The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Daniel Francis, whom a jury found guilty of trafficking crack in 2005 because a key part of the evidence against him was certification from the disgraced chemist that the substance police found in his car - and in the mouth of a man who'd just left his car - was crack. Read more.
The Dig introduces us to some of the kids at Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, "an alternative BPS high school that is often a last resort for youth who are in danger of leaving or being expelled from the system."
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Gregorio "Mikey" Lopez's conviction for killing his girlfriend's former boyfriend, Shoughan Morgan, on Mozart Street on March 11, 2009.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on a developer's plans to replace the LAZ parking lot - the one across the street from the T stop - with a 260-unit development.
John Godfrey couldn't help but notice this tree down across Tower Street in Forest Hills.
The light and trolley poles along South Huntington Avenue in front of Angell Memorial Hospital are now lined with pages of a plea for a reconnection from a man who wants to see the woman whose dog bit him, now that she seems to be taking a different path with the dog. Read more.
Todd Consentino attended a MassDOT update session on the Casey Overpass/Forest Hills rehab project tonight and reports that the work has fallen a year behind schedule: Three months due to the inability to work under the mega snowpiles of 2015 and now nine months because the state is having problems buying six ceiling-mounted "jet fans" to ventilate and cool the Orange Line tunnel under the new ground-level Arborway. Read more.
Isabel Rey watched traffic come to a standstill in Jackson Square for about 15 minutes this morning as some people proclaimed their devotion to Jesus in the middle of Centre Street.
WBUR spends some time with the Fancy Lads, who roam the city in search of places to practice their "avant gnar" skills.
Jamaica Plain News roots out the news that researchers have discovered a previously unknown species of truffles in our very own Arnold Arboretum. No word when we can expect truffles-mad pigs to start snouting around the grounds.
Mayor Walsh today annnounced a ten-year program, called Boston Creates, to "weave arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life" in the city.
The city will set aside money each year for public art projects - 1% of each year's spending on capital projects. One of the first areas to benefit will be Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain, where the city Public Works Department will spend $100,000 on public art to go along with a planned road upgrade. Read more.
UPDATE: Deer found healthy enough to be released, which it was, in a location that was not the Arboretum or Franklin Park, at the direction of state Environmental Police.
A young deer's explorations of Jamaica Plain came to an end this evening in a backyard on Jess Street, a dead end behind the Brewery complex where two Boston Animal Control workers captured it, a couple hours after firefighters had spotted it, possibly injured, on Boylston Street at Amory. Read more.
Around 5:10 p.m. on Centre Street at Mozart in Jamaica Plain. The baby girl just wasn't waiting for the ambulance to arrive; she appeared moments before the EMTs, with the help of Sgt. Rene Sanchez.
Boston Police report: Read more.
Around 3:40 a.m. on March 26, their windows closed on a chilly night, residents of Kittredge Street in Roslindale were jolted awake by the sound of gunfire. It was, a federal indictment charges today, an attempt by a member of a Jamaica Plain gang to murder an associate of a rival Jamaica Plain gang who was living near the intersection with Cliftondale. Read more.
UPDATE, 10:10 a.m. The problem was briefly so severe the T was busing passengers between Forest Hills and Stony Brook, but they say it's all good now.
A T alert of "moderate" delays on the inbound Orange Line due to signal problems at Forest Hills was, of course, followed shortly after by a T alert of "moderate" delays on the outbound Orange Line.
Jess Ernst asks:
Need to find a tailor who is good with men's suits, in the Roxbury/JP/South End part of the world.
On Friday, an ISD inspector slapped a stop-work order on one of the fences outside the former Yang's Martial Arts Academy on Hyde Park Avenue because the contractor never got a permit to demolish the building it demolished.
UPDATE: Developer says ISD issued all the relevant permits months ago, that ISD only issued the order because it misplaced them and that work has started again today. See the comments for more.
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