By - 4/17/14 - 8:13 am
James Mason

Boston Police report the man found shot to death at Dabney and Regent streets early Monday was James Mason, 45.

Mason leaves two children, a grandchild and five brothers and sisters, according to his obituary.

A celebration of his life will be... Read more

By - 4/17/14 - 7:53 am

The Tech reports both its national fraternity and MIT have suspended Delta Upsilon, based at 526 Beacon St. in the Back Bay, for "inappropriate behavior during unsanctioned events" over January break.

No word if a horse in the dean's office was involved.

Bonus fun fact: Animal House producer Ivan Reitman belonged to a Delta Upsilon chapter at McMaster University.

By - 4/17/14 - 7:35 am

The Daily Free Press reports on a hearing yesterday on a proposal by City Councilor Charles Yancey to ban the sort of research BU wants to do on the world's deadliest microorganisms at its South End research lab.

By - 4/17/14 - 6:39 am
Sugar Bowl boat

Steve Bikes photographed the loose boat on the rocks of the Sugar Bowl.

By - 4/17/14 - 5:44 am

John Hawkinson reports an overnight fire at 884 Massachusetts Ave. brought firefighters from Cambridge and surrounding communities and forced the evacuation of residents - with none injured - to a nearby senior center.

The American Red Cross reports some 100 residents in 884 and... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 9:45 pm
Hansborough Street explosion

The house at 27 Hansborough St. exploded around 9:20 p.m., sending twelve people to the hospital - two with serious injuries - the Boston Fire Department reports.

The apparent natural-gas explosion pushed the house off its foundation and led to its partial collapse. The resulting fire went to three alarms.

Residents of surrounding homes were evacuated. National Grid gave the OK to let them return around midnight.

By - 4/16/14 - 7:30 pm

Rev. Laura Everett considers violence in Boston over the past year:

Since the Boston Marathon, 235 people have been shot in Boston, 35 people senselessly killed in “those places, to those people.” How is that “Boston Strong?” I grieve the collective trauma, suffering and senseless deaths of the Boston Marathon. Yet how is 35 dead any less senseless? When we chant or buy “Boston Strong,” which Boston are we talking about? Boston is a divided city. Which Boston is strong?

By - 4/16/14 - 7:29 pm

the MBTA closing Arlington Station all day on Patriot's Day Marathon Monday? Service alert from the T:

Branches Affected: B, C, D, E
Apr 21: Arlington and Copley Stations will be closed all day due to the Boston Marathon.

Start of day Mon 4/21/14

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By - 4/16/14 - 6:29 pm

The Dig takes a look at Marty Walsh's steadfast opposition against letting non-profits open voter-approved medical-marijuana dispensaries in Boston even as his administration gets ready to shut its one public Methadone clinic just as Bain Capital is beefing up its portfolio in for-profit drug clinics.

By - 4/16/14 - 5:53 pm
PSA against upskirting on the MBTA

The T plans to install 300 ads on trains and buses to alert riders that, after a brief interlude, upskirting is once again against the law.

In March, the legislature rushed to pass a law against aiming a camera up a woman's skirt after the... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 3:29 pm

Mike Moura reports the Peoples United Bank branch at 485 Mass. Ave. in Central Square was held up around 3:15 p.m. by two guys - who then had to deal with an exploding dye pack.

The T stopped one train at Central Square, but after police didn't find any dye-covered people on it, service was allowed to resume.

By - 4/16/14 - 2:39 pm

WHDH reports an MBTA inspector is charged with having sex at Ashmont station while on duty yesterday.

The woman whom he was allegedly inspecting in his T vehicle denied she was a prostitute but allowed as how "she needed money for her hair," WHDH reports.

By - 4/16/14 - 2:06 pm

Cambridge Police report a woman walking on Richdale Avenue shortly after midnight was jumped by a man who tried to sexually assault her but that she was able to find him off.

The woman, who was walking home alone from the Porter Square T stop, told police she was only able to see that the man was wearing dark clothes.

By - 4/16/14 - 1:59 pm

A Wakefield man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail and sent down to Bridgewater for evaluation at his arraignment today on a variety of charges related to the alleged act of performance art that led police to shut Boylston Street for more... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 1:44 pm
Palladino

Steven Palladino, federal prosecutors charge, wasn't about to let an SEC lawsuit or state criminal charges for running a massive Ponzi scheme stop him from enjoying meals at fancy restaurants, tooling around town in one of three luxury vehicles or picking up new clothes... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 9:44 am
Maidenform

A pair of Massachusetts women are suing two "shapeware" makers, saying they were mightily put out, both monetarily and physically, when the allegedly nutrient-infused underwear they bought did not actually burn their fat or improve their skin tone.

In their suit, filed this week in... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 9:05 am
Trash at the Arnold Arboretum

Last week, Erica Fletcher posted a photo of some of the remains of a killer party at the top of the Arboretum's Hemlock Hill, and asked City Councilor Matt O'Malley for some city help in cleaning it up.

O'Malley and Fletcher report the mess got cleaned up alright - by the culprits themselves. Of course, they didn't do it out of the goodness of their hearts - seems one of the kiddies left his or her phone behind and police had a little chat with the parents.

By - 4/16/14 - 7:20 am
Space savers in South Boston

Erikk Hokenson shows us the scene at I and Marine this morning.

By - 4/16/14 - 6:29 am
Windshield snow in Somerville

Rubifruite Tiwesdægs awoke around 5 a.m. in Somerville to this.

By - 4/15/14 - 7:09 pm
Suspicious backpack

UPDATE: Kayvon Edson facea a variety of charges in Boston Municipal Court following his arrest at the finish line.

Boylston Street was shut at the Marathon finish line tonight after police found two unattended backpacks - not long after a barefoot man dressed like... Read more