West Roxbury Home Depot thief jumps into car, drives like maniac down parkway, gets boxed in by cops

A man who allegedly stole something from the Home Depot on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury around 8:45 p.m. jumped into his Passat and roared down the parkway inbound.

Cops on his tail spotted him speeding through two red lights before cops alerted to his presence down the road boxed him in by the Shell station and arrested his alleged GTA ass.

Charlestown to get small-plates and pizza place

City officials backed and praised efforts by two culinary entrepreneurs to open a restaurant on Bunker Hill Street that will focus on small-plate dishes and pizza.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve both a food-serving license for Brewer's Fork, 29 Bunker Hill St. and the request of owners John Paine and Michael Austin to buy the beer, wine and liqueurs license of a Japanese place in Chinatown for $75,000.

Touchy Thais: Crimson pulls article offline after author's life is threatened

Jim Romenesko notes a Harvard Crimson article that criticized a proposed Thai program at Harvard as a potential propaganda mill for the country's military junta was taken offline "due to concerns about the personal safety of the author" - in the form of a rather specific threat from a Thai microbiologist at UCLA.

Thai king has a rather personal connection to Harvard.

City council approves measure to bar police from holding people for Immigration for non-criminal reasons

The City Council today approved a "trust act" under which Boston Police would be barred from holding people on "civil detainer" requests from ICE.

The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh, who has said he would sign it.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) said the measure would prove welcome relief to many people in his district who today do not report crimes for fear of being held for ICE

Councilor vows to fight BPS plan to turn Dearborn into charter school

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says he will fight efforts by BPS to turn the impending brand-new Dearborn STEM School into a charter school when that would open it up to students across the city, rather than Roxbury students.

Jackson rejected a request from school officials to lobby state officials to change state charter laws to allow for charters that are not open to kids across the city, not after the council voted to approve seeking and spending money to completely rebuild the school on the assumption it would remain a district school.

Councilors blast BPS for failure of Madison Park High School

An angry Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) today demanded an in-depth audit of finances at the city's only vocational high school.

BPS "should be absolutely ashamed" that the school has 62 staff vacancies just two weeks before school opens, Jackson said today, calling for a hearing to consider the issue.

Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) agreed. "The situation at Madison is really at a crisis level," he said.

Council votes to ban parking-space saver app

The City Council today voted to ban a phone app that lets users notify other users of impending open parking spaces in Boston - and to back it up with fines of up to $250 per instance.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), who proposed the ordinance, admitted that he doesn't understand "all apps," but he understands this one just fine. "They were trying to buy and sell city property, which isn't there's to buy and sell," he said.

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