Police investigate whether bouncers at a Revere strip club beat a man into unconsciousness

Revere and State Police are investigating how a New Jersy man wound up on the ground, unconscious and with a serious head injury, after an apparent fight outside the Squire on Squire Road last night, according to Revere Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:

The preliminary investigation suggests that a 29-year-old New Jersey man was escorted from The Squire at about 10:00 last night. Said to be intoxicated inside the establishment, the man became involved in a physical altercation with several members of club staff outside. A Revere Police officer observed a group gathered outside and stopped to investigate. He found the victim unconscious on the ground, and the man was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of a serious head injury. As of early this morning, he was listed in serious but stable condition.

If you know anything, you can call Revere Police detectives at 781-286-8340 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.

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Roslindale casts wary eye at Forest Hills; residents wonder if they're next

For the second time this month, a community meeting on a proposed Roslindale development that would be small by South Boston or Forest Hills standards raised fears that Roslindale is about to be rushed by developers who will try to completely overwhelm the neighborhood with projects far denser than allowed under a rezoning plan worked out by residents and the city only a few years ago.

At least this time, the developer had some good news for neighbors: Tony Ferrara told about 30 residents, gathered at the Sons of Italy hall, that he will not tear down the large house at the top of the hill at 175 Poplar St. where Mary Baker Eddy briefly worked and lived.

Neighbors of the large house, who include City Council President Michelle Wu, agreed to postpone a hearing on the house before the city Landmarks Commission scheduled for mid-October for at least two months to try to work with Ferrara on a proposal that would keep the house, now divided into four condos, and build up to five additional units - four in two townhouse condos, one as a single-family house - on the 39,000-square-foot parcel.

Residents had sought the hearing to try for official landmark status to protect the house and its leafy property after Ferrara filed for a demolition permit this summer. They said tonight they would still need to see detailed plans for the new units on the relatively steep hill and for the trees that Ferrara would try to keep before agreeing to back his plans before the Boston Planning and Development Agency - what the BRA is now calling itself - and the Zoning Board of Appeals, where his current plans would require a use variance - but would meet zoning requirements for height and setback.

Several residents pointed to the possible look of the new buildings Ferrara might put on the Poplar Street land as a key factor for them - they don't want that clapboard stuff going up on apartment buildings across the city, but instead something that looks like all the old houses along Poplar and Augustus.

Well, except for Joe Cappuccio of Augustus Avenue, who said he's fought three times since the 1940s with developers who wanted to tear the big old house down and who said he would fight whatever Ferrara proposes. Noting that Ferrara lives in West Roxbury, Capppuccio told him: "There's plenty of land you can build on there. Go to West Roxbury where you belong!"

Ferrara said he is giving up one of the total of ten new units he could put on the land under its existing zoning to work with neighbors to preserve the unique property. But Wu told residents they should look out for what's best for them, not worry about what a developer says is necessary to make a project economically viable for him.

Wu said she's hearing from all over the city that negotiations between developers and residents are starting from the developer's financial minimums, not what's best for their neighborhoods.

It's a particularly sensitive issue in Roslindale, where residents and Menino-administration officials spent long hours coming up with a new zoning map for the neighborhood that preserved the less dense nature of the area while still allowing for some commercial and residential development.

Dennis Kirkpatrick, who worked on that effort, warned that Roslindale is in danger of being subsumed by developers who aren't content to live within the neighborhood's zoning and are beginning to start "stripping this community of the zoning that has kept Roslindale what it is."

He pointed to the demolition of two houses on Taft Hill Terrace to make way for a new condo project and a proposal on Cummins Highway to tear down a three-family house to make way for a four-story, 14-unit apartment building - which would require several zoning variances for being too tall, too dense and too close to neighboring properties.

Given the BRA/BPDA's penchant for approving dense projects and then backing them before the zoning board, he worried Roslindale could one day become as dense as the South End - something he said people moved to Roslindale to escape. "It's not going to be quirky Roslindale anymore," he said.

The largest current proposal for Roslindale is a 137-unit apartment complex on Walk Hill Street, off American Legion Highway.

Cathy Slade, president of the Roslindale Historical Society, had something even closer to worry about: The massive apartment projects along Washington Street in Forest Hills, where she said the BRA approved "boxes with punched out windows" that she said are "ugly as hell."

At a meeting last week on the Cummins Highway proposal, residents expressed similar concerns about the neighborhood's future - and also pointed to Forest Hills as something they don't want Roslindale to turn into.

In that case, the developer, City Realty, agreed to consider a request from residents to take a floor off the four-story proposal.

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DA: Man was shot to death in argument he started with another man over an old flame

Ed. note: Story rewritten to reflect what the DA said, not what the reporter stupidly thought he'd read.

Rogers Jordan shot Jermaine Good to death after Good showed up at Jordan's Doone Avenue apartment in June and started an argument over a former girlfriend who was staying with Jordan, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.

Jodran, 51, was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment on first-degree murder in Suffolk Superior Court for the death of Good, 43.

According to the DA's office:

Evidence collected over the course of a three-month investigation suggests that Good was upset that a former girlfriend was staying at Jordan’s Doone Avenue apartment when he arrived at the apartment on June 24. Jordan and the woman were not involved in a romantic relationship. Prosecutors say Good and Jordan became involved in a confrontation in the street, during which Jordan allegedly shot Good multiple times.

Innocent, etc.

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Another bit of old Chinatown going away

Adam Cheung reports Sun Sun Supermarket on Oxford Street is closing.

Sun Sun was one of the first Chinese Supermarkets in Boston's Chinatown if not the first. And it is one of the last old school style mom and pop supermarkets to last.

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Councilor honking mad about all those goddamn geese

Blame Canada geese: The honey badgers of the avian world.

Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George refuses to duck the issue any longer: Boston has become infested by Canada geese that befoul our parks, sidewalks and waterways and chase after other animals, little children and even small adults.

In a request to fellow councilors for a formal hearing on what to do about the fowl beasts, Essaibi-George writes each bird can "produce as much as three pounds of fecal matter every day, causing little league teams to spend time cleaning fields, dog owners to clean goose feces from their pets’ paws, and walkers to walk in the street to avoid fouled sidewalks."

Also, they're territorial as all get-out and that makes them a menace to "other wildlife, children and small adults, hissing and even slapping and biting."

She notes that in Washington, the National Park Service has successfully used border collies to "haze" the birds away from the National Mall.

The council will consider her request at its regular meeting tomorrow, which starts at noon in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

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Proposed Children's expansion giving regulators palpitations

The Boston Business Journal reports state health-care regulators are beginning to question whether the hospital's proposed $1-billion expansion could put another hospital out of business.

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Call an elected official a drug-using asshole all you want, but leave his spouse out of it, court rules

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that obnoxious comments, including invective-laced allegations of criminal wrongdoing and affairs with subordinates, are "protected speech" under the First Amendment when included in letters addressed to an elected official. But put the same comments in a letter to his wife, ask her if she's going to get plastic surgery when she goes into hiding after being run out of town, and you're treading on thin ice.

The ruling comes in the case of Harvey Bigelow of Rehoboth, convicted of harassing Rehoboth Selectman Michael Costello and his wife in a series of five letters in 2011 that addressed the selectman as "the biggest fucking loser I have ever met," a drunken drug user would soon be arrested at town meeting and sent to prison because he's "a fucking asshole" and "not even close to being capable in any way to be a selectman, never mind a floor sweeper."

The court reversed Bigelow's convictions for harassing Costello. But it ordered a new trial for the charges of harassing Susan Costello because of what it said was a critical mistake by the judge in directions to the jury.

Because Bigelow never took physical actions against the Costellos, the court had to weigh the First Amendment against the state harassment law. The court said it was throwing out Bigelow's conviction for going after Costello because the First Amendment protects even coarse speech against elected officials and because it was not convinced Bigelow met all the criteria for criminal harassment under state law.

The judges wrote that only two of the five letters were specifically addressed to Costello - the rest were addressed to his wife or to his wife and him - and state law requires at least three instances of harassment. Also, the "serious alarm" Costello testified he felt - another requirement - was related solely to the fact that the letters made his wife so horrified she couldn't sleep and wanted to move out of town, not to any feelings of being unsafe he had himself.

[W]hen those letters that were arguably "directed at" ... or targeted Michael are considered, their central thrust is criticism of him as a selectman in the town; the personal insults and allegations concerning Michael's alleged criminal past and sexual improprieties appear to be intended to persuade him to resign from his elected position. Because these letters were directed at an elected political official and primarily discuss issues of public concern -- Michael's qualifications for and performance as a selectman -- the letters fall within the category of constitutionally protected political speech at the core of the First Amendment.

His wife, however, is another matter, the court continued. She was not an elected official, held no public role and had a legitimate fear of being harmed in her own home, the court said:

These three letters [addressed to her] contained vulgar and hateful insults and comments that in their choice of language and their repetitive nature were disturbing, reflecting what could be found to be an obsessive interest in private matters relating to Susan -- especially her marital relationship. But more to the point, some of the specific comments in the letters, such as Susan's possible future need to have plastic surgery to change her appearance as a self-protective measure, her current need to move out of their home, provocative warnings to Susan about attending town meetings, and the reference to Michael having burned the home of his first wife with her in it, by themselves could be found to qualify as expressing a danger to Susan's personal safety, especially in her home. ...

The anonymity of the letters made evaluation of the sender's intent impossible, and therefore could be found to have greatly increased the letters' potential to instill in Susan a fear of future harm, including physical harm, being visited on her in her home. ...

As part of the contextual analysis, an individual's right "to be let alone" in her home is relevant. ... Not being a public official, Susan's right of
privacy in her home was substantial. ... The repetitive mailing of anonymous letters to Susan's home -- indicating, obviously, that the sender knew where she lived -– could reasonably be found by a jury as supporting and indeed amplifying the message of threat to Susan's personal safety that the three letters contained.

The court sent the charge for the letters addressed to Susan Costello back to a lower court for a re-trial however, because they concluded the judge in the initial case - who sentenced Bigelow to a year of probation and ordered him to write an apology letter - did not adequately explain the various facets of the haraassment law and the First Amendment to the jury.

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BRA rebrands with forward-facing name

Meet the Boston Planning and Development Agency. And try to say BPDA three times fast.

We established a brand strategy that reflects the organizational reforms underway and will inspire greater trust and confidence from the people it serves - the residents and community members of Boston. ...

As we change internally, we need to change externally as well. Our logo has been around since we were founded in 1957, and doesn’t accurately describe us as we are now, and how we plan to be in the future. It’s overdue for a reboot. Updating our logo will signal to the community that we’ve changed - and to us that we must continually fulfill our new brand promise.

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Man charged with murder of father of two in Mattapan

Rogers Jordan, 51, faces arraignment today for the shooting death of Jermaine Good on Doone Avenue in Mattapan on June 24.

Jordan was arrested yesterday after a Suffolk County grand jury indicted him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

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Man shot to death in Bromley-Heath

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 01:05

A man was fatally shot four times in the upper body shortly around 1 a.m. at 267 Centre St. in the Mildred Hailey Apartments, formerly Bromley-Heath, Kevin Wiles, Jr. and 617 Images report. Boston Police report the victim was in his early 40s.

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