Man charged with civil-rights violation in Green Line attack

A homeless man was arraigned yesterday on charges of unarmed assault with intent to rob, assault and battery and violating his victim’s civil rights for a Nov. 13 incident on the Green Line at Park Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office, Matthew Franklin, 27, began yelling ethnic slurs at another Green Line rider around 9 a.m. that day.

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Man convicted of 2009 triple murder in Dorchester

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today conviced Keron Pierre on three counts of first-degree murder for gunning down three people outside a Mt. Ida Road house party in 2009, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The verdicts mean life without possibility of parole for Pierre, who fled to Trinidad after the murders - and where he fought an unsuccessful battle against extradition to face arraignment for the murders of Shacora Gaines, Chantal Palmer, and Anthony Peoples.

Residents of proposed luxury building on West Broadway would get rooftop dog park

Architect's rendering.

A developer this week submitted a detailed proposal to the BRA to replace the single-story Cornerstone Bar at 14 W. Broadway with an 11-story building with 47 residential units and space for a restaurant and offices.

Also planned, according to developer Ryan Sillery's filing:

The green roof terrace landscape proposes a contemporary, sophisticated urban terrace, designed as an amenity for guests, visitors, and residents alike. A key feature of this green roof terrace landscape is a common dog park area.

Olympics honcho says Matt O'Malley could have final say on whether Franklin Park would be used for equestrian events

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Boston 2024 President Dan O’Connell, who says that the committee has already IDed a North Shore site (hmm, so maybe they're not so short-sighted?) in case the local city councilor comes out against shutting down Franklin Park for use by the horsey set:

If, for example, “[City Councilor] Matt O’Malley came to me and said there is no support [in his district] for using Franklin Park as a venue, we would look elsewhere” for another option, he said.

BRA approves apartments, condos on grassy field down from Forest Hills T stop

The BRA yesterday approved a 124-unit housing project on the long grassy field on Hyde Park Avenue between Ukraine Way and Tollgate Cemetery.

Urbanica, Inc., is proposing 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on the parcel, which once sat under the end of the elevated Orange Line. Some 44 of the units - 6 of them condos - will be marketed as "affordable." Apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units.

Next stop: Arraignment, for man charged with punching cabbie in drunken rage at Wonderland

Transit Police report arresting a Lynn man on charges he punched out a cab driver who couldn't understand his drunken rambling and ordered him out of the cab.

According to police, James Rogers, 52, got into the cab at Wonderland station shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday and:

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