By - 4/27/09 - 9:01 am

You get to park wherever you want, even in fire lanes, and all you have to do is hope none of your competitors has a camera to take an embarrassing photo.

Of course, one of the downsides of being mayor in an election year where the local broadsheet has decided to sic an investigative reporter on city government is having to explain how a retired BRA official can make $162,000 a year on top of his pension working 25 hours a week:

McCann, seated in his City Hall office overlooking Faneuil Hall on Friday afternoon, insisted he has not violated the law because it does not apply to him. He said he believes the BRA is an independent authority and not a government agency covered under the income-limit clause of the law.

By - 4/25/09 - 12:28 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports a triple-decker suffered extensive damage in a fire this morning that may have started in a dryer. With photo of firefighters on the roof (more photos).

By - 4/24/09 - 4:43 pm

Boston Police report finding an 18-year-old male with a gunshot wound around 11:40 this morning at 71 Homestead St. in Dorchester. EMTs at the scene were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead where he lay.

We await the front-page coverage and news bulletins on local TV stations as police pursue his killer.

Oh, who are we kidding? Some poor kid is dead in the ghetto, and this is the last we'll hear about him.

By - 4/23/09 - 9:11 am

The Metro reports Paul Rockwell of Dorchester, who has cerebral palsy, wanted to "empower other riders with disabilities to ride the system, even though it may seem like a daunting task at times."

By - 4/22/09 - 11:49 am

Culinary diversity continues to spread across Dorchester: A Blue Hill Avenue motorist passes along the news that Grove Hall is getting a Gyro King, which will offer, yes, gyros and felafel.

By - 4/21/09 - 4:42 pm

Lighting fixtures?

Answer below:

By - 4/21/09 - 8:31 am

UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports police believe there was no foul play - it was a case of a man falling on his head.

By - 4/20/09 - 6:04 pm

After 3 p.m. at 42 Hancock St., Boston Police tweet.

By - 4/15/09 - 12:01 am

Chris Farone details the near closure of the Chez Vous rink thanks to an Atlanta rapper who took all its money in advance, then refused to give it back because Dorchester was too scary for him or something:

By - 4/13/09 - 5:50 pm

Ryan Gillespie got lucky: In a gunfight outside a baby shower, he killed his former girlfriend's current boyfriend before the guy could kill him.

Gillespie, 24, today pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Joseph Clarke on Norton Street on Jan. 6, 2008. By pleading guilty rather than risking conviction on his original second-degree murder charge, Gillespie got a sentence of 12 to 14 years, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors say both men attended the shower, which ran into the early morning and that when Clarke's girlfriend left to meet Clarke at his car, Gillespie followed:

In a confrontation outside, investigators believe, Clarke said that he didn't come to the party looking for trouble. Gillespie nonetheless produced a firearm, as did Clarke. The two men fired on one another. Clarke was struck in the head and died of his injuries; Gillespie was not hit.

In their victim witness statements, Clarke's family members - including his mother - say they forgave Gillespie and hoped he would find peace.

Gillespie in turn apologized to the family.

More details, statements from the DA's office.

By - 4/13/09 - 11:42 am

Boston Police tweet somebody was stabbed on Norfolk Street around 11 a.m.; victim taken to Boston Medical Center.

By - 4/13/09 - 11:39 am

Boston Police tweet that the Bank of America branch at 1440 Dorchester Ave. was held up by three men around 11 a.m.

By - 4/13/09 - 9:51 am

Channel 4 reports on the freak accident this morning on I-93 south in Dorchester.

By - 4/12/09 - 4:23 pm

Boston Police report the discovery of a basement at 29 Raven St. outfitted as a dog-fighting arena.

Police say responding officers, alerted by a plumber doing work at the address, found "a plywood-constructed dog fighting pit, several dog cages and blood on the walls and floor of the pit area," along with three dogs in cages, one dead, one seriously injured and the third in poor health.

The live dogs were removed by Boston Police and the MSPCA and are now being cared for by the Humane Society, police say, adding they expect to bring felony charges in connection with the investigation.

By - 4/12/09 - 8:58 am

Stephen Walsh reports three people suffered smoke inhalation and burns at a fire on Clarkson Street in Dorchester that broke out around 6 p.m.

A three-alarm fire that broke out around 9 p.m. in a block of stores at 830 Blue Hill Ave. injured two firefighters, Walsh reports. Firefighters didn't declare the fire out until nearly 2:30 a.m.. The Globe reports the fire did $500,000 in damage.

Photo from the Blue Hill Avenue fire.

By - 4/10/09 - 5:41 pm

Boston Police tweet a person was shot around 5:15 p.m. at 2020 Dorchester Ave., hurt seriously enough to be taken to Boston Medical Center in an ambulance.

By - 4/10/09 - 12:03 pm

Boston Police report an 18-year-old was found with gunshot wounds around 10:30 p.m. Thursday at 101 Pleasant St. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

By - 4/9/09 - 10:16 am

Because so many Globe workers live there, the Dorchester Reporter reports.

By - 4/7/09 - 3:59 pm

The Globe reports a Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Manuel "Spank" Andrade guilty for the shooting death of the visiting Kentucky student outside a Geneva Avenue party on March 24, 2007.

By - 4/6/09 - 4:50 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Cornelius Brown, 34, of first-degree murder for the July 4th, 2007, murder of Michael Wiggins, 22, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Prosecutors charged Brown gunned down Wiggins during a fight at a family cookout. Barring appeal, he will now go to prison for the rest of his life.