By - 6/20/16 - 11:54 pm
Aftermath of fire on Saratoga Street in East Boston

Fire aftermath. Photo by BFD.

Boston firefighters arrived at 784 Saratoga St. around 11:40 p.m. for what turned into a two-alarm fire that burned the building's rear porches. The fire appeared to be knocked down around midnight.

The Boston Fire Department reports 13 residents were displaced and estimated damage at $150,000. The cause is under investigation.

By - 6/20/16 - 11:46 pm

Around 11:30 p.m. in the area of Huntington Avenue and Mission Street. One was grazed in the hip.

By - 6/20/16 - 11:36 pm

Police found the man shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Sterling Square, although he may have been shot nearby off O'Callaghan Way.

By - 6/20/16 - 10:44 pm
Strawberry moon over Pleasure Bay in South Boston

Nick Cosky watched the strawberry moon over Spectacle Island and Pleasure Bay this evening.

By - 6/20/16 - 10:33 pm

Boston Police report a woman walking with her guide dog was indecently assaulted at Beacon and Bowdoin streets around 10:05 a.m. today.

Anybody who saw something can contact detectives at 617-343-4400 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 6/20/16 - 10:32 pm
Cows

There's only so much keyboarding you can do on a warm porch, so sometimes you just have to shut the lid on the laptop, gather the family and drive down to Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon for some ice cream and cows.

By - 6/20/16 - 10:27 pm
Car with no wheels and obscenities scratched on it in Charlestown

When Rob O'Brien spotted this car without wheels in Monument Square in Charlestown tonight, he thought it might be related to another wheel theft in the area a few weeks ago. But then he noticed the keying and the "Fuck You" scratched into the paint and wondered if maybe this one was personal.

By - 6/20/16 - 8:01 pm

State transportation officials signed off today on a $20.4-million reconstruction project along a bicycle-unfriendly stretch of Commonwealth Avenue that will include dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of the road and wider sidewalks on both sides. Read more.

By - 6/20/16 - 7:49 pm

A former employee of the Suffolk University registrar's office admitted today she gave herself an A in a class she never actually took - business ethics - and passing grades in other classes so she could get federal student loans, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By - 6/20/16 - 6:37 pm
Helipad atop Motor Mart garage in Park Square, Boston

The Motor Mart garage roof in Park Square served as a helipad in 1947. Photo by Leslie Jones.

The city won't build GE a helipad without scrutiny from the City Council. On Wednesday, the council formally votes to approve at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty's proposal for a hearing on the city's proposal for a public helipad somewhere closer to GE's impending Fort Point headquarters. Read more.

By - 6/20/16 - 12:29 pm

Lurchie forwards a message from a West Cambridge neighborhood listserve this morning: "Very large tortoise, Bling, has escaped his yard" on Holworthy Street.

Meet Bling.

By - 6/20/16 - 12:11 pm
Melted ad in South Boston

A peeved citizen is unlikely to patronize the Dorchester Street laundry that left a flier on his or her car:

[They] left a flier on my car windshield that now has melted and cannot get off. Who should I report to that they are defacing my private property?

By - 6/20/16 - 11:16 am
Old laboratory in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 6/20/16 - 11:10 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors can't use a gun as evidence against a man charged with illegal gun possession because the Boston police officers who found the weapon after stopping the car he was in for speeding failed to provide enough evidence the car was going too fast. Read more.

By - 6/20/16 - 9:24 am

Robert Winters alerts us that the Cambridge City Council today will consider a proposal that would require property owners to phase in less bright and more energy efficient outdoor light bulbs and ones that restrict the light they beam upward. Flashing signs would be banned altogether. Read more.

By - 6/20/16 - 12:20 am

Jamaica Plain News roots out the news that researchers have discovered a previously unknown species of truffles in our very own Arnold Arboretum. No word when we can expect truffles-mad pigs to start snouting around the grounds.

By - 6/20/16 - 12:02 am

State Police report arresting a man they say attacked a group of beachgoers this afternoon with both a hammer and racial slurs. Read more.

By - 6/19/16 - 10:43 pm
Sunset over Dorchester Heights, South Boston

Nick Cosky watched the sun go down this evening from Dorchester Heights.