Mitchell watched the scaffolding above the Marathon finish line going up today.
The Community Development Corp. of Boston has filed plans with the BPDA to make an office building at the corner of Washington and Thorndike streets taller and wider, and convert it to mainly residential space, with retail space on the ground floor. Read more.
Allston and Brighton residents who say their neighborhoods are being overrun with overpriced investor-owned housing units are organizing to fight for an increase in the number of affordable units developers have to include in their projects and to figure out how to increase the number of condos whose owners actually live in them. Read more.
Associated Press reports somebody poured urine into an air freshener and soap dispenser in the men's room at the Burlington library the other day (AP actually wrote "soup dispenser," but we're going to go out on a limb and assume that, even in Burlington, they don't dispense soup in restrooms).
Stop peeing in Walden Pond.
Aaron Lecklider, chairman of the American Studies department at UMass Boston is not real happy with the news that the UMass system has found upwards of $50 million to buy the Amherst campus a Newton outpost even as the Boston campus is cutting departments and laying off staff:
The Mt. Ida campus will be used not by (minority-majority, working-class) UMass Boston, but rather by (predominantly white, middle-class) UMass Amherst in order to give their student body access to Boston internships. In other words, the UMass system wants to...
James Dickey, the owner of a fire-ruined shell of a former house at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester, today filed an appeal of a federal judge's decision that he stop bothering federal judges with his attempts to keep the city from tearing down what's left of the structure, which the city says now exists solely as a haven for rats. Read more.
As we all know, the state has a contract with a Chinese company to build hundreds of millions of dollars wroth of new cars for the Orange and Red Line. And while the cars will be assembled in good old Springfield, MA, the components will be mostly manufactured in the People's Republic (and no, not Cambridge). CRRC, the company in question, has concerns, you betcha: Read more.
Ever since Roche Bros. in West Roxbury re-opened its seafood department before Valentine's Day, one lobster went unsold: The biggest of them all, a lobster so large the other lobsters crowded around the edges of the tank just to stay away from him, so large that shoppers would bring their kids over to see him.
The poor plight of the lobster began to bother some people over in Roslindale, who used a neighborhood Facebook group to begin to ponder doing something about Larry's fate - yes, of course they named him Larry....Read more
The Globe reports UMass Amherst is buying Mt. Ida College in Newton, which it will shut down and remake as UMass Amherst's Boston campus (UMass Amherst Boston?). Current Mt. Ida students will be able to transfer to UMass Dartmouth.
Biker Rider watched shiny new Orange Line cars gliding through Sullivan Square this morning on the express track rebuilt just for testing out the new cars. No passengers were allowed on, of course, not while they undergo several months of testing.
A federal judge has upheld the state's long-standing ban on AR-15 rifles and similar weapons - and said the state had the right to extend that to "copycat" weapons that high slight differences from and different names than the weapons specifically mentioned in the original law. Read more.
The city is soliciting bids from people who think they could really do something with the old Bank of America branch at 555 Columbia Rd. in Uphams Corner for the 12 to 18 months it would otherwise sit empty until the city puts up a new library branch there.
UPDATE: Boston Police identify the victim as Clevan Richards Jr., 22, of Randolph.
Boston Police report a man in his 20s was shot at 1 Costello Circle around 11:45 p.m. on Thursday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. WCVB reports he was shot in the head.
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Four of the five people currently running for Suffolk County District Attorney this year support the criminal-reform legislation that just passed the state senate unanimously and which was opposed by just five Republicans in the house. That could be enough vote splitting to elect the one candidate who opposed the proposal, David Bernstein writes.
The Boston Licensing Board next week hears requests from a brewery that wants to open in Roslindale Square and a convenience store that wants to start selling adult beverages on VFW Parkway. Read more.