The Herald reports the Baker administration has stopped plans to buy "diesel multiple unit" trains that would have allowed the Fairmount Line to run at subway-like frequencies, saying now's not the time to load up on new technologies on the T. Read more.
DMUs are passenger coaches with their own diesel engines, which can be more easily assembled into smaller trains at non-peak hours; the Patrick administration had touted them as a way to improve service on the line - and also to serve the proposed West Station stop in Allston on the Worcester Line and connect Back Bay with the South Boston convention center.
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.
The Boston Preservation Alliance posts an interview with city archaeologist Joe Bagley. He brings us up to date on the archaeological digs in the front yard of Old City Hall (site of an even older home for Boston Latin School) - they've found the remains of a building, but which one? - and alerts us that his next major project will be at at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, looking for an outhouse that would have been in use when the site was home of the Industrial School for Girls in the mid-19th century.
A Dorchester Municipal Court judge today rejected arguments from lawyers for a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old that they posed no flight risk after being charged with gunning down another teen and ordered them held without bail.
In a tense courtroom, Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Jennifer Hickman said Raeshawn Moody, 14, and Dushawn Taylor-Gennis, 16, patiently waited at the intersection of Washington and Fuller streets Wednesday evening for Jonathan Dos Santos, 16. Read more.
The Globe reports on the Dorchester teen's final hours.
Jason Grover reports the driver of this car thought he'd come under fire this evening and was so shook up, he crashed his car at Columbia Road and Hamlet Street. In fact, it was fireworks, not gunfire, Grover - who said he got a whiff of that distinctive fireworks smell - says:
There were a series of sharp cracks that could have been mistaken for gunshots then our building shook.
The Dorchester Reporter reports Boston 2024 wants to shift tennis from its original location at Harvard to Harambee Park, conveniently located near a Fairmount Line stop.
While riding a bicycle shortly after 8 p.m. in the area of 128 Fuller, near Washington Street, Stanley Staco reports. Boston Police report the 16-year-old died and that they are looking for two suspects: "both black males in their late teens or early twenties, wearing green hoodies who fled the area on foot on Washington Street towards Mora Street."
Around 5:20 p.m. at Milton Avenue and Armandine Street.
Even the Boston Yeti made an appearance - after first shaving some fur for the summertime.
Marchers in the annual parade had bright skies, but not absurdly warm or humid conditions this year. Still, imagine marching 4+ miles dressed like this: Read more.