Suspicious package shuts Airport station

Passengers allowed back in as cops got ready to leave. Photo by Mary C. Stevens.

A suspicious package at Airport on the Blue Line around 8:50 a.m. quickly brought the bomb squad and officers with high-powered weapons and dogs to the station.

Passengers were evacuated from the station and train service was halted.

Around 9:06 a.m., the package was declared not suspicious. A couple minutes later, riders were allowed back into the station and service resumed.

Kevin Franck photographed the scene on his way out:

Police with guns at Airport station

Truck vs. Storrow bridge: Bridge wins yet again

Penske must love Storrow Drive. Photo by Matt DeCastro. See it larger.

A truck driver got an introduction to the immutable nature of Storrow Drive bridges and overpasses tonight at Fiedler Footbridge eastbound and now there's debris everywhere, a truck with a newly storrowed roof peeled back like a can of sardines and a driver who probably wishes he were someplace else.

Imagine if the T were pluripotent

This is this month's cover of Cell, which covers advances in microbiology:

The cover depicts an adaptation the Boston subway system map in which subway lines represent pathways of differentiation from pluripotent stem cells. Bus routes, shown as dashed lines, are the various ways that cells can be experimentally interconverted via directed differentiation, direct conversion, and reprogramming. Cover image by Samantha Morris.

Maryr comments:

As a Bostonian biologist I am very bothered by the mismatch. ONLY TWO LINES GO TO PARK!

Via Boston Reddit.

South End, Dorchester restaurants both get OK to stay open later

The Boston Licensing Board today gave South End Pizza and Grill on Tremont Street permission to stay open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and Levi's Restaurant and Lounge the OK to stay open that late on Fridays and Saturdays.

At a hearing on Wednesday, city officials had backed South End Pizza's request, but opposed Levi's application, because of unspecified police concerns and a desire to have the owners meet with more neighborhood groups than just the Four Corners one they had gotten the OK from.

New Vietnamese restaurant on Dot. Ave. rejected

In an unusual move, the Boston Licensing Board today rejected a couple's request to let them turn an old Chinese restaurant into a new Vietnamese place, because of the husband's criminal past and his failure to fully own up to it at a board hearing this week.

The board rarely turns down applications for simple food-serving licenses, such as the one sought for the proposed VN Express, which would have replaced China Pagoda at 1616 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Khanh Nguyen said he and his wife, Nhung, wanted to serve Vietnamese and Chinese breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Nguyen worked at China Pagoda when it was cited for illegal gambling in March. When board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer asked for details about his criminal record, Nguyen said he had once been convicted for cocaine possession but that that was a long time ago.

But Timothy Golden, BPD District C-11's community services officer, who attended the hearing, said Nguyen had an extensive criminal record that included both drug and firearms offenses.

When Ferrer asked Nguyen again about his record, he admitted that he had also been convicted of illegal gun possession in 1991 or 1992, but that he had forgotten about that because it was a long time ago.

Board member Milton Wright, a retired judge, said "everyone is entitled to a second chance," but expressed concern that Nguyen had not mentioned the gun conviction.

In the couple's application, Nhung Nguyen, who has no record, was listed as the owner. Khanh Nguyen said he would work mainly as the cook.

Both Golden and the mayor's office opposed granting a license to the Nguyens, citing both the gambling citation at the former China Pagoda and Nguyen's record.

The restaurant would be "a bad fit for the neighborhood and could adversely affect the quality of life for the neighborhood," Golden said.

Two men, one a youth pastor, convicted as child rapists

A Roslindale man whose victim turned him in after hearing about Jerry Sandusky and a pastor at a Dorchester ministry were sentenced to several years in prison this week following their convictions in separate trials, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Terrence Anderson, 53, of Roslindale, was sentenced to 3-5 years yesterday after a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a young teenaged relative in the late 1990s.

Now 31, the victim disclosed the abuse to Boston Police and Suffolk prosecutors after media reports on the arrest of Pennsylvania State University football coach Gerald Sandusky.

On Monday, another jury convicted Jamaal Egleston, 34, of sexually assaulting three girls - aged 11 to 15 at the time - at the Men and Women of Crossroads Ministries, between 2005 and 2009, the DA's office reports. Egleston was a youth pastor there at the time.

Egleston was sentenced to 5-7 years in prison, the DA's office reports.