Three teens with two guns hold up Dot. Ave laundromat twice tonight - and a gas station

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 19:55

Between roughly 7:30 and 8 p.m. a gas station at 1707 Dorchester Ave., near Centre, and a laundromat at 1828 Dorchester Ave., near Edwin, were held up by three guys with the same description: Black male teens in hoodies, armed with guns.

The three returned to the laundromat around 8:45 p.m., after police had left, and held it up again.

H/t Kim and Alert Page Boston for the gas-station info.


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Shithole journalism: Herald uses word in headline, Globe proves daintier

As word spread that our racist shitholer-in-chief insulted Haiti and Haitian immigrants, our local dailies had to decide how to describe the word salad being tossed in Washington.

The Herald didn't shy away from the term in its online headline today.

The Globe, however, decided discretion was the better part of journalistic valor:

Globe headline

The Herald used an Associated Press report. The Globe used an account from the Washington Post, which did not shy away from the term. Its headline:

Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

Beth Israel proposes new inpatient building; one goal is to provide more single-patient rooms

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today filed plans with the BPDA to build a ten-story inpatient building on Brookline Avenue near the Riverway.

The medical center says the new building will be able to house up to 158 patients, although it adds that the total number of inpatient beds on its Longwood Medical Area campuses will only increase by about 89, because it will stop using some beds elsewhere. The building would also include rooms for operations and other medical procedures, conference rooms and a helipad, on land between the medical-center garage and the Rosenberg Building that is now occupied by driveways and large oxygen tanks.

The hospital said it needs the new space to provide additional rooms for single patients with more serious medical conditions:

BIDMC's Boston campus is the referral center for the sickest patients being cared for by BIDMC's network of health care providers. Due to the increasingly acute, complex needs of its patients, BIDMC needs more single-bedded patient rooms, more intensive care beds and expanded surgery and clinical support spaces that can support patient and family oriented, team-based care and improved technology. Currently only 34% of BIDMC's medical/surgical beds are in single-bedded rooms, which is well below other Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) in Boston, and BIDMC's inpatient beds operate at or above 85% occupancy over 88% of the time. Patients and families continue to request single rooms, and the seriously ill and often vulnerable patients and families BIDMC cares for have greater need for the quiet and respite of a single-bedded room than patients with fewer significant medical needs and other challenges. Single-bedded patient rooms help reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infection, improve patient sleep and reduce stress for patients and their families. In addition BIDMC's existing operating rooms, diagnostic, procedural spaces, and healing and waiting areas are aged and undersized relative to current industry norms and regulatory requirements for new facilities.

Proposed in-patient building

The medical center said it's already begun work to relocate the driveways - which includes one for the emergency room.

BIDMC project notification form (25M PDF).

Red Line stations filled with sighs as yet another train up and dies

Jam and cram at Charles/MGH.

Midwinter's Wolf reports Charles/MGH turned into a mosh pit this evening when an inbound train died there shortly before 6 p.m. and the T ordered everybody out after another train arrived to push it into the Charles out of the way.

Only the platform was so crowded not everybody could get off the train. Joelle Baehrend reports:

Stuck on a train with doors open at Charles MGH. Platform so packed we can't exit the train. Sick person in our car. Unsafe.

The MBTA reported "moderate" delays as it dealt with that situation. Sarah Marina, at Downtown Crossing shows us what that meant there:

Red Line at Downtown Crossing

Raymond Ausrotas was also at Downtown Crossing:

Red Line mess

And you can only imagine what it was like at Harvard. Just in case you can't, though, S.I. Lydon describes the scene:

Train at Harvard still waiting to move apparently after 1/2 hour because of disabled train at Charles. Tons of folk headed upstairs to wait for the #1. Good times.

Two shot in Dorchester, one dead; several nearby schools put in 'safe' mode

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:03

UPDATE: Victim identified as Shaquille Browder, 21.

Two people were shot in the parking lot of the Burger King at Columbia Road and Washington Street around 2 p.m., according to Boston EMS Incidents. One later died, Boston Police report.

Both that man and a second, found with non-fatal injuries, were in their early 20s, police say.

The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of at least one victim's injuries. Read more.


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Man shot to death on Whittier Street in Roxbury

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:46

UPDATE: Boston Police identify the victim as Alexander Mervin, 22, of Revere.

Boston Police report a man in his early 20s was fatally shot at 31 Whittier St. around 1:45 p.m.

He is Boston's first murder victim this year.


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Man faces witness-intimidation charge after allegedly yelling at woman his son had just been sentenced for for choking, raping and robbing

A man who watched his son get sentenced yesterday to up to 18 years in prison for following a woman home from the Fenway Star Market and raping her now faces a criminal charge of his own after he allegedly began yelling at the victim in "a hostile verbal confrontation" in the courtroom, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Joseph Purpura is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 19 on a charge of witness intimidation, the DA's office reports.

Both the elder Purpura and the victim were in court to watch a Suffolk Superior Court judge sentence Purpura after a jury last month convicted him of aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery, strangulation or suffocation, unarmed burglary and larceny over $250.

The judge set a sentence of 15 to 18 years. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 20 to 25 years

Prosecutors convinced the jury that Purpura followed the woman home from the supermarket, then choked and raped her in her Queensberry Street apartment and left after taking her cell phone.