Citizen complaint of the day: The lonely cone things of Audubon Circle

A concerned citizen reports on the situation on Buswell Street:

There are two of these. They guarded a parklet. Said parklet has begun its winter hibernation but his two friends remain. I just talked to his two friends and they'd like to join Mr. parklet in hibernating before they get snowed on as currently they just block parking spaces.

H/t R.

Man gets life for bludgeoning roommate to death with a baseball bat

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Cristian Rodriguez, 38, of first-degree murder for the death of Roosevelt Harris in the Tremont Street home they shared, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The jury rejected Rodriguez's argument that he was too mentally ill to know what he was doing when he used a metal baseball bat to smash Harris in the head until he died, the DA's office reports. The verdict means life in prison without possibility of parole.

App-based liquor store and delivery service planned for South Boston

Bello explains concept as attorney Andrew Upton reviews paperwork.

UPDATE: The board approved a license.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to grant a liquor license to a start-up by MIT graduates who see a business in letting people buy craft beers, wine and hard liquor through their smart phones.

Dunkin' Donuts looks to fill another hole in South Boston

The week after the Boston Licensing Board approved a new Dunkin' Donuts on D Street, it's faced with a request for another Dunkin' Donuts in South Boston, this time at 77 L St., near East Broadway.

"Is there a need for a donut shop in that area?" board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini bluntly asked franchisee John Gillespie at a hearing today.

Gillespie said Dunkin' Donuts is not serving that side of South Boston "at all."

Residents, police, city officials say no to later hours at Allston McDonald's

The smallish Tedeschi on Comm. Ave. at Harvard plans to move into the Kelly's Roast Beef space across Harvard.

The move, which will require approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals, prompted the owner of the McDonald's franchise on Harvard Avenue to seek city permission to extend his closing hour from 2 to 3 a.m., at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

Man shot dead at same Dudley Street intersection where a man was shot dead in September

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:35

David Finnerty reports a man was shot around 1:35 p.m. at West Cottage and Dudley streets. Boston Police report the man, in his 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

In September, a man died after being shot in the face at that intersection.

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Not something you expect to see out your window first thing in the morning

Bill Ilott reports looking out his window around 8 a.m. to see a National Guard troop marching down the street:

They marched down Adams and took a left on Bowdoin. A kind of unusual sight for any time of the day...

UPDATE: They were marching from the Dorchester armory to Children's Hospital with toys.

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