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.
File this under: Yeesh. Boston Police report an argument at Stella Restaurant, 1525 Washington St., turned ugly last night when one patron stabbed another diner in the chest with a butter knife - and then continued the fight outside, where he really tried to put the hurt on the guy. It all started around 10:50 p.m.:
Staff members at the restaurant broke up the fight without realizing that the suspect had used a butter knife as a weapon. Believing the altercation to be over, the staff escorted suspect from the premises and left him on West Brookline Street.
Soon after, the victim left the bar, where he encountered the suspect a second time. Another altercation broke out, in which the victim was punched, thrown to the ground, and kicked by the suspect. During the struggle, a nearby motor vehicle's windshield was smashed.
Cleon Tagaris, 38, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery, police say, adding the victim was treated and released at Boston Medical Center.
A place for serious dancing, Ryan Barrett writes:
... Can you believe that there's no spot in the South End where patrons can shake it a little on the dance floor? This baffles me, what with all the crazy money-spenders, pseudo-celebrities, young couples and uber-handsome gay men that the South End attracts. I thought the owners of Mantra would bring some dancing to the South End with Banq, but the only thing they carried were their leather-clad fans (seriously, I've seen red dominatrix outfits in Banq) and general not-quite-right-ness. ...
Because if you do the former, you might get stabbed and if you do the latter, you might get arrested, we learn from this week's South End News police blotter.
Ryan Barrett agrees you can find all types of people from all sorts of ethnic and racial groups in the South End, but says the longer she lives there, the more she realizes the different groups aren't really mixing: