French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 1/12/16 - 6:36 pm
Fire at 849 Cummins Highway

The fire. Photo by BFD.

A third-floor fire reported around 6:25 p.m. at 849 Cummins Highway went to two alarms not long after. Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 5:55 pm
Save the Mattapan Trolley

When Stuart Spina read yesterday the T might look at replacing Mattapan trolleys with electric buses, he quickly created a Facebook group to Save the Mattapan Line, where people are discussing how to do that - and posting photos and stories about their favorite trolley line.

By - 1/12/16 - 5:43 pm
Investigation at School and Tremont streets

Tremont still shut for investigation at 7:10 p.m. Photo by La Bibliotequetress.

Anthony J. reports a pedestrian was hit around 5:15 p.m. in a multi-car crash. The pedestrian and one driver were taken to local hospitals, one in bad shape.

Our own La Bibliotequetress reports what happened: Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 4:56 pm

UPDATE: Victim died; driver charged.

A woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a car on Washington Street near Blue Ledge Drive.Traffic is being diverted at both Beech Street and West Roxbury Parkway; that includes T buses.

By - 1/12/16 - 3:53 pm

City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) want the T to publicly explain why people who use the Fairmount Line or who board the train at Forest Hills pay so much less than people who take commuter rail in from Roslindale and other parts of Hyde Park in particular. Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 3:39 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to exempt Boston homeowners over 60 and people with disabilities from the requirement to shovel their sidewalks after snowstorms.

In a request for a hearing that will go before the council tomorrow, Jackson says: Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 2:55 pm

For six months Marty Walsh advocated for Boston 2024 as if it was the highest priority of his administration despite: Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 12:02 pm

Napper Tandy's, 4187 Washington St., in Roslindale, says it's voluntarily rolled back its closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. to try to avoid a repeat of two fights that left two men bruised and bloodied around closing time on Nov. 8.

At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board today, bar attorney - and former city licensing head - Patricia Malone said the bar had been having some issues with young men roaming Washington Street between 1 and 2 a.m. Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 11:44 am

A male employee of the House of Blue was fired after he was discovered having sex with a female patron in a second-floor men's room in November, the venue's manager told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 9:59 am

A rail that broke in Wellesley has wreaked havoc with the best laid plans of commuters.

By - 1/12/16 - 8:27 am

West Roxbury residents last night pleaded with a mayoral aide to have Mayor Walsh use his bully pulpit to continue the fight against the West Roxbury natural-gas pipeline, but the aide told them that ship has sailed and now City Hall is focusing on getting the pipeline construction company to come to a public meeting to describe the exact size and scope of the "metering and regulating station" at Grove and Centre Streets. Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 7:47 am
Thunder the dog waits for the Globe

DM Nelson reports Thunder's morning job used to be to go out to the driveway and retrieve the morning Globe. But now, "he's ready to file for unemployment."

By - 1/12/16 - 7:42 am

At least they're moving up the line: Instead of Braintree, this time the balky Red Line signals are in North Quincy, where they are causing "moderate" delays into town.

By - 1/12/16 - 6:33 am

UPDATE: State Police reported at 7:22 a.m. that all lanes had reopened.

State Police report somebody drove the wrong way down Rte. 128 northbound around 4:20 a.m. just before Rte. 3 in Burlington, causing a crash that shut all lanes northbound. They estimate the road could be reopened by 7:30 a.m. WBZ reports two taken away in critical condition.

By - 1/11/16 - 10:12 pm

A surveying contractor hired by the city should start sending crews into the Grove in a couple of weeks to try to mark out the exact borders between land owned by the Department of Neighborhood Development and residents.

The work in one of Boston's more unusual neighborhoods - where many of the roads remain unpaved and residents still use septic systems - is nothing sinister, Chris Rusk, Mayor Walsh's liaison to West Roxbury, told a meeting of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association. Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 9:57 pm

Homeowners on DeSoto Road and Willers Street in West Roxbury have filed petitions with the Boston Transportation Department for resident-permit parking on the streets. Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 4:41 pm
Babson Street fire

Babson Street scene. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports somebody using dental equipment in the dentist's office at 130 Babson St. accidentally started a fire that went to four alarms after firefighters arrived around 4:05 p.m.

Two residents had to be pulled from the fire, the fire department reports. Boston Police detectives were called to the scene because of the severity of one of the resident's injuries. Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 4:02 pm

Peter Howe at NECN reports the T is getting tired of the expense of maintaining heirloom trolleys from the 1940s when it has billions of dollars worth of unmet needs and so replacing the trolleys with electric buses is "on the table."

By - 1/11/16 - 2:37 pm

MassDOT reports Green Line service will be halted between Park and Haymarket stations for five nights - starting tonight - to allow work on the revamped Government Center station: Read more.