That train don't run by here no more

A number of train bridges cross Rte. 128, but as Chris Rich shows us in Waltham, not all are in use. This bridge is part of the Wayside Trail, which could one day become a pedestrian and bicycle path along the right of way of a long unused train line between Boston and Northampton.

Also see Rich's other photos from along the abandoned line.

Copyright Chris Rich. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

Citizen complaint of the day: Beer podcasters are the worst

An irate citizen complains about some neighbors on Charter Street in the North End:

Obnoxious 1st floor renters loudly taping beer rating podcast and making sexist jokes keeping folks awake, followed by marijuana smoke rising into our windows. Add to the list of problem north end properties. Absentee landlord...

Some city teen workers didn't get paid; city blames paperwork, computer goofs

A city fund that pays teens for summer jobs at local non-profit groups and city agencies didn't pay some teens for their first week of work.

In e-mail to supervisors at some of these agencies, the Boston Youth Fund said it failed to get time slips to some agencies in time for them to meet the deadline to get their teens paid. Then, the memo continues, a network problem meant many of those time slips couldn't be entered into the payroll system:

Gunfire shatters Saturday-morning calm along Norfolk Street

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:20

Police are looking for a man who apparently decided 10:20 on a Saturday morning was a good time to fire several rounds from his handgun up Stanton Street from Norfolk Street. He then ran down Stanton.

He's described as black, about 6' and heavyset, with facial hair, wearing a blue and red jacket and a baseball cap and carrying a black backpack.


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Flash fire in Jamaica Plain basement injures three workers; one firefighter also taken to the hospital

Three workers installing insulation at 109 Carolina Ave. in Jamaica Plain were injured when a fire erupted around 9:25 a.m. in a basement crawlspace. Initial reports were that a water heater exploded.

The Boston Fire Department reports two of the workers were burned. A firefighter responding to the scene was taken to the hospital with chest pains.

The department estimates damage at $100,000.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:30

Man gunned down by firing squad on wheels in the South End

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 02:44

Stanley Staco reports that around 2:45 a.m., people inside an SUV fired at least 16 shots at a man standing at Tremont and Aguadilla streets.

Boston Police report the man, in his early 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The scene is near where another man was shot in April, by somebody who may have fled in an SUV.


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