Now you can ring up your CharlieCard expenses

MBTAgifts has started selling Sesame Rings, which let you store your CharlieCard data on a ring, instead of on some boring old plastic card.

Last year, a group of MIT students launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them commercialize the rings.

THERE IS NO VALUE ON THE RING AS SOLD. Value must be added at a CharlieCard machine at an MBTA station.

Man on foot dies trying to get across turnpike onramp in Allston

A 26-year-old man tried getting from one side of the Cambridge Street turnpike onramp to the other last night but didn't make it, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The man was hit by a Camry whose driver remained on the scene and showed no signs of impairment, the DA's office says. Although state troopers continue to investigate the crash, no charges have been filed at this point.

When life gives you Glenn Beck fans, make lemonade

Seems Beck has been making an issue of how Salem canceled a contract with anti-gay Gordon College several weeks early and his fans have been flooding Mayor Kim Driscoll with angry, sputtering phone calls. Driscoll's response: For every call, she'll donate $5 to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.

When pizza franchisees go rogue, they get sued

West Roxbury-based Pizzeria Uno is suing the owners of five of its franchises in Puerto Rico (yes, you can fly all the way to Puerto Rico and eat the same pizza you'd normally eat in Dedham) on charges they stopped paying franchise and advertising fees last year.

Uno's suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, seeks nearly $500,000 in back payments, plus penalties and lawyers' fees.

Audit: Boston Redevelopment Authority? Kinda more like Broken Redevelopment Authority

An audit of the BRA found an agency still tracking billions of dollars worth of project on paper, unable to say if developers are building or paying for the affordable housing they committed to and losing out in millions of dollars in revenue on back rent on property it owns and on fees developers are supposed to pay when they refinance BRA-approved projects.

School officials consider keeping seventh graders on school buses for another year

Correction: The School Committee took no action tonight.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough told the School Committee tonight he's looking at a two-year phase-in for a plan to move seventh and eighth graders who need transportation to and from school from school buses to the T - as first proposed by Mayor Walsh:

This may be a good way to implement a good policy by beginning with MBTA service for the 8th grade this year and then 7th and 8th grade in the following school year. We expect to have updates on this for you later this month.

Woman robbed at gunpoint in the South End

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:55

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Concord Square between Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street.

The robber, who took her purse and phone, was described as black, 6', slim, bearded, wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans and holding a silver handgun. He ran towards Tremont.

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