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By adamg - 7/8/20 - 5:49 pm

COVID-19 Update: Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

WGBH reports Gov. Baker said today he's ordered ramped-up testing in eight communities that now have Covid-19 rates far higher than the statewide average. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 4:59 pm

There's probably a good reason a driver heading south on Morrissey Boulevard this afternoon missed the warning siren, the flashing lights and the gate and plowed right off the road and into the bridge. Or as MassDOT put it so delicately: Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 2:25 pm

The City Council agreed today to look at setting up a sort of "secret shopper" that would pair white and minority testers to see what happens when they apply for the same apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 11:32 am

A federal judge ruled today that Revere's policy on car towing - to notify the car's owner but not any companies that might have financed it - is unconstitutional and so it owes Honda the full value of a car the city had towed then let a private tow company sell without first notifying the car maker's financing wing. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 10:13 am

MIT and Harvard today asked a federal judge to block a new ICE ruling that would force foreign students already enrolled in college here to either find schools that would teach them in person or leave the country. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:58 am

Boston Police report that when officers pulled over an SUV driver in Mattapan for blowing past a stop sign at West Selden Street and Woodale Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday, the front-seat passenger got out and ran away. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:44 am

People living near Rockport's Back Beach say they're tired of what they say are politically connected and often malevolent Scuba divers, who clang their metal air tanks at all hours, get naked in the street, block driveways, toss their trash on people's lawns and dox or threaten residents who complain. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:19 am

The Bay State Banner reports the BPS's Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force unanimously urged a one-year halt on exams because of Covid-19 - just as some colleges are doing with SATs, two days before BPS announced it would be using a test from a non-profit testing concern.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 10:33 pm

BIPOC in Newton posted some video snippets from the interaction between teens holding a BLM rally at City Hall and a middle-aged white guy who, after failing to convince the students they were wrong by yelling at them, got into his pickup and sped away, missing some of the students by inches (fourth video at that link). Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 5:39 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports that Wilson "King Dubb" Peguero, 29, pleaded guilty today to RICO charges related to his role as "Inca" or leader of the Devon Street Kings, a chapter of the national Latin Kings gang. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 3:45 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports a former California police captain is now charged as yet another goon in eBay's attempt to terrorize a Natick couple who wrote things that annoyed the company CEO, by sending them live bugs and threatening Twitter messages and who were caught in part because of their alleged Keystone Kops attempt to place a tracking device on the pair's car. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 2:48 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 7/7/20

Even as Boston relaxes its Covid-19 restrictions more next week and museums and other tourist attractions begin to re-open, Mayor Walsh isn't expecting an immediate return to our traditional tourst-crammed streets. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 1:37 pm

NPR taks us inside Cornwall's, which had been serving up pints since 1983 in Kenmore Square and which is now trying to adjust to stay afloat.

That includes learning how to make breakfast. Billy's wife, Lauren Moran, who opened a café in the suburbs a few years ago, has been teaching John and J.R. to make blueberry muffins and breakfast burritos.

H/t Kenny Jervis.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 1:19 pm

The isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced it's re-opening to the public on July 15, although, as you might expect, with more limited capacity, a requirement to reserve tickets and the need to wear face masks. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 12:37 pm

The MIT Tech reports. The news comes a day after Harvard announced only freshmen and some other students would be allowed back. Both schools, meanwhile, now have to figure out what to do about international students the government wants to kick out.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 12:16 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the discovery near Granite Avenue this morning.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 11:04 am

Cambridge Day reports on plans for a pop-up to be called Starlight Square that will, among other things, let local performance spaces hold outdoor performances now that their indoor facilities are shut due to Covid-19.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 9:37 am
Hyde Park Avenue at Eldridge Road

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about the crosswalk on Hyde Park Avenue at Eldridge Road in Jamaica Plain:

Every time a person crosses the street you get trapped in the middle of Hyde Park Ave terrified you're going to get run over. Vehicles do NOT stop for pedestrians. Please do something to force vehicles to stop for pedestrians before someone gets hurt.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 9:19 am

Boston Police report arresting a man on gun charges by officers responding to a report of gunfire in Grove Hall around 2:10 this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 9:01 am

WGBH interviews some of the senior Black Lives Matter protesters standing outside the West Roxbury retirement center yesterday afternoon.