French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 3/27/15 - 11:05 am

Boston Police report a motorist who head a loud bang around 8:25 a.m. yesterday on Elizabeth Street in Mattapan, spotted a man standing over a gun - and then stopped to confront him.

The man, police say, stood up and ran towards Astoria Street,... Read more

By - 3/27/15 - 10:46 am

Cathay Bank, 621 Washington St., around 10:40 a.m. by a very heavyset, short white man, about 50, wearing a red hat, glasses and gray clothes.

UPDATE, 11:08 a.m.: Suspect and possible accomplice taken into custody outside the CVS on Boylston Street in Copley Square.

By - 3/27/15 - 10:12 am

State officials report contractors will begin prepping the Longfellow Bridge on Saturday to remove the two remaining towers as part of the overall bridge reconstruction project.

Don't worry, seasoning fans: The state says, as with the other two towers - and unlike that decorative... Read more

By - 3/27/15 - 10:00 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

State Police investigating an abandoned motor vehicle on the Tobin Bridge at about 6:40 this morning observed the body of its apparent owner on a Charlestown street below the bridge. A death investigation is now under way by State Police detectives and other specialized units. The evidence does not currently suggest foul play.

By - 3/27/15 - 9:04 am

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a 21-month prison sentence for a Rwandan woman who moved to Boston after telling immigration officials she had no connections at all to mass murders in 1994 even though her husband was the country's chief of internal security and... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 9:54 pm

WCVB reports authorities now believe Joanna Leigh was several blocks away from the Marathon explosions and that she faked brain injuries to suck money out of the One Fund, people who saw the GoFundMe page she set up, students at a Boston school... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 9:13 pm

The Bangor Daily News reports Portland is attracting so many Brooklynites seeking authenticity at prices they can afford that they're recently held a "Portlyn" get together to commiserate about their JetBlue commutes down to their jobs in The City (yes, of course they keep... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 8:44 pm

David Ortiz writes a long piece about the PED accusations and how they haunt him to this day. And, of course, the Globe's own Shank is right in the middle of it all:

In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My

... Read more
By - 3/26/15 - 8:26 pm

Brookline Police report arresting a former worker at Zaftigs on a charge of "photographing an unsuspecting nude person" for the camera found in the handicap restroom at the Harvard Street deli.

Police say Rogerio Sores-Fernandes, 38, of Allston, installed the camera in August of... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 6:09 pm
Mist above the Charles River

Mix ice, snow, rain and temperatures in the 50s and you get mist rising from the Charles and the Lagoon, as Adam Shutes shows us.

By - 3/26/15 - 5:43 pm
Proposal for 80 Shawmut Ave. in Boston

No cracks about Borg cubes landing on churches, please.

Developers this month submitted plans to the BRA to turn the old Holy Trinity German Catholic church and rectory on Shawmut Avenue in the South End into 33 residential units, by completely removing the interior and replacing it with an eight-story steel structure.

The proposal... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 5:19 pm

David Bernstein reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough has asked 15 BPS administrators to tender their resignations so that incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang has a clean slate with which to start his administration.

Chang officially starts in July, although he has been spending time in Boston working with McDonough to get ready for his new job.

By - 3/26/15 - 11:27 am

MassDOT is looking at ways to increase capacity on Rte. 3 south of Boston. WBZ reports one way to pay for it: Use that newfangled "open tolling" system to create an express lane. And while they're at it, why not vary the tolls by time of day, so people who have to be in town in the morning could pay more for the privilege?

By - 3/26/15 - 11:17 am
Old cannon ball

State Police report that, after consultation with the Navy, their bomb squad blew it up, shortly before noon.

The thing could date back to the Civil War, but State Police say they didn't want to take any chances:

Some cannonballs are filled with powder.

... Read more
By - 3/26/15 - 11:09 am

The Chelsea Record reports the Chelsea Conservation Commission rejected plans by Massport to store contaminated sludge from dredging near the Black Falcon Pier in South Boston in "Confined Aquatic Disposal Cells" in Chelsea Creek.

The commission said just because Massport did the same thing with sludge from the Conley Terminal doesn't mean Chelsea Creek can continue as the repository for the stuff.

By - 3/26/15 - 10:48 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Emmanuel DaSilva for the 2007 murder of a man on Maywood Street who had nothing to do with the guy prosecutors said DaSilva really wanted dead.

The court found a minor mistake related to... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 10:21 am

The city that gave us Wicked Free WiFi and set up pahk.boston.gov for downloading a parking-meter app is getting a bit tired of calling the Boston Arts Festival the Boston Ahts Festival.

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is running a... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 7:57 am

City Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Steve Murphy (at large) both want to look at alternatives to rebuilding what is now the rapidly disappearing bridge to the shelters and workshops on Long Island.

Jackson, who said the new bridge could wind up costing $100 million,... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 7:45 am

Marty Walsh held a Twitter chat yesterday, and answered one of the more pressing issues of the day:

Oh, and look: Somebody has started an online petition to rename the Zakim Bridge the Leonard P. Zayn Malik Bridge.

By - 3/26/15 - 7:40 am

State Police report a passenger in a car that troopers had pulled over for motor-vehicle infractions last night got behind the wheel and started driving off - with a trooper who had tried to stop him dragged for several feet.

State Police say the... Read more