The Boston Fire Department blames "careless disposal of smoking material" for a fire called in around 1:45 a.m. on Friday in the rear of 28 Parmenter St. in the North End.
This fire only did an estimated $5,000 in damage, to the roof of a one-story extension to the four-story occupied building, but firefighters were on scene until 3:35 a.m.
A neighbor adds the fire is particularly concerning because workers from a couple of nearby businesses use the rear of 28 Parmenter as a smoking area all the time.
JB Parrett shows us the bus stop on Boylston Street at Dartmouth.
The MBTA announced today it's banning hoverboards on T property - all trains, buses, boats and stations - effective immediately.
The T says the things are just too much of a risk and menace, mainly because of their tendency to burst into flames, but also because riders can easily fall off them, tumbling to the ground - or onto train tracks: Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.
A man found unconscious and covered in blood outside the Baseball Tavern early on May 1 is slowly getting better, but remains in a medically induced coma, a homicide detective investigating the case said this morning.
Sgt. Det. Richard Daley spoke at a hearing of the Boston Licensing Board, which will decide Thursday whether the bar, at 1270 Boylston St., could have prevented the attack that sent Robert McLaughlin, 27, of Swampscott, to Brigham and Women's hospital. It was one of two hearings the board held today on violations at the sports bar....Read more
All sorts of mishegas going on on the Lowell Line this morning due to signal problems at Anderson/Woburn.
There might be an interesting story as to how a skunk wound up in a car on Meridian Street in East Boston last night. John forwarded the photo by Sean Calista.
His friends knew Stewart, who attended South Boston High School, as Bones.
No arrests have been made.
Police say he is not the same person who was arrested during a melee on May...Read more
"Moderate delays," the T says about the little trolley that couldn't. Bristol Whitcher reports:
Smells like burning rubber, "help is on the way"; morale is low.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted Kewon Kelley, 29, for the shooting death of Rayshawn Few at 24 Woodruff Way in Mattapan on Feb. 17, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Few was shot repeatedly after an argument when he showed up at a party there with uninvited guests, the DA's office reports.
A Taco Bell franchisee has started advertising for managers and workers at its proposed site next to the Wendy's on American Legion Highway even though it does not yet have approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Boston Licensing Board and has yet to even pull permits from ISD to replace the small ice-cream stand that's now there. Read more.
The Boston Fire Department reports "careless disposal of smoking material" sparked a fire around 11:45 a.m. on the roof of 57 W. 7 St. that jumped to the siding at 55 and 59 W. 7 St. - "specifically using a rooftop planter as an ashtray."
The department reports no injures; six residents of 57 W. 7, however, were displaced.
Apparently, city inspectors were watching the Billboard Music Awards last night and agreed with comedian Chris Paul that Madonna should never have been allowed anywhere near a Prince tribute and so retweeted his crack.
Well, either that, or whoever has the keys to ISD's Twitter account forgot to switch to his or her own personal account before hitting the retweet button.
H/t John Keith.
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