A divided City Council could vote Wednesday on a plan to let a proposed $1-billion, 750-foot tower rise on the site of a condemned city garage in Winthrop Square in exchange for a $153 million sale price proponents would go to much needed renovation work on Boston Common, in Franklin Park and at the Old Colony and Orient Heights house developments, but which opponents say would open the city to even more problems with developers with lots of money. Read more.
Lexington Police have released video and photos of a pair of alleged yeggs they say broke into a house in Lexington on March 7 and then pawned stuff the same day in both Boston and Nashua.
If the guy in the tan jacket looks familiar, call them at 781-862-1212.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports how the BPDA and developer Don Chiafaro have figured out how to get around pesky open-space requirements that would otherwise limit the size of his perpetually proposed plan to replace the Aquarium garage with a mega-complex: Buy the IMAX theater and then raze it. Read more.
Out for a walk before 6 this morning, Beth Wolfe found some company on Washington Street downtown - a turkey pondering whether to cross the road.
The BRA, um, BPDA, just won't take no for an answer: After losing several legal battles over its attempts to put a restaurant at the end of Long Wharf, the authority is trying yet again to convince judges to let it get what it wants. Read more.
Scott Cluett shows us Boston Harbor from up in the air over the South Shore this morning.
From across the Boston area's universities, biotech companies and hospitals, thousands of scientists and their allies crowded a soggy Boston Common today to battle an administration that seems intent on denying their research, cutting their funding and banning their colleagues and students from entering the country. Read more.
The Chicken & Rice Guys say Boston public-health inspections of their facilities have shown no E. coli and that their Medford restaurant will re-open tomorrow.
The Downtown Crossing store could re-open tomorrow as well, after an ISD inspection in the morning; in fact, ISD Commissioner William Christopher vows to buy the first meal at 11 a.m., assuming the inspection goes OK. Read more.
The Boston Preservation Alliance takes a look at the side streets between Tremont and Washington, which face danger from developers who just want to tear down buildings to put up bigger buildings - but which also has new development in the form of reuse (such as the Godfrey Hotel).
The Globe reports a pair of Chicago real-estate firms could be about to plonk down the big bucks for the perpetually unused former Barnes & Noble building on Washington Street. And at $65 million, you can bet they're not going to just open another bookstore there.
David Scher, a former Suffolk Law student, today pleaded guilty to trying to alter court documents to try to change his Guilty finding for stealing a laptop from the school to Not Guilty, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. reports. Read more.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: WFXT reports the body was that of Michael Kelleher, 23, of Southborough.
State Police report they recovered "the deceased body of an adult male" around 9:10 a.m. from the Charles by the locks after a bypasser alerted them.
A preliminary identification has been made but official confirmation of that identification is pending. Until that time, State Police will not release the victim's identity.
A copy of the memo to Globe staffers about the move to 53 State Street floats over Dan Kennedy's transom; staffers will start moving out of Dorchester in June. Shocker: They'll no longer be allowed to have their own min-fridges. Bonus: They will have access to a 12th-floor roof deck.
The Globe reports.
Thomas Farragher writes today about how exciting and new Downtown Crossing is now that all the rich people are moving in.
Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) says whatever minimal shadows the proposed Millennium tower at Winthrop Square might so tangentially put on Boston Common is more than made up for by the $150 million the city would earn from the sale of the old garage there. Read more.
...have you ever seen a bigger load of out-of-touch elitist boosterism?
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m. Service has resumed with "minor" delays.
"Severe" problems on the Orange Line due to a "track" problem at State, the T advises. The track problem turned out to be a fire in an electrical cable that brought Boston firefighters to the platform. The T is going to try to re-route around the bad cable.
The Orange Line is shut between Back Bay and North Station. NO BUSTITUTION. Use the Green Line or Silver Line or walk.
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