Even worse than the time that lady proposed a dog hotel for Southie

The Herald reports residents near a proposed gym that originally intended to help active gang members turn their lives around through weightlifting vow to fight the place even though the owner now says he'll mostly serve Southie kids instead of busing in people from other parts of the city. Dude never talked to neighbors about his plans until after they found out about them somehow, and neighbors quoted by the Herald say they can't trust him.

They ran the dog hotel out of town (well, sort of; it moved to the Black Falcon pier).

Car on Storrow Drive hits tree, bursts into flames

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extract two men from a burning, crushed Infiniti on Storrow Drive eastbound at the exit to Kenmore Square around 4:20 a.m., the Boston Fire Department reports:

The vehicle burst into flames. The impact of the crash trapped the two occupants.

Both men suffered burns and multiple injuries, but were conscious when extracted, the department says, adding at one point, firefighters had four separate Jaws of Life running to get them out. Both were taken to local hospitals, where their condition has stabilized, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The DA's office reports the driver, 27, is from North Andover, as is the other occupant, his brother, 29. State Police, who were first on scene but who were unable to get the men out, are investigating the cause of the crash.

This is the second bad accident at that same basic location this month. On Aug. 9, a Needham man died when the SUV he was in on the westbound side crashed and he was ejected. The driver, also ejected, survived.

Did the MWRA blow out water mains all over Belmont?

Call it Mini-Aquapocalypse: Many Belmont residents were without water today due to multiple water-main breaks across town.

Belmont resident Rob Sama reports on a conversation with a guy working on the main down the street from his house this afternoon:

Apparently the MWRA has a water pressure spike of 20%!!! This spike has caused blow outs all over the place. He thought there were like three or four on my street alone. I asked him how many people were without water, and he said he worked for a private contractor and wasn’t sure. But he had no idea as to when they’d be done with repairs. He said they were literally fabricating parts for the water mains as they went, because these pipes were so old nobody made parts for them any more. Sounded like a real cluster fuck.

What did Michael Graham say about people with dwarfism and why did Felix Arroyo stick around?

Apparently, Michael Graham thinks a Texas Starbucks franchise was within its rights to fire a woman with dwarfism. Dan Kennedy wants to know just what went down on a Graham segment on 96.9 yesterday for which City Councilor Felix Arroyo was a guest:

Councilor Arroyo, you appeared on Michael Graham's show yesterday while Graham and his fellow guest Rob Eno were making fun of people with dwarfism. What do you have to say about that? Will you be issuing a statement? Will you appear again? Will you demand that WTKK post the audio on its website so that we can judge whether your own comments were appropriate or not? Thank you.

Arroyo responds (in the same discussion):

I was the only who disagreed with the woman being fired because of her dwarfism. I believe Starbucks should have found work she could have performed.Should I be invited, I will appear on the program again. Our democracy depends on deferring opinions in debate. If liberals cede talk radio to conservatives, then only one side gets heard. We can’t allow one ideology to dominate the airwaves.

He adds he wants the station to post a copy of the segment.

Once again, routine traffic stop leads to arrest on more serious charges

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 01:16

Boston Police report arresting a man on charges he was driving around with a loaded gun after officers on routine patrol stopped him for doing 50 in a 30-m.p.h. zone.

Police say officers stopped the car around 1:20 a.m. yesterday after clocking it doing 50 on Columbia Road near Bird Street. The driver appeared nervous, grew increasingly so and kept looking at the center console - which had a bag of green leafy material in it.

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