The Huntington News reports somebody was held up at gunpoint around 1:20 p.m. on Saturday at Massachusetts and Columbus avenues, and that the robbers fled "in a black car with the Zipcar logo on the side."
Possibly as many as eight shots fired around 5:20 p.m. outside 623 Mass. Ave.
A used-car dealership at 1258 Massachusetts Ave. would make way for 40 condos in two six-story buildings under plans recently filed with the BRA. Read more.
The Boston Fire Department has asked for power to be shut in both directions at Massachusetts Avenue due to a track fire.
UPDATE: Trash fire on the tracks extinguished at 12:35 p.m.
The South End Forum reports the company that wanted to keep its check-cashing place at Mass. Ave. and Tremont Street open 24 hours has told the mayor's office, nah, just kidding, they'll keep closing at midnight. But the group adds:
They will however pursue a proposal for a 24/7 operation at their Edward Everett Square location at Boston Street in Dorchester.
Two Globe reporters spend time with the addicts on the stretch of Mass. Ave. now known as Methadone Mile.
It's an interesting, sad read, worth the time - and maybe an e-mail to the mayor's office asking whatever happened to Long Island.
Perhaps there'll be a part 2 in which they talk to the people who live in that area (yes, there are apartments there) on how their lives have been changed by the influx.
Because, sure, who hasn't had an urgent need to cash a check at 3:30 a.m.?
Steve Fox at the South End Forum is sounding the alarm over a proposal by PLS Check Cashing at Mass. Ave. and Tremont Street to extend its current closing time from midnight to never, which would make it Boston's first non-stop check-cashing place: Read more.
A family that's run a liquor store in Providence for three years wants to branch out to the South End, but is already running into opposition from neighbors who say enough's enough. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports a multi-cuisine restaurant called B3 plans to open in the newly opened Berklee tower on Mass. Ave., where the McDonald's used to be. People looking for a quiet spot to eat might want to look elsewhere because B3 "will be a fluid space where food is alive with freshness and flavor and music just happens."
The roof of Random Hall, a four-story MIT building being renovated at 282 Mass. Ave. burst into flames around 3 p.m. The fire went to two alarms before being brought under control.
Han watched the smoke from across the river: Read more.
Cambridge Police report a woman was shot in the leg outside Monroe, 450 Massachusetts Ave., around 2:10 a.m. Read more.
A WBUR reporter takes us on a tour of Mass. Ave. in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard.
As Pardini walks down the street, he explains the debris along the pavement.
"There's a cap from a needle. That's an empty heroin bag right there," Pardini says, while warning me to avoid the discarded needles at our feet.
Vice, meanwhile, takes us inside the Spot, a new location where Methadone Mile addicts can go and be monitored while they're under the influence.
Oliver Smoot, the man who became a unit of measurement, was back in town today to serve as grand marshal of the 100th anniversary of MIT's moving day - the celebration of the school's moving from the Back Bay to Cambridge.
RoadTrip New England snapped him as he rode past the markers bearing his name on the bridge.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let chef Douglass Williams buy the beer and wine license from the defunct CluckIt so he can open a neighborhood place serving "Italian influenced, American executed" food. Read more.
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