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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. Read more.

By - 2/11/16 - 10:21 pm

The Boston Cyclists Union did this video today on the first day the new sidewalk was open to bicycles on the Longfellow.

By - 2/11/16 - 2:16 pm
Hope Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain with vandalized sign

Marg Zamos-Monteith shows us Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue, where a Black Lives Matter sign was defaced the night after a JP Black Lives Matter vigil and four months after a similar banner in front of First Baptist Church on Centre Street was torn down (then replaced).

By - 2/11/16 - 1:51 pm
Dossantos

Two of the three men arrested on charges they robbed a Savin Hill market at gunpoint last night were wearing GPS ankle bracelets as a condition of their bail on earlier gun-related arrests, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 2/11/16 - 11:03 am
Rainer Weiss

The New York Times reports a team of scientists, including Rainer Weiss of MIT have confirmed the presence of gravitational waves, something Einstein predicted in 1915, but which have never before been detected.

Two detectors, each 2.5 miles long and 1,900 miles apart, detected waves from the collision of two black holes about 1.2 billion years ago, almost as soon as they were turned on for testing, the Times reports.

By - 2/11/16 - 10:04 am

DCR has canceled tonight's planned meeting on putting a dog park in Stony Brook Reservation. It says it will announce a new date.

By - 2/11/16 - 8:17 am

UPDATE: Not an actual sleeping homeless person; just some blankets that appeared to be a sleeping homeless person.

There's a homeless guy asleep under the Yawkey Way commuter-line stop, with his feet hanging over the tracks. Dave reports train 506 has been halted just before the station so that police can remove him.

By - 2/11/16 - 8:11 am

Wicked cold. Or as a National Weather Service forecaster opines:

VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL ATTEMPT TO MELT THE WARM HEARTS OF VALENTINES DAY. ...

AMBIENT TEMPERATURES ALONE WILL BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW 0F...BUT COMBINED WITH THIS 20-30 MPH BREEZE...SUSPECT 15-25 BELOW ZERO WIND CHILLS ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION.

By - 2/11/16 - 7:37 am

The Crimson and the Bangkok Post report the issue is a Thai dentist who got a government loan for postgraduate work at Harvard Dental School on condition she return to Thailand to teach afterwards and then just stayed in the Boston area.

[T]housands of Facebook users in Thailand have repeatedly given Harvard one-star ratings and...

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By - 2/11/16 - 7:28 am

The Bulletin reports local landlord Michael Argiros has revised his plans for the burned-out inhaler plant on Lagrange Street in West Roxbury again; he's now proposing 40 condos instead of 46 apartments.

By - 2/10/16 - 11:12 pm

Fenway Bark on W. 1 Street shut down tonight.

In an e-mail to customers, owner Jane Fulton said she'd been planning to close by month's end, in any case, as she tries to find a new location, but: Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 10:46 pm

Mike Freedberg introduces us to the six declared candidates for the First Suffolk and Middlesex state-senate seat.

By - 2/10/16 - 6:44 pm

The Pleasant View Market at Savin Hill Avenue and Pleasant Street was robbed at gunpoint around 6 p.m. by three masked men with a gun, who made off with some cash and several cartons of Newport cigarettes.

Not long after, police shut down Roach Street off Dorchester Avenue when they tracked the suspects to an apartment at 22 Roach St. Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 6:36 pm

The Globe reports the owner of the Summer Street power plant, which almost never generates power anymore, has put the property up for sale - with an eye towards maybe turning the space into residential and commercial space, as one does.

Although the mostly pink plant no longer pushes out the current, it is still in use as...

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By - 2/10/16 - 6:17 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the 13,000 square feet at the top of Millennium Tower are under agreement. Although the name of the buyer is, of course, under wraps, the Journal reports he or she is local and that they intend to use the space as a "family residence." Also no word if their kids will attend a BPS school.

By - 2/10/16 - 6:09 pm
Buses at Forest Hills station, upper busway

Ben Quahog reports that the upper busway at Forest Hills briefly became Boston's longest bus parking lot around 5:20 p.m. when a bus died pretty much at the exit, keeping about a dozen other buses from moving.

By - 2/10/16 - 6:01 pm
Crowded at North Station

Sdconnor shows us the scene at North Station around 5:30 p.m.:

People pushing through the crowd of delayed passengers to get to trains.

By - 2/10/16 - 4:57 pm

Stanley Staco reports two teens were robbed in the Frederick Pilot Middle School yard, 270 Columbia Rd., around 4:45 p.m., by three other teens with a large hunting knife and a gun.

All three suspects are black. The one with the knife is 4'8" - the one with the gun is 5'2". They were accompanied by a third teen, 5' tall. They fled down Devon Street.

By - 2/10/16 - 3:42 pm
Wanted for bank fraud

Boston Police report they are looking for this woman in connection with a gang that's breaking into cars looking for IDs members can use to fraudulently suck money out of people's bank accounts. Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 3:19 pm

City Councilors Andrea Campbell (Roxbury) and Michael Flaherty (at large), say that for an average of about $23 per resident a year, Boston would be able to build more housing for people being priced out of the city - and help upgrade city parks and historic sites. Councilor Bill Linehan, however, is not sure he buys it. Read more.