MS-13 member gets 10 years for near-fatal attack on rival gang member

Domingo Tizol, a member of MS-13's Chelsea-based Enfermos Criminales Salvatrucha "clique" was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a punching and knife attack on a member of the rival 18th Street Gang in 2015 in Chelsea.

Tizol, 23 and a Guatemalan national, faces deportation at the end of his sentence, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Tizol pleaded guilty in September to RICO charges that he beat the rival gang member on Bellingham Street in May, 2015. Fellow clique member Bryan Galicia-Barillas has pleaded guilty to shooting the man during the attack - which the victim survived - and is awaiting sentencing for his role in this and two other failed murders and his role in providing the gun used to murder an innocent woman in 2014.

Tizol was one of 61 alleged MS-13 member swept up in federal and local raids in 2016.

Mashed in at the market: Line of cars at Westie Roche Bros. all the way down the street

Meanwhile, at Cambridge Whole Foods, you can't even see the cash registers from the back of the lines.

Allow extra time to get the milk, bread and eggs. Kerry O'Brien reported at 6:05 p.m. that the line to get into the Roche Bros. parking lot was backing up well down Railroad Street.

Boston parking ban goes into effect at 7 p.m.

So if you're parked on a snow-emergency route, move it or lose it. But since there's going to be a snow emergency, you'll have 48 hours after the emergency is declared over to save your space - except in the South End where, theoretically, space savers are never allowed.

BPS schools will be closed tomorrow and there won't be any trash pickup. More Boston info.

The Mattapan Line will be replaced with buses, if they can run, and commuter rail will operate on "extremely reduced" schedules. More MBTA info.

And for Boston kids only: City Councilor Matt O'Malley is once again giving out $5 JP Licks gift certificates to kids who shovel out hydrants.

A lot of empty storefronts on Newbury Street

Jonathan Berk recently walked up Newbury Street and spotted a lot of empty storefronts. But is it as bad as it seems?

Counted +-50 vacant #retail spaces on Newbury Street, one of world's prime shopping streets. Too expensive? Not the destination it once was? Product of shrinking retail climate? Other?

UrbanMeritage, which owns a number of Newbury Street properties, replies that no, it's not as bad as it seems:

Actually many of those buildings are leased and will be opening in the spring. Newbury consists of over 360 retails stores...close to 90% occupied. Not too shabby...sorry to spoil the negative thoughts.

It is that way every winter...look at the historical data. January-March is always the highest vacancy rate on Newbury. It is also the best time to build out stores for a spring opening.

Berk, though, said a lot of the empty spaces were not in UrbanMeritage buildings.

Newbury Street landlords who want to put in restaurants have to find restaurant operators first, board decides.

Take a ride on the gondola

It's just a parody account for now, but see what life would be like with a gondola that would glide like a cloud over the traffic-choked streets of the Seaport, because obviously spending $100 million on a gondola would be way sexier make far more sense than using the money to figure out how to expand Silver Line service or just give everybody who works in the area a bicycle.

NWS: Travel will be very difficult to impossible

Yes, today would be when you need to go out and Buy All the Things, because you're not going to get much of a chance after midnight, and not just because most stores are closed then anyway. Yes, it's Red Alert for the third time in two weeks.

Old Man Winter is getting ready to smack us with another roundhouse blow, as the gathering storm begins to barrel up the East Coast, aided, of course, by Mother Nature's fury. Trees will crash to the ground, power will go out and your back and arms will plead for mercy as you shovel more of the white stuff.

Records could be set as local TV stations see how many reporters and weather people they can cram onto a single screen

The sole consolation is that this time, at least, the worst of the storm isn't lining up with astronomically high tides, so we shouldn't see the sort of flooding we saw in the earlier storms this year.