The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Newton man's sentence of five years of probation for armed home invasion despite a state law that seems to state rather unambiguously he should be sent to prison for 20 years.
Paul Levy posts video of a visit to a henhouse in a neighbor's backyard.
Wicked Local Newton reports an atheist student at Newton South High School won the right to make up two tests he failed in an honors literature class because he refused to read the "Bible as literature" passages on which they were based. School officials say they're not pushing religion but using excerpts from the Bible to help students learn "the cultural traditions and allusions found in much of Western literature."
Spotted in the parking lot at the Chestnut Hill Star.
At least for Newton Mayor-to-be Setti Warren, who was busy getting ready to go on "Greater Boston" on Channel 2 when the president called to congratulate him, Wicked Local Newton reports.
The amazing cartveyor.
Armed with a $5 coupon, we trekked to Chestnut Hill today to check out the new Star Market (question for Shaw's/Star: Why do you want to encourage people in 02131 to travel to Rte. 9 when you've got perfectly serviceable Shaw's in West Roxbury and Hyde Park?).
Wicked Local Newton recruited some kids tonight to trick or treat at the houses of the two people running for Newton mayor; they report Ruth Balser gave out much better candy.
No, that's not quite true, Paul Levy reports: They do warn you that fare evasion is a crime so you better pay your damn fare:
I have to give the MBTA something for truth in advertising. It describes this capital improvement project (or one like it) as follows: This project will install new LED information signs on the platforms and lobbies of busy subway stations. These signs will provide visual equivalent of audio information on train arrival times and destination information.
Ian Lamont reports the publisher of Newton Magazine, Brookline Magazine and MetroWest Magazine, has thrown in the towel and ceased publication.
Because they work. Wicked Local Newton reports a Newton resident actually wired money to Ghana to help somebody there obtain "two trunks full of gold." Police did not report the amount the resident lost.
Wicked Local Newton reports a woman and her son are in the hospital in critical condition after eating a dish that included some wild mushrooms the woman picked near their yard.
Wicked Local Newton reports on a white guy with long hair, driving a car with an Obama sticker, who tried to force a woman into his car at Centre and Church Street - and who's since driven by her a couple of times, beeping and waving at her.
BC official apologizes to residents for Saturday party that was supposed to end at 11 p.m. but instead raged on through the wee hours, the Globe reports.
Owen Byrne reports what happened after he took this photo at the Newton Highlands stop on the Riverside line last night:
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today declined to order a local sperm bank to hand over the identity of a donor to a London woman who moved to Boston after her insemination and birth to try to force the donor to pay child support.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the owners of half of a two-unit condo can't build dormer windows without their neighbors' consent.
The ruling comes in the case of a former duplex in Newton in which the owners of one side wanted to extend their attic with dormer windows and a deck, but the owners of the other side balked. The dormer people sued, seeking arbitration, but the appeals court says state condo laws are very specific: The roof is a "common area" owned jointly by all owners and that if one owner doesn't want to modify it and change the overall size of the area, there's nothing the other owner can do:
... The condominium statute explicitly requires that all owners give consent before their percentage interest in the common areas is affected; all portions of the plaintiffs' proposal that would do so are therefore impermissible without the defendants' consent. ...
Hello out there in UniversalHub land. I have determined that what the internet lacks most of all is a personal blog about some schlub's experiences in and around [insert major city here]. I have decided to rectify that problem my moving my ramblings over here.
I will be blogging about Boston politics, the T, local music, dining, bars, sports, and life from the perspective of a 21-year-old Revere native now living in an apartment in Chestnut Hill, where I will be a senior this fall at Boston College.
Outgoing Newton Mayor David Cohen has waded into the battle over MBTA leadership, writing Gov. Deval Patrick that he fully supports current T General Manager Dan Grabauskas:
Mr. Grabauskas' management of capital spending has, in my opinion, saved the "T." Although 90% of the agency's staggering debt burden preceded his tenure, Mr. Grabauskas has emphasized using precious discretionary capital dollars to improve state of good repair. This has led to improved quality of service and enabled the "T" to get a much better handle on capital costs.