Last night, Spatch fought a brave, epic, but ultimately losing battle against the rain and wind on the way from the office to the T:
You work for the Boston DPW and you're trying to figure out what to do about a 20-foot-high geyser of water erupting from some temporary main. Sure, why not put one of those traffic barrels over the hole?
... That thing took off like a rocket! It nearly cleared the building. ...
Man asks for change for a dollar; when clerk opens register, man pulls knife, demands money, cuts victim's hand, then takes cash and flees.
473 W. Broadway
Kid on school bus mouths off to pickup driver. Driver shoots him the forehead.
Stephen Beck, 23, of South Boston arrested, to be arraigned Monday on charge of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. The kid, 14, was treated for minor injuries at Boston Medical Center.
Old Colony Avenue and Preble Street
That's Carpundit's reaction to the news that many in Boston's Haitian community still seem to embrace state Rep. Marie St. Fleur despite her (and her husband's) suddenly well known financial improprieties:
... That's a Boston tradition: support the criminal as long as he's your criminal. Those scumbags in Southie seem to have perfected a grand tradition.
Suspect entered store with butcher knife, pushed worker to floor and demanded money.
L St. and E. 5th St.
Arrested at the Broadway T stop after allegedly robbing two females at knifepoint.
C St. and W. Broadway
Bailey Kimball, 18, charged with stabbing man in left arm.
Boston St. and Ellery St.
21-year-old man, walking home from the Andrew T stop, reports suspect punched him in the head, then robbed him at knifepoint.
Man moves orange cone and barrel from shoveled space after snowstorm; man gets punched in the face. Did not require medical attention.
36 Thomas Park
19-year-old attacked by three white men between 20 and 25 who stole his jewelry, then fled in a white Toyota. Victim taken to NEMC for treatment.
55-R Crowley Rogers Way
The Doorman comes back to Southie after a long sojourn in New York and cannot believe what he sees when he stops at a liquor store on West Broadway:
... We're in the heart of Southie, and it's January, and three guys are standing in front of the place smoking. Who are we dealing with here? Some of Whitey's boys? Am I gonna have to throw down? Pull out my gat and be firin'?
Muscular white gunman wearing a ski mask points gun at clerk at the 3 D's store; got away with about $200.
249 W. 6th St.
Man with gun enters dry cleaners, exits out the rear with money.
768 E. 4th St.
The view this afternoon from the Congress Street bridge across Fort Point Channel and toward the South Boston Postal Annex (and the South Boston Big Dig ventiliation shafts).
John wonders what's so important that the developers of the Macallen Building (you know, the "green" condos near the Broadway T stop) had to be doing loud construction work at 2:25 a.m.
Eastie? Rozzie? Fuhgeddaboud'em. Charlestown? That's SO '90s. John reports that the New Boston Hotness is South Boston:
The hottest neighborhood in Boston is now the lower end of South Boston, near the Broadway bridge. Everyone wants to live there.
Prediction: Within two years, John will be writing the same exact thing about Wolcott Square in Hyde Park. And two years after that, Mattapan Square.