Two city councilors among Times columnist's list of 14 must-watch young Democrats

Times columnist Frank Bruni writes that at-large Boston City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu (also currently council president) are two young Democratic elected officials to keep an eye on. He also put US Reps Joe Kennedy and Seth Moulton on his list.

Five-alarm fire destroys Hyde Park warehouse, forces evacuation of nearby homes

Firefighters battle blaze in Hyde Park.

Boston firefighters responded at 5:40 p.m. to 28 Grantley St., off Hyde Park Ave., for what turned into a five-alarm blaze in a warehouse at Hyde Park Masonry and Supplies.

At times the smoke was so thick firefighters with hoses at the top of one of three ladders were not visible from the street. Police evacuated nearby homes on Grantley Street and ordered onlookers away from the front of the fire scene on Hyde Park Avenue. Thick smoke filled the streets a couple blocks south of the warehouse.

Firefighters fought the blaze entirely from the outside, in part due to the presence of tanks of chemicals inside the warehouse.

Two firefighters were injured, one seriously enough to be taken to a local hospital, although his injuries are not life threatening, BFD says.

Fire Commissioner Joe Finn arrived and took control of the fire operations.

Grantley fire

Firefighters are continuing to pour water on the building (photo by BFD) and expect to remain on scene overnight.

Grantley fire

The smoke on Glenwood Avenue, a couple blocks away:

Grantley smoke
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Man runs into traffic, gets hit, goes flying, walks away

Tom captured the incident on Morton Street just past Blue Hill Avenue on his car dashcam late Thursday afternoon.

WBZ reports police are aware of the incident but that nobody came into B-3, which is right across the street, to report anything. If you go to the video and set it to the slowest possible speed, it sure looks like running guy was running because he'd just taken something that didn't belong to him.

Via Boston Reddit.

It's come to this: Mayor feels compelled to issue statement that he doesn't want to destroy Boston Latin School

Updated with statement from Superintendent Tommy Chang that nope, he didn't leak the info to the Globe.

Mayor Walsh follows up on the Friday news-dump leak about a 2015 incident at Boston Latin School with a statement that no, he doesn't want to tear down the historic exam school:

As Mayor, I will continue to strongly support Boston Latin School's high standards of excellence and rigor, and the record of achievement that benefits the entire city. More importantly, I will never take steps that diminish that level of excellence, or put it at risk. I am committed to the goals of the BLS student, educator and alumni community, not only in maintaining the tradition of excellence, but also in ensuring the culture at BLS is one where every student feels safe from discrimination.

Walsh did not mention the odd timing of the Globe story, just two days after BLS teachers humiliated him and Superintendent Tommy Chang, and a day after BLS parents held a rally to support soon-to-be-former Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta.

Don't look at me, Chang says in a statement:

Boston Public Schools does not publicly release confidential information pertaining to students or student discipline that would warrant an invasion of privacy. I am troubled by any information shared publicly that constitutes a breach of that confidentiality.

In a letter that was sent yesterday to the Boston Latin School community, I shared that I am committed to ensuring that BLS continues to uphold its longstanding tradition of providing outstanding education and preparing students for responsible, engaged citizenship. We must also continue the important work initiated this year of creating meaningful dialogues around race and culture to develop a school environment where all feel welcomed and supported.

Next week, I plan to name an interim headmaster for Boston Latin due to this week's resignation of Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta, who was a dedicated leader of the school. Thereafter, BPS and BLS will begin to map out the process to find a permanent school leader.

I ask the Boston Latin School community to come together in respectful and engaged collaboration and dialogue as we begin this important process and continue to provide the best possible education and experiences for our students."

Move on to have the Citgo Sign made an official landmark

With BU looking to sell the building that now serves as the iconic sign's base, the Boston Preservation Alliance has started collecting signatures on a request to Boston to designate the giant, glowing beacon an official city landmark.

Landmark designation will protect the CITGO sign permanently and require any possible changes to be reviewed (including those that result from future development of 660 Beacon Street). Further, it will recognize the CITGO sign as an important piece of Boston history and culture.