Dorchester man charged with catfishing armed robberies

Boston Police report arresting Rakeem Austin, 30, on charges he pretended to be an attractive woman on social media, then robbed the men who showed up for an assignation.

Police say Austin pulled off the stunt eight times at locations in Mattapan and Roxbury over the past couple of months.

Austin will be arraigned Monday in Dorchester Municipal Court on Monday on charges of armed robbery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and threats to commit a crime.

Volunteers pack up thousands of new winter coats for BPS students

Katherine and Jasmine, Simmons students, work to package coats. Photo by Eastie Strong.

Volunteers at the Bolling Building in Dudley Square are busy today packaging 8,200 new winter coats for distribution next week to BPS students who need them.

Operation Warm bought the coats with donations from BNY Mellon, Genzyme Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, People’s United Community Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation and a Boston-area philanthropist who wants to remain anonymous, according to BPS.

Last year, BPS distributed about 3,000 winter coats through its Homeless Education Resource Network.

That's a lot of coats (photo by Eastie Strong):

A lot of coats

The importance of art on the T

News that the MBTA is canceling contracts for art on the Green Line extension - and on the Fairmount Line - got artist Elisa H. Hamilton to thinking on how art in Red Line stations helped shape her as an artist, and what the loss of the proposed art means:

Public transportation is one of the great equalizers here in the Commonwealth - the artwork created for our MBTA stations is not only meant to beautify, but also to create a sense of place for people in every walk of life. The decisions we make now in renovating and rebuilding our MBTA stations will impact our communities for a very long time. Art in MBTA stations gives an otherwise utilitarian space a sense of soul, a sense of color, culture, and life, a sense of the communities that these stations represent and serve. It fosters a tremendous sense of community ownership - every time T riders see this art, it says to them, "you are home."

Routine physicals are never routine when the patient is a lowland gorilla

Veterinarians gathered at the Franklin Park Zoo today for a physical for Kitombe, a western lowland gorilla at the zoo. Zoo New England reports the physical went well once Kitombe was anesthetized for the protection of both patient and veterinarians.

The exam included a general physical, blood work and a cardiac exam. The results received from the cardiac exam will go into a national database to assist in diagnosing cardiac disease in other gorillas.

“Everything went very smoothly with this examination and Kit appears to be in good health. We are very pleased with how everything went this morning,” said Dr. Eric Baitchman.

Two shot on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain; one dead

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:55

Shortly before 6 p.m. in the municipal parking lot on Centre between Forbes and Wyman streets.

One of the victims, shot in the head in the municipal parking lot, was pronounced dead at the scene; the other, shot in the torso, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, Boston Police report.

Possible shooter described as a white man in a black hoodie and blue jeans, who limped to a car that sped off.

Centre Street was shut between Hyde and Jackson squares for the investigation.


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Man found unconscious and bleeding at Roxbury bus stop; police hunt his attacker and a woman seen rifling through his pockets as he lay there

WBZ reports on an incident at E. Lenox and Washington streets around 11:30 p.m. yesterday. The man was taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 23:30