State to likely go with cheapest bidder to replace Orange, Red Line trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

Jamaica Plain bank held up

Mt. Washington Bank, 515 Centre St., around 3:40 p.m. The suspect passed a note to a teller.

The suspect is a black male, 30-40, about 5'6" and skinny, in a black and brown jacket - that should be coated in red dye, due to the dye pack that exploded as he left the bank.

The branch was robbed a couple of times last year.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:40

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DA: Argument at Chinese take-out place leads to murder

A Quincy man was ordered held without bail today on charges he fatally stabbed another man in the neck outside the Chung Wah take-out place at 199 Bowdoin St. Thursday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to prosecutors, Edgardo Clark, 29, got into a confrontation with Gerald Williamson, 31, around 7:30 p.m.

Police play finders-keepers with bag full of guns and ammo under a rock in an abandoned lot n Dorchester

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:24

Boston Police report a tip from "a concerned community member" yesterday evening led them to an abandoned lot at Dewey and Danube streets in Dorchester.

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Councilor: Buildings occupied by libraries too valuable to just be used as libraries

UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports Baker doesn't want to rent out space in libraries but instead wants to look at how to include libraries in new mixed-use developments, such as the one that will eventually replace the Globe complex on Morrissey Boulevard.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) will ask his fellow counselors tomorrow to consider the idea of turning some branch libraries into revenue generators by renting out space in them.

Plucky journalist climbs to top of Dorchester gas tank; looks down

Dan McCarthy at the Dig reports on an expedition to the top of the Tank along with a couple of the union guys repainting the iconic structure:

On our climb from the base to the 140-foot summit we pass several gruff painters. Some are rappelling from safety harnesses, dangling on ropes at precarious angles over the edge while stroking Kent’s masterwork down to the controversial crevices.

Man charged with Downtown Crossing mugging

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:42

Boston Police report arresting a man they say robbed a woman at Tremont and Winter streets around 6:40 p.m. - just two hours after an armed robbery a couple blocks away.

Police say officers on a drug investigation heard a woman screaming she'd just been robbed.

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