Vince Wilfork proves a hero - on Rte. 1

The Jeep, post-Wilfork. Photo by State Police.

State Police report that around 12:45 this morning, Wilfork helped get a woman out of a rolled-over Jeep after a crash on Rte. 1 near Gillette Stadium.

Troopers arrived to find a 2015 Jeep Wrangler rolled onto its side. To their surprise, New England Patriots Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork was beside the vehicle checking on the operator. The operator of the vehicle, 38-year-old Mary Ellen Brooks of Hanson, was unable to get out of the vehicle. Trooper Kenneth Proulx stated that he held the drivers door of the vehicle open, and Vince Wilfork reached in and helped lift the operator out of the vehicle with one hand.

Mr. Wilfork departed after ensuring the troopers didn’t need any further assistance.

Brooks fell a bit lower than that in State Police estimation: Once EMTs checked her out, troopers charged her with OUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Innocent, etc.

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Two-alarm fire rips through East Boston triple decker

Firefighters making up after the fire. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 3:30 p.m. to 722 Saratoga St. for what turned into a two-alarm fire that got into the building's walls, displaced six people and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation.

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:30
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Roxbury artist makes front of Google today

Today's Google doodle in honor of Martin Luther King Day is by Ekua Holmes of Roxbury, who is on the board of the Boston Arts Commission.

She writes of her overall work:

During my childhood, I was nurtured by a loving and supportive community of men and women who played important roles in my life. In everything I create, I hear them saying, “Remember Me.” Through my work, I honor their legacies by bringing them forward to life with torn and cut shapes of color and texture. With these scraps and remnants, assembled like a “down-home” quilt, I rebuild my world, putting in only what speaks to my personal and cultural narrative.

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Shots fired in Roslindale park

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 21:00

Police are looking for a guy spotted firing a gun into the air at Healy Field around 9 p.m. on Sunday. He's described as black, wore a puffy coat and carried a large, white plastic bag. He pedaled away on a BMX bike.

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This morning, the ice is New England and you're the Colts

Black ice made for a horrible commute and walk this morning. Patty reported:

Rt 9 East bound in Wellesley has a van on its side and a lot of ladders strewn across the street.

Ryan added:

Anybody cycling to work today please be careful. Invisible patches of ice everywhere, bike lanes/paths thinly salted.

The National Weather Service predicts conditions will improve by 10 a.m.

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Small fire forced evacuation of Haymarket station, but trains kept on running

Around 3:40 p.m. Firefighters quickly doused the fire, in a ground-level closet inside the station, but the T evacuated riders due to the smoke. Trains, however, continued to operate through the station.

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Councilors to try again to shield older residents from effects of gentrification

City Councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) and Steve Murphy (at large) will try once again to persuade the state legislature to let Boston residents over 55 who meet certain income requirements defer parts of their property tax until they sell their homes.

Linehan says the matter is even more urgent now that the city has come out with revised property assessments, which he said are really hitting long-time residents of his district hard - he said he himself has seen his quarterly tax bill rise $200 due to the latest assessments.

This will mark the third time the two have sought the legislative authority needed to let Boston grant deferrals to residents over 55 who have lived in their homes for at least ten years and who make below certain levels defer up to 50% of their annual tax bills. The accrued taxes - plus 4% interest - would become due on the sale of the home or the death of the homeowner.

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Man who wants to be a Boston cop sues city, state for sex discrimination

John Caulfield, who passed the Civil Service exam for police officer in 2011, says Boston Police Department bypassed him two years later to offer spots at the police academy to women who scored lower on the test.

In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court, Caulfield says BPD wanted to recruit at least 10 women that year and that this

In March 2013, BPD requested a selective certification of female candidates for appointment to the police academy. [The state Human Resources division] approved and issued the certification. In doing so, Defendants expressly afforded one gender a preference in hiring over another and violated federal and state antidiscrimination statutes as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Caulfield wants the city to knock it off, put him at the top of the next list of academy recruits and pay him compensatory and punitive damages and attorneys' fees.

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