Red Line plays Godot; riders call it a dumb show

The faces say it all. Aubrey Bracco captures the mood at Park.

Who knows why the Red Line lurched to a halt and wheezed its last this afternoon? At some point, it just ceased to matter. Riders crammed into stations waiting for trains that wheezed into stations so crammed the crammed riders on the platform could not cram into the crammed trains, which then slowly, ever so slowly crammedly made their way to the next crammed station, where the next futile door openings occurred.

State hires company to build dedicated busway for Silver Line in Chelsea

The state Department of Transportation today approved a $33-million contract with McCourt Construction Co. to start extending the Silver Line from the Airport T stop to Chelsea. Much of the route will be in a busway built along the former Grand Junction railroad:

State officials expect the initial route, from the airport to Eastern Avenue in Chelsea, to be completed in two years.

Linehan: Bostonians don't realize what a value the city council is

It costs the average Bostonian just $8.60 a year to enjoy all the amenities of its current City Council, Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) said today, urging his fellow councilors to support raising their salaries to $108,500 - which would be the first raise since 2006.

The council agreed today to have its committee on government operations hold a hearing on the proposed pay increase before the council votes on it.

Council moves to protect college athletes who get their lights knocked out

The City Council today passed an ordinance requiring local colleges to develop medical plans for dealing with athletes who are hit in the head during sporting events.

The measure, proposed by Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill), will require colleges to have a doctor trained in head injuries on duty during football, hockey and men's lacrosse.

Two councilors won't take their raises without a fight

City Councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) want to create an independent commission to consider future raises for city councilors.

The two plan to ask for consideration of their plan this afternoon, at the same meeting at which councilors will consider raising their salaries 29%, an amount Council President Bill Linehan proposed and said was fair, and that's that.

The owners of the Garden and the bank weren't the first to ditch the Shawmut name

Back in the day, the land south of Charlestown used to be known as Shawmut. Then the Puritans got sick of the mosquitoes and lack of water in Charlestown and moved south and decided on Sept. 17, 1630 to call their new home Boston, in honor of the town in Lincolnshire where they'd come from.

Brookline selectmen vow to fight five-story apartment building on West Roxbury line, even after losing in court

Wicked Local Brookline brings us up to date on the war between Brookline and the owners of Hancock Village, who want to add 184 apartments to the Brookline side of the complex, including some in a five-story building that selectmen say is completely out of character in a part of town where single-family homes and two-story townhouses are the norm.

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