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By - 4/21/15 - 4:33 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Jamel Bannister, 24, of Dorchester, on a charge of second-degree murder for the death of Courtney Jackson at the Dudley bus station on Feb. 28, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

A second man, Brian Cooper, 27, of Mattapan, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder earlier this month for the death.

According to the DA's office, Bannister and Cooper got into an argument with Jackson around 9:30 p.m.:

By - 4/20/15 - 6:13 pm
Darkened Maverick station on the MBTA's Blue Line

Alex Jafarzadeh shows us a darkened Maverick station on the Blue Line around 6 p.m.; reports trains were still running despite the lack of light.

Shortly after 5 p.m., riders began reporting issues on the other side of the harbor on the Blue Line.

The E Line, meanwhile, got shut between Northeastern and Heath due to a power problem.

By - 4/20/15 - 9:50 am
Dead Red Line train at Central Square in Cambridge

Around 9:30 a.m., Kevin Slane reports, a Red Line train that just sat there at Central Square, quietly expiring for about 10 minutes, was pronounced dead and riders were ordered off.

By - 4/17/15 - 5:17 pm

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. BFD gave the MBTA the OK to resume service.

Boston firefighters are currently investigating what caused smoke in the Maverick Blue Line station shortly before 5 p.m. Trains in both directions are halted - except for one empty train that firefighters are riding from Maverick to Aquarium to look for the source of the smoke, possibly the third rail.

By - 4/17/15 - 12:59 pm

Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.

The kid, too young to have his name released, didn't get far, police say: Other passengers chased him and a T worker "was able to prevent the male from escaping."

By - 4/17/15 - 10:04 am
Red Line pokeball sculpture in downtown Boston

Flea took a look at one of the new sculptures outside 100 High St. - just down the street from the MBTA's main operations center.

The Red Line poké ball and a similar Green Monster ball are the work of sculptor Lars-Erik Fisk, who loves him some spherical art (more examples).

By - 4/16/15 - 7:48 am
Truck hanging off I-93 in Dorchester

The view from Sidney Street. Photo by Meg Reils.

UPDATE: State Police report the truck and a Scion tC collided around 6 a.m., sending the truck partially over the Jersey barriers.

A box truck that wound up hanging off I-93 south in Dorchester this morning created problems on both the highway and the Red Line below - which the MBTA shut until mechanics could move the truck and end the risk it might plunge onto the tracks.

By - 4/15/15 - 4:14 pm

WBUR has the details on the plan to stop subway service at 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 and to eliminate several of the late-night bus routes.

By - 4/14/15 - 11:58 am
Spitty lady

Transit Police report they are looking for a woman they say spit on a 41 bus driver and hit him with something around 5:30 p.m. on April 1 near the intersection of Columbia Road and Annabel Street in Dorchester.

She's described as black, with red highlights in her hair, wearing a pink North Face jacket, black leggings and white sneakers. A Transit Police spokesman said the woman was not disputing a fare or anything like that, she was just being "aggressive."

By - 4/10/15 - 2:58 pm
Samuel

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he began punching a woman he didn't know sitting next to him on an inbound Orange Line train yesterday afternoon - not long after he exposed himself to another woman.

Anthony Samuel, 25, was charged with assault and battery on an elderly person - the woman he punched in the head and chest was 63 - and open and gross lewdness.

By - 4/9/15 - 7:59 am

The State House News Service reports interim T GM Frank DePaola told legislators he had to choose between making riders wait for a shuttle bus on a July night or a February night.

By - 4/8/15 - 11:26 am

That MBTA report is finally out and basically concludes Charlie Baker and legislative leaders need to take over control of the authority through a new "Fiscal and Management Control Board" to replace the new MassDOT board Deval Patrick and legislative leaders set up to take over control of the authority.

The report calls for an end to restrictions on fare increases - in fact, it criticizes the T for offering pass holders higher discounts than other transit agencies in the US and England and says that's "unsustainable."

By - 4/7/15 - 5:32 pm
MBTA Orange Line train not going anywhere

No room on the train. Photo by Shamus Moynihan.

Tonight's line of mourners for the Orange Line includes a very special guest, Channel 7's own Dan Hausle, who had a Vine time recording the wait at Downtown Crossing, where riders piled up because of a train that ascended to Valhalla at Chinatown.

Update, 5:58 p.m. Shamus Moynihan reports:

DTX for 25 mins. Train came through too full. Sign saying 4 mins the whole time.

By - 4/7/15 - 8:41 am

In today's installment of leaks from the impending T study, the Herald reports one complaint is that the authority is mostly siting on large sums of money designated for capital projects.

By - 4/6/15 - 2:46 pm

James Aloisi writes that, to start, it's based on incorrect data on how the T's fares as a percentage of costs stack up with other transit systems. But the real issue, he says, is that what was leaked was really just a trial balloon to see if T riders are a bunch of sheep who will meekly accept cuts with no promises of better service ever.

By - 4/6/15 - 9:15 am
Wanted for Green Line assault

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an incident around 3:40 p.m. last Thursday on a trolley between Haymarket and Park Street.

He's described as white, in his 20s, 5'9" or 5'10" with a medium build. In addition to his Bruins hat, he wore white Apple ear buds.

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

By - 4/5/15 - 1:17 pm
Fried Amtrak electrical equipment at Forest Hills

Fried Amtrak electrical equipment coated with fire-suppressing foam. Photo by Keolis.

Mother Nature just doesn't like trains, it seems. Keolis reports that yesterday's two-alarm fire in an Amtrak signaling vault at Forest Hills was caused by lightning.

And since Amtrak and commuter rail share the Northeastern Corridor, that meant problems for both rail systems - and will likely cause problems during tomorrow morning's inbound commute:

Inbound passengers on the Franklin and Providence/Stoughton lines should expect 20-30 minute delays coming into Boston tomorrow. Needham Line rider should see some delays, too.

By - 4/4/15 - 1:02 pm

A federal appeals court this week upheld lower-court rulings that the MBTA can limit what it allows on ads on its buses and trains and in its stations.

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston rejected claims by a right-wing pro-Israel group that if the T allowed ads referring to Palestinians as "refugees" it also had to allow ads referring to them as "savages."

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