Police officer collapses at police academy, dies

Officer Dennis Simmonds, 28, collapsed shortly before 1 p.m. at the academy on Williams Avenue in Hyde Park. Fellow officers started CPR and paramedics rushed him to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Simmonds was a 2009 graduate of the academy and a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force.

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Knife-wielding robbers attack Roxbury barbers, who fight back with fists and a well aimed padlock

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:05

The Herald reports on an incident around 10 a.m. yesterday at Beyeza Barbershop, 602 Blue Hill Ave. The owner was stabbed several times, but in return, one of his attackers got smashed in the face with a padlock.

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The coolest map of independent coffee shops in Cambridge you'll see all day

You Are Here is a project at the MIT Media Lab in which participants are releasing a map a day of interesting things in the places they come from.

A few days ago, they posted a map of non-chain coffee shops in Cambridge. Even if you could care less about coffee, it's still fun to watch the map appear on screen.

Also see the more somber Bicycle accidents in Cambridge.

H/t Chris Devers.

Alleged drunk charged with punching, kicking, yelling at disabled man on Red Line train

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:00

A Brockton man out on bail after he allegedly exposed himself in January was ordered behind bars yesterday at his arraignment on charges he punched, kicked and verbally attacked a man with cerebral palsy on the Red Line Tuesday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Thomas Kennedy, 63, was arraigned in South Boston Municipal Court yesterday on charges of assault and battery on a disabled person, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and a civil rights violation.

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Bruce Wall: Not a shake down, but a shake up, but he can't continue with diversity group

Rev. Bruce Wall was on BNN's "Codman Square Update" yesterday and discussed the whole Keolis invoice thing, says a) his name was only on the invoice because he was head of a community group aimed at promoting diversity in commuter-rail hiring but that he had nothing to do with its creation or delivery - that's Eugene Rivers's doing - but that b)

Court rules buildings aren't always buildings under state law

To a layman, the case might sound simple: A guy climbs stairs to his apartment, but leans on the guardrail, which breaks and sends him plummeting to pavement below, resulting in serious injuries - and a lawsuit against his landlords.

But in a decision today, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled his landlords are not liable for his injuries under a state law mandating compliance with the state building code - because the building is not a building as defined by that law.

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