By - 9/22/18 - 11:12 pm
Roof raccoon

A concerned citizen asks the city to do something about a roofy raccoon on Temple Street in Mattapan.

By - 9/22/18 - 10:32 pm

NBC Boston reports somebody was shot at the Professional Barber Shop, 140 South St., around 9:50 p.m. The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of the victim's injuries.

By - 9/22/18 - 1:55 pm

State Police report a trooper who'd pulled over a driver for failing to signal a lane change on I-93 in Milton early this morning watched a guy try to get on I-93 the wrong way - and nabbed him for OUI. Read more.

By - 9/22/18 - 11:23 am

Boston Police report officers responding to a call about a man with a gun in the area of Orchard Park around 3 a.m. found both the man - already wanted on cocaine-distribution charges out of Rhode Island - and his gun on Keegan Street. Read more.

By - 9/21/18 - 10:49 pm
Large fungus on a tree stump on the path around Jamaica Pond

Along the path around Jamaica Pond, near where Parkman Drive and the Arborway meet in that rotary is a tree stump. There are several clumps of toadstools, the largest of which had dozens and dozens of them, all tightly clustered as if trying to huddle for warmth. And then there is this large, almost flowering, single fungus. Read more.

By - 9/21/18 - 10:08 pm
Defaced Charlesgate taggers

The Esplanade Association reports that sometime late last night or earlier this morning somebody spray painted over " Patterned Behavior," a series of three murals painted last year by Silvia Lopez Chavez on three supports and a wall under the Bowker Overpass. Read more.

By - 9/21/18 - 7:50 pm

Cambridge Police report on an incident on White Street in Porter Square on Thursday:

CPD units were dispatched to a disturbance in Porter Square, where a male confronted a female for littering and she exited her car and threw a liquid at him. The liquid actually struck two men and one man thought the other male had thrown the liquid and punched him.

By - 9/21/18 - 7:30 pm

Bicyclist on the Zakim Bridge

Roving UHub videographer JP from Somerville captured this lad just pedaling across the Zakim around 5:30 p.m., adds:

There were about four other kids. I don’t know how or where they got off the highway but I think they must’ve taken the government center exit because they weren’t in the tunnel.

By - 9/21/18 - 4:36 pm
Drugs and money seized in Roslindale

Boston Police report raiding 133 Cornell St., near Kittridge, around 9 a.m. today and seizing 70 grams of cocaine and a whole lot of cash: More than $60,000. Peter Akara, 36, was charged with trafficking Class B drugs, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/21/18 - 4:15 pm
Man in custody at Oak Grove MBTA station

Allegedly pissy man under arrest. Photo by rm -rf *.


Transit Police report arresting a Malden man (um, of course?) at the Oak Grove Orange Line station last night after he allegedly urinated on a parked Transit Police cruiser and then, with that out of his system, ripped off one of its license plates and tried to smash in a window.

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By - 9/21/18 - 1:13 pm

A man who allegedly wheeled both his daughter and a shotgun in a stroller on his way to sell the weapon at the Mary Ellen McCormack development and a man charged with selling heroin and fentanyl there were arrested on federal charges yesterday as part of a South Boston crackdown that documents filed in court suggest could result in more arrests. Read more.

By - 9/21/18 - 11:48 am

State Police report on the 25-foot-long carcass. The New England Aquarium reports the carcass is that of a whale that had earlier washed up on a beach in Cohasset. This sort of wandering-whale-carcass thing has happened before.

Obligatory Oregon exploding-whale video.

By - 9/21/18 - 10:02 am

Great New England Hurricane (1938)

Sometime between 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 21, 1938, what became known as the Great Hurricane of 1938 slammed into land - the barrier islands along the South Shore of Long Island - following Weather Bureau warning of just your basic September gales. By the time the storm barreled up the Connecticut and into Canada, it had killed 682, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and left Providence under 20 feet of water.

The Boston area...

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By - 9/21/18 - 9:05 am

Won't you help? Harvard upperclassmen haven't been able to get hot food for breakfast since the U eliminated it to save money during the Great Recession in 2009. The Crimson issues a plaintive plea for help:

After eating a full, healthy breakfast, students will be more prepared for the classes they have that day. Students are better equipped to get the most out of their education when they are not distracted by hunger, and more enticing breakfast options could help promote regularized eating schedules.

By - 9/21/18 - 8:45 am

The Herald reports Mass. General, Brigham and Women’s and Boston Medical Center agreed to share a total of $1 million in fines for violating patient privacy during the filming of ABC's "Save My Life: Boston Trauma” in 2014 and 2015 - although the hospitals say they didn't violate patient privacy.

By - 9/20/18 - 11:25 pm
By - 9/20/18 - 11:21 pm

A judge last week ordered serial T defacer Marc Meadowcroft to six months in jail for getting arrested for graffiti after promising in 2015 he'd never take up a marker on MBTA property following his arrest for blasting his tag all over two historic trolleys at Boylston., the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 9/20/18 - 7:49 pm
The Banner in the Town.

Artist's recreation by John Liam Policastro.

WBZ reports police want to know exactly how that banner fell off a truck.

Oh, and don't worry - they're also investigating (and charging) the alleged flag urinator.

By - 9/20/18 - 4:08 pm

A federal judge ruled today that Sharon McDonald can continue her civil-rights lawsuit against a Boston Police detective who had her arrested for a May, 2012 armed robbery in Roslindale, which led to her being locked up in a Suffolk County jail for eight days because she could not make the initial $5,000 bail. Read more.

By - 9/20/18 - 2:07 pm

Boston Police report a man was shot around 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday at 56 Julian St. in Roxbury. Read more.