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By - 1/3/15 - 5:41 pm

The Herald reports the death of Edward Brooke, who served as one of our senators from 1967 to 1979 and who was the first black elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.

By - 1/3/15 - 1:59 pm
Sunrise from the Great Blue Hill

Be Brilliant watched the sunrise from the top of the Great Blue Hill this morning.

By - 1/3/15 - 1:25 pm

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today denied a motion by Dzokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers to delay his trial to let them argue why the trial should be moved somewhere else.

The 2-1 ruling means jury selection starts Monday in a case that... Read more

By - 1/3/15 - 12:38 pm

The Globe dims the glow of last week's school-day-lengthening announcement with the news that the Boston school system is facing an impending deficit of $69 million to $79 million for the coming fiscal year.

By - 1/3/15 - 11:58 am
Slit-screen view of MBTA Green Line trolley in Brookline

David Parsons used slit-scan photography to take this unusual view of a Green Line trolley on Beacon Street in Brookline.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/3/15 - 1:11 am
Firefighters in Cambridge due to gas leak

Firefighters at Mass. Ave. and Brookline Street. Photo by Justin Fyles.

Two separate natural-gas incidents sent Cambridge firefighters scrambling along Mass. Ave., from Albany Street to Brookline Street.

Around 11:30 p.m., a gas main began leaking at Albany Street, possibly because a construction crew hit it. Then, around the same time, firefighters had to evacuate 8 Brookline St., several blocks away, due to high gas readings.

By - 1/2/15 - 11:21 pm

The MetroWest Daily News reports on a Framingham District Court judge who got creative when a suspect before him said he didn't want to spend time in jail but had no money for bail.

By - 1/2/15 - 9:45 pm
Three decker on Bellevue Street in Dorchester

Firetrucks at the ready at 34 Bellevue. Photo by BFD.

Updated with cause of the fire.

A two-alarm fire at 34 Bellevue St. also caused extensive exterior damage to the neighboring three decker, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The department says the fire, reported shortly before 8 p.m., was caused by "a spark... Read more

By - 1/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Missing snowman in Somerville; bring him back, you Scrooge

Spatch spotted this sign on Wallace Street near Davis Square today.

UPDATE: Karen Kneeland writes (in the comments): "It was a 5' tall three piece metal frame with plastic filament and multiple lights. He had black eyes (like coal) an orange nose and a stove pipe hat. And my granddaughter loved it."

By - 1/2/15 - 7:10 pm

Wicked Local Brookline alerts us about an incident on New Year's Day:

A Tappan Street resident called to report he was attacked by a group of four turkeys near Sumner Road.

Also, a squirrel was reported to have gotten stuck in a sewer grate.

By - 1/2/15 - 6:07 pm

So the No Boston Olympics people have their own series of videos, although so far none involve the use of magic crystals.

By - 1/2/15 - 5:31 pm
Cheesey burger and fries at BurgerFi in West Roxbury

Rich cheesey goodness at BurgerFi.

The BurgerFi recently opened on Spring Street, a couple doors down from Panera. Old timers could be forgiven for walking in and going "What's this doing in West Roxbury?"

Sure, West Roxbury's days as a place where your choices were limited to pizza, Irish-like... Read more

By - 1/2/15 - 4:16 pm

Shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Selden and Nelson streets.

Police are looking for a green, 2001 Malibu, Mass. 2EX 589 in connection with the incident.

By - 1/2/15 - 4:05 pm

A steamed citizen calls into the Mayor's Hotline:

Caller reporting there is a solid covered manhole in the street on Tremont St at School, in front of church, with extremely hot steam coming out. The steam burned her foot and she is concerned for

... Read more
By - 1/2/15 - 3:28 pm

WBZ reports police are investigating how two people wound up dead in Forest Hills Cemetery this morning. Boston EMS Incidents reports they were found outside a car "reportedly turning blue."

By - 1/2/15 - 12:14 pm

Mohamed Alfageeh of Allston pleaded guilty today to two counts of motor-vehicle homicide for the deaths of two people from Brookline who were out for a stroll last June, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced Alfageeh... Read more

By - 1/2/15 - 9:49 am

An Emerson student who says school officials dismissed her story of being raped by a fellow Emerson student and an MIT student in October has filed a federal lawsuit against the college.

In the suit, the student, identified as Jane Doe, charges a classmate took... Read more

By - 1/2/15 - 9:15 am

The Globe interviews the Dutch architect who designed the new Bolling muncipal building nearing completion in Dudley Square.

Municipal buildings are notoriously unpleasant and user-unfriendly - mazes of confusing corridors, lookalike cubicles, dim light, and salvaged furniture. But this one is different.

By - 1/1/15 - 11:54 pm

WBZ reports somebody sitting in a car on Olney Street was shot around 1:30 p.m. Because of the severity of the person's injuries, the homicide unit was summoned. The Herald reports the shooting was likely "gang related" and that the victim should survive.

Scott Eisen photographed the scene.

By - 1/1/15 - 7:34 pm

A basement fire erupted around noon at 114 Davis Ave. in Brookline. Firefighters rescued the woman from the first floor.

Stephen Walsh photographed the fire response.