City: Can't sweep streets with all that snow and ice out there

Boston's DPW announced today it's holding off on the annual re-start of street sweeping until after "streets are cleared to the curb and gutters are free of ice and snow."

Fans of cleaner streets in the North End, the South End and Beacon Hill, where street sweeping normally starts in March, will have to wait for "a thaw and large scale melting," the department said, adding that also means daytime parking restrictions will not apply there, either. The DPW says it will send out notices when the streets are fit to sweep

Court: One small bag of pot doesn't give police right to search car for more

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today prosecutors cannot use most of the marijuana found in a man's minivan during a traffic stop in Quincy to prosecute him for possession with intent to distribute, because police didn't have the legal right to search the vehicle in the first place.

The ruling also applies to the man's cell phone, on which officers browsed messages they felt showed evidence the man was conducting drug deals.

Cambridge man faces criminal charges for allegedly fake petition against a wine bar

Cambridge Day summarizes what it knows about a wine bar that never opened and the local real-estate agent who now faces criminal charges of witness intimidation, forgery and, yes, uttering, for filing a petition against the bar on which he allegedly forged all the signatures.

BRA approves 31-story tower to replace old Fenway sub shop

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board yesterday approved a revised plan to build a $290-million tower of both condos and apartments at the intersection of Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue, replacing an old D'Angelo sub shop.

Samuels and Associates says its Point project will include a mix of condos and apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units and with two floors of retail space. Some 15 floors of apartments will be topped by 11 floors of condos. The BRA had already approved an earlier version of the plan, which had 30 fewer residential units.

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