Posted inCriminal Justice

Boston City Council bans use of facial recognition tech

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL voted unanimously on Wednesday to prohibit the police department and other city agencies from using facial recognition technology or information derived from face surveillance systems. The ordinance also prohibits law enforcement and city employees from obtaining facial surveillance by asking for it through a third party. Boston now joins five other Massachusetts […]

Posted inEconomy

City council puts restraints on Airbnb

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL overwhelmingly approved tough new restrictions on short-term rentals offered by companies such as Airbnb and HomeAway, eliminating investor-owned units from the marketplace while allowing owner-occupied, two- and three-family homeowners to rent out some of their units year-round. The council on Wednesday made some minor adjustments to a proposal by Mayor Marty […]

Posted inPolitics

Political baby talk

IT BECAME A high-profile debate over open carry. But unlike the matter of openly flashing lethal weaponry while strolling through town, which people in some states regard as much ado about not much at all, this open carry debate played out at a high level. The controversial subject of this carry kerfuffle: newborn babies. The […]

Posted inEconomy

Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

JUST HOURS BEFORE the Boston City Council was set to vote – and likely reject – Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb, he withdrew his bill and said he’d come up with another “in the coming weeks.” “During a robust process, including s public hearing and […]

Posted inPolitics, The Download

Millennium marches on

Millennium Partners on Wednesday moved one step closer to building its fourth ultra-luxury project in Boston’s downtown core when the City Council voted 10-3 to seek an exemption from a state law that would have prohibited the new tower from casting shadows on the Boston Common and the Public Garden. If the Legislature goes along […]