Mayor Menino's office today announced a plan to re-label all 1,285 of Boston's "Hero Squares" so you'll be able to learn more about the people whose names are posted on all those intersections. Plaques that currently list only the person's name will be supplemented with new signs offering some biographical background on the person and a link to additional information online.
The first square... Read more
Outrage in Dorchester after activists learn the city DPW wants to turn a 3-acre parcel next to the new Uphams Corner station on the Fairmount Line into a garage for trucks and light poles rather than the housing they want and city officials, including the mayor only recently professed to support.
The DPW says the MBTA, which now lets it use space at the... Read more
UPDATE: Two suspects arrested around 11:25 p.m.
Shortly before 11 p.m. in front of the Rent-a-Center at Dorchester Avenue and Roach Street. The woman was hit in the head with the gun, part of which broke off, the thieves got off with her purse and cell phone. The suspects are described as two black males in black jackets.
The Dorchester Reporter reports the city-owned theatre, which has seen long stretches of quietude, is getting a resident theatre company promising "a minimum of two, high-caliber musicals will hit the stage for multi-week runs."
Apparently, the Discovery Channel thinks America hasn't gotten enough of South Boston and is readying a series based on a book written by a former IRA gun runner and associate of murdering thug Whitey Bulger, only this time, a Southie crew will battle rivals from Roslindale and Dorchester for, oh, who the hell cares, it's going to suck.... Read more
Dot is saturated with a strong aroma of pride and its residents have a welcoming, but rigid attitude. Come and visit our growing neighborhood and share in the good times with a... Read more
A teacher used Google to confirm the principal at the Frederick Middle School plagiarized a magazine article in a staff memo. Students caught plagiarizing get an automatic F on the paper.
A body found near the Columbia Road offramp of I-93 around 10 a.m. has been identified as a 24-year-old Billerica man whose death does not appear suspicious, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Based on observations of the remains and the scene, investigators are currently investigating the death as a non-homicide; this is a preliminary determination, however, and does not rule out other findings... Read more
UPDATE: Boston Police report one victim, 23, suffered the life-threatening injuries; the second victim, 16, is expected to survive.
Two men were shot shortly after 11 p.m. and found outside 5 Page St. The shootings might have happened a few doors down on Glenway, where officers found spent shells and a blood trail.
The homicide unit was called in because of the serious... Read more
Transit Police report arresting Christopher Broxton, 36, of Quincy, on charges he grabbed money out of a Red Line rider's hands at JFK/UMass on Monday.
Broxton, who then allegedly fled with his pit bull, was arrested Friday thanks in large part to tips from the public, Transit Police said.
That the... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter reports on the pole that crashed on a family's car and how they narrowly avoided being crushed and then immolated when the car burst into flames. Verizon owns the pole.
As of 10 p.m., parts of Roslindale, Hyde Park, Roxbury and Dorchester were without power.
Parts of the western side of South Boston went dark when a manhole on West 1 St. between B and C went kablooie. NStar was unable to provide an estimate for when workers could get down there for a look.
Firefighters responded to 320 W. 2 St., where... Read more
UPDATE: Arrest made.
Transit Police report they are looking for a man who went up to somebody counting money on the Red Line platform around 9:40 p.m. on Monday, grabbed the money, then fled up the stairs to Columbia Road.
Photos and video after the jump, but first a fun little game: Guess the guy's race.
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Via the Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association, District C-11 reports on a duo preying on the elderly the past couple of days:
Guys ringing bells and saying they are doing tree work or landscaping work on the house behind the house they are ringing bell. They are trying to get the victim (usually elderly) to go behind the house with them and then a second... Read more
Boston Police report the Dorchester teen was walking to her boyfriend's house - and talking to him on the phone - shortly after 2 a.m. when some guy began following her:
The victim said she was followed by an unknown male suspect from Dorchester Avenue to Dracut Street then approached her while holding a knife in her direction and stated, "Yo run your pockets."... Read more