A Middlesex County prisoner about to get medical treatment at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary managed to grab a deputy sheriff's gun and shoot him. A second deputy then shot the prisoner in the... Read more
Signal problems on the Longfellow or track problems at Charles/MGH, take your pick of announcements.
Sometimes, the truth is just kind of boring: That upside-down lemon ice cone on the State House is just masking some repair work to the dome - including installation of a hidden lightning rod inside the pine cone at the top, Associated... Read more
DNA test results show Albert DeSalvo "was the source of seminal fluid" found at the murder scene of Mary Sullivan in 1964, law-enforcement officials announced today.
Specifically, DNA specialists calculated the odds that a white male other than DeSalvo contributed the crime scene evidence at one in 220 billion. At the time Sullivan was killed, only about 3.2 billion human beings were alive on the... Read more
The state begins Longfellow Bridge detours this weekend as it begins to rip the bridge apart and put it back together better than ever.
Starting Saturday, only people driving from Cambridge to Boston will be allowed on the bridge. The Cambridge bound will instead be diverted via Storrow Drive up to Charles River Dam Road and then across that thoughtfully already re-built span into... Read more
WBZ reports on some guy's arrest outside Kerry's Louisburg Square manse yesterday.
Even in this day and age, of course, taking photos in public is not necessarily enough for an arrest, no matter how angsty it might make a State Department security guy inside the Secretary of State's house. That car in a no-parking zone with an open container of alcohol, in Massachusetts,... Read more
The Globe ran your basic second-day reaction story today to the news that another woman was indecently assaulted on Beacon Hill. About what you'd expect, except for this quote from a chipper public-relations major at Suffolk - who lives on Beacon Hill:
Honestly, I feel like the people getting attacked aren't being aware. And they're probably overreacting in their [police] reports.... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the increasingly student filled North End and Beacon Hill, says the BRA needs to consider requiring dorms in the proposed garage re-do.
Perhaps Rep. Michlewitz is too young to remember when Beacon Hill residents managed to squash Suffolk's plans to turn the old MDC building across from the State House into a dormitory.... Read more
George Parkman, prominent physician and member of the Boston Brahmin elite, had donated the land for the school a few years earlier. Unfortunately for him, he had loaned some money to John White Webster, a professor of chemistry at the school who had no... Read more
Updated with press-conference info.
Modern DNA techniques and dogged work by a detective who followed around a member of Albert DeSalvo's family last year have... Read more
Boston Police report a woman walking on Brimmer Street around 6:15 p.m. on Monday was attacked by a man who seems to match the description of the suspect in a series of similar unsolved attacks last month.
Police say the woman was walking towards the Charles/MGH T station when she was approached by a man walking towards her:
The suspect indecently assaulted the... Read more
A man who called himself Peter Pan tried getting away with another man's boat in the Charles River over the weekend, only to find himself under arrest, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Around 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, the owner of a 28-foot boat watched as somebody boarded his craft at Poor Man's Landing just north of the Longfellow, start her up and make... Read more
A Waltham man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail today on charges he took advantage of a drunk companion's unconsciousness to attack her sexually, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
State troopers on routine patrol on the Esplanade near Community Boating pulled Joseph Bartel, 49, off the still clothed woman around 1 a.m. on Sunday, the DA's office says.
The DA's... Read more
Around 1 a.m., state troopers on patrol near the Longfellow Bridge arrested Joseph Barthel, 49, of Waltham, after they spotted him attacking a 21-year-old woman, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
"Based on the evidence developed thus far, this incident does not appear to be linked to the well-publicized series of unsolved sexual assaults on the Esplanade" and at Moakley Park in South Boston,... Read more
State Police dipped into the Charles River by the Mass. Ave. Bridge this morning to pull out a man swimming the river with no clothes on, per National Emergency Alerts.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Griddler's Burger and Dogs on Beacon Hill and Union Square Donuts in Somerville are teaming up on a $6 "bronut:"
The dish will include a Griddler's burger patty that has a fried egg on top, with both being inside a sweet and salty maple-bacon glazed donut "bun" from the donut shop.... Read more
David Bernstein talks to Michael Nichols, one of the numerous candidates running to replace Mike Ross as district 8 councilor in the fall elections.
Seems some bicyclists are e-mailing the city Parks and Recreation Department all huffy about the new no-bicycling stencils applied to walkways on the Common last week.
But the ban is actually nothing new - it's just that, unlike in the Public Garden, where bicyclists are also warned to stay out, the previous stencils had faded away, Parks spokeswoman Jacquelyn Goddard says. "This is not a... Read more