The Boston Fire Department is on scene at the main rail line through Hyde Park, where wind toppled a tree onto the inbound catenary lines, causing it to burst into flames. Rail traffic was stopped in both directions as firefighters awaited the arrival of an Amtrak crew who could turn off the power to allow the charred remnants to be removed and to inspect the wires for damage.
Boston Fireman reports Boston rescue crews and Amtrak police rushed to the tracks near Hyde Park Avenue and Cummins Highway around 11:40 a.m. this morning, initially on reports the train hit somebody. Boston Fireman says the incident did mean "residual delays" for train riders on the line.
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Rob Villegas shows us the new home of the Boston Renaissance Charter School on Hyde Park Avenue:
It's great to hear shrieking and laughter in the playgrounds during recess. I say that now ...
Ninth District Rep. Steve Lynch and Democratic challenger Mac D'Alessandro discussed everything from the proposed Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan to, of course, health care, in a 20-minute discussion on WGBH's "Greater Boston" tonight (Watch).
D'Alessandro said he supported the rights of a Moslem group to build a cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero: "We have a constitutionally protected right to practice our faith as we see fit, and you know, those rights, those core values mean the most when it's uncomfortable for us to adhere to them," he said.
Channel 2's "Greater Boston" will air a debate between 9th District incumbent Steve Lynch and Democratic challenger Mac D'Alessandro at 7 p.m. tonight (the debate will be taped at 4:30). Greater Boston airs for 30 minutes, so that would make this twice as long as their earlier debate.
Richel Nova Trust for Education
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200 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
The money will help them continue their college educations, for which Nova had been working two jobs. Mayor Tom Menino, for whom they had worked, set up the fund.
WBUR interviews a Hyde Park High School student who found her best friend and two guys in her yard around 2 a.m. last Wednesday:
Valery doesn't understand why they came to her house afterwards.
"It really sickens me. And [they] actually brought the box of pizza home and [were] offering me a slice of pizza ... and [they're] really letting me eat this pizza and [they] know [they] just robbed somebody and killed them," she said.
The three people charged with murdering a Domino's delivery man were ordered held without bail at their arraignment today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Boston Police report arresting two Hyde Park men and a Mattapan woman on charges they stabbed Richel Nova to death when he delivered a pizza to the vacant Hyde Park Avenue house they had allegedly broken into late Wednesday night.
Michel Andre St. Jean, 20, of Hyde Park; Alexander Emmanuel Gallett, 18, of Hyde Park and Yamiley Mathurin, 17, of Mattapan, are all charged with murder, armed robbery and armed breaking and entering of a dwelling house.
Ed. question: One of the highlighted class members is Dante Consalvo. Any relation to City Councilor Rob Consalvo?
District E-18 reports two Hyde Park residents have gotten calls from people claiming they've won a sweepstakes, but need to wire some money to cover fees and taxes. And then the scammers offer to send a car by to drive the "winner" to the nearest Western Union office:
The callers have shown that they have a familiarity with the neighborhood by quoting the color of individual houses on the intended victim's street.
Hyde Park residents who get a call like that are advised to say no, then call E-18 detectives at 617-343-5607.