Time for Emerson College to have its own T stop, some students say

If BU and Northeastern have Green Line stops named for them, why not Emerson? Three students in a civic design and art class at Emerson have collected more than 700 names on an online petition urging the T to rename the Boylston stop as Emerson College.

We primarily want to change the name of the station to Emerson College, to signify the college area. ... We then hope to brighten up the structure and make it look more appealing by adding color and art installations. We want to add artwork over the station to represent our students’ creativity. We overall want to make it clear for commuters where they are in Boston when getting of the T station, and as students of Emerson College, we want to have a T station represent our school, campus and student body.

The last time the T changed a stop name was in 2010, when New England Medical Center on the Orange Line became Tufts Medical Center - after Tufts agreed to pay the T $150,000 to revamp not just the signs at the station but every single subway map in the system.

Rally to save health care overflows Faneuil Hall

Thousands showed up at Faneuil Hall for a rally to save the ACA today, as Molly Lanzarotta shows us.

"When they say repeal, we say resist and reclaim," Sen. Ed Markey said.

Police: Guy with loaded gun arrested at Theater District club recently ordered to be shut down

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Boston Police report arresting a New Hampshire man on gun charges early this morning at Icon on Warrenton Street. Read more.

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Roslindale substation back in business for first time in 45 years, this time as a craft-beer store, with restaurant to follow

Making a sale in the substation.

Roslindale substation back in business for first time in 45 years, this time as a craft-beer store, with restaurant to follow

Roslindale residents, city politicians and Keytar Bear gathered this morning at the old Boston Elevated substation to formally open the new Craft Beer Cellar and to take a look at the state of the cavernous main space, which will become a Chris Douglass restaurant called the Third Rail.

Even before the official ribbon cutting, business was brisk at the shop - actually located in the building's cellar - as residents stocked up on beers. Mayor Walsh joked it was a good thing owner Bryan Reeves opened his doors at 11 a.m. - people would have enough time to drink their first rounds, then come back for more for the Patriots game.

The opening was particularly sweet for Adam Rogoff and other members of a residents group that first started trying to do something with the abandoned station - which once powered the trolleys that used to run along Washington Street and Cummins Highway - some 14 years ago.

Historic Boston, Inc. and the Peregrine Group teamed up on the $4.8-million rebab of the 105-year-old substation, which will be paid for in part by the 49-unit apartment building that now wraps around the substation

Reeves cuts the ceremonial ribbon with help from Mayor Walsh, City Councilor Tim McCarthy, state Rep. Liz Malia and state Sen. Mike Rush:

Ribbon cutting

Green Monsta beer is local beer and local beer is fresh:

Local beer
Local beer

They left the hook - which in its day could hold 25 tons:

Hook

Long boarded-up windows have been replaced:

Substation windows

The main doors are 18 feet high and 6 1/2 feet wide:

Substation doors

Plenty of space for a restaurant:

Substation space

Keytar Beer Bear:

Keytar Bear

Two cars crash, one hits T bus in Chelsea; car driver leaves on foot

Chelsea and Transit Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash that involved an MBTA bus on the Chelsea side of the Meridian Street Bridge shortly after 10:30 p.m., Only in Chelsea reports.

Nobody on the bus was injured, but the driver of the car that may have caused the crash fled on foot, possibly into East Boston, possibly with a head injury.

The bridge was shut from East Boston into Chelsea.

One dead, one injured in Chelsea shootings

WCVB reports one teen is dead, another with a gunshot wound to the foot following a fusillade of bullets at Shurtleff and Bellingham streets around 5:30 p.m.

Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office have released a surveillance photo of a car sought in connection with the shootings. It's described as silver or gray, possibly an older model Honda. If you think you've seen it, contact Chelsea Police at 617-466-4880 or State Police at 617-727-8817

Citing privacy concerns, BPD cancels plans to buy software to monitor social media for now

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced tonight that he has canceled plans to buy software that would let the department monitor social media for potential public-safety threats and ferret out Internet-based crimes because the offerings the department was considering are overkill and raised privacy issues.

Moving forward, we will continue the process of inspecting what is available and ensuring that it meets the needs of the department while protecting the privacy of the public.

Evans said he will work with City Councilor Andrea Campbell (Dorchester), who chairs the council's public-safety committee, on hearings to better gauge public concerns and help draft a proposal for social-media monitoring that would protect both the public and the privacy rights of citizens.

At the same time, he instructed the Boston Regional Intelligence Center - the department's intelligence unit - to "consider re-drafting the request for proposals to ensure that the Department acquires the appropriate level of technology, while also protecting the privacy of the public."

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