Police release photo of guy wanted for South Boston salt-shaker attack that left man with severe brain injuries

Boston Police have released a photo of the guy they say punched a man to the floor at the Boston Beer Garden on East Broadway in December.

C-6 detectives report the guy grabbed a salt shaker, made a fist around that and then slammed the man in the head around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18.

The victim crumpled to the floor and was taken to the hospital with critical, possibly permanent, brain injuries. He was still in the hospital as of Jan. 31.

Detectives say the attacker then fled and hopped into a waiting car, possibly with Connecticut plates.

Possible motive: The victim, upset with his party's bill, flung the bill holder into the air, striking the guy in the T-shirt, who responded to the affront with the salt shaker and his fist.

If the guy in the photo looks familiar, contact C-6 detectives at 617-343-4742 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

Switch that caught on fire caused an Orange Line quagmire

Boston firefighters responded to the Forest Hills Orange Line station around 4:30 p.m. for what turned out to be a flame-shooting switch. The fire was quickly doused with firefighting chemicals, but power was shut on the inbound track so that firefighters and the T could investigate what happened. BFD declared an "all out" about 18 minutes later.

Joe Fitzgerald: Flaming hypocrite who can't even remember what he wrote

The Herald's other cranky columnist, Joe Fitzgerald, is in full dudgeon today because six (so far) Patriots players have said they won't go to the White House for the traditional Super Bowl celebration.

How dare they? Football is a team sport and the Foxborough Six are betraying their team and their fans, Joltin' Joe rants:

Do they have a right to thumb their noses at our new commander-in-chief? Of course they do.

But sometimes we have a responsibility not to do the things we have a right to do, just because graciousness still matters, or ought to, especially to a team that enjoys such goodwill among its rabid fans. ...

Acting in unison is how a football team wins a Super Bowl.

Indivdualism is verboten; even an all-world quarterback understands the importance of conformity.

This is something else. This ought to be a time of plain old togetherness.

It was wrong when Tim Thomas did it a few years ago, and it's wrong now, he continues:

[W]hen Bruins goalie Tim Thomas skipped a White House meeting with Barack Obama after the B’s won the Stanley Cup five years ago, there was nothing noble about it. He simply didn’t like Obama, which was understandable, but no excuse for rudeness.

Um, wait just a second there. Forgetful Herald columnist says what?

Because I have a copy of the column Fitzy wrote on Jan. 25, 2012 about Thomas skipping out on the White House. And he sure made Thomas sound like a noble individualist then:

Some will say Thomas was not only a poor teammate for skipping the ceremony, but maybe even a poor citizen, too.

Please. That’s ideological poppycock. If he had snubbed George W. Bush, he’d be lionized in this town.

Where is it written that, unlike his body, an athlete’s intellect and implied endorsement belong to ownership? They don’t.

Bill Russell put it best: “All a performer owes is a good performance.”

More than any athlete in this town’s grand history, Russell used his athletic prominence to advance his political beliefs, placing himself on the firing lines of the civil rights movement, the personification of having the courage of one’s convictions.

Other local jocks, whose brains were as well-conditioned as their bodies, have been equally vocal, exercising their citizenship: Curt Schilling, Bill Walton, Fred Smerlas.

Somehow that seems different than Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca showcasing Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo at an opulent Obama fundraiser in the Museum of Fine Arts.

Maybe they wanted to go. Fine.

But Tim Thomas didn’t want to go, and that used to be fine in America, too.

If it still is, then he owes apologies to no one.

So what's changed between 2012 and 2017, Joe?

So is this 2015 Lite?

It's beginning to feel a lot like 2015, only with not quite as much snow (yet): We haven't even gotten through the Sunday/Monday bombogenesis and already the National Weather Service is warning us we could get more snow Wednesday and Thursday. Or as the NWS sums up:

Snow lovers rejoice, this is your week. ... It is going to be an active weather pattern over the next week so buckle your seat belts. Shots of snow along with significant economic and social impact.

Plus, 65-m.p.h. wind gusts along the coast could mean power outages.

So you betcha the panicmongers in the French Toast Alert bunker have just gone to Orange/High.