The Boston Fire Department tweets the rear wall at 56 Berkeley St., from the third to fifth floors, collapsed around 11:30 p.m., Wednesday. The building is vacant and nobody was injured, but as a precaution, a nine-unit condo building at 50 Berkeley St. was ordered evacuated for the night.
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Cathedral, 1400 Washington St., according to state Rep. Linda Dorcena-Forry (D-Dorchester):
Boston Police report Warren Tyler took advantage of a motorist leaving his car running at a gas station to steal the car, then go on a short joy ride that killed one man and sent Tyler and a truck driver in the hospital last night.
Preston Jackson, a Mattapan man charged with continuing to rob Back Bay, South End and Fenway stores even after his photo started showing up on TV, pleaded guilty today to nine counts of armed robbery and one count each of armed assault with intent to rob and attempted robbery, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat sentenced Jackson to 13 to 20 years in state prison.
Jackson never actually showed a weapon during his holdups, in which he typically passed a note to a clerk, but was charged with armed robbery because he told his victims he was armed. After his last, failed heist, police recovered a note on the street that read "Give me the money quietly and no one will be shot."
That argument we have here any time there's a news story about the area behind Northeastern University? The Globe has picked it up.
My personal opinion? Sussex Street is Roxbury, since it was part of the separate city of Roxbury before Boston annexed it in 1868.
... By 6:30 pm the place was jammed. Customers waiting for seats were standing in back of us getting drinks passed to them- including cans of Schaefer beer (go figure). ...
Boston Police report that when Roberto Rodriguez, 24, attempted to grab a woman's purse on Upton Street around 5:40 p.m. yesterday, the woman fought back:
The victim was able to maintain her grip on her cell phone and was bitten on the hand by the suspect. The suspect then tackled the victim to the ground where a struggle ensued. Victims screams were heard by neighbors who then came outside and chased off the suspect but not before he escaped with the victim's property.
Richard Auffrey considers the fact that 85% of the South End restaurant's patrons are women. Basically, most men don't like sharing their food.
The Boston Business Journal reports the 40-unit Urbanica 691 proposal on Mass. Ave. near Harrison Avenue next goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals in December.
Jay Fitzgerald reminds us that just because a Trader Joe's is moving into that old power plant/trolley barn off Harrison Avenue doesn't mean you can now call that area SoWa.
Matthew Anderson snapped this shot of how quickly the brand-new Columbus Avenue bike lanes (installed just this past August) can disappear, thanks to some BWSC work.
John Keith reports the Upton Street agreement means the Inn will only turn two of the three buildings it owns there into housing for previously homeless people and sell of the third building at market rates.
Some residents objected to the plan as too large, even though it would have meant fewer residents in the buildings than under the previous non-profit that owned the buildings.
The South End News reports on a couple and their three children, routed from their 36 Claremont Park basement apartment by five feet of water from a burst BWSC pipe "thrashing almost everything in its path" and leaving them homeless - and, they say, with no help from the city.
WBUR declares Chuck Turner kind of a cult leader, says that helps explain why the Innocent Until Proven Guilty Councilor will win tomorrow.