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French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 2/13/16 - 7:16 pm
Frozen on the Charles River Esplanade

We're going to assume JB Parrett was bundled up for his walk along the Esplanade on the Charles this afternoon.

By - 2/13/16 - 7:13 pm
Cold wind chills across southern New England

The National Weather Service posted this map showing the lowest anticipated wind-chill temperatures for southern New England for tonight into Sunday morning. Read more.

By - 2/13/16 - 2:42 pm
Space saver on Church Street

People keep calling in and posting complaints to 311 about space savers. A concerned citizen files a report on Church Street in Dorchester:

The city has removed space savers on this street and these residents just keep putting more out.

By - 2/13/16 - 2:30 pm

Tinker Ready extracts the relevant passage from a Times story about gun-toting security guards at hospitals in the rest of the country. At Mass. General, they're not even sure the guards should wear uniforms.

By - 2/12/16 - 7:27 pm

A Chelsea family who claims reporter Michele McPhee ruined their lives by linking them to Dzokhar Tsarnaev and Islamic jihadists after the Boston Marathon bombings has sued McPhee, media outlets that picked up her account and a noted Islamaphobe in federal court.

In the lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the Umarov family is seeking $5 million in compensation and another $100 million in punitive damages from the defendants. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 5:43 pm

The Globe reports on Caitlin Clavette, who died this morning when a 200-lb. manhole cover came flying into her car in the O'Neill Tunnel just before the Expressway.

By - 2/12/16 - 5:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted valuable full-liquor licenses to several North End restaurants that say they need to fend off advances from fancier places on the waterfront.

But with only a total of ten of the new licenses to dole out - and several of those already awarded - the board also denied requests from several restaurants in the North End, on the waterfront and in some other neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:39 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a request from Mala, 129 Brighton Ave., to extend its closing time from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to let Levi's Restaurant, 323 Washington St., add cocktails and hard liquor to the beer and wine it was already allowed to serve. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:08 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ordered a new trial for Joseph Cousin, convicted of second-degree murder for the the 2002 death of Trina Persad, 10, because of a possible conflict of interest on his lawyer's part.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office is appealing the ruling. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 11:39 am
Garden Garage tower

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board yesterday approved a 44-story apartment building behind the Boston Garden over the objection of neighboring residents worried about traffic. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 11:00 am

Boston Police report one man is dead and two are injured following an incident inside 107 Devon St. and just outside around 10:25 a.m. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 10:21 am
The remains of the car on I-93 in Boston

The remains of the car on the Expressway. Photo by Ben.

State Police report a manhole on the southbound side of the O'Neill Tunnel became dislodged and went airborne - flying right into the windshield of a car and killing the driver. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 9:12 am

The T's reporting some travails getting riders into town from Braintree due to a train that decided to join Elijah. This was after earlier signal problems near JFK/UMass.

By - 2/12/16 - 8:46 am

State Police report a man's bad driving led to his arrest for heroin trafficking Wednesday afternoon.

State Police say a trooper spotted a guy ignore a stop sign from Old Road onto Columbia Road shortly before 6 p.m. Also, he didn't signal for the right turn from the popular shortcut from Blue Hill Avenue to Columbia Road. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 8:35 am
Restoring Black Lives matter sign at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain

Katie Ernst watched kids putting up new fliers over the vandalized part of a Black Lives Matter sign at Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain yesterday.

By - 2/12/16 - 7:06 am

The Globe reports on the crash yesterday afternoon off Marine Road.

By - 2/12/16 - 6:27 am
Make Way for Ducklings in capes

You know it's cold when even the Public Garden duck family puts on capes, as Alyssa Martin shows us.

By - 2/11/16 - 11:45 pm
US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Boston Police Commissioner Willam Evans

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Police Commissioner William Evans among officials who attended East Boston meeting.

When federal officials announced the indictments of 56 alleged MS-13 members on charges that included the murder of three teens in East Boston, city and school officials began working on programs to keep kids at East Boston High School out of gangs.

But after hearing parents and residents complain at a community meeting tonight that gangs were reaching kids even younger than that, Mayor Walsh said he's going to insist efforts begin in first grade. ...

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