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Posted by Leigh Anderson

It’s awfully easy to get in touch with prominent people these days, isn’t it? A few clicks through social media or company bios, and you can fire off a message to your field’s newest rock star, the guy or gal who is creating and disrupting and re-inventing everything from buses to bodegas. You would like to meet this…

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The family of Kyzr Willis, who drowned while at a city-run summer program at Carson Beach last year, is suing Mayor Walsh, the city and individual workers at the program.

The family filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court, but the city quickly moved to have the suit heard in federal court because of the constitutional issues involved - the city is charged with violating the boy's 14th Amendment rights.

The suit also charges the city violated a state law known as Christian's Law, after a boy who drowned at a Sturbridge beach, that requires kids in waterfront programs be given wristbands if they can't swim and that all be offered life jackets.

According to the suit, Kyzr, 7, could not swim, and on July 26, 2016, asked one of the workers at the BCYF program for a life jacket.

On that day, Kyrr, who was wearing his fluorescent swim trunks ... expressed to camp counselor Jane Doe that he wanted a life jacket, but was told by Jane Doe that there were only pink ones for girls available, so he was never given a life jacket.

During that entire day, not a single lifeguard, not a single camp counselor, not a single camp supervisor or director made Kyzr wear a lifejacket as he played close to and in the ocean.

The family is asking for unspecified damages for the suffering Kyzr experienced during his death and for the suffering the family continues to suffer as a result of it.

Earlier this year, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office ruled that there was no foul play involved in his death.

Complete Willis complaint (2.2M PDF).

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The T says it's gotten the track-repair equipment that gummed up the Red Line at Andrew off the tracks, but that the Orange Line is still having problems due to an Orange Line train that bought the farm earlier at Downtown Crossing.

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Posted by Nick Douglas on Offspring, shared by Nick Douglas to Lifehacker

The typical American grade-school schedule is mixed up in the middle, according to a 2011 study recently resurfaced on Reddit. While most schools (over 95% as of 2006) hold lunch before recess, a nutritional study in Utah found that when recess was moved before lunch, grade-school students ate 54% more fruits and…

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Zappos is basically a one-stop shoe destination already, but right now, they’re having an actual sale, marking down thousands of sandals for the end of the season. Heels, flats, thong, slides, all kinds of styles from brands like Tevas, Nike, Birkenstock, Sam Edelman, Keen, and more. Stock up for next season while you…

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Even if the rest of the film were forgettable, Howard Hawks' Red River (1948) would be worth it for the climactic fight scene where Montgomery Clift and John Wayne are tragically and brutally and patriarchally beating one another's brains out and just as the audience, consisting in this case of me and [personal profile] rushthatspeaks, decides it cannot take another second of this senseless macho bullshit, Joanne Dru can't either and not only says as much, she holds both combatants at gunpoint until they cut the machismo and admit they love one another. It was a thing of beauty. ("You'd better marry that girl, Matt.") Factor in the gun-comparing scene between Clift and John Ireland and other not infrequent moments of no heterosexual explanation and the whole thing was a nice break from today's otherwise relentless grind of work, even if we weren't totally sure at the outset. It is not easy to watch a movie in the company of an active and presently tired and cranky eleven-month-old, but we managed. In other news, Fox these days is freestanding, fast-moving, can hang upside down by the knees if an adult holds them, and appears to be taking against the entire concept of pants. They like honeycake, though.

Autolycus is being heartbreakingly plaintive right now. He has a vet appointment early in the morning and it requires fasting, which is an impossible concept to explain to a cat. I let him graze all day and gave him a proper dinner at the absolute last moment, but he is attempting to convince me that, actually, in point of fact, he starved since then. We should find him some kind of special treat after the appointment, for being so brave and honest. Last night he and his sister shared in the Rosh Hashanah chicken. All cats are lunisolar.

In honor of the High Holidays, here is a post on Jewish superheroes and here is a brilliant riposte to the rather short-sighted question "How can you be Black and Jewish?"

Back to the relentless grind. At least it is almost autumn.

Surf's up

Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:06 am
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Hopeful Cynicist watched the waves crash in along Lynn Shore Drive today.

