By - 3/31/16 - 7:47 am

The Bulletin reports developers are looking at putting in a Taco Bell at American Legion Highway and Walk Hill Street and a 140-unit apartment building across the highway at the site of the Calisi florist. Read more.

By - 3/31/16 - 7:04 am

The Daily Free Press reports some 20 printers across campus started spewing anti-Semitic fliers after hackers discovered they were not behind the university firewall.

By - 3/31/16 - 7:03 am

Via I-93, WBZ reports.

The kid was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail at his arraignment in Boston Juvenile Court today on charges of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage, trespass, unlicensed operation, negligent operation and failure to stop for police, as well as three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The assault-and-battery counts are because he alleged drove the SUV right at three Boston police...

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By - 3/30/16 - 11:02 pm
Proposed hotel at 88 N. Washington St. in Boston

Archtect's rendering: Hotel is brown-and-silver building across from old Scotch & Sirloin.

A Wilmington builder has filed plans with the BRA to replace a seven-space parking lot at 88 N. Washington St., off Valenti Way, with a 74-room boutique hotel. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 10:16 pm

Burlington Police report police are investigating how a truck came to be engulfed in flames around 1 a.m. on the grounds of St. Margaret Parish, where a Virgin Mary statue was decapitated earlier this week.

This case is currently under active investigation. At this time, we do not believe that this truck fire and the recent statue vandalism at St. Margaret's Parish are related.

By - 3/30/16 - 9:15 pm
Gloria Fox

The State House News Service reports that state Rep. Gloria Fox is retiring at the end of the year from the 7th Suffolk (Roxbury, Mission Hill, the Fenway) district she's represented since 1985.

Fox on Facebook.

By - 3/30/16 - 6:33 pm
Beheaded Virgin Mary in Billerica

Billerica Police are looking for whoever cut the head and hands off a Virgin Mary statue at St. Mary's Church on Boston Road overnight.

The vandalism comes a couple days after a similar beheading at a church in Burlington.

Detectives are looking at whether the incidents are connected.

By - 3/30/16 - 1:44 pm

City councilors want police to step up enforcement against prostitution and say they can pay for it through the fines collected on cars impounded during prostitution-related arrests. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 1:21 pm

City councilors said today they will work to craft a proposal that would let Boston drop the speed limit on most roads to 20 m.p.h. - just 15 m.p.h. in school zones. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 1:05 pm

The city council today approved a protest against a recent North Carolina law lifting rights for transgender and gay residents in its cities: A ban on travel to the state by Boston city workers.

The measure, which now goes to Mayor Walsh for his consideration, has exemptions for public-safety and public-health workers who would have to travel there for law-enforcement or public-health reasons. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 12:17 pm

On Clarence Street, near Dudley Street.

By - 3/30/16 - 11:53 am
Suspicious package

Response to suspicious package. Photo by Josh Cronin.

Somebody left a suitcase at Mt. Vernon and Hancock streets, basically next to the State House. Declared not actually suspicious around 11:55 a.m.

By - 3/30/16 - 10:26 am
New insided of Back Bay station

In addition to showing the new towers it wants to build above Back Bay station, Boston Properties' BRA filing also shows several renderings of what a revamped station would look like.

They show a station that retains the unique wooden arches that hold up the roof. Gone, at least from the rendering, though, is the haze that now often fills the station, in particular, the Amtrak/commuter-rail ticket and waiting area - Boston Properties is promising a fix to the station's diesel-smog problem....

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By - 3/30/16 - 8:45 am

WGBH reports on a City Council hearing yesterday to add a surcharge to property-tax bills to pay for open space, parks and affordable housing in Boston. If approved by the council and the mayor, the Community Preservation Act proposal would then go before voters. The state would kick in matching funds if voters approve the measure.

By - 3/30/16 - 8:18 am

Adam Cheung says goodbye to Chinatown activist Henry Yee, who died earlier this month. He also shows the ceremonial burning of the lion's head after the service.

By - 3/30/16 - 7:29 am
General Hooker Entrance to the Massachusetts State House in Boston

Tourists just love the General Hooker entrance to the State House. Photo by BluEyedA73.

New England Folklore disabuses us of the legend that hookers are named for Fighting Joe Hooker, a Civil War general from Massachusetts. For one thing, the term was already in use by 1845.

When part of Beacon Hill was known as Mt. Whoredom.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 3/29/16 - 10:44 pm

UPDATE: The council put off action on the proposals until next week.

The City Council tomorrow considers a measure under which councilors' terms would increase from two to four years. Read more.