The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors can use a gun found in a car occupied by suspected gang members as evidence in a trial against two of them on gun charges. Read more.
Stalactites have formed above the outbound platform and tracks at the Tufts Medical Center station.
The Herald reports a Suffolk Superior Court jury found the companies that owned and managed the Radisson Hotel in the Theatre District (now the Revere) shared blame for a woman's rape in its garage in 2009 because they should have bolstered security more after an earlier rape there. The jury awarded her $6.6 million with interest.
The McDonald's at Washington and Stuart streets closed for good on Friday after 25 years of being the only McDonald's in Boston with Chinese signs and a quasi-pagoda entrance decorated with Chinese-style lanterns.
No word if it's being replaced by a juice bar, which seems to be the thing in Chinatown these days. The Chinese-language Dunkin' Donuts seemed to be doing a thriving business down the street today.
J.L. Bell alerts us to recreations of Stamp Act protests on the anniversary of them next week at the intersection of Boylston and Washington streets in Chinatown.
The Boston Licensing Board recently ordered New Moon Villa on Edinboro Street to shut for five days for failing to fix its surveillance system even as violence kept erupting outside the restaurant and sometimes spilled into it. Read more.
The BRA board today approved a plan for a 23-story "microhotel" at the corner of Tremont and Stuart streets that will have 346 rooms of just 175 square feet apiece.
The proposed Marriott Moxy Hotel will rise on what is a small BRA-owned lot now used solely for large advertising banners. Read more.
Boston Police say the woman who died after hitting her head on the ground in Chinatown Wednesday morning was Yuzhen Lei, 72.
Police charge Tajanetta Downing, 24, of Lawrence, with pushing her to the ground. Downing was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail yesterday on assault and battery charges. Authorities have yet to say if they will upgrade the charges now that Lei has died. Read more.
UPDATE: The woman who was pushed died this afternoon, the DA's office reports.
Tajanetta Downing, 24, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail today at her arraignment on charges she pushed an elderly woman to the ground in Chinatown, "causing a serious head injury to the victim," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
So they're filming the Ghostbusters remake in Boston, which, of course, has to stand in for New York, because, well, that's what the Keymaster demands or something. Today, a half block of Harrison Avenue at Essex was made more Chinatownier for the movie.
The old Verizon switching station was livened up with Chinese banners (as was the newer and uglier Verizon switching station next door): Read more.
On April 6, detectives visited New Moon Villa Restaurant on Edinboro Street and asked day manager and co-owner John Chen if the restaurant had working surveillance cameras. He said it did. They then wrote him a series of citations for incidents stretching back to a gang shootout in August that left six with gunshot injuries - because at each of the incidents, a restaurant manager told investigators the cameras pointing at the restaurant door, which might have yielded clues about the incidents, weren't working. Read more.
Rachel enjoyed the dance performance that was part of a Chinatown street festival today.
UPDATE: The MBTA reported at 7:19 p.m. that service had resumed.
Sean Olson reports an electrical fire in the tunnel near Chinatown station shut the Orange Line shortly before 6 p.m. The Boston Fire Department made quick work of the fire and let the T restore power at 6:19 p.m. , although the T was still reporting service was knocked out between Back Bay and North Station at 6:40 p.m.
Around New Year's, FBI agents made some unusual phone calls: Warnings to members of a Dorchester gang to lay low because a leader of the rival Columbia Point Dawgs had been shot and was convinced they were behind it - and was vowing revenge.
Demetrius Williams had reason to suspect somebody in the Greenwood Street Posse had shot him as he sat in his Mercedes outside a 6 Metcalf Ct. drug "stash" house. His Columbia Point Dawgs and Greenwood Street had been engaged in an increasingly violent feud for several months - which included turning Edinboro Street in Chinatown into a free-fire zone early one August morning that left six people with gunshot wounds. Read more.
A Chicago man was arraigned yesterday on charges he tried to shunt the driver aside and take the controls of an Orange Line train as it hurtled under Washington Street Tuesday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.