The Globe reports on a study by researchers at Tufts and BU; one possible explanation: Americans are just too darn clean, so their kids' formative immune systems aren't exposed early on to substances that later on cause their immune systems to overreact.
Researcher Doug Brugge explains his findings in this NECN video from earlier this month:
Article abstract (you'll have to pay to read the whole thing).
Boston Police report that when officers saw a couple of guys moving a table saw from one van to another at 13 Kimball St. in Dorchester shortly before 2 this morning, they stopped to ask what they were doing. One volunteered the owner of the first van was a friend of his and said he could borrow the saw.
Officers asked for the friend's phone number; the guy said he couldn't remember it. Unfortunately for him and his alleged accomplice, the van was a commercial vehicle and had the owner's number painted on the side. Which the officers then called:
While speaking to the owner, the owner of the van stated that nobody had permission to be in his van and he would never loan out his tools. A search of the suspect's van enabled officers to locate and recover additional tools stolen from the victim's van.
Darren Duffy, 33, of Dorchester and Thomas Washington, 42, of Dorchester, were then arrested on charges of larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a motor vehicle.
Whalehead King reports Fields Corner stores were so busy early this afternoon that the fire department had to count heads to make sure one of the stores, 99-Cent State, wasn't exceeding its licensed capacity:
... Super Dollar Plus was busy. Family Dollar was busy. Stereo Electronics was busy and its better known rival, Radio Shack, was busy. The busiest place of all was that bottomless bargain emporium, 99-Cent State, a place that puts Ocean State Job Lot to shame with less square footage and only one outlet located along the teeming sidewalks of Dot Ave. ...
The Boston Herald reports three men were arrested for armed robbery after a man reported they stole his cell phone, license and belt and sneakers.
Woman attacked man, but was scared off by witnesses.
Man, 70, whacked in head with umbrella by teens, aged 13 through 15. All four arrested, the two 13-year-olds charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon against a person over the age of 65.
So Boston Police remind you to be careful out there (like take those headphones off on the way home from the T - and don't be chattering away with a friend on the phone on your walk).
The Herald reports on Big Mouth Jim Braude's day in court; Braude acknowledged driving the wrong way on Morrissey Boulevard but said his ticket should be dismissed because a state trooper mailed him the ticket rather than handing it to him. The trooper testified he was more concerned at that point about protecting the life of the British prime minister - at whose car Braude seemed to be aiming.
A man in a slicker is wanted for robbing the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. in Dorchester yesterday.
He's described as 5'11", 40 to 50 years old and in need of some dieting. According to Mass. Most Wanted, he passed a note and got away with a "small amount."
Anybody try to pay you with soggy bills yesterday? Contact the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force: (617) 223-6070.
... Suddenly we noticed that we were across the street from our destination and we had to cross Dorchester Ave. I caught up to the others, who were waiting for an opening in the traffic. But Junior walked out in front of us and shouted:
"YOU IN DORCHESTER! THIS IS HOW YOU CROSS THE STREET IN DORCHESTER!"
And then he broke from the group and walked right into the rear side panel of a speeding, green, 2-door Civic. His knee made a grotesque pop! as it struck the car. It sounded like a two-liter bottle of soda hitting the pavement after a long fall. ...
The Dorchester Reporter breaks the news that Corcoran Jennison Companies is considering canceling its giant "Bayside on the Point" project because the MWRA is refusing to budge on its plans to build an odor-control plant nearby.
The housing project would replace the current Bayside Expo Center; the odor-control plant would use carbon filters and a smokestack to get rid of odors from up to 18-million gallons of sewage-laden storm runoff. The paper talks to South End residents who live near a similar treatment plant.
Boston Police arrested a Dorchester man this morning for slicing up a guy whom he bumped into him on the stairs at Dorchester District Court this morning:
[O]fficers learned that the victim was walking inside the Dorchester District courthouse when an individual physically bumped into him in the stairwell. According to the victim, words were briefly exchanged, but the individual thought nothing of it as he exited the courthouse. However, once outside, the victim states that the same individual ran up to him and cut him in the face with what appeared to be a knife. Victim says the suspect then fled (on foot) down Tremlett Street.
Brock Randolph, 21, was found and charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and mayhem, police say.
Time for annual slog, or maybe a quick jog, to get some egg nog. Savin Hill, to be exact.
Bobby reports on a cop with attitude in Dorchester:
Today, as I was leaving the apartment to get some food, there was a police cruiser facing the wrong way parked out front. Two officers, standing over the car, were looking at a piece of paper. "Everything ok, guys?" I asked. One of them looked up at me, crooked his eyes, and demanded, brusquely, "You live here?" "Yes," I replied, caught off guard somewhat by his tone. He paused, unable to contain his disgust at the fact that I would live here, and continued, "Do you know where [such and such] is?" "No." "Ok, well it's not your concern then." ...
Boston Police report that when a Dorchester teen told them he'd been robbed on Tenean Beach around 9 p.m. yesterday by a gang of thuglets, one armed with a gun and one wearing a "half mask," and that they'd then headed toward Boston Bowl, they knew just where to go:
[O]ther assisting units responded to the Boston Bowl and noticed a group of teenagers matching the suspects' description. As officers approached the group they observed the suspects retrieving the stolen I-Pod from some nearby bushes. The group was stopped and, there officers noted the half mask described as being worn by one of the suspects on the person of one of the suspects.
Michael D. Beswick, 18, of Dorchester and a 15-year-old Dorchester juvie were then arrested and charged with armed robbery.
Daniel Harris, 23, was charged today with killing Alexandra Gomes in a gunfight that left him and three other people injured, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announced.
Harris was one of the four people who got themselves and Gomes to local hospitals following the incident early Sunday morning on Elder Street.
How many Massholes can truthfully state they almost caused an international incident - and almost got taken out by a Secret Service sniper protecting the life of the British prime minister? Not content to merely be living the dream, Braude is, of course, contesting the ticket he got.