By - 4/10/14 - 11:09 am

To a layman, the case might sound simple: A guy climbs stairs to his apartment, but leans on the guardrail, which breaks and sends him plummeting to pavement below, resulting in serious injuries - and a lawsuit against his landlords.

But in a decision today,... Read more

By - 4/10/14 - 10:28 am
Old tracks

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 4/10/14 - 10:08 am

The Boston Fire Department reports the cause of yesterday's fire at 52 Thomas Park, which did an estimated $600,000 in damage and sent a resident and a firefighter to the hospital was:

Careless disposal of smoking material first floor rear porch.

By - 4/10/14 - 9:01 am

The Boston Business Journal reports that one of our local power couples (he's a former BRA director, she's on the Kennedy Greenway Conservancy board) have sold a 206-room hostel at 40 Berkeley St in the South End to a developer for roughly $6 million more than they paid for it four years ago.

H/t Christian Koulichkov for the headline.

By - 4/10/14 - 8:52 am
Wanted man

Transit Police report that when a woman dropped her wallet on an inbound Red Line train between JFK/UMass and Broadway on March 27, this guy:

Intentionally sat on her wallet to conceal it. The subject fled with the wallet at Broadway MBTA Station.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 4/10/14 - 8:38 am

Carolyn "LimeyG" Grantham, whose quiet humor and love of food poured out over the years in her blog, died Tuesday.

Last month, the Globe chronicled her struggle with cancer.

Her last post on her blog was about how the cancer had narrowed what she could eat and then forced her to give up eating altogether.

By - 4/10/14 - 8:19 am

Charles Sammon, 37, of West Pittston, PA., was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison yesterday for a scheme in which he collected fees at closings for triple-decker units in Dorchester, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain involving buyers who then promptly defaulted, the US Attorney's office... Read more

By - 4/10/14 - 7:34 am

Lorianne recounts a Saturday night in the Back Bay that included strolling around, paying homage at 298 Beacon and a concert by an Indian musician at Symphony Hall:

“We are Boston,” those gold and blue banners proclaimed, and on Sunday night, it felt like loving Boston was one and the same as loving the whole wide world.

By - 4/9/14 - 8:36 pm

Updated Thursday morning.

Boston Police report a man was found shot around 7:55 p.m. at W. 5 and Dorchester streets. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police found shell casings outside 235 W. 5, about a block away.

Because of the investigation, traffic was not allowed down the street and residents were not allowed out of their homes.

By - 4/9/14 - 7:45 pm
Five-alarm fire in East Boston

Fire jumping from car to house. Photo by Tammy.

An engine fire in a car parked next to 85 Lexington St. jumped to the house a foot away, causing an eight-alarm conflagration that also damaged two neighboring houses, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Firefighters, who started arriving around 7:20 p.m., were ordered out... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 6:58 pm
Roasted chicken

A concerned citizen complains about the stuff he or she is forever finding on a bench along the 44 bus route on Walnut Avenue in Roxbury:

This time it's a whole roasted chicken. BTW the 44 is so slow I think the chicken was alive when it started waiting.

By - 4/9/14 - 6:20 pm

Apparently, the people at Brandeis who decide these things haven't heard of Google and only decided not to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree after getting protests about the way she's described Islam as "a destructive, nihilistic cult of death."

Ali responded... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 6:10 pm
Keytar Bear and Simba

Steve Burns witnessed Keytar Bear meeting up with Simba the Lion at Park Street today.

Now if only Keytar Bear could pose with a turkey in front of a rainbow while a helicopter hovers overhead ...

By - 4/9/14 - 4:37 pm
Fire on Thomas Park

Thomas Park fire. Photo by Goes 2 Eleven.

The Boston Fire Department reports one resident suffered non-life-threatening burns when what turned into a two-alarm fire started at 52 Thomas Park around 4:20 p.m.

One firefighter suffered a shoulder injury, the department reports.

The fire, which started on a rear porch, consumed... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 4:29 pm

The Dorchester Reporter informs us that the detail cop outside the mayor's house on Tuttle Street in Dorchester noticed a suspicious guy skulking around down the street the other morning - turned out he had what police say were stolen goods.

And, yes, not long after the detail was lifted from Chesterfield Road in Readville, Angela Menino's rental vehicle was stolen from outside her and Tom's home.

By - 4/9/14 - 3:10 pm

A Hyde Park man scheduled for trial next week on car-theft charges was arrested Saturday after a man who had had his car stolen noticed the vehicle being driven down a Hyde Park street and started following it, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 2:57 pm

The mayor's office today announced a renamed and expanded wireless network which is aimed at providing free Internet access to residents and which could eventually wirelessly cover the city's 20 "Main Street" neighborhood commercial areas.

Already, an average of 9,800 people a day are using... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 1:35 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office said today it has dropped charges against a man charged with a February rape because of "a continued investigation that developed evidence to sugest he was not the assailant."

The man was arrested while playing basketball at a... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 12:08 pm

The city Parks and Recreation Department says it's installed a WiFi hotspot in the area of the boat house and bandstand.