Tip, DNA lead authorities to identity of man whose body was found on Revere Beach two years ago

A man who told his family he was "going off the grid" and that they "would not see [him] again" has been identified through DNA evidence as the man whose partial remains were found on Revere Beach in 2014, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Because the man's death is not considered suspicious, the DA's office is not identifying him, except to say he was 31 and living in Cambridge at the time of his disappearance - but with ties to Oklahoma.

The DA's office adds he warned his family of his impending disappearance in a letter in 2013.

When his remains were found on the beach on April 30, 2014, he was wearing 30-inch-waist jeans with a black, braided leather belt and:

He was also wearing boxer shorts bearing an image resembling a Volkswagen Bug with a surfboard on its rooftop.

In 2015, a tipster contacted State Police to suggest the man might have been somebody who disappeared on Oct. 30, 2013. Armed with that information, the DA's office says, State Troopers were able to track down a Tulsa, OK, man who might have been his father, through a national missing-person database. The man provided a DNA sample that proved a familial match to DNA from the body in the beach, the DA's office says.

In a statement, DA Dan Conley says:

With their years of waiting and wondering at an end, I hope this man's loved ones can take some comfort knowing that their son and brother is at peace. I'm grateful to the State troopers, the NamUs personnel, and especially the Good Samaritan tipster involved in this investigation who helped bring answers to this young man's family.

Boston Latin parents rally for headmaster - and a voice in the school's future

Barbara Peterlin and Kristin Johnson at BLS rally.

Some 100 Boston Latin School parents and alumni - and some students - rallied on the steps of the school this morning to show their support for Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn - and to demand a seat at the table for discussions on selecting the next headmaster at the exam school.

Barbara Peterlin and Kristin Johnson, both parents, said parents need a voice in determining what's comes next, on behalf of 2,400 students who, they said, now have no idea of what to expect come September.

Parents, alumni and students, many clad in BLS purple, chanted "BLS! BLS!" and also the school motto - "Sumus Primi!" - after first applauding BLS teachers and staff for their work during a difficult week at the end of a difficult year.

Parents also took time to blast the press, urging the assembled members of the media to stop simplistically "misrepresenting" the school as a hotbed of racism.

Boston Latin parents and alumni at rally

Only two black parents attended the rally.

And not all parents are joining the call for Mooney Teta's and Flynn's resignations to be ripped up.

A group calling itself BLS Parents Promoting Equity and Diversity says its members are worried that the outcry over the resignations is overshadowing the legitimate issues raised earlier in the year by the Black at BLS protests. In a statement, group member, BLS parent and BLS alumna Karen Maziarz and other parents write parents should be working together to ensure all BLS students get "a positive learning experience:"

There may be those who are pleased with how things are going at BLS and with its leadership; however, that experience does not negate the lived realities of the students of color who have voiced concerns that are counter to that outlook.  To even suggest, as the outgoing assistant principal has done publicly since he offered his resignation, that there is no merit in any of these allegations or that all is well within BLS, is misguided and dangerous.

GE files first formal inklings of new Fort Point headquarters

General Electric on Thursday filed a letter of intent with the BRA to renovate two existing buildings on Necco Street and build a new 12-story building.

In its filing with the BRA - which will be followed within a couple months by more detailed plans and renderings - the company also said it will create roughly 1.3 acres of open space and make improvements to the Harborwalk along Fort Point Channel as part of it move to Boston - as well as creating a museum, a "maker space," a bistro-cafe and a coffee bar.

The letter says the company will link the existing 5 and 6 Necco streets with a new shared lobby and elevators "set within an atrium and winter garden." Nearby, it's planning a new 12-story, 293,000-square foot building, connected to the older buildings by a pedestrian bridge over what it's calling GE Plaza - a new walkway from Necco Street to the water.

GE letter of intent (880k PDF).

Bicyclist dies after being hit by truck in Cambridge

Amanda Phillips, 27, of Cambridge, died today after being struck by a landscaping truck at Hampshire and Cambridge streets in Inman Square, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office and Cambridge Police report.

Phillips was hit around 12:17 p.m. and was taken to Massachusetts General, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities said their investigation into the crash is "open and active."

Charlie now rides forever 'neath the streets of Cambridge thanks to the Red Line

At 4:49 p.m., Brian Jacobel issued a plaintive cry for help from Red Line car 01729:

The doors never opened at Harvard, we just rolled out to Porter and tons of people couldn’t get off.

Followed one minute later by a pair of tweets from Porter Square:

doing it at Porter now too.

people are freaking out.

Two minutes later the T responded it was sending officials out to take a look. We haven't heard back from Brian, so don't know if we should head down to Scollay Square station Government Center with a sandwich tomorrow at quarter past two.

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