The Herald reports longtime political fixer Michael Goldman is now "troubleshooting the media" for the mayor when they cover the ongoing Boston Latin School issue. City Hall and the Bolling Building both insist, however, that Goldman has absolutely no access to confidential records, so we guess we'll just need to keep speculating on who might have leaked confidential student disciplinary information to the Globe on Friday.
The Cambridge Civic Journal reports the Cambridge City Council today hears a proposal to essentially ban the sale of all animals except fish in local pet stores - unless the animals come from local shelters.
In March, the Boston City Council approved a ban on the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from non-shelter sources at stores and a ban on their sale from the back of vans by the side of the road.
Across the river, some city officials say that's good as far as it goes, but that smaller furry animals - and animals without any fur - deserve similar protection:
Many people are aware of the terrible conditions in which large-scale breeders house and breed dogs and cats, but are unaware that the same terrible conditions effect birds, reptiles, and small mammals - conditions that often violate the federal Animal Welfare Act. ... The law protects dogs, cats, and other mammals, birds and cold-blooded animals bred for the pet trade lack even these minimal protections and are completely unregulated under the Animal Welfare Act; and animals sourced from these breeders have high instances of disease, genetic disorders, and behavioral challenges. ... The MSPCA takes in hundreds of animals each year who were acquired at pet stores as consumers, unaware of hidden problems, are often unprepared and unable to spend the time and money required to properly care for these animals.
A North End man faces arraignment tomorrow on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and wearing a bulletproof vest in the commission of a felony for an incident early this morning on Cooper Street. Read more.
A fire that started on the first floor, then spread up the outside walls of 27 Linden St. in Allston, displaced 13 people and did an estimated $750,000 in damage but caused no injuries, the Boston Fire Department reports.
Firefighters responded to what became a three-alarm fire at 7:11 p.m.
Fire investigators are on scene to determine a cause.
UPDATE: WCVB reports police have found the parents but add the child remains in DCF care.
Boston Police are seeking the public's help to find the parents or guardians of Adriel, a boy believed to be two or three who was found alone at Ryan Playground, 310 River St. in Mattapan around 6:30 p.m. yesterday.
"At this time, no one has come forward to report him missing," police say today. He's about 30 lbs. and was wearing a gray T-shirt and riding a red tricycle. He's currently under DCF care, police say.
Anybody with information can contact DCF at 617-640-1825 or B-3 Detectives at 617-343-4712 - or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).