Dan Kennedy gets the scoop that GateHouse plans to consolidate a bunch of its smaller weekly newspapers into larger "regional" papers. Among the papers set to disappear: What's left of the West Roxbury/Roslindale Transcript and the Allston/Brighton Tab, which will become a newspaper called the Transcript-Tab. Read more.
WBZ reports police in Boston will issue tickets to anybody spotted smoking pot at this weekend's Boston Calling in Allston - and that police in Cambridge will be on the alert for anybody lighting up on their way to or from the event across the river.
A federal judge yesterday sentenced Phillip Leo Campanirio, 53, who has a criminal record dating to the 1980s, to 70 months in federal prison for robbing the Citizens Bank branch inside the Stop & Shop on Everett Street in Allston on April 28, 2018. Read more.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted men from Dedham and Norwood on charges they shot a man in the thigh during a large closing-time brawl that started inside Patron's, at the corner of Brighton and Harvard avenues on Nov. 26, 2015. However, the jury did convict them for illegal possession of a firearm, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The Daily Free Press reports on the allegations against the as yet unnamed student organization, which included "sleep deprivation, strenuous physical activity, physical abuse, yelling and running errands for current members," as well as withholding food and keeping new members from studying for their classes.
A federal judge today sentenced Raymond Montoya, 71, to 14 1/2 years in prison for the tens of millions of dollars he convinced friends and acquaintances to invest in a hedge fund that he was actually using as a piggy bank to buy expensive cars and watches and to pay off his kids' medical educations - and one of of his son's $1 million mortgage. Read more.
BU Dining Services reports the opening of a Dunkin' Donuts on Buick Street, off Commonwealth Avenue, midway between the Dunkin' Donuts at the George Sherman Union and the Dunkin' Donuts at 1020 Commonwealth Ave.
Mayor Walsh today announced a set of initiatives to make Boston roads safer and less clogged that include lowering the default citywide speed limit from 25 to 20 m.p.h., dedicated bus lanes on Brighton Avenue in Allston and North Washington Street along the North End, special pickup/drop-off lanes for Uber and Lyft cars - but also rush-hour surcharges for riding in them - and free T passes for all students in grades 7 through 12, regardless of whether they're BPS students. Read more.