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Wright points to the narrow flight path from Logan to Forest Hills; the blue shows the paths planes used to take.

Modern technology and a 1990s court decision have created a narrow flight corridor off a Logan runway that can mean hour after hour of planes roaring over Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury, from late at night to early in the morning, driving residents nuts.

Some 50 residents, mainly from Roslindale, gathered tonight to launch Boston South Fair Skies to try to figure out how to unburden the neighborhoods under the takeoff path from Logan's Runway 27.

Among those attending: City Council President and Roslindale resident Michelle Wu, who knows first hand of the effects of planes every minute for hours at a time: Her son Cass, born in July, tends to wake up early for his first feeding of the day. If the planes are rattling overhead, they keep him up - and so keep her and her husband up as well.

Alan Wright, who has long represented Roslindale on committees to advise Massport on airport issues, said the main problem is a new technology, based on GPS, that lets the FAA limit planes to a very narrow corridor from the runway after they take off and curve around the towers of downtown: Over the South End and Roxbury to a point above Forest Hills Cemetery, where they then diverge to head to their destinations.

Until 2015 or so, when the new system went into effect, pilots did not stay in one narrow lane like that, effectively spreading out the noise and keeping any one area from getting bombarded with an endless parade of jet noise, he said.

A 1996 court decision further limited where planes could fly, essentially creating a "happy valley of peace and quiet" for Brookline and Newton, but meaning more planes over Boston neighborhoods, he said.

What makes the problem worse, he said is that the FAA has apparently abandoned a promise not to operate the runway "back to back" - both late at night and then early the following morning. Just this past Sunday night, he said, he tried to get to sleep around 11:30 p.m. to the sound of constant planes overhead, only to be awoken shortly after 5 a.m. by more planes.

He added that Hyde Park and Milton have the same issue but in reverse - they get endless waves of planes descending for a landing at Logan.

"This is a quality of life issue, and I would argue this is a social justice issue," City Councilor Tim McCarthy of Hyde Park, who has been fighting a so far futile battle over the planes for more than two years now.

Residents agreed to begin organizing to fight for a more equitable distribution of planes across the area - possibly even going so far as to file a lawsuit over the issue.

Wright asked residents to call Massport's noise complaint liine (617-561-3333) or file complaints online. He noted that Milton and towns such as Watertown and Belmont, which have been organizing against excessive jet noise for years, are filing far more complaints than Roslindale and West Roxbury.

Longer term, residents and local and federal elected officials need to begin working towards making the effects on residents under flight paths as important as the needs of airlines. The state legislature needs to "reign in" Massport and get it to take noise more seriously. One example, he said: Airlines that fly Airbus A320 planes could make them quieter by installing small plastic devices that would end a distinctive whistling sound, but refuse to do so and will continue to refuse to do so until somebody like Massport demands they install them as a condition of landing here.

McCarthy and Wu both said they expect to receive pushback from Massport along the lines of questioning why they want to ruin the Boston economy. "We're talking about people's lives, and people's health," Wu said. The two added they are not seeking to reduce the number of flights to or from Logan, but to reduce the impact on specific neighborhoods.

Jose's parting gift: That sunset

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:35 am
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Rob Littlefield was among the many people enjoying this evening's sunset.

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Monday, September 25, 6-8 p.m.

Tufts Administration Building (TAB), 167 Holland Street, Senior Center, 2nd Floor

Join the City Planning Department for a special update and discussion on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan. We’re excited to present this meeting with the help of a facilitator who specializes in a meeting format designed to give participants control of the discussion topics. First, city staff will offer an update on the plan started in 2013/14 as well as a look at next steps. Then, to address outstanding topics and ensure that any new ideas and goals are identified, our facilitator will use the Round Robin meeting format, which asks participants to bring up topics for small-group discussions. In short, participants will set the agenda for the night and also shape topics for the next meeting.

At the second meeting in this series on October 19 (at the Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. 6-8 p.m.), we’ll take a deeper dive into the community-selected topics and identify action steps to address the goals and needs related to each. City staff will bring in resources and experts on the topic areas selected in the first meeting to serve as a resource during discussions.

Whether your concerns are open space, traffic, parking, streetscape, bicycle infrastructure, housing or more, we hope you’ll join us.

