An FBI agent who has spent more than 14 years investigating the theft of paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum figured almost immediately that a guy offering to sell two of the painting for a total of $55 million on Craigslist was full of it. But on the off chance that Todd Desper was for real - and if not, to catch a guy trying to run a large scam - Special Agent Geoffrey Kelly started an investigation. Read more.
Drew Starr could only stare in amazement at this person's parking job on Mass. Ave. near the Christian Science Center today: Too far from the curb, in a handicap space and with "a crushed bike lane marker underneath."
A Beckley, WV man was arrested today on charges he tried to scam foreign art lovers into wiring him millions for two of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, the US Attorney's office reports.
Todd Andrew "Mordokwan" Desper's arrest is the culmination of an investigation in which the Gardner's security director was brought in to communicate with him in an attempt to determine if he actually had the paintings (spoiler: He didn't). Read more.
The Globe reports BPS plans to replace the old postal warehouse in the Fenway now used for the city arts high school with a new building designed as an arts building from the beginning.
Rick Schimpf paid his regards to the bus whose drive rather suddenly discovered was somewhat taller than 11 feet, shortly before 11 a.m. on Storrow Drive inbound by the BU exit.
K-Rock photographed this crash involving a truck and a car on Commonwealth Avenue at the BU Bridge around 6:45 p.m.
Update: Hennick has made his Facebook feed private, but the Globe report quotes more extensively from his original account.
At the game, Jones got a small ovation from the crowd when he was introduced (and a much larger one before his first at-bat, when the stands had filled in). But after a young Kenyan woman finished singing the Star-Spangled Banner, the middle-aged white fan next to me leaned over and said, "It was too long, and she niggered it up."
Boston Police report a fight on Gainsborough Street around 2 a.m. ended with a man stabbing two other men. Read more.
A man who began attacking his neighbor at 149 Hemenway St. with a stick around 6:30 p.m. was subdued by police, but, according to WHDH, only after injuring four officers. Police used a taser to subdue him.
Kristen Mobilia, who has long been active in the Fenway Garden Society, which oversees the Fenway Victory Gardens, has filed papers with state elections officials for a possible race against District 8 (Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill) City Councilor Josh Zakim.
To get on the fall ballot, Mobilia will have to file enough signatures on nominating petitions that the city elections department will release next month.
Mobilia is also director of finance and administration at VideoLink, LLC, a Newton company that creates and manages videos for corporate clients.
UPDATE: State Police report Jeune was found safe and "in good condition" at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
State troopers in boats searched the Charles River this morning for Tamika Danielle Jeune after her ID, wallets and shoes were found on the riverbank.
UPDATE: NBC Boston reports it's not the body of that missing Southborough man.
First responders are in the Fens near the BFD fire-alarm building to recover a body found in the Muddy River around 12:15 p.m.
Rebecca Binder asks:
Anywhere to play ping pong around Harvard or The Fenway tonight? A bar maybe? Ideas?
The Red Sox yesterday won city permission to host eight concerts at Fenway Park this summer, starting with the Dead and Company on June 17 and 18.
The Red Sox wanted to host twelve concerts, but city licensing head Christine Pulgini said nope after a hearing last month at which Fenway residents and City Councilor Josh Zakim said they didn't sign up for lots of concerts at Fenway on top of 81 Sox home games. Read more.
Nick Aldwin captured this bus-B-Q on Kilmarnock Street in the Fenway around 8 p.m.
The Boston Fire Department reports the bus, which had brought Fitchburg State students to town for the Sox game, was empty at the time. The department adds the bus driver is talking to his company about getting a replacement bus to get the students back to Fitchburg.
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