By - 2/4/13 - 10:35 pm

A town in Washington has built a replica of the Zakim Bridge - for squirrels. It now also serves as something of a memorial to the man who thought it up - who died before the 12-foot-long replica could be installed:

Dick, a retired Longview attorney who had a lifelong fascination with bridges, was familiar with the Zakim Memorial Bridge because it appeared in

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By - 1/28/13 - 7:44 am

The 6:30 a.m. inbound train died. As of 9 a.m., it still hadn't made it into Boston.

By - 1/16/13 - 11:59 pm

Park Street in the snow

Photographynatalia photographed Park and Tremont streets this morning. Melissa Gibson watched an Orange Line train pull into Sullivan Square:

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By - 1/11/13 - 8:02 pm

Updated Saturday afternoon.

Boston Police report arresting a man they say locked himself into a 170 Medford St. apartment with a woman and a gun - which he fired once.

Police say officers arrived at the scene last night to investigate a report of a man with a gun.

The witness directed officers to the first floor apartment. Officers knocked on the door and

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By - 1/11/13 - 11:24 am

Confirmed flu cases (l) and rates of ER visits for flu-like symptoms. Source: BPHC.Confirmed flu cases (l) and rates of ER visits for flu-like symptoms. Source: BPHC.

City statistics for the week ending Jan. 5 show Roxbury and... Read more

By - 1/10/13 - 4:14 pm

A man headed southbound on the Tobin Bridge pulled his car over on the Charlestown side around 2:20 p.m. and jumped over the railing to his death, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

State Police and Boston firefighters and EMTs responded. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident "is currently being investigated as a non-homicide," the DA's office says. An ID... Read more

By - 1/6/13 - 12:38 pm

MBTA Transit Police report a man trying to hold up the Dunkin' Donuts at 99 Cambridge St. in Charlestown yesterday had his plans foiled by a T cop in search of a cup of coffee.

According to police, Michael Wallace, 35, entered the store around 5:30 p.m. and took out a long silvery object:

He then pointed it at a female employee working behind

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By - 12/25/12 - 8:27 pm

Cranky Charlestown citizen complains:

Broken beer bottles from sullen teenagers in hoodies and their public drinking. Again.

Eden Street, specifically.

H/t Brian D'Amico.

By - 12/21/12 - 10:42 pm

Well, under it, actually. Wonder if he knows Red Line Tattoo Guy.

By - 12/15/12 - 12:47 pm

Chicken on the loose in Charlestown

Doug Aamoth warns us today:

BE CAREFUL: There's a chicken loose in Boston. It's in Charlestown. A kid is feeding it.

In e-mail, he adds:

I don't know if it's a chicken or a rooster, but the little girl feeding

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By - 12/11/12 - 7:25 am

The I-Team investigates ice showers on the iconic span.

By - 11/7/12 - 7:28 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a woman suffered burns from a two-alarm fire that broke out shortly before 1 p.m. at 7 Phipps St.

The first-floor fire did an estimated $75,000 in damage, the department says, adding one firefighter suffered cuts and that the cause and exact origin are still under investigation.... Read more

By - 11/2/12 - 3:55 pm

Boston Police report a 26-year-old woman walking on Lawrence Street Wednesday night blacked out when hit by "a strong blow from behind":

Upon regaining consciousness, she ran to her home, where she blacked out again. Friends awoke her at approximately 4:00AM and transported her to Massachusetts General Hospital. Officers returned to the area of the attack, where they discovered a sweater belonging to

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By - 10/23/12 - 8:17 pm

The Globe reports a T worker who found a wallet on a Charlestown bus seat with $900 inside returned it to its owner.

By - 10/20/12 - 12:07 pm

A quality-conscious citizen reports some anti-China graffiti on School Street in Charlestown:

Low quality graffiti is unacceptable.

By - 10/13/12 - 12:24 pm

MansfieldBoston Police report arresting James Mansfield, 47, on a charge of possession of child pornography.

Police say they were led to Mansfield during an online investigation that "revealed Mansfield was engaging in graphically sexual chat and exchanging pictures of boys in various stages of undress."

A search of Mansfield's home yesterday found... Read more

By - 10/8/12 - 5:16 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Charlestown man on charges he stabbed another man Sunday night at 73 O'Reilly Way.

Officers responding to a stabbing report around 9:15 p.m. found a bleeding 24-year-old man. As he was being taken to Mass. General, officers found and arrested Israel Gerena, 58, for a assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A preliminary investigation indicates the victim and

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By - 9/28/12 - 8:57 am

Federal officials say Suffolk Downs bettors who wanted to avoid taxes on their winnings knew they could count on Gary Boyar to help them out - by cashing in their tickets and filling out the required tax forms with his dead father's social-security number, in exchange for 10% of the receipts.

A federal grand jury in Boston indicted Boyar earlier this month on charges of... Read more

By - 9/24/12 - 1:55 pm

HylandA Charlestown District Court judge set bail at $5,000 for the guy charged with putting out poisoned hot-dog bits for dogs, but revoked his bail on outstanding charges from other towns, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Hyland is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of an... Read more