Unfortunately we cannot monitor this page, so if have any questions or need any more information, please contact us at planning@somervillema.org

For more information about Davis Square Neighborhood Planning visit https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/
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Posted by Rhett Jones on Gizmodo, shared by Melissa Kirsch to Lifehacker

In the capitalistic nightmare we live in, everything has to be a transaction. So, when Pact launched its fitness app that let you make money for working out—or else pay a fee for failing to do so—it seemed to be the perfect motivational tool. There was just one problem: The company apparently wasn’t that great at…

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Posted by Janine Annett on Offspring, shared by Michelle Woo to Lifehacker

I’ve been known as a “cat person” for years, but recently my family decided the time was right to add another species to our household: a dog. We ended up getting a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy, and we couldn’t love him more. He’s a ball of energy, he’ll be a medium-to-large size (about 30–40 pounds), he’s super…

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Photo by Children's Services of Roxbury.

Students at the Trotter School on Humboldt Avenue assembled into a big peace sign today for Peace Day. They're working with Children's Services of Roxbury, which is getting ready for an attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest peace sign made entirely of people on Boston Common at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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Posted by Emily Price

With iOS 11, Apple changed up how you activate the Night Mode on your phone. The company originally introduced Night Shift in iOS 9.3 as a way to make screens a little easier on the eyes at night (and help you get some sleep in the process.

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Posted by Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker

“Can everyone hear me okay without this?” say the worst public speakers when they step up to the stage. If three people in the front row say yes, off goes the microphone. And then anybody who is hard of hearing (or listening remotely, or sitting in the back of the room) can’t hear you. Use the damn mic, you jerk.

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iOS: Having an elaborate, secure password on your Wi-Fi network can be a great thing. A great thing until that weekend you have guests visiting from out of town and they have to try your 20-character Wi-Fi password a dozen different times because a zero looks like an O or they couldn’t tell from your chicken scratch…

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Posted by Patrick Allan

Instagram is a great place to share all kinds of fun visuals—except for your favorite GIFs. Instagram won’t let you upload them. Fortunately, the Giphy app will let you do exactly that right on your smartphone.

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WGBH reports the guy behind the failed IndyCar race thing has filed yet another lawsuit, this time against the entire city of Boston, rather than just its environmental chief. He wants $15.5 million plus interest, damages and attorney's fees. His earlier suit was tossed because it turned out you can't sue individual government workers for negligence in Massachusetts.

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Posted by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

Though I like to bake, I don’t consider myself a “serious baker.” Sure, I make my own pie crust and can bake a pretty decent loaf of bread, but one thing I have wanted to mess with is puff pastry.

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Judge shoots down Newton drone ban

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:34 pm
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A federal judge ruled today that Newton went too far in banning drones from flying over the city without the prior permission of landowners whose property the drones might pass over.

US District Court Judge William Young's ruling is a victory for Michael Singer, a local doctor and drone aficionado who'd filed the suit earlier this year. In his ruling, Young wrote:

Newton’s choice to restrict any drone use below [400 feet] thus works to eliminate any drone use in the confines of the city, absent prior permission. This thwarts not only the FAA’s objectives, but also those of Congress for the FAA to integrate drones into the national airspace. Although Congress and the FAA may have contemplated co-regulation of drones to a certain extent, ... this hardly permits an interpretation that essentially constitutes a wholesale ban on drone use in Newton.

The Newton City Council said the ordinance was an attempt to protect residents' privacy.

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Architect's rendering.

The Abbey Group this week filed details plans for a 5.6-acre development that would combine lab and office space aimed at life-sciences and technology companies on the current site of the Boston Flower Exchange on Albany Street next to I-93.

In a filing with the BPDA, the developer estimates the new Exchange South End complex could mean between 4,000 and 7,000 new jobs and proposes setting aside an acre of the site for a park. Proposed are four buildings, between 6 and 20 stories.

The Project, as currently conceived, will include the construction of four buildings with approximately 1,481,350 square feet of mixed-use commercial and life science research space, 42,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 30,000 square feet of civic space situated around a new central public park. Below-grade parking garages under each building will provide approximately 1,145 parking spaces, with parking with access provided via driveways off Albany Street and BioSquare Drive. ...

