North Shore

By - 4/10/14 - 11:09 am

To a layman, the case might sound simple: A guy climbs stairs to his apartment, but leans on the guardrail, which breaks and sends him plummeting to pavement below, resulting in serious injuries - and a lawsuit against his landlords.

But in a decision today, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled his landlords are not liable for his injuries under a state law mandating compliance... Read more

By - 3/27/14 - 8:03 am
Emerald ash borer

The state yesterday announced all of Essex County goes under a tree and wood quarantine next week to try to keep destructive emerald ash borers from jumping from there to the rest of Eastern Massachusetts - such as the streets of Boston, where ash trees are common in street plantings.

The quarantine order means that certain products will be regulated from moving outside the

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By - 3/26/14 - 12:40 pm

The Saddest Parade on Earth is 11 a.m., this Sadurday in Beverly:

Participants are asked to wear dapper attire and help carry a sad banner or sign. Sadness is a helpful qualification, but not required.

By - 2/2/14 - 12:16 pm

The Lynn Daily Item reports Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy is having a little trouble believing a Suffolk Downs traffic study that claims the resort casino planned for Revere will only add 18 cars a day to Lynn roads.

By - 12/16/13 - 5:02 pm

Trains out of North Station this afternoon were either canceled or delayed due to a fire in the T's commuter-rail maintenance facility (the big blue building just outside North Station).

By - 12/9/13 - 3:43 pm
Emerald ash borer

State officials say emerald ash borers were discovered last month in Essex County.

The invasive, destructive pests, native to China, had previously been detected only in remote Dalton in the western part of the state.

It was first discovered in North America in 2002, in the Detroit, Michigan area. Unlike many other invasive beetles, EAB kills ash trees quickly, within just 3-5 years, because

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By - 10/11/13 - 7:40 am

The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem reports the arrival of one fat gourd.

By - 10/2/13 - 10:35 am

Busing between Montserrat and Prides Crossing on the Newburyport/Rockport Line due to the strike at near South Thissel Street around 9:50 a.m. The MBTA reports:

A railroad trespasser was struck by an inbound commuter rail train in Beverly. The incident did not occur at a station nor a crossing. The trespasser was on the tracks in a wooded area. Train #114 has about 90 passengers

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By - 7/31/13 - 9:45 pm

Galen Moore of the Boston Business Journal uses state data and Google Fusion Tables to create a map of "every outdoor patio bar in the state of Massachusetts."

Caveat imbibor.

By - 7/23/13 - 10:26 am

Lynn suspectLynn Police report a man who tried holding up a series of stores from Lynn to East Boston this past winter has apparently returned from an extended stay elsewhere and is now busy trying to rob stores at gunpoint again.

According to Lynn Police:

The City of Lynn has

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By - 7/12/13 - 8:39 pm

Digging up DeSalvoPhoto by BPD.

Boston Police detectives traveled up to Peabody today to dig up the remains of Albert DeSalvo so that they could be transported down to a state crime lab in JP, where technicians will extract tissue samples and compare the... Read more

By - 5/29/13 - 10:59 am

The 21st annual Bike to the Sea Day is coming up on Sunday, June 2nd. The ride, which runs from Everett to Nahant, raises funds for the construction and maintenance of the Northern Strand Community Trail.

The trail itself will run through the cities of Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus, and Lynn along the MBTA owned Boston & Maine Saugus Branch Railroad. Sections in... Read more

By - 5/14/13 - 3:34 pm

ContinoTransit Police report arresting a Saugus man after he started choking a bus driver for no good reason they could tell and another passenger had to pull him off.

Police say Franco Contino rode a 426 bus from Haymarket in Boston to Saugus without incident last Wednesday afternoon.

But when... Read more

By - 5/9/13 - 7:55 am

WBZ reports some girl up in Salem now faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer for allegedly attacking a cop in the local police station with an eyeliner pencil. The officer was taken to the hospital with an unspecified injury from the attack but is expected to survive.... Read more

By - 3/25/13 - 6:26 am

Kevin Wiles posts photos from the overnight fire on Lewis Street. The Red Cross reports the nearby Brickett Elementary School was opened as a shelter for the residents.

By - 3/15/13 - 9:23 am

Days after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled stores could no longer force consumers to supply their Zip codes on credit-card purchases, a second Massachusetts resident has sued a chain of craft stores for violating a Massachusetts consumer-privacy law.

In her lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Susan D'Esposito says Michaels fed her Zip code into a database program to find out... Read more

By - 3/13/13 - 7:46 pm

Even as federal authorities were announcing a 21-year prison sentence for the sergeant-at-arms for the Hell's Angels chapter in Lynn for illegal weapons possession, State Police were busy rounding up what they said were other members of the Hells Angels and another North Shore motorcycle gang.

Eric Franco, 38, got the lengthy sentence in part because of his past record, which includes three convictions... Read more

By - 3/1/13 - 1:54 pm

Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders at our annual Summer Party held outside in the heart of Provincetown, MA on Saturday, July 27 from 4:00-7:00PM. Enjoy the view of the harbor, mingle with other GLAD supporters and learn more about our ground-breaking cases.

Tickets are $75 online | $85 on site | $30 student
Purchase at www.glad.org/events.

Don't miss our amazing auction... Read more

By - 2/15/13 - 7:58 am

Maranatha Christian Church, a Pentecostal organization serving Brazilians in the United States, says it's just not true it's shipping money to its parent organization in Brazil to buy convertible Lamborghinis for church leaders.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, the New Jersey-based organization - which has local churches in Everett, Framingham and Marlboro, accused broadcaster Beto Moraes of... Read more

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