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French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 3/5/15 - 5:11 pm

A Roxbury minister paid by Boston Public Schools to offer anger-management classes to students was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail today on charges he shot a kid in the head over an alleged disagreement involving the minister's pot-dealing business, the Suffolk County District... Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 2:24 pm
Smashed car in Burlington

Smashed windshield. Photo by Burlington FD.

The Burlington Fire Department reports firefighters responded to a condo project at 54 Villagewood Dr. around 9:15 a.m. to find:

A female patient, located inside a motor vehicle, with a large piece of ice sticking out of the windshield. The ice had fallen from the

... Read more
By - 3/5/15 - 12:57 pm

The Franklin Park Coalition meets wth Boston 2024 organizers at 6:30 p.m. to consider the possible impact of the Olympics programs proposed for the park.

The session is at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr.

In its filing with the US Olympics Committee, Boston 2024 proposed fencing off much of the park for equestrian events and the pentathlon - along with a major renovation of White Stadium.

By - 3/5/15 - 12:36 pm
Dignitaries announcing MBTA Late Night Service - Mass.gov website

Measured in terms of passenger trips and customer satisfaction, the MBTA's Late Night Service Pilot Program is a success. Measured simply in dollars and cents, however, it's a failure, expected to run a $10.7 million deficit during its first year. If things don't change, it... Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 10:17 am

Kevin McCrea (yes, that Kevin McCrea) proposes using some of that there smart technology to deal with winter space saving: Basically charge residents for city space savers embedded with GPS devices that could report to City Hall:

After a snowstorm, when a 'host' shovels out a spot and needs to drive off they put their "Official City of Boston Space Saver" in their spot and log that spot into the 'Space Saver Hub'. They give their account and password and enter when they need to return to the spot. The "Space Saver Hub" uses the GPS embedded into the device to log the location. A display screen on the device could flash "Free until 6 pm" or whatever time the person plans on returning. The host is responsible for keeping the device charged and/or batteries installed.

A 'guest' driving through the neighborhood would have two ways of finding a space to park. One is to look for the flashing displays on space savers, the second is to have their smart phone alert them to available spaces in the neighborhood.

By - 3/5/15 - 9:51 am
Tommy Chang's Twitter header

Tommy Chang has a new header image and user name for his Twitter account as he prepares to move from the Los Angeles Unified School District to Boston to become school superintendent.

He's changed his handle from TommyChangLAUSD to SuptChang, although he says "Taking... Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 9:14 am

After learning the Patriots will not sign him for next season:

By - 3/5/15 - 8:33 am

Shaun Harrison, 55, is scheduled for arraignment this morning on charges he shot a 17-year-old at 100 Magazine St. around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Harrison was charged with assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault... Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 8:07 am

Blue Mass. Group ponders the seeming oddity of a Republican governor wanting to increase spending on our broken public-transportation system while Democratic leaders in the House, are, at best, cool to the idea.

You know what’s “crazy”? What’s crazy is that the T doesn’t work, and that the legislature doesn’t really seem to care. That’s crazy. DeLeo, Mariano and the rest of them can natter on all they want about a long-term maintenance plan and the T structure “and whatnot,” blah blah blah. But meanwhile, maybe somebody should make sure that the trains don’t catch fire.

By - 3/5/15 - 7:55 am
Boston Strong sign across from courhouse where Tsarnaev is on trial

Workers at the construction site across from the courthouse have a message for Dzokhar. Photo by Manu.

Tsarnaev is an engima, the Globe reports.

No, he's just a little murdering scum, Kevin Cullen writes. The first day's testimony would back that up, the Herald reports. Gelzinis concentrates on the survivors, one of whom writes about coming... Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 7:40 am

Xconomy reports the price of a cab medallion in Boston has dropped from $700,000 to $500,000 in just one year - and that Carriage News, a newspaper for the Boston taxi industry, stopped publishing last month.

By - 3/4/15 - 10:39 pm
Countdown sign in Dorchester in the snow

Neil the roving UHub photographer ran across this countdown sign on Franconia Street in Dorchester today.

By - 3/4/15 - 8:36 pm

Mayor Walsh and parade organizers tonight agreed on a shortened St. Patrick's parade on March 15 that will go from Broadway station to Farragut Road.

In a statement, the mayor added:

This weekend, organizers of the parade will be coordinating a volunteer effort, with the assistance of the City, to clear the remaining snow on the modified route.

By - 3/4/15 - 3:59 pm
Beacon light

Beacon safely belted in for its ride back to the bridge. Photo by State Police

A homeless man who figured out how to enter one of the Zakim Bridge's towers climbed to the top and stole a 60-lb. airplane warning light last month - the second one he's stolen - State Police charge.

Clifford Beckford, 34, allegedly stashed his newest... Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 3:41 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld an Everett resident's assault and battery conviction that was based in part on a DNA test that showed the blood on his sweatshirt belonged to the man he stabbed.

Manuel Arzola sought to overturn the conviction on the grounds... Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 2:40 pm

The Globe reports on the first day of the Tsarnaev trial, which included his lawyer laying the groundwork to blame it all on his older, and, of course, dead, brother and testimony from a manager at Marathon Sports, outside of which one of the bombs exploded.

Tsarnaev faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

By - 3/4/15 - 2:24 pm

Joe Keohane, who left Boston for New York, interviews Dennis Lehane, who left Boston for Los Angeles.

By - 3/4/15 - 11:21 am
Smushed car in Charlestown Navy Yard

Looks like last night's snow/sleet/rain was the last straw for Boston buildings. We've had a partial roof collapse on Columbia Point and a complete building collapse in Readville. And now this: Cars are being flattened by killer death ice. Kristin MacDougall forwarded... Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 10:30 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a 100x100-foot section of the roof at the old Bayside Expo Center collapsed around 7:35 a.m.

The collapse forced the evacuation of a neighboring office building.

The building, now owned by UMass Boston, had been slated for demolition... Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 9:57 am
Collapsed Readville building

Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a building in the Boston-Dedham Commerce Park on Sprague Street collapsed this morning, blowing out the building's walls, taking down power lines and forcing the evacuation of other buildings when workers and emergency crews began smelling natural gas.

One... Read more