By - 9/17/14 - 10:49 am
From old Boston town report

Back in the day, the land south of Charlestown used to be known as Shawmut. Then the Puritans got sick of the mosquitoes and lack of water in Charlestown and moved south and decided on Sept. 17, 1630 to call their new home Boston,... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 10:33 am

Wicked Local Brookline brings us up to date on the war between Brookline and the owners of Hancock Village, who want to add 184 apartments to the Brookline side of the complex, including some in a five-story building that selectmen say is completely out of character in a part of town where single-family homes and two-story townhouses are the norm.

By - 9/17/14 - 10:00 am

Capt. John Greland at District C-6 reports on an incident early Saturday on Dorchester Street at Old Colony Avenue in South Boston:

Victims hired a stripper, they paid her a sum of money and she pulled out a knife and fled without stripping.

By - 9/17/14 - 9:39 am

The cause of a nine-alarm fire on Harvard Terrace in Allston and a five-alarm fire on Lagrange Street in West Roxbury remain "under active investigation," a Boston Fire Department spokesman said this morning.

By - 9/17/14 - 9:32 am

Dot Rat alerts us to a casting call for a commercial for Dorchester's first ale.

By - 9/17/14 - 9:18 am

Around 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday on London Street near Bennington, according to Boston EMS Incidents and BPD records.

By - 9/17/14 - 9:03 am

WBUR reports on a proposal before the School Committee tonight for testing students in grades 3-8.

By - 9/17/14 - 8:57 am

Associated Press reports from Cleveland Circle on people who have apparently fantasized of playing soccer in bubble wrap.

By - 9/17/14 - 8:42 am

Blauer Manufacturing, based in the Fenway, holds two patents on a lightweight system for concealed armor for police and is suing a New York competitor it alleges sells a product that violates the patents.

In a lawsuit filed this week in... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 8:17 am

Boston and a local startup called Mapdwell have released a mapping system that lets residents look up their home's roof size and then figure out how much installation of solar panels would cost them.

The city hopes the map will help it reach a goal of having 25 MW of solar energy capacity by 2020 - it's currently at about 12 MW.

By - 9/16/14 - 4:20 pm

This guy's got it going on. All he's missing is a little chianti.

By - 9/16/14 - 3:49 pm
Bomb squad moves in at South Station in Boston

Updated with the outcome.

An unattended bag forced the shutdown of Atlantic Avenue along South Station between roughly 3:40 and 4:10 p.m. - when a bomb technician opened it up and found it filled mostly with papers.

Another view by Mike McD.

Stephanie... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 2:05 pm

The state Gaming Commission voted today to pick the Wynn proposal for Everett over the Mohegan Sun proposal for Suffolk Downs, with three of the four commissioners saying Wynn's proposal would be better for the area, workers and the environment.

Commission members said Wynn proved... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 1:29 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered the sale of a Lexington house in a victory for siblings of a man who claimed their late mother signed the house over to him years ago.

When several of the woman's six children moved to sell the house... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 1:13 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports on the second arrest of Roman Torgovitsky for trespassing related to his protests against Vladimir Putin, but mostly on how two Pussy Riot members at Harvard for a discussion on Russian politics went down to CPD with some other protesters to insist on his release - they actually got to the station before Torgovitsky.

By - 9/16/14 - 11:37 am

Supporters of Smoken' Joes in Brighton Center are planning a benefit in the House of Blues Foundation Room on Sept. 25 for Wendy and Joe Dodd, who are closing the place forever on Sept. 23 due to health issues and a rent dispute with their... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 10:04 am

Around 9:55 a.m. at Wayland and Magnolia streets. Police recovered eight shell casings. One car was hit; no human victims found.

The location is a few blocks from where gunfire erupted earlier this morning.

By - 9/16/14 - 9:58 am

Two Cranston, RI men could get up to five years in the pen for a scheme in which an employee of theirs drove around Rhode Island and the Boston area, siphoning used cooking oil from holding tanks behind restaurants and then selling the liquid to... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 9:31 am

WBZ reports people who need new organs in New England wait longer than people in other parts of the country, in part because fewer traumatic and stroke deaths here mean fewer organs become available.