Councilor would let longtime non-rich residents over 55 defer property taxes

Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) tomorrow asks the City Council to consider a proposal that would let people over 55 who have lived in their homes at least ten years defer payment of their city property tax until they sell the property or die.

In his request for a hearing on the matter, Linehan says the measure would let longtime residents stay in their homes even as their property taxes skyrocket due to the effect of the well off snapping up all the properties around them at ever escalating prices.

Man arraigned for two Boston rapes after prosecutors say novel DNA test rules out twin brother as possible suspect

Dwayne McNair, 33, of Dedham, had bail set at $500,000 today on charges he and a pal raped one woman in Forest Hills and another on Mission Hill in 2004, after the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police got back test results they say proved the DNA found in a used condom saved by one of the victims could not have come from McNair's twin brother.

Prosecutors had dropped charges against McNair in April because of the twin question.

Citizen complaint of the day: Ankle-breaking pavement in Brighton

A limping citizen complains about some godawful pavement on Guest Street in Brighton - and attaches a photo of a newly broken ankle to buttress the point:

I would like to thank the City of Boston for the beautiful pavement on the street outside 20 Guest St. Stepping off the curb and into this hole next to the sewer, almost killing myself and breaking my ankle! Sweet deal! Thanks again!

Court tosses suit by car dealers against Tesla's direct-to-consumers sales

In a victory for the manufacturer of electric cars, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today dealers of other types of cars have no grounds to block the company's efforts to sell vehicles directly to consumers.

Massachusetts car dealers had sued Tesla Motors under a state law designed to protect dealers from predatory actions by manufacturers.

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