Roads flood across area; two trapped by floodwaters in West Roxbury

Flooding on Bromfield Road, Somerville. Photo by Dan Adams. See it larger.

Fast-moving morning showers flooded roads across the area, from small sidestreets to Rte. 9 and Storrow Drive. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Essex County.

In West Roxbury, emergency workers responded to Spring Street at the Shaw's plaza around 9:20 a.m. to rescue two motorists whose cars stalled in up to four feet of water at the neighborhood's traditional storm-flood area.

Spray of bullets fired on Mattapan street; Man, house, car hit

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:55

Shortly before 11 p.m. outside 33 Rockdale St., near Cummins Highway. A man who showed up not long after at Carney Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back was shot in front of the Burger King on Cummins near Rockdale.

A Cummins Highway resident reported a bullet came through a window; a passing motorist reported a rear window smashed by a bullet.

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You happen to see anybody lugging a green Vespa around Dorchester today?

Edrie reports that sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., her green, 1963 Vespa got lifted from where it was locked outside her house near the Ashmont T stop. Not only was it chained to a post, it had had its spark plugs taken out, so whoever took it couldn't just drive it away.

I made the police report right after I found it missing, but they think it quite unlikely to ever be recovered as they are usually broken down and sold for parts/scrap.

Torrid pace of luxury development leaves many neighborhoods largely untouched

30 B Street rendering.

Construction cranes may be crowding some of Boston's neighborhoods, leaving areas such as Broadway, Downtown Crossing and Boylston Street in the Fenway looking like something out of a SimCity game on "cheetah" mode, but, in fact, Boston's surge of luxury housing is largely bypassing large swaths of the city. You can get an idea of what's going on by taking a look at the Zoning Board of Appeals' long Aug. 5 agenda and comparing the construction projects going before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 5 in South Boston with those in Roslindale and West Roxbury:

Cops called to ER when rival gang members show up after shooting

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 01:24

Stanley Staco reports not long after gunfire rang out at 150 Freeport St., in Dorchester around 1:25 a.m., a man showed up at the Boston Medical Center emergency room with a fresh gunshot wound. And not long after that, some of his friends arrived as well - as did some of his enemies - followed in quick succession by a large number of police officers to keep the two sides separated.

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