In a genial, low-key forum tonight, District 2 (South Boston, South End Chinatown) Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee seemed to agree on many issues. Both said South Boston needs help to avoid choking on traffic and having longtime families driven out because of neighborhood yuppification, both said they're not endorsing either candidate for mayor but could work with whoever's elected, both said they would seek to repeal a requirement that small landlords pay fees to have their apartments inspected.
The Walsh campaign has announced an 11;45 a.m. endorsement at the Moakley Courthouse by state Sen. Therese Murray.
CommonWealth reports that the vast majority of outside money pouring into Boston is pouring into Walsh's coffers:
Boston Police report a man was stabbed sometime after midnight at Washington and Stuart streets - just down the street from the emergency room at Tufts Medical Center. Police say he is in critical but stable condition.
The owner of a Chinatown travel agency is scheduled for arraignment today on 14 separate larceny counts for allegedly pocketing money for bookings on non-existent flights, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Linda Do, 57, of Dorchester, owns Olympic Travel, 65 Harrison Ave. Prosecutors charge bilked more than a dozen customers, some over the age of 60, which means potentially higher penalties.
Earlier this month, Olympic got two negative reviews on Yelp, both alleging this practice:
Doug Holder recounts a simple moment in a back room at the old place that brings up so many memories.
A disgusted citizen complains about this ad-hoc scupture on Harrison Avenue behind Tufts Medical Center:
Whoever did this is an idiot!
The Glass Slipper, one of downtown Boston's two remaining strip clubs, has fired seven strippers since June, when workers found one of the women nearly unconscious from an apparent cocaine overdose in a club bathroom, one of its owners says.
Michael Bennett, co-owner of the Combat Zone remnant on Lagrange Street, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that several strippers tried slipping drugs into the club even after he ordered doormen to check all employees' bags following the June 29 incident.
A state agency that funds school construction projects today gave Boston permission to look at moving the Quincy Upper School and Boston Arts Academy into a new building, possibly on what is now state land near South Station.
The move could mean that if the project moves forward, the state will pay most of the costs - and the mayor's office is looking at opening the new building for the 2017 school year.
According to the mayor's office:
Francois Firmin, who ran the Congress Street lounge for 10 years, hopes to open a similar lounge at 174 Lincoln St.
The Boston Licensing Board decides later today whether to let Firmin spend $610,000 to buy the liquor license and other assets of District at the same location.
Tim photographed the remains of a hit-and-run crash on Kneeland Street in Chinatown tonight:
Taxi rammed this car into pole then sped off.
An angry exchange of words between two strippers in their locker room at the Glass Slipper one February night may or may not have ended with one one of them punched by the other's boyfriend at closing time, but it did land the club before the Boston Licensing Board today.
The board decides Thursday whether to sanction the LaGrange Street club, not so much for the fight itself as for failing to call police after learning the two women had somehow gotten into it.
The Bank Robbery Task Force reports this guy walked into the Sovereign Bank branch at 43 Kneeland St. on July 1, gave the teller a note and got "a stack of money."
He then left via the front door and out towards Harrison Avenue.
A concerned citizen grouses about rodents of unusual size on Washington Street:
Rats! Huge! Big as a Wombat!
Ed. note: Those would be some rats, since wombats can be as large as 77 lbs. Also: They are not reluctant to use their razor-sharp claws and "startled wombats can also charge humans and bowl them over, with the attendant risks of broken bones from the fall."
Splash, which recently reopened after a burst water pipe caused major interior damage several months ago, has had enough with the water theme and is changing its name to Bliss.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to allow the name change for the Kneeland Street club. Nobody spoke in opposition at a hearing this morning.
Splash's attorney, William Ferullo, told the board this morningthat no major changes were made or planned, except for new furniture and paint required as part of the recovery from the flood.
Transit Police report arresting a man on charges he tried to steal a woman's phone out of her hands at the Tufts Medical Center stop on the Orange Line last night.
According to police, Joaquin Armaiz, 43, went up to a woman walking towards the platform around 7:40 p.m., grabbed her by the shoulders and demanded her phone:
Firefighters are at Washington and Kneeland streets, where CO2 is leaking from a 100-gallon tank in the basement of the McDonald's at the corner. Police are diverting traffic away from the area.
Underbar says it's tightened up its customer screening to keep another guy from coming in and slicing people up, following a May 3 fight that left three stabbed.
In addition to pat downs, people entering the 275 Tremont St. dance club are now also being checked with a metal-detector wand, George Kalevas, Underbar's manager, said yesterday at a hearing before Patricia Malone, director of the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing.