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John Ford reports one Beacon Hill house under agreement recently failed its home inspection because the granite counter tops in the kitchen were emitting more than the safe amount of radon.
A lawyer for the Liberty Hotel bar offered no excuses for Clink serving drinks 40 minutes past its legal closing time on Nov. 1, but did offer a possible explanation: Modern technology.
Appearing before the Boston Licensing Board, William Coyne Jr. noted that Halloween, when Clink had a Halloween event, was the night clocks were supposed to be turned back. And you know how cell phones and BlackBerries can be, he told the board.
Hackneyed Sojourn recalls the days when he drove a cab for Town Taxi, the preferred coach of the moneyed classes on Beacon Hill:
JJ Leslie was among the unfortunate who spent more than 30 minutes in a dead inbound Red Line train on the Longfellow tonight. He live-tweeted the experience:
9:01. MBTA Red Line inbound broken down just before Charles MGH. 30 minute downtime. At least we are not in the tunnel.
9:11. Stuck on the bridge. Now getting a push. One kid just took a leak in a cup. A few people freaked out. Swearing at driver.
The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today reversed a Boston man's gun-possession conviction because prosecutors failed to prove he owned the gun in the friend's car he was driving at the time - or that he even knew the weapon was there.
Two state troopers pulled Jeffrey Snow over around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2007 after they watched him come off the Longfellow and run through a red light with no headlights on. Snow was at the wheel of a friend's car as a designated driver following the Cambridge Caribbean Festival. He said he had no idea there was a gun in the car, wedged between the driver's seat and the center console.
Gee, and it's been so nice getting in and out of the post office or the grocery store without standing in line for half an hour, and having parking spaces open for friends to come visit. Oh well, looks like that's all over 'til May.
Students at the bigger/more notable institutions come tromping back:
Penny Cherubino photographed a dude who'd cleared off some snow so he could slide across the Public Garden Lagoon.
Francis Pelosi, 56, of Boston, was arrested around 7 p.m. yesterday after he locked himself in an emergency-department men's room at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
While arguing with hospital staff and police trying to get him out, Pelosi allegedly threatened to kill the Chelsea police chief, the DA's office says, adding a former Chelsea chief now works in security for the hospital.
Also alerts us that lots of college students live on Mission Hill and that drug users have been known to frequent Central Square.
Channel 25 rips the covers off this scandal. Or something.
Boston Police report a psychiatric patient was fatally shot by an off-duty security guard after he attacked a doctor with a knife this afternoon in a Mass. General building on Staniford Street.
Police say the security guard, who does not work for Mass. General, shot Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading, "multiple times" after he had stabbed the doctor repeatedly. Both victims were taken to the nearby emergency room; he was pronounced dead, the doctor, identified by the Herald as Astrid Desrosiers, is in stable condition.
This is the second knife attack in a Boston hospital in two days. On Sunday, somebody was stabbed in the neck in the Boston Medical Center emergency room. And it's the second attack of any kind at MGH - on Thursday, a man allegedly tried to rape a woman in a hospital restroom.
David Flavell, charged with attacking and attempting to rape a woman in a Mass. General restroom on Thursday was ordered sent to a secure unit at Bridgewater State Hospital for observation for 20 days to determine whether he's competent for trial, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He's next scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Nov. 16 for a status hearing.
Boston Police report David Flavell, 40, was arrested after allegedly attacking a woman in a hospital restroom. According to police:
Preliminary investigation, at this time, indicates that the victim was assaulted by the suspect but that no sexual assault occurred.
Flavell is scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
Flavell was convicted in 1998 of assault with intent to rape and in 2001 on two counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, according to his record at the state Sexual Offender Registry, which lists him as a "a high risk to reoffend." In 2008, he was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman in a restroom at a Braintree bookstore. The Herald lists more charges against him.
His last listed address was 444 Harrison Ave. - the Pine Street Inn.
No, don't fret, Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park isn't one of them. Josh Dawson reports Rose Staram, a Dorchester Democrat, started a fundraising committee this year for a possible run against Liz Malia of JP, while Marty Walz of the Back Bay, has opposition in Republican Brad Marston, who already has 1600+ followers on Twitter.