Boston Police report an officer working a detail prevented a man with a long record of not being very good at bank robbery from robbing the City of Boston Credit Union on Spring Street this afternoon. Read more.
At 10 p.m. on Friday, the last toll will be collected by hand somewhere along the turnpike and the new electronic system gets turned on.
MassDOT announced today that people who get on the turnpike without a transponder after 10 p.m. on Friday will get mailed bills without a surcharge for the next six months. After that, they'll get bills with an extra fee for not using a transponder.
Drivers are cautioned that beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, the 15 mph speed limit that exists today at toll plazas will stay in effect through November 22, as construction crews shift the traffic patterns and begin the process of demolishing the center areas of existing toll plazas and reconstructing the roadways in those center areas. Drivers should allow extra time to reach destinations, consider traveling by mass transit if possible, and obey directions on posted signs and by law enforcement officers who will be present.
WFXT, meanwhile, reports the reason the driver couldn't open the doors all at once was because the train was not fully in the station - and that the T is sending him to reeducation because he should have gotten on the PA and told riders he was going to have to open each door individually.
Developer Mark Edwards has filed plans with the BPDA for a 150-unit building - with 70 marketed as "workforce" housing for middle-income residents - at Dorchester Avenue and B Street in South Boston.
The proposed Chandlery building - named as an homage to the marine-supply business it would replace - will have 120 parking spaces. The Ultimate martial-arts gym will stay on the site; new retail space will occupy the first floor.
Some 97 of the units will have one bedroom, with the rest split between studios and two-bedroom units. No three-bedroom units are planned.
The Chandlery will become the highly visible entry point into the South Boston neighborhood. It will provide a contemporary character to the currently-revitalizing Dorchester Avenue corridor. ...
The rooftop deck is designed take advantage of unobstructed views of Downtown Boston, Boston Harbor, and points south and east. The contemporary structure will respect the architectural detailing of the adjacent buildings, and will incorporate brick, glass and metal panel elements into the faÃ§ade. ...
The Project's name, The Chandlery, acknowledges the site's current use as a premiere marine and industrial supplier (historically known as a ship chandlery), and reflects the owner's 80-year family history in the local chandlery business. The building's notable five-foot curved cornice is reminiscent of marine bulwarks as a gesture to the Project's nautical heritage.
City Hall says this makes Boston the first "major" US city to turn its Web site into an open-source project. Officials emphasize the code - based on open-source Drupal software - contains no sensitive data.
Mainebiz reports the Maine Military Authority has laid off the 35 workers who were supposed to be rehabbing MBTA buses because for some reason the T doesn't want to pay more for the work just because the authority screwed up and lowballed itself on its $19-million bid.
Herald photographer Mark Garfinkel reports how he was on his way to an anodyne assignment (photograph a house on Beacon Hill) when he drove into "the leading edge of what appeared to look like an ocean tide encroaching on a beach" - from what turned out to be a fatal water-main break.