Where the fallout shelters used to be

Fallout Five Zero, compiled on the 50th anniversary of public fallout shelters, in 2011, lists the locations of former fallout shelters in Boston and Quincy - some of which still have those fading yellow-and-black signs alerting the public where to take shelter in the event of an actual emergency.

Most would, of course, be fairly useless these days.

Police say drunk Randolph man fired gun into air in argument outside Leather District restaurant

Boston Police report arresting a man with a valid gun license but not a valid reason for firing it early this morning outside Savvor Restaurant and Lounge, 180 Lincoln St. Read more.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:15

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King's link to Boston's past

Theodore Parker lecturing in 1856.

Martin Luther King's connections to Boston are well known: He got his PhD in religion at Boston University while living on Mass. Ave. in the South End, met his wife here, later returned for a march from Roxbury to downtown.

But King's connections go further, back into Boston's history as a center of the abolition movement before the Civil War.

One of King's more quoted sayings is that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

In his original use of the phrase, he put it inside quotation marks because he was paraphrasing Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister from West Roxbury who got kicked out the Unitarian church (the church later reconciled with him), started his own congregation in Boston and became active in the abolition movement (in fact, was indicted for his role in trying to keep Anthony Burns, an escaped slave in Boston from being sent back South).

In 1853, Parker published a collection of sermons, including one titled Of Justice and the Conscience, in which he wrote:

Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can devine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

Image from the Illustrated London News, Sept. 27, 1856, from the Library of Congress.

Mattapan triple decker erupts in flames

Boston firefighters responded around 11 p.m. to 14 Evelyn St. for what turned into a two-alarm fire that displaced 14 residents and sent one firefighter to the hospital with a shoulder injury.

The Boston Fire Department reports fire was showing from the second floor when firefighters arrived.

Damage was estimated at $500,000. The cause remains under investigation.

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 23:10

Gronk's life tips

Wouldn't it be cool if the Patriots win the Super Bowl again and they do a follow-up ad?

Rob Gronkowski, you've just won the Super Bowl? What are you doing now?

NOT EATING TIDE PODS!

Knitting up a storm for people who need to keep warm in Copley Square

Rachel Kohn reports volunteers left dozens of hand-knitted hats, scarves and gloves in Copley Square today for anybody who might need them.

They're the work of Chase the Chill Boston, a group of local stitchers who:

Work independently throughout the year and then come together to paint the town with yarn; yarn that has been crafted into hats, scarves, and mittens, draped on signs, poles and benches so that those in need can help themselves.

Scarf and hat on Hare statue in Copley Square

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