Boston loves its lions. From stately lions in our main library to lions that spout water around a flagpole, from stylized lions with wings to lions that proclaim the majesty of the British empire, lions are our pride. Read more
And they're everywhere, even if sometimes you have to look way, way up to see them sometimes. Here's a sampling, starting, of course, with one of the two lions in BPL main library in Copley Square, who quietly commemorate the battles of the Civil War.
Those lions are not the only ones in the library. As you enter, or exit, the old building, look up at the ceiling, where you'll see the names of prominent Bostonians of yore, including Franklin:
Franklin, of course, fought against the British Empire, whose symbolic lion and unicorn still adorn what became the Old State House:
The lions around the Angell memorial fountain in Post Office Square all look like they can't believe they're reduced to spitting up water:
The lions on the World War I memorial wall on the Common by the steps up to the State House, also originally water spouts, don't seem so aghast:
The lion at Old North Church in the North End, however ...
The old Filenes building in Downtown Crossing has tons of lions, all looking like this:
There's also a fierce lion atop the main entrance to 1298 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston:
The lions outside the Copley Plaza Hotel, however, couldn't be bothered to eat arriving guests:
The lions at the Chinatown gate don't seem in a man-eating mood, either:
Boston has some flying lions, including these two on the old BPD headquarters (now Loew's Boston hotel):
You have to look pretty high up to see the flying lions atop the Park Square building that now houses apartments where the Renaissance charter school used to be:
The lion atop the entrance to the Colonial Theatre on Boylston Street probably just saw a good show:
A former Boston cop got a year's probation and a $2,000 fine after admitting he lied to FBI agents investigating whether he had given information about an ongoing investigation of the the Academy Homes Street gang in Roxbury to a member of the gang.
Mel Steele, 36, was a member of the BPD's Youth Violence Task Force - its gang unit - who was also a longtime friend of a member of the gang. The US Attorney's office in Boston says:
During the course of joint FBI-BPD investigation of the AHSG from 2009 to 2011, Steele provided assistance to the AHSG associate. On one occasion, Steele allegedly used his BPD computer to run a license plate check on a vehicle which was later determined to be an unmarked BPD vehicle operated by a detective who was conducting surveillance on the AHSG. On another occasion Steele contacted a Massachusetts State Trooper to glean information about a gang memberâ€™s pending charges on another criminal case. In May 2011, Steele made false statements about these matters when confronted by FBI agents.
The Globe reports Marilyn Mosby, who brought charges today against six Baltimore police officers, herself comes from a family with a long tradition of serving in the Boston Police Department - and first got interested in the justice system when her 17-year-old cousin was shot to death in Dorchester.