City, state officials are looking for tax breaks, road improvements to entice somebody to build a 1,000-room hotel at the South Boston convention center, the Globe reports. Best part is at the end, when the guy who runs the Mass. Convention Center Authority brings out the old world-class-city argument, as in: How can Boston be world class if it doesn't have a 1,000-room hotel at the convention center?
Kids from the Walsh Community Center in South Boston held a protest outside City Hall against a city plan to withdraw funding for programs at the center.
Supporters of the Walsh Center in South Boston plan a rally at City Hall tomorrow (Congress Street side) between 4 and 6 p.m.
Organizer Edward McGuire, a student at the Boston Collegiate Charter School, says he doesn't want his "second home" to become victim to political theater:
The BRA yesterday approved a $56.8-million redo of the the Old Colony housing project that will replace the current post-war project with a new six-story building and a series of townhouses.
Local 718 tweets a crane behind the State Police barracks on Day Boulevard has collapsed. The hazmat unit is on the scene as well,
Library trustees voted this morning to close branch libraries in Brighton's Oak Square, East Boston's Orient Heights, South Boston and Dorchester Lower Mills. City councilors Felix Arroyo, John Tobin and Ayanna Pressley, meanwhile, vowed to block any efforts to shut the branches.
"Today is not the end," Arroyo said.
Trustees unanimously rejected plans to shut either seven branches or keep all branches open but slash service hours at most locations in their effort to close a budget hole of more than $3 million.
Harmony Wu, who was considering a run for congress against Steve Lynch after his vote against health care reform last month, has decided not to run. I received the news through a Facebook message from the "Draft Harmony Wu" Facebook group.
So now it's between Steve Lynch and Phil Dunkelbarger in November, it seems.
Harmony's message below the fold.
After careful consideration, I have decided not to run in the Democratic primary for the MA 9th Congressional Seat.
District C-6 reports the arrest of two men and a woman at Old Colony Avenue and O'Callaghan Way around 2 a.m. on March 29 on a charge of breaking and entering a motor vehicle. Police say they suspect the trio are to blame for tire thefts in the area - officers found a hydraulic jack and cinder blocks in their trunk.
Jennie Ferreira reports City Year member Sam Cohen took a bit of poetic license with Ke$sha's "Tic Toc" to help kids at the Condon School in South Boston get ready for some MCAS testing:
MCAS- Study hard, teacher filling up my brain
MCAS- It's a blast, doing hard questions last
Underline, take your time
Because the clock don't stop (Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh)
Greg Cook reports the waterfront museum had to fix roof damage caused by the recent aguageddon.
Michael McGee, running to replace Brian Wallace in the 4th Suffolk district (South Boston and part of Dorchester), suggested today that that kid charged with bringing a loaded gun into the South Boston Education Complex and aiming it at pursuing cops might not have done so if the state had a strong law against bullying.
In a statement, he said:
District C-6 reports a series of break-ins along West Broadway early on March 20. Places hit: Cafe Arpeggio, the Clock Tavern, Three Clover Pizza and the Black Thorn. In all four cases, the front door was pried open and money taken. The Black Thorn also lost five bottles of liquor.
AK's Pizza on D Street was also broken into that night, through a rear door.
Boston Police report a woman walking on E. 8 St. shortly before midnight on Sunday was held up by two guys who showed a gun.
Guillermo Rodriguez, 27, and Delshaun Bloodworth, 21, were arrested and charged with armed robbery.
Conor Yunits runs the numbers, thinks Southie and disaffected union rank-and-file will still go heavily for Lynch, swamping the lefties of Jamaica Plain:
... If a Wu or Dunkelbarger candidacy is intended just to send Lynch some sort of message that liberals are pissed ... I'm guessing he already knows that. But if liberals actually think they could oust Lynch in the 9th over his health care vote?