The Walsh campaign has announced an 11;45 a.m. endorsement at the Moakley Courthouse by state Sen. Therese Murray.
CommonWealth reports that the vast majority of outside money pouring into Boston is pouring into Walsh's coffers:
Transit Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man for allegedly trying to stick somebody up right in the lobby of the Forest Hills Orange Line stop last night.
According to police, William Ambroult, 40, approached a man in the lobby and showed "what the victim believed to be a handgun and demanded the victim turn over his money."
Police say the victim ran and that Ambroult chased him briefly before giving up and going down to the lower busway - where arriving officers found him.
Police say they did not find a weapon.
Weekend road repair atop the crumbling Casey Overpass went so well the elevated road won't need to be shut for further repairs, the state Department of Transportation says. According to MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes:
The work on Saturday made full repairs to 15 spans and partial repairs to five more.
The overpass, slated to be torn down and replaced with surface roads, has 40 spans, he said. He added:
MassDOT plans to shut the Casey Overpass on Oct. 5 and 6 for emergency repairs to the road surface "to ensure the bridge can remain open during snow and ice events."
And that's just the start. The state says some 17 sections of the overpass, which is slated to be completely be torn down, need repair, and that it will have to be shut for three more weekends as well. Also:
During the closures, MassDOT is intending to remove the existing driving surface with jackhammers. As a result, there will be noise associated with this work. The end result will be an improved riding surface.
Lucy Fitzgerald reports a tree came plummeting down on Hyde Park Avenue just past Walk Hill this evening. She reports she got to see it up close, because she walked home from Forest Hills, rather than jump on a bus that wouldn't be going anywhere. "Eight square blocks of hell today," she concludes.
Meanwhile, Centre Street in JP wasn't doing much better, even around 7 p.m., as Ben Rey shows us:
Update, 9:15 p.m.: The Arborway is clear and open again to traffic, State Police report.
Massachusetts State Police report four teenagers and two adults were seriously injured in a crash around 2 p.m. State Police say their initial investigation shows that an SUV carrying the teens "rolled over center line, struck a pickup with two adults in the opposite lane." AlertNewEngland reports two child car seats were found ejected from vehicles, but that no young children were in them at the time.
The Arborway was shut between Centre/the Jamaicaway and the Forest Hills rotary.
Boston Police advise:
UPDATE, Friday a.m.: An MBTA spokesman reports: "We found no video evidence to support the story you sent us."
UPDATE: Dorchester Reporter News Editor Gintautus Dumcius caught up with Clemons at a candidate forum in Dorchester tonight. He tweets:
He denies it, quite adamantly.
An outraged Orange Line rider reports on an incident around 9 a.m. Friday at Forest Hills involving mayoral candidate Charles Clemons:
Croan McCormack says it wasn't a dispute with his chef, or his own back surgery, or the long-term illness of a family member that shuttered Tonic, across from the Forest Hills T stop. It was, he says, patients from Shattuck Hospital congregating in front of the liquor store two doors down and scaring away his customers.
Apparently, pasta lovers are made of sterner stuff than casual drinkers. McCormack was before the Boston Licensing Board this morning, asking for permission to turn Tonic into an Italian restaurant, either through a deal with a Chicago chain of Italian eateries that's expressed interest in Forest Hills, or through his own efforts.
Ris2000 reports this morning on some exposed rebar on the ol' overpass:
Just came down Morton St. by cemetery and saw 3 cars with flats from the road conditions. Casey overpass plus Morton not fun drive!
Apparently, the state's decision to replace the collapsing Casey Overpass with surface roads was racist. Who knew? Oh, JP.
Guerilla knitting shows up in the most unlikely places sometimes, such as on this old pay phone at old Stan Hatoff's gas station ("Stan says: Gas is gas!") on Washington Street in Forest Hills.
Transit Police report arresting an itinerant hot-dog vendor who tried opening up one of the food stands inside the Orange Line station this morning without a permit - but with several outstanding warrants.
Police say a T worker called police around 5 a.m. when he realized something wasn't kosher, because the guy setting up the carts was not one of its usual workers.
Officers managed to ketchup with and grill Dana Reis, 56, of Medford; in fact, he was still at the cart when they arrived:
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors could use heroin seized from a Forest Hills home as evidence against three men charged with selling it, even though a BPD detective's request for a search warrant for the home wasn't really as detailed as it should have been.
This newly researched and opinionated history of the Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain may serve as useful background information for a community grappling with how and why we got here - and where we're going.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports residents who want to see the Casey Overpass replaced with another overpass instead of surface roads are considering suing to stop the work:
"No one prefers to go that route if there's a reasonable solution,â€ť he told the Gazette this week. "But all our arrows are in our quiver."
At particular issue: The proposed new location of the exit from the Forest Hills busway near Asticou Road.