Lawyer: Restaurant with the same name as an infamous Boston riot isn't named after the riot

Seth Barnett, lawyer for the company that owns the now closed Blue, Inc. on Broad Street, came prepared to a Boston Licensing Board hearing today: He figured somebody would ask why his client would want to name the replacement restaurant after the Broad Street Riot.

And, indeed, board member Milton Wright asked what the deal was with wanting to name the place Broad Street Riot.

Minivan flips, man trapped

A minivan rolled down an inclined driveway on Englewood Avenue in Brighton this morning, flipping on its side on the street and trapping its driver inside, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The department says firefighters arrived around 6:15 a.m. to find the man trapped, his leg outside the minivan. Firefighters were able to extricate him with the help of Jaws of Life and hand him over to EMS for evaluation and transport to a local hospital.

Court ruling could help loosen state control over billboards along state highways

A federal appeals court ruled today that the First Amendment trumps a state law that lets officials order the removal of billboards along highways.

The ruling means a billboard company can continue a lawsuit over the regulations even though the state has never ordered any of its billboards removed.

A lower-court judge had dismissed Van Wagner Communications suit against the state Department of Transportation and the state Office of Outdoor Advertising for lack of standing, because the state had never rejected any of the company's 70 requests for billboard permits.

Man pleads guilty to 1992 Savin Hill rape after DNA evidence linked him to the crime

A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill T stop on Oct. 30, 1992.

Terry Abercrombie, now 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run by the FBI found a match with DNA evidence the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had submitted to the database in 2006.

DA Dan Conley said the DNA match and additional evidence convinced Abercrombie to plead guilty.

State to likely go with cheapest bidder to replace Orange, Red Line trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

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