By - 4/3/15 - 5:38 pm
Burst water main floods Green Line in Brookline Hills

Grace Holley shows us the cascade of water now pouring onto the Riverside Line from a burst water main on an overpass at Brookline Hills - just like the cascade of water that poured onto the Riverside Line from a bust water main on an overpass at Brookline Hills on March 17.

Needless to say, nobody on the Riverside Line is going anywhere fast. Or at all.

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

Associated Press reports some of the findings in a state report that says that, overall, "the response to the Boston Marathon bombings must be considered a great success."

By - 4/3/15 - 4:46 pm

Today we learn why it's not a good idea to go up to somebody in a convenience store at 2:20 a.m., tell him you're an undercover cop and demand to know why he blew your cover if you're not really an undercover cop.

A guy who did that inside the Tedeschi store at 684 Centre St., early this morning found himself confronted with a newly angry man who, it turns out, had a knife - and a soda - Boston Police report:

By - 4/3/15 - 1:35 pm

A Brighton Center man who has been killing neighborhood trees for more than 10 years is being charged, again, with arborcide, this time along Winship Street and Academy Hill Road.

In a police report, an officer says he responded to a Winship Road backyard on March 11 to find several large trees "severely damaged:"

The bark on the trees has been hacked off and the tree interior damaged to the extent that removal will be necessitated.

The officer then journeyed to nearby Academy Hill Road:

By - 4/3/15 - 12:58 pm

April 26 at the Midway Cafe, along with the Space Lady, Absolute Paradise and Duck That.

Via Ethan Long.

By - 4/3/15 - 11:15 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a new manager for the shuttered Roggie's, which could help owner John Rogaris gain permission to re-open.

City officials shut the bar last May after a Memorial Day incident in which a patron wound up unconscious and near death in an alley next to the Chestnut Hill Avenue. Rogaris faces trial June 1 on charges he ordered workers to take the man outside after they found him unconscious on stairs and that he interfered with the police investigation into the incident.

By - 4/3/15 - 10:36 am

Eileen McNamara argues that "Dorchester’s most famous former racist thug" is the last person who should direct a movie about the bombings and that Ed Davis should have resisted the urge to get involved.

By - 4/3/15 - 10:14 am

Boston Police report they are looking for this guy in connection with an incident around 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shaw's on Border Street, involving a girl under 14:

By - 4/3/15 - 9:51 am
Reformed ice on the Charles River

For the past couple of days, people have been working to break up the ice in the Charles River basin. As Michele Connors shows us, the ice was all stuck together again this morning.

By - 4/3/15 - 9:38 am
Missing from the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline

The Coolidge Corner Theatre reports somebody stole a photo off the wall of its basement lobby. But not just any photo:

The photo is of the graffiti artists from the movie WILD STYLE when they were here at the Coolidge decorating the alley wall, and is an important piece of our history. The picture is a color photo in a black frame with a white mat, about 20" x 22"....

By - 4/3/15 - 9:20 am

The Globe reports on two elderly residents of Trull Street in Dorchester, whose bodies were found only when their mailman realized nobody was grabbing the mail out of his hand as he put it through their mail slot like they used to do.

By - 4/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Proposed King David Hotel on VFW Parkway

The BRA will consider a developer's plans to build a four-story, 69-room hotel aimed at observant Jews on VFW Parkway on the Dedham line.

King David Hotels Corp. is proposing the hotel at 1625 VFW Parkway - where an old McDonald's burned down in 2013.

By - 4/2/15 - 6:49 pm

Stanley Staco reports a couple of cars were shot around 6:10 p.m. outside 15 Cunningham St.

The gunman is described as black, 18 to 20, about 5'4" and wearing black pants and a belt with studs all the way around. He had a large black gun as he jumped into a 2004 or 2005 gray Accord.

By - 4/2/15 - 5:47 pm

The Globe reports Clear Channel took down the billboard messages paid for by local developer John Rosenthal - who had long had an anti-gun message on a garage he owned along the turnpike - after protests from gun groups.

By - 4/2/15 - 5:06 pm

A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted Michael Doherty, 41, of South Boston on assault-and-battery and civil-rights charges for an incident in January in which he allegedly used a racial epithet while attacking an Uber driver he claimed had brought him to the wrong address.

Police Commissioner William Evans said he has suspended Doherty without pay:

By - 4/2/15 - 1:51 pm

UPDATE: Looks like WCVB has removed the video. Transcript in the comments.

WCVB has video of John Fish saying that

What bothers me a lot is the decline of pride, of patriotism, the love for our country.

Meanwhile, Mayor Walsh denies a report in the Herald that he's calling for Fish to step down from an active role in Olympic organizing effords:

By - 4/2/15 - 1:36 pm
Cambridge thief

Transit Police report this guy stood next to somebody in a wheelchair on a Route 1 bus around 3 p.m. on March 23 as it approached Mass. Ave. and Sydney Street, grabbed stuff from the wheelchair, then ran out the door when the bus stopped.

WBZ reports he took the wheelchair user's purse, containing food stamps and cash.

He's described as Hispanic and about 5'4".