Ars Technica explains the current state of the technology:
Despite advances in the technology, systems are only as good as the data they're given to work with. Real life isn't like anything you may have seen on NCIS or Hawaii Five-0. Simply put, facial recognition isn't an instantaneous, magical process. Video from a gas station surveillance camera or a police CCTV camera on some lamppost cannot suddenly be turned into a high-resolution image of a suspect's face that can then be thrown against a drivers' license photo database to spit out an instant match.
Via Howard Castro.
The Federal Aviation Administration knows what’s up there but it’s not telling the public.
A slew of Quincy residents have been complaining and calling police and the city about an aircraft that appeared about two weeks ago and has been taking wide, repeated loops in the air, between about 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Residents from Wollaston to West Quincy describe a low-pitch humming sound coming from the aircraft. Some have said it’s reminiscent of a drone, which is an unmanned aircraft operated by remote control.
“It’s not a drone,” FAA spokesman Jim Peters said. “It’s an authorized flight and we are aware of it.”
One floor of the city office building at 1010 Massachusetts Ave. was evacuated this afternoon after a worker in the Fire Prevention office opened an envelope "containing a powder substance," the Boston Fire Department reports.
Workers on other floors of the six-story building were told to stay in their offices after the 1 p.m. incident. Mass. Ave. in front of the building was shut down.
The building houses a number of city departments, including Inspectional Services, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Boston Police are being brought into the investigation.
Davis: We can do more to protect large public events, but not at cost of turning into a police stateBy adamg - 5/9/13 - 1:25 pm
Police Commissioner Ed Davis testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security today. Among his conclusions:
The Dorchester Reporter posts a statement from the Richard family of Dorchester.
As of 11:20 a.m., the site already showed $7,225 in pledges toward a goal of $10,000.
Although police have a possible suspect in the case, they have yet to announce an arrest.
Specifically, in not finding the nearest dumpster and tossing a certain Globe columnist into it headfirst after said columnist (one guess which one) accused him of taking steroids because, after all, he's old and Dominican (yes, he went there). Not linking to the column because I don't feel like giving him my two cents worth of Web traffic, but it should be easy enough to find for anybody who can log into bostonglobe.com.
Update: The Globe reports the victim, 12, died.
A pedestrian was hit by a van shortly after 7 a.m. on Cambridge Street near the intersection with Brighton Avenue, right by the fire station. Scott Eisen reports the person was in "traumatic arrest," which is not a good sign.
Traffic quickly gridlocked as police closed streets to allow EMTs to care for the victim and so that they could investigate what happened.
The total numbers may be small, but they're trending upward: The latest statistics from Boston Police show 76 people were shot in Boston between Jan. 1 and May 7 - a 41% increase over the same period last year.
The 13 fatal shootings we've had this year are up 2 from last year. We've also seen more arrests for gun possession - 143 vs. 117 last year.
Through May 7, we've had 17 murders (which includes the three people who died in the Marathon bombings), compared to 16 last year. Overall, however, major crime - from purse snatchings and car breakins to rape and murder - is down 12% from the year before.
WBZ reports some girl up in Salem now faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer for allegedly attacking a cop in the local police station with an eyeliner pencil. The officer was taken to the hospital with an unspecified injury from the attack but is expected to survive.
City Councilor Sal LaMattina (East Boston, North End) warns our status as a world-class city is threatened by inadequate funding for our parks:
I know that we recognize that protecting, preserving and improving our parks is vital to continuing to grow Boston's population and maintaining our status as a world class city.
Mibsam Wiggins, 23, of Roxbury was one of the two men shot to death while sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Warren Street Walgreens last week.
Wiggins's mother, Melinda Stewart, writes:
The family of Mibsam Wiggins is reaching out to the community in hopes of raising donations to assist with the cost of his burial. Despite the tremendous loss to our family and community we know that he is at peace in his new home with the Lord. We know that he is in a place where there is no more struggling, no pain, and he is not suffering any longer. Please consider helping our family lay Mibsam to rest. The Mibasm Wiggins Fund was established at TD Bank: Any TD Bank branch location will accept donations to this fund. Mibsam is the son of Melinda Stewart.
In an interview with the Herald today, Tina Chery, founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, discusses her so far fruitless efforts to set up a fund to help Bostonians with children murdered in street violence pay to bury those children.
By a 9-4 vote, the City Council today approved an ordinance that requires owners of commercial buildings larger than 35,000 square feet and residential buildings with more than 35 units to file annual reports with the city on their resource consumption - along with their annual emissions of greenhouse gases.
The goal of the new law is to help curb greenhouse emissions and just make Boston a more resource-efficient kind of place.
Court: Cops should always cross their Ts in search-warrant requests, but failing to do so doesn't necessarily rule out drugs they findBy adamg - 5/8/13 - 11:15 am
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors could use heroin seized from a Forest Hills home as evidence against three men charged with selling it, even though a BPD detective's request for a search warrant for the home wasn't really as detailed as it should have been.
Updated Wednesday morning.
A man was shot in the chest and stomach around 10:15 p.m. at 85 Monument St.
Friends are mourning the loss of Steven Jones, Boston's fifth murder victim since the Marathon.
Boston Police report Jones, found outside, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police were looking for a Hispanic man, 5'9", skinny, 20-23, in beige shorts and with tattoos across his stomach. He was accompanied by two women.