings and FanDuel in merger talks: reports

The twin titans of fantasy sports could soon become one.Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel are in talks about a possible merger, insiders have told Bloomberg. Reuters has also reported the news, citing unidentified sources.Both companies let sports fans pay money to cobble together...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 3:00 AM

City Hall vigil brings Bostonians together to unite against hate

Rainbow flags of all sizes waved on City Hall Plaza Monday, as a crowd of more than a thousand turned out for a vigil honoring the victims of Sunday’s shooting massacre at a gay club in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 injured.A group of young people held candles, some posed for pictures swathed in...

Monday, June 13, 2016, 9:38 PM

Trump isn't coming to Boston

A pricey luncheon for Donald Trump supporters in Boston has been canceled.The Republican presumptive nominee had planned to host afundraiser at the LanghamHotel in the Financial District aroundnoon,but nixed the plans following the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead and dozens more injured....

Monday, June 13, 2016, 8:50 PM

Boston Pride adds security after Orlando attack

Security measures have been enhanced at Boston Pride events today following the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 and injured dozens more.Pride organizers have been working with Boston Police since news of the tragic attack brokeearly Sunday morning, Pride President Sylvain...

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10:45 PM

Saturday’s Pride Parade will be one for the record books

When Boston’s Pride Parade kicks off this weekend, expect it to be bigger, more diverse and just as important as it’s always been for the region’s LGBT community.Organizers are expecting a record-breaking parade this year, with more marchers, more floats, more sponsors, a projected 500,000...

Friday, June 10, 2016, 2:30 PM

Huntington Theatre Company to stay at BU Theatre

Don’t worry, the Huntington isn’t going anywhere.When news surfaced last fall that the Boston University Theatre was being put up for sale, a bolt of panic shot through the city’s arts community about what the future held for the Huntington Theatre Company, which has staged productions at the venue...

Friday, June 10, 2016, 3:12 AM