Mike Mennonno takes some photos that prove that just because you live in a million-dollar South End condo doesn't mean you can avoid white trash. Lots and lots of white trash:
Now, when I've brought this up with residents, they kvetch that if they spring for a trash can somebody will steal it. Or, where are they gonna store it? Or what's to stop the rag pickers from digging through trash cans and tossing out the contents, too?
OK, so live in filth two days a week in your beautiful million dollar brownstone, and pretend that your neighborhood doesn't look like Fresh Kills. Trash? What trash? Why, I don't see any trash!
David Hall, 43, found dead; cause of death listed as trauma.
139 E. Berkeley St.
We're all one city, so what's the big deal, right? Wrong (also see the debate on whether a December murder happened in Roxbury or the South End).
Charles Swift attempts to perambulate the bounds of the two neighborhoods by comparing modern maps with maps from the 1800s (back when Roxbury was still a town). But he concludes that "roughly everything west of Harrison Avenue, south of Mass Ave, east of Tremont Street, and north of Hammond Street/Thorndike Street" is neither here nor there and wonders what to call it.
... When neighborhoods are split, who takes responsibility for the disparate parts?
We all carve up cities into mentally manageable pieces. The unclaimed area between the South End and Dudley Square represents terra incognita for too many Bostonians. Defining the area is the first step to reintegrating this fuzzy area into the consciousness of Boston. ...
19-year-old taken to local hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wound to stomach; suspect found hiding under car behind the McKinley School.
W. Canton St.
He tried to keep two men from walking out the door with stolen goods; instead, he was dragged outside and stabbed in the stomach.
Taken to Brigham and Women, treated for non-life-threatening injury. Both suspects are at large; the stabber was described as black, 6'2" with braided hair, wearing a black jacket and sunglasses.
252 W. Newton St.
18-year-old taken to local hospital with injury not considered life threatening.
29 Village Ct.
Four black males who fled in a white Ford station wagon wanted for shooting three young males multiple times. They were transported to BMC with injuries not considered life threatening.
80 W. Newton St.
One wounded in arm; one in leg. Injuries not life-threatening.
Tremont St. and West Concord St.
Police nab Michael Hasberry of Dorchester on robbery charges after police receive report of fight; may face charges in connection with three similar robberies that night.
50 Berkeley St.
Boston Police identify addresses by their "patrol districts." In the case of the Lenox Street shootings, even though Lenox Street is in Roxbury, initial BPD reports placed it in the South End because it's part of the South End patrol district, which extends all the way to Melnea Cass Boulevard.
Idea for BPDNews: Since neighborhoods are obviously an issue when it comes to violent-crime reports, put up some maps showing these patrol districts so people can see where any future discrepancies might be (for example, in my neck of the woods, Roslindale is an amorphous blob that sometimes might be identified as West Roxbury or Hyde Park).
The Herald says a fatal shooting happened at 77 Lenox St. in the South End. The Globe says it happened at 77 Lenox St. in Roxbury. Carpundit says the Herald may just be trying to sell papers by stirring up fear in the South End:
... For those of you from out of town, Roxbury is the part of town you don't want to live in; South End is the rapidly-gentrifying buffer between Back Bay (where you do want to live) and Roxbury. South End is known for, among other things, its gay community, its art community, its restaurants, and its fast-appreciating housing prices in exactly the way Roxbury isn't. ...
For what it's worth, Boston Police called it the South End.
The South End News endorsed Susan Passoni in the District 2 race; Menino for Mayor; and Felix Arroyo, Patricia White, Matt O'Malley and Michael Flaherty in the At-Large race. The newspaper does not have a Web site. Here's the editorial:
Boston City Council endorsements
This yearâ€™s crop of candidates for Boston City Council is the strongest weâ€™ve seen in years. Voters are better off for it. When we go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 8, weâ€™ll have an opportunity to send new energy, ideas and passion to Bostonâ€™s much-maligned City Council.
One of the themes emerging from the At-Large race is that the Council is only as strong as its members make it. Although the Councilâ€™s powers technically reside just in its authority to approve the Mayorâ€™s budget, the Council is a powerful bully pulpit from which to push policy ideas and endorse social movements.
John captures the pink scribble on the side of a black car.
Anybody who's ever lived in an apartment can surely sympathize with those poor infected researchers at BU:
... But Moore acknowledged that researchers in the lab had violated policies requiring them to work with tularemia inside an enclosed box, called a hood, that sends air through sophisticated filters.
Instead, the tularemia samples were sometimes worked with in the open, in part because the enclosed research boxes were sometimes filled with material that should not have been kept there, Moore said.
Just great! We're about to entrust Oscar Madison with ebola, anthrax and other potential mass killers.
So Boston University, which keeps telling us Orange Line riders how cute and cuddly its new mega-biolab in the South End will be, sailed through the city regulatory process without publicly disclosing that three BU researchers infected themselves with tularemia, which the CDC calls one of the most infectious pathogenic bacteria known.
As Steve Bailey asks in the Globe: They didn't think we would want to know?
Now, granted, BU says it didn't go public because tularemia can't be spread from person to person. But then it goes and adds that the "researchers had violated procedures intended to protect them from exposure."
Oh, well, no biggie. It's not like researchers at the new facility will be handling some of the most dangerous - and contagious - diseases known to man. Oh, wait, they will.