By - 4/14/16 - 12:22 pm

Five Boston-area men face arraignment in federal court today on charges related to the gambling ring they allegedly ran - and the tough-guy ways they supposedly used to get people to pay their debts - the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Among the men: Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, released in 2012 after serving 17 years in federal prison on a sentence for racketeering, money laundering, loansharking and illegal gambling - much of it in connection with Bulger's Winter Hill gang. Read more.

By - 4/8/16 - 10:03 am

The Globe reports angry, booing, hissing adults disrupted a forum on prejudice in the city, led by a long-time local Angry Man who used the session to repeat his accusations that Newton schools are anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. Read more.

By - 4/3/16 - 8:51 am
Downed tree on the Riverside Line at Chestnut Hill

Riverside Line riders are being herded onto buses this morning as T workers try to repair the damage from the tree that fell on the wires at Chestnut Hill this morning. Several bus lines are now running delayed, even aside from the snow, due to buses being diverted to the impromptu D shuttle.

By - 3/21/16 - 8:26 am
Snow in Boston

TCC reports:

In Boston, teaching preschoolers about Spring is confusing.

Kathleen O'Donnell woke up to spring with snow in the Public Garden: Read more.

By - 3/20/16 - 11:54 am

The T is running new announcements on the Green Line, at least at above-ground stops: "Pay your fare! It's only fair!"

As Boston Dog kvetches:

Oh my God. The "Pay your Fare!" announcements on the Green Line got obnoxious after three stops.

Pict Liberation Army adds:

Particularly when its playing over drivers flagging people past farebox.

By - 3/14/16 - 12:35 pm

In a statement today, Catholic Memorial School says it's taking several steps to deal with the repercussions of Friday's anti-Semitic chanting by fans before a basketball game against Newton North, including banning students from tonight's MIAA Division 1 semifinal against Cambridge at the Garden.

The team itself, which had nothing to do with the chants, will be allowed to play, the school says: Read more.

By - 3/12/16 - 12:01 pm

The Washington Post (!) reports Catholic Memorial fans really showed that old school spirit at a basketball game in heavily Jewish Newton last night in a game against Newton North (played at Newton South):

[A]n estimated 100 young men sitting in the student section cheering for Catholic Memorial shouted, “You killed Jesus, you killed Jesus,” according to several witnesses who asked not to be identified. Most of those chanting fans wore red shirts as a display of support for their team. Some of the witnesses, who were Jewish, said they found the chant alarming.

Their outburst came the night after Cardinal O'Malley went to a Newton temple to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a Vatican statement saying Jews were not responsible for killing Jesus.

By - 3/1/16 - 7:33 pm
Sweet Tomatoes crash

Sweet Tomatoes scene. Photo by Echoplex.

WCVB reports two people inside Sweet Tomatoes, 1279 Washington St., in West Newton, died when an SUV crashed into the restaurant tonight - and that seven other people were injured.

By - 2/16/16 - 7:45 am
Stairs down to Newtonville MBTA station covered in ice

Alexis Deise peered down the stairs at the Newtonville stop on the Worcester Line this morning.

At 7:45 a.m., there were delays on numerous lines due to mechanical problems, "late turn of equipment" and, of course, train traffic.

By - 2/5/16 - 12:38 pm
Downed wires, trees on Green Line in Newton

And by wires, they mean trees on the wires. Photo by MBTA.

Problems at Newton Highlands mean major problems on the Green Line to and from Riverside.

By - 2/5/16 - 8:09 am
French Toast in Newton

Conditions are deteriorating rapidly in Newton Upper Falls: Anna Rose just added bananas to the forecast.

By - 1/28/16 - 10:22 pm
Snow removal, Newton style

Just look at how clear this parking lot is! Newton Mayor Setti Warren posted this photo yesterday, along with this note:

Newton DPW doing a great job clearing snow out of the Richardson Street lot in Newton Corner this morning!

Other area mayors can only hang their heads in shame as they gaze upon this wondrous effort.

H/t Village 14, where we get our important Newton news.

By - 1/13/16 - 1:46 pm
Updated trolley being delivered to Green Line at Riverside

Older Green Line trolleys are being refurbished at a facility in upstate New York. Paul MacMaster watched one of them being delivered to Riverside today.

By - 1/5/16 - 1:23 pm

We weren't the only ones who wondered what would happen when all those exhausted Globe reporters went home Sunday after delivering papers. Looks like David Bernstein found their replacement: A "sharing economy" startup that launched last year to hire people to staff parties is now looking for people to assemble and deliver newspapers out of some unspecified media organization's distribution centers in Newton and Pembroke, which just happen to be where the Globe has distribution centers.

They're paying $12 an hour, plus you get $24 a day for car expenses. And you can start, as the ad says, TONIGHT! Even better:

After you deliver the papers you are free to go straight home and you do not need to report back to the distribution center.

Oh, but you will have to report at 2 a.m.

By - 1/5/16 - 9:12 am

The Green Line was hampered this morning by trolleys that approached the pearly gates westbound at Haymarket and inbound at Woodland.

By - 12/10/15 - 8:50 am
Commuters at Newtonville MBTA station

Commuters wonder: What now? Photo by Andrew Bauer.

Service in both directions on the Worcester Line was halted around 8:30 a.m. upon discovery of a suspicious package at Newtonville. Police declared the package not suspicious about 15 minutes later and trains were free to go about their business.

By - 11/13/15 - 6:27 am

The 208-year-old Andover Newton Theological School plans to sell its current campus and either set up shop as a smaller school or become part of the Yale Divinity School:

Today, Andover Newton must move in a bold new direction to ensure our work and mission continue to thrive. In part, this is necessitated by seismic changes that are taking place in the church and, by extension, in theological education. Like most independent theological schools, enrollment at Andover Newton has been in steady decline for more than 10 years due to a contracting applicant pool. As much as we cherish it, the large campus we occupy today was built to meet the needs of another era. It is clear that Andover Newton’s current mode of being - even with modifications - is not financially sustainable.

Not only is the institution struggling financially, but those for whom it exists are, too: student debt is soaring to the point where leaders at Andover Newton worry that graduates will be unable to enter ministry due to their financial obligations.

By - 11/11/15 - 10:27 am

Former sports anchor Bob Lobel, who now walks with crutches due to a series of injuries and surgeries, this week sued the Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.

By - 11/3/15 - 8:10 am

The family of a man killed by a Hezbollah rocket in northern Israel in 2006 says Iran and several Iranian banks owe it $300 million in damages for his death.

In a suit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the family of David Lelchook say Hezbollah could never have undertaken a large rocket barrage against Israel that year without Iranian backing. Read more.