The Project will leverage its proximity to Boston Medical Center, Boston University Medical School, the burgeoning tech start-up ecosystem in the Harrison/Albany Corridor, and direct connections to nearby public transportation options through the development of a life science and technology office campus.

In addition to creating a new park, Abbey is proposing to put some money into extension of the South Bay Harbor Trail. It also proposes working with the city and state to adjust traffic signals in nearby streets and upgrade connections to the adjacent I-93.

Exchange South End rendering
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Exchange South End project notification form (35M PDF).

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Posted by Emily Price

For iOS 11, Apple has completely overhauled Control Center. Control Center is that tray that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad (it will come from the top right side of the screen on the iPhone X). Traditionally, it’s offered quick access to things like your phone’s Wi-Fi…

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Posted by Leigh Anderson

Cleaning out a loved one’s home after their death hits the trifecta of misery: It’s a series of chores that can be emotionally, physically, and financially overwhelming. And what makes the whole task even worse is that it’s difficult to know where to start—should you throw out the beds first, then have nowhere to…

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Posted by Patrick Lucas Austin

You may have seen wallets or backpacks advertising RFID shielding, a protective covering designed to keep malicious ne’er-do-wells from scanning any items that contain embedded wireless receivers, like certain credit cards and passports. Sure, RFID shielding does prevent unwanted wireless transmissions, but with so…

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Posted by Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker

In San Diego, 16 people have died from Hepatitis A in the last few months and over 400 have contracted the disease. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver, and it spreads fairly easily in the right circumstances. Here’s what you need to know.

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Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:00

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he went up to a woman bending to pick up a baby stroller on a trolley, ground his pelvis into her and made a lewd comment.

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Posted by Michelle Woo on Offspring, shared by Michelle Woo to Lifehacker

Dropping off a young child at day care or preschool can be rough. There may be protests and wailing. Your kid may latch onto your leg for dear life. When my daughter started going to day care when she was one and a half, she cried every day for the first six weeks. The teachers were great, and I knew she was safe and…

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Posted by Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Kristin Wong to Lifehacker

If the Equifax data breach isn’t bad enough, many consumers have been complaining about the sloppy ways in which the company has handled the aftermath. For example, there’s Equifax’s website dedicated to the matter: equifaxsecurity2017.com.

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5 Signs You're in a Good Cocktail Bar

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:00 pm
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Posted by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

Really good, expertly made cocktails can cost a pretty penny, and I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with, however, is paying fifteen bucks for an over-shaken beverage garnished with sad, dried-out fruit. Any bar can claim to make “craft” cocktails, but how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for?

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How to Add Users to Google Home

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:00 pm
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Posted by Patrick Lucas Austin

Sometimes all I need in this crazy world is a brisk walk to clear my head and some good music bumping through my headphones. But when that simple pleasure is interrupted every morning by my partner issuing voice commands while I’m out of the house, silencing the music in my headphones, it can be a tad frustrating.…

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The train has since been taken to the Red Line equivalent of a glue factory and service on the Ashmont branch is supposed to be OK now, the MBTA reports.

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The Bulletin reports on the unwrapping of Boston Park and Rec's plans for Sherrin Woods on the Roslindale/Hyde Park line that include new trails and a camera system to catch the sort of miscreants who now routinely dump trash there.

Part of the camera system will include a Web site residents can call up to do some online monitoring so that they can alert the city when dumpers are skulking about.

Two stabbed, one dead in Dorchester

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:55 pm
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Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:00

NBC Boston reports an apparent fight between neighbors outside 50 Bradshaw Street around 8 a.m. ended with one dead. Read more.

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Posted by Emily Price

You’re trying to follow the Google Maps directions to a place you’ve never been before, and just as things start to get complicated your mom texts. A few seconds later you’re put on a group email with everyone at the office and the new message notifications start flying in, as do more texts from your mom who wants to…

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How to Wash Your Kid's Talking Toys

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:00 pm
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Posted by Jolie Kerr on Offspring, shared by Michelle Woo to Lifehacker

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’re launching a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting

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