Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff January 27, 2019 By many measures, the Boston school system should be flush with cash, thanks to the city’s booming economy.Over the past decade, the parking lots and rotting piers of the Seaport District have given way to sleek office towers and luxury condominiums, and large-scale developments have sprouted up elsewhere, including the city’s third tallest skyscraper (in the Back Bay).That has pumped tens of billions of dollars into the city’s tax base, swelling it beyond $160 billion. The new revenue has allowed Boston to increase spending on city services while keeping homeowner’s taxes among the lowest in the state, a feat Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently championed in his state of the city address. Advertisement Yet earlier in January on Beacon Hill, Walsh painted a more dire picture of city finances as he … [Read more...] about Amid a booming economy, Boston’s schools seem cash poor. What’s going wrong?
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PUBLISHED: 11:46 24 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:53 24 January 2019 Karen Bethell The school run at Sheringham Primary. Residents and parents are urging North Norfolk District Council to take action on careless parking. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Archant Parents and residents concerned about long-standing parking problems outside Sheringham Primary School are urging North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to take action on the issue, which they say is “an accident waiting to happen”. Cars parked on grass verges near Sheringham Primary School. Photo: KAREN BETHELLIn spite of police patrols, and school initiatives including letters and leaflets sent to parents and a poster campaign featuring photographs of children lying in the road, cars continue to cause havoc at dropping-off and picking-up time.As well as parking illegally across dropped kerbs and on the zig zag lines outside the Cooper Road school, cars are parked on pavements, in front of … [Read more...] about School parking chaos “an accident waiting to happen”
In his first speech as Minnesota’s 41st governor, Tim Walz talked about many of the themes he focused on during his successful 2018 campaign. Only slower. Known for a rapid-fire speaking style that sometimes skips over things like words, phrases, or complete sentences, Walz struck to the prepared speech and stressed what he calls fundamentals: quality schools, access to health care, equity and infrastructure. Short on specifics, the DFL governor’s relatively short — 20 minute — address only mentioned “One Minnesota” six times, a message he acknowledged had also been on the agendas of previous governors. “As a history teacher, I found it instructive to look back at past inaugural speeches to see how incoming governors portrayed the situations facing them,” Walz said from the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. In the 1950s, DFL Gov Orville Freeman warned of increasing totalitarianism in the world. In the 1970s, DFL Gov. Wendell … [Read more...] about The first Walz: New governor’s inauguration speech sticks to the ‘fundamentals’ — schools, health care, and infrastructure
THRILLSEEKERS who filmed themselves "surfing" a double decker in Manchester city centre have been slammed by the bus company. Two cocky youths clambered on the bus roof for a joyride after earlier scaling an office block up the scaffolding. YouTube video filmed on a head-cam and mobiles boastfully captures their stunt on Sunday evening. It begins with three teens climbing up scaffolding from a car park. One drops his iPhone which smashes on the concrete below. Undeterred by the danger they continue up, balancing precariously on small ledges before reaching the roof. One youth tiptoes along a narrow ledge while taking a selfie in front of the Manchester skyline. They celebrate with pals after returning to the ground - then two of the group decide to ride one of the city's blue and yellow Magic Buses. The video shows how they hauled themselves on top of a bus shelter before hopping on board a number 142 to East Didsbury. They grin, take selfies and wave to their mates on the ground as … [Read more...] about Moment idiot ‘bus surfers’ ride on top of double-decker in Manchester in dangerous stunt
By René A. Guzman Updated 6:44 pm CDT, Saturday, September 1, 2018 Brian Briggs (right) wears Deadpool armor Saturday during the San Japan anime convention at theConvention Center. Brian Briggs (right) wears Deadpool armor Saturday during the San Japan anime convention at theConvention Center. Photo: Billy Calzada /Staff Photographer Mayra Hutchins pushes a stroller while costumed as Charizard from Pokémon at the San Japan anime convention. Mayra Hutchins pushes a stroller while costumed as Charizard from Pokémon at the San Japan anime convention. Photo: Billy Calzada /Staff Photographer Competitors fight in a battle pit using sponge clubs Saturday during the San Japan anime convention at the Convention Center. Competitors fight in a battle pit using sponge clubs Saturday during the San Japan anime convention at the Convention … [Read more...] about San Japan casts its magic on San Antonio