Mike Greanwhel went 'Yikes' yesterday on a walk under the Zakim Bridge, when he noticed not just cracks in support-beam concrete but exposed rebar. Read more.
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City, feds ponder next steps for protecting Boston from rising seas, including Providence-like flood barriers
A consultant hired by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission is recommending a new barrier system where Boston Harbor meets Fort Point Channel, to keep rising sea levels and more intense storms from letting the ocean reclaim what was once South Bay - a large swath of Dorchester, South Boston and Roxbury. Read more.
The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge interviews Bryant Jordan, author of The Shadow King, a Charlestown-based gangsta story set in 1974, so of course both busing and Whitey Bulger are involved.
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Charlestown and East Boston high schools among several locked down on fake reports of possible attacks by a gunman
Stanley Staco reports that around noon, school officials and police shut Charlestown High School and East Boston High School after somebody called and said they were on the way with a rifle, first to Charlestown, then East Boston.
Several other schools reported similar fake calls, including Amesbury High School, where officials report: Read more.
Boston music crisis: Another large rehearsal space set to close, this time in Charlestown, councilor says
On the heels of the shutdown of the Sound Museum in Brighton, the owner of the Charlestown Rehearsal Studio on Terminal Street in Charlestown plans to kick out the musicians who now practice there by June so it can turn the building into a self-storage facility, City Councilor Gabriela Coletta (Charlestown, North End, East Boston) said today. Read more.
Man arrested for taking a snooze in his car on an I-93 onramp in Sullivan Square - and for being drunk and having a loaded gun - DA says
A Transit Police officer who happened on a car just sitting on a Sullivan Square onramp up to I-93 north early Monday wound up arresting the driver, who was asleep behind the wheel with the lights off but the motor running, a gun loaded with eight rounds in the car with him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
For first time in centuries, native Americans use traditional fire technique to create canoe along the harbor, then paddle it into the water
For the past week, members of the Nipmuc and Massachusett tribes gathered daily at the Little Mystic Boat Ramp in Charlestown to burn a large pine log, then carve it out to create a mishoon or traditional canoe.
Wraithe was there when they put the canoe into the water for the first time today. Read more.
The Boston Public Health Commission reports all the rain has overloaded local sewer mains, to the point that one MWRA outflow pipe, upstream of the North Washington Street Bridge, started pouring sewage-laden water into the inner harbor at 1:01 a.m, "creating a potential public health risk." Read more.
Repair work on unfinished North Washington Street Bridge has started; state hopes to open span to vehicles in December, 2023
MassDOT officials said tonight workers are busy fixing defective welds on the new North Washington Street Bridge and that they should be done by the end of December, letting non-repair construction resume in January - with a goal of switching three vehicle lanes and sidewalks over from the current temporary bridge in December, 2023. Read more.
Meetings next week suggest the North Washington Street Bridge project could be about to start up again
MassDOT has announced two public online meetings to discuss the bridge, and we're going to be optimistic and assume they're not going to go to all the trouble just to announce that the project is still dead in the water. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting a fourth man, from Dorchester, for his alleged role in gunfire that forced a halt to Charlestown High School graduation just as it was to begin in June. Read more.
Police look for guys in ski masks who shot at guy in car in Charlestown, missed him, but hit his his car and several others
Police are looking for several guys in black masks who apparently took shots at a man in car in the area of Corey and Medford streets in Charlestown shortly before 9:30 p.m. They missed him, but his his car, several parked cars and a building on Walford Way.
Story updated to reflect statement from mayor's office that she did not outright ban artificial turf.
Mayor Wu says she hasn't banned the installation of artificial turf for new playing fields in Boston, just that she'd prefer it no longer be installed, which is how the city Parks and Recreation Department is going ahead with plans to stick with synthetic turf when it replaces the current aging artificial grass at Charlestown High School's football and softball fields. Read more.
The owners of the Hood Park complex off Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown yesterday filed a $75-million suit against the company that makes those brightly colored little luggage robots you can see roaming around Sullivan Square in a dispute over the lease for space the company was supposed to move into on July 1. Read more.
Live Boston reports the pedestrian was hit on Cambridge Street at Spice Street and suffered injuries serious enough to have the homicide unit and fatal-accident reconstruction team called in. State Police shut the off ramp from I-93; BPD shut Cambridge at Maffa Way.
A woman whose car somehow flipped onto the tracks that run alongside the Orange Line at Sullivan Square early Saturday walked away largely unscathed, Live Boston reports. The cause of the crash remains under investigation; Live Boston reports another vehicle might have fled the scene.
Jared spotted this guy with his new droid heading over to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters, um, walking in Sullivan Square with his Piaggio Gita robot.
At 41 Polk St. at Walford Way around 9:15 p.m. Injuries not considered life threatening
Boston Police report that Hakim Jackson, 25, later turned himself in at District C-11 in Dorchester. He was charged with aggravated assault with intent to murder, police say.
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