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By - 1/26/15 - 11:28 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today updated the definition of "reasonable doubt" that Massachusetts judges have been reading to jurors since 1850, when it was first used in the case of a Harvard professor charged with murdering and dismembering a prominent Beacon Hill doctor.

The updating comes in a ruling on a man convicted of seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 11:17 am
Old school bus at old building in Boston

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By - 1/15/15 - 4:09 pm
815 E. 5 Street proposal in South Boston

Architect's rendering.

A 19-unit condo development proposed to replace an old horse-trolley barn between E. 5 and E. 6 streets in South Boston would come with a 33-lot parking garage, according to the developers' filing with the BRA.

Aidan Gregory Feeney and Brendan Feeney of Feeney Brothers Excavation want to replace commercial buildings at 815 E. 5 and 812 E. 6 streets with ten-unit and a nine-unit... Read more

By - 1/15/15 - 11:53 am
Firefighters knee deep in molasses in Boston

Around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, 1919, a large, poorly maintained tank full of molasses on a warm day burst, sending a huge wave of gooey death rampaging down Commercial Street, drowning or crushing 21 people and several horses and cats as it battered the supports of the el that ran down the street and knocked a neighboring fire station off its foundation.

As with... Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 11:13 am
Woodbury Co. in old Boston

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By - 1/12/15 - 11:02 am
Construction in a square in old Boston

But which square? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 1/6/15 - 10:44 pm

Associated Press reports on the contents of the metal box with contents dating to 1795, removed from the State House foundation.

By - 1/6/15 - 10:14 am
Trolley in old Boston

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By - 12/24/14 - 10:05 am
Christmas baskets on a trolley line in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on with the baskets in this photo, taken Christmas, 1903 - and where it was taken. See it larger.

By - 12/22/14 - 7:53 pm

THE BLAME GAME IS KILLING US! (USA)

It's so easy to point fingers
Play the blame game

He died, she died
Shot dead

So

Kill some cops
Shoot for the head
Remember your name
Gain some fame

It's easy to find a target
to hate

Easy to use race to bait

Blame the President,
Governors, Mayors
The... Read more

By - 12/21/14 - 2:30 pm
Back Bay in Boston in 1878

A view of the Back Bay in 1878, when the massive landfill project will still in progress and when Mission Hill had a reservoir. That's Mission Church on the right.

From the City of Boston Archives' Landmark Commission collection of Roxbury photos. Used under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 12:21 pm
Sign shop in old Boston

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By - 12/16/14 - 7:17 pm

All Lives Matter

BY Deb CH 2014

You may think I deserved to die
My family still will mourn, grieve, and cry

Do they have the right
Or just pretend I did not exist

Innocent victims in harms way
Never to live another day

Such a damn shame we say

Police running to save a life
Soldiers facing war and strife... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 3:54 pm

Transit historian and Harvard University librarian Foster Palmer narrates the trip, with a brief stopover at Barry's Ledge, once a gravel pit, then a never-was driving range.

H/t Tim Murphy.

By - 12/16/14 - 12:20 pm

Matthew Burke writes how he tracked down the life of Pvt. Elmer Gorham, who served as a medic on the front lines in France - and how he found his unmarked grave in New Calvary Cemetery on the Mattapan/Roslindale line.

Now, Pvt. Gorham belongs to the ages, his name etched in stone along with his service during The Great War. It may fade with

... Read more
By - 12/15/14 - 10:22 am
Old street scene in Boston

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By - 12/10/14 - 11:24 am
Mansion in old Boston

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