Michael Jonas makes the case.
A man sleeping on a bench at a Silver Line stop in the South End got a rude awakening this morning when, police say, two men held him up at knifepoint. Boston Police report on the incident around 3:30 a.m. at Washington and E. Berkeley streets:
The victim reported one of the two suspects was wielding a knife while the other grabbed him by the jacket. The victim, startled by the event, jumped and ran out of his jacket, which the suspects took. The suspects then chased the victim until he lost them.
Police say they quickly found the suspects - with the man's jacket. Jesus R. Quintero, 32, and Carlos Fuente-Lopez, 29, both of Boston, were charged with armed robbery.
The Phoenix reports on two more issues involving Wilkerson:
One involves a questionable personal loan from a powerful developer who has dealings with the State Senate, and the other involves, yet again, failure to file tax returns, this time for a nonprofit she has run.
The Suffolk County DA's office today dropped a charge of criminal harassment against Gregg Housh, 32, of Woburn, related to protests outside the Church of Scientology's Boston headquarters.
However, a Boston Municipal Court judge continued for one year charges against Housh of disturbing an assembly of worship and disturbing the peace. The ruling means Housh has to stay away from the church's current headquarters and its planned new offices in the South End or the case could be brought to trial, according to the Suffolk County DA's office. In a statement, the office explained the decision to drop the criminal-harassment charge:
After a review of the evidence, prosecutors determined they could not meet their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt on this charge [of criminal harassment] and could not in good faith move forward with it.
Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have introduced evidence and testimony to show that Housh and others entered the Church of Scientology's Beacon Street building in a boisterous manner during a March 1 protest, disturbing the proceedings and alarming those inside.
Dianne Wilkerson's campaign Web site is now www.diannedelivers08.com instead of www.diannedelivers2008.com, so don't even think of going to the latter, especially since the campaign simply pulled the plug on it, rather than doing anything so radical and risky as redirecting people who click there to the new site.
On Monday, the Herald reported the old site still listed endorsements from pols who no longer back Wilkerson, now that she's no longer the Democratic nominee for the 2nd Suffolk State Senate seat. The new site lost the endorsement list, along with the "20" in the URL.
Sonia Chang-Diaz, could be on her way as the first Latina-American to become a state senator, representing the 2nd Suffolk District of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and others.
Meanwhile, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner (African-American) blasted the "Soon-To-Be" first ever Latina on her way to becoming the next State Senator; calling Chang-Diaz "A Non-Latina" with no kind of Latino blood background in her whatsoever.
Saturday, October 18th, hundreds of residents "spotted" the duo knocking on doors in Roxbury and Dorchester. Is that Sonia whatever-her-name-is? And is that MC Spice? The conversation is sparked, and the pitch to get support at the polls is made. Residents are wowed to have Ms. Diaz at their front door showing her normality and human side. Most were especially glad to see an old friend of the community supporting the Democratic nominee for state senate.
Boston University assures us they won't let anybody with psychological problems work at its new South End biolab.
In case you missed it, Yvonne Abraham yesterday had an interesting piece that raises the question of whose campaign is really for sale: Sonia Chang-Diaz, who took $500 from some woman in Cambridge, or Dianne Wilkerson, who took $7,000 from the management companiy at the Roxse Homes project (from which Wilkerson rents her campaign office)?
Says so right here on Southampton Street.
Did anybody in Boston not get a call last night from the National Institutes of Health about a hearing on BU's Deadliest Things Alive project in the South End?
Just in case, it's on Oct. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St.
House Speaker DiMasi to endorse Sonia Chang-Diaz in 2nd Suffolk state-senate race.
The Globe reports the state Bar Counsel wants state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson disbarred, saying she lied under oath during a 2005 court hearing involving her nephew:
In both the court appearance and in the affidavit, Wilkerson falsely claimed that she was present at a Boston police station when two homicide detectives interviewed another relative, Isaac Wilkerson, about the 1994 stabbing death of Hazel Mack, the petition said.
The complaint now goes before the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Councilor Turner tells PoltickerMA that he doubts Sonia Chang-Diaz is really Latina and that her support really comes from white women who can't stand the idea that a black man could get into the White House instead of Hillary Clinton.
Needless to say, Turner is backing incumbent Dianne Wilkerson in her sticker campaign, calling her "a treasured resource" the 2nd Suffolk District - or rather, real blacks and Latinos in the district - can't afford to give up.
No word yet if she will continue her "Chang-Diaz is a white devil controlled by Cambridge honkies" strategy, however.
Boston Police report arresting a naked man early Saturday on charges he broke into two South End apartments.
The streaker first struck at 4:49 a.m. at 236 W. Newton St., where he kicked in a door but then fled when the newly awoken residents went to see what was going on, police say:
When asked to describe the suspect, the victims stated, "He was naked."
Brandao is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, but police say he could face additional charges and they are continuing to look for additional suspects. Police allege the four people were attacked around 2:45 a.m. by three Hispanic men who fled in a white Honda:
[Two of the victims] stated that while they were walking home the above M/V stopped along side of them as the passengers began to yell obscenities to include homophobic slurs. The suspects then exited the vehicle and began assaulting the victims yelling discriminatory statements as they assaulted them. Victim #1 was unable to remember who hit him. Officers observed injury to Victim #2 who suffered a gash above his right eye. Victim #3 stated to Officers that she was punched in the head and thrown to the ground. Victim #3 complained of a headache and dizziness but declined medical attention on scene. Victim #4 suffered no injury and declined medical attention on scene.
South End News account of the beating.
The South End News reports on a group of friends attacked on Columbus Avenue while walking home from the Roxy early on Sunday:
... Two of them began beating Cain and another kicked John in the face repeatedly as he lay on the ground, shouting "Fuck you, faggots" throughout the attack. ...
State Police and an empty CT1 bus have E Newton St blocked off near the entrance to BMC. News crews on the scene mentioned a stabbing but there was no evidence outside to explain all of the commotion.
Update: Initial details from WCVB indicate that one person was stabbed in the neck at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, 85 East Newton St. The mental health facility is not actually owned by Boston University Medical Center. The road is now opened to traffic again.