By - 6/17/16 - 1:01 pm

Mayor Walsh today annnounced a ten-year program, called Boston Creates, to "weave arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life" in the city.

The city will set aside money each year for public art projects - 1% of each year's spending on capital projects. One of the first areas to benefit will be Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain, where the city Public Works Department will spend $100,000 on public art to go along with a planned road upgrade. Read more.

By - 6/15/16 - 11:42 am

The Boston Licensing Board on Thursday considers a proposal for a package store that would specialize in beer and wine from the Caribbean, Cape Verde and other "exotic" locales. Read more.

By - 6/15/16 - 8:01 am

Not long after news broke of his rape indictment, Dorchester Municipal Court probation officer William Averill died when his SUV plowed into a bridge abutment in Randolph, WCVB reports.

State Police report: Read more.

By - 6/14/16 - 11:24 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to a roughly 230-year-old, 13-star American flag now on display at the Commonwealth Museum on Columbia Point.

By - 6/14/16 - 4:13 pm

UPDATE: Averill died in a car crash yesterday afternoon.

William Averill, 50, of West Roxbury, faces arraignment tomorrow on charges he raped a woman who'd reported to him as part of her probation for larceny, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report. Read more.

By - 6/14/16 - 1:06 pm

Licensing Board votes "no violation" by auditorium.

Boston Police and a manager at the Russell Auditorium say a man stabbed repeatedly outside the Talbot Avenue facility on May 7 was apparently attacked in revenge for a rape for which he was convicted about five years ago. Read more.

By - 6/11/16 - 10:32 am

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Shayne Parker to five years in prison for interstate transportation of firearms and being a felon in possession of ammunition, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 6/10/16 - 9:32 am

The Herald reports that when the gunfire started Wednesday, Raekwon Brown rushed out of a pizza place and pushed a woman down - saving her life but ending his.

The Globe talks to his relatives and teachers, who described a happy kid who "didn't know anything about the streets," and who never missed a day of school and worked hard to get As.

By - 6/9/16 - 11:00 am
Raekwon Brown

The Globe reports on the teen shot to death outside Burke High School in Dorchester yesterday afternoon.

Two other students and a woman were also shot, but survived.

WBUR reports the school brought in grief counselors today.

He is Boston's 13th murder victim this year.

By - 6/8/16 - 1:46 pm
93 Park St. fire in Dorchester

Fire scene. Photo by Jay Kenney.

Boston firefighters responded around 1:20 p.m. to a fire at 93 Park St. in Dorchester that went to four alarms before it was knocked down. The Boston Fire Department reports no injuries.

By - 6/8/16 - 1:42 pm

Boston Police report a 17-year-old is dead from a barrage around 1:15 p.m. outside Burke High School this afternoon that also injured two other teens and a woman in her 60s.

City Council President Michelle Wu ended today's council meeting by announcing the shootings.

Photos from the scene.

Read more.

By - 6/5/16 - 5:36 pm
Witch in the Dorchester Day parade

Did she cast a spell to hold off the rain?

The annual neighborhood celebration wended its way up Dorchester Avenue today.

Some of the musicians prepared for the rain that mostly didn't fall: Read more.

By - 6/5/16 - 12:21 am

The Herald reported yesterday that a Dorchester man had posted a video to Twitter in which he threatened to kill EMTs and police officers he felt were harassing him.

A Boston EMS supervisor who saw the video and text threats says that when he reported it to Twitter, somebody at the network responded: Read more.

By - 6/4/16 - 11:23 pm

UPDATE: The Globe identifies the victim as Ronnie Headley, Jr.

A man in his 30s was fatally shot in the chest around 11:20 p.m. at 8 York St.

By - 6/4/16 - 1:33 pm
Levar Godfrey

Boston Police, family and friends have identified the man shot to death on Devon Street last Sunday as Levar Godfrey, 31.

His sisters have set up a GoFundMe page to create a scholarship fund for his daughter, 7: Read more.

By - 6/3/16 - 11:41 pm

Around 11:30 p.m., in the leg, inside 34 Franklin Hill Ave. Her injuries were not considered life threatening.

By - 6/2/16 - 11:01 am
Dead shark off Columbia Point in Dorchester

On Tuesday, police and Aquarium biologists investigated the remains of a basking shark in the Reserve Channel. This morning, Nichole spotted what appeared to be the same shark floating in the water off the JFK Library on Columbia Point.

In 2012, a whale carcass that washed ashore on one of the Harbor islands eventually floated out to sea and headed north, winding up on a beach in Rockport.

By - 6/1/16 - 10:42 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating two indecent assaults that happened within 15 minutes of each other in the area of Columbia Road and Richfield Street.

Around 6:15 a.m. a woman was approached from behind by a man who groped her and then ran down Richfield, police say. About 15 minutes later, another woman was attacked in the same manner and area, they add.