Six-alarm fire tears through Dorchester homes

At the Marie Street fire. Photo by BFD.

Boston firefighters responded at 4 a.m. to a vacant three decker at 8 Marie St., near Ronan Park, for what turned into a six-alarm fire that damaged four three-deckers on Marie and Fox streets and caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage.

No residents were hurt; one firefighter suffered an ankle injury, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Some 17 people were displaced by the fire, which started in 8 Marie St. and spread to 6 and 10 Marie. A three decker on Fox Street, some 70 feet away, also suffered damage.

The fire flared up again around 8:40 a.m. at 6 and 10 Marie, bringing a two-alarm response.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 04:00

Third time a winner for Roadrunner as official state rock song?

The Patriot Ledger reports that state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) has filed a bill to make Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers the Official Rock Song of the Commonwealth.

This is the third time the legislature will consider the measure. The first time, in 2013, the bill was sponsored by then state Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Dorchester).

Quality, comfort and sex and death, that's nice!

Remember when our worst complaint about Bernie and Phyl's ads was their jingle?

Several months after the furniture chain plastered subway trains with mildly risque ads about how many people their couches could handle, they've introduced new ads that cut right to the chase: If you copulate or die in bed, you better hope you do so in one of theirs.

The ads are having the reverse effect on some people, such as John Overholt, who, after seeing the death one, decided:

I would now rather die than shop at Bernie & Phyl's.

Josh L. saw that ad, too:

gave me unpleasant memories of watching a relative die in hospice so uh thx phyll

And then there was the time Legal Seafood had T ads pulled because they said Green Line drivers had faces like halibuts.

Thousands of scientists, engineers and allies rally on the Common

From across the Boston area's universities, biotech companies and hospitals, thousands of scientists and their allies crowded a soggy Boston Common today to battle an administration that seems intent on denying their research, cutting their funding and banning their colleagues and students from entering the country.

At march for science: Crowd

They cheered as Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator under Barack Obama and a Boston native, demanded the government work to save the planet. "As Americans, as New Englanders, as Boston strong - we care about our natural world!" she exclaimed. The crowd booed just as lustily when she mentioned the name Trump. "My poor EPA," she said. "Its 15,000 people - I love you!"

Scientists from every discipline, engineers, doctors from Mass. General and Boston Medical Center, veterinary students from Tufts, all came to the Common - and protested in scientific notation:

At march for science: Equation
At march for science: Equation
At march for science: 300 baud
At march for science: Beaker
At march for science: Bayesians
At march for science: Entomologist
At march for science: Peer review
At march for science: Solution
At march for science: Tin foil
At march for science: Atom drawing on forehead
At march for science: Antibiotic resitance
At march for science: And yet it moves

Even zombies support science:

At march for science: Brains

Some protested Trump specifically:

At march for science: Irrational things
At march for science: Resist
At march for science: Two deviations
At march for science: Trump

Science is kind of a big deal in Boston:

At march for science: Boston
At march for science: America runs on science

And the scientists had allies:

At march for science: Art historian
At march for science: English teacher

Man's body found on Esplanade bicycle path

A passerby noticed a body on the Esplanade bicycle path around 5:30 a.m., the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will attempt to determine the cause and manner of his death, but the preliminary investigation did not reveal signs of violent trauma and the circumstances do not suggest robbery.

Lout with a dog sought for terrifying little kids on a trolley, attacking their chaperone at Lechmere

UPDATE: Transit Police report the suspect turned himself in.

Transit Police have issued a BOLO for a guy they say started screaming at a group of young kids and their chaperone on a Green Line trolley to Lechmere yesterday afternoon - and then physically attacked their chaperone at the station.

The victim was chaperoning/supervising 1st and 2nd grade children as they traveled on the MBTA returning from a field trip. The suspect male, who boarded at North Station, was in possession of a dog. The victim politely requested he keep the dog away from the children. The suspect male responded by shouting at the victim and using foul obscene language. This was done in the presence of the children.

The suspect also threatened to "kill" the victim and bragged of "killing people" for less. Upon arrival at Lechmere station the suspect male physically assaulted the victim and left the area towards the direction of Cambridgeside Galleria.

Police say the assault involved him "violently shoving" the woman from behind.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymoust tip to 873873.

Dorchester man wanted for March shooting arrested in Chicopee - along with Roxbury guy also charged with violent crime

Boston Police report the arrest of Jonathan Whigham, 29, for a shooting at 225 Quincy St. on March 8.

The BPD fugitive unit, Chicopee Police and federal marshals arrested Whigham today, police say.

WWLP in Springfield reports that when police entered the apartment where they found Whigham, they also found Tyquan Harris, 26, of Roxbury, wanted in Boston on charges of Boston charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime and possession of cocaine. He is also facing unspecified charges in Richmond, VA.

Innocent, etc.