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#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 13, 2013

23 days to Nov. 5. Two days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will head to churches in Mattapan and Jamaica Plain this morning. They both plan on hitting the North End's Columbus Day Parade, which Mayor Thomas Menino will kick off with a ribbon cutting at Congress and Tremont Streets. The two mayoral candidates will also be at the Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester's Adams Corner.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:  Read more

Education reform group wades back into mayoral race for Connolly

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

Citing outside organizations spending over $1 million in support of state Rep. Marty Walsh's mayoral campaign, an education reform group said Friday they plan to return to the race in support of the candidate they endorsed in July, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

Connolly picks up support from clergy members in Roxbury

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

They couldn’t all fit inside the small Washington Street campaign office. So the group of a dozen or so black clergy and community members stepped outside and crowded around City Councillor At-Large John Connolly to announce their endorsement of him in the mayoral race.

Several of the ministers had been, at one point, critics of Connolly. When Connolly called on then-Superintendent Carol Johnson to step down due to her mishandling a personnel matter at the O’Bryant School, they leapt to her defense and laced into Connolly last year.  Read more

Official: Shutdown threatening state jobs, rent and heat assistance

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Oct. 10, 2013

A top Patrick administration official on Thursday warned of “dire consequences” from the partial federal government shutdown, which is in its tenth day.

“Thousands of state employees will be facing furloughs or layoffs and dozens of programs for low-income families, seniors and veterans will soon run out of funding,” State Undersecretary of Housing and Economic Development Aaron Gornstein said during a Boston Foundation forum on housing issues.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 10, 2013

26 days to Nov. 5. Five days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly rolls out additional endorsements today in Villa Victoria and Roxbury. (The Herald's Peter Gelzinis says a few of them will be from the city's clergy.) State Rep. Marty Walsh swings by a Hibernian Hall gala and a young professionals fundraiser for him at Ned Devine's in Faneuil Hall.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 9, 2013

27 days to Nov. 5. Six days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. The bus drivers’ strike, which Mayor Thomas Menino and both candidates looking to succeed him have condemned, could be over. Boston Public Schools website had this banner at the top this morning: "School buses are on the road this morning; some delays possible; schools open one hour early for drop-offs; afternoon service unclear." City Councillor At-Large John Connolly is expected to roll out a pair of endorsements today.  Read more

Wilkerson back in Boston after prison

Former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson has been released from federal prison and is back in Boston, sources tell the Reporter. The 58-year-old Roxbury Democrat started a 42-month sentence in March 2011 and it was unclear on Tuesday night why she was out early.

Wilkerson pleaded guilty to public corruption charges in 2010. Her son Cornell Mills picked her up and brought her back to Boston roughly a week a half ago.  Read more

Teen charged in Monday night shooting on Corona Street

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 8, 2013

A 15-year-old from Dorchester was arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court on attempted murder and firearm charges after he was identified as the gunman in a shooting on Corona Street on Monday night that left an 18 year-old man wounded. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office says the male suspect— whose name is withheld because he is a juvenile—was ordered held on $500,000 bail by Judge Leslie Harris.  Read more

Menino may take legal action to force bus drivers back to work

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2013

Menino slams bus driver strike: The mayor called for striking bus drivers to return to their jobs tomorrow. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's OfficeMenino slams bus driver strike: The mayor called for striking bus drivers to return to their jobs tomorrow. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's OfficeCaught off guard by a strike of Boston’s public school bus drivers on Tuesday morning, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said the city would pursue every legal action possible against the drivers as he asked families to arrange transportation home for their children and cancelled afternoon athletics.

"I want all these bus drivers back to work tomorrow morning,” Menino said during an afternoon press conference at City Hall, ridiculing the “illegal action” taken by the unionized drivers to go on strike in violation of their contract.

Menino said the management company Veolia Transportation, Inc. would go to court on Tuesday afternoon to seek an injunction compelling the drivers to return to work, and promised that if drivers would go back to work his administration would sit down with union leaders to work out disagreements over provisions in their contract.

He said the city would also explore possible disciplinary action against drivers who participated in the strike.  Read more

Surprise bus drivers' strike puts brakes on kids' commute

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 8, 2013

A surprise and unauthorized school bus drivers strike impacted at least half of the city's student population this morning, according to the Boston Public School department. The work action, which BPS officials have condemned as "illegal", involves around 300 drivers and will impact about half of the city's 33,000 students who ride buses daily to public, parochial and charter schools.  Read more