The Supreme Judicial Court today vacated George Ortega's conviction for the 2012 murder of Steven Fuentes on Leyland Street in Dorchester, saying the judge in the case should have should have pressed prosecutors more on their decision to try to exclude a black woman from the jury - and should have told the jury to consider whether Fuentes's death was a case of self defense. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a worker at UMass Boston can proceed with a libel suit against the news editor at the campus newspaper, which published a photo of him in 2013 provided by campus police - who wanted to ask him whether he was photographing women on a shuttle bus from the JFK/UMass T stop to the school. Read more.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Magdala Street and Gallivan Boulevard, according to a nearby resident who heard the crash, went to investigate and took the photo - and who is getting tired of the crashes there and along that stretch of Gallivan in general.
Around 9:45 p.m. at Olney and Rosseter streets.
JPA Development Co. of Braintree has filed plans to replace Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 500 Talbot Avenue, at Argyle Street, with a four-story, 40-unit residential building that would have ground-floor space for both a business and a smaller streetfront church. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Suffolk County prosecutors will get a chance to prove murder charges against Kevin Graham and Ellis Golden for the 2004 murder of Thomas Hawkins on Theodore Street in Dorchester. Read more.
The City Council agreed today to bring in city and state public-health experts to figure out what to do about increasing amounts of problems they say are happening from Dudley to Andrew because of the continued shutdown of the Long Island shelter and treatment programs. Read more.
The Board of Appeals yesterday rejected a request from the owner of a Milton Avenue to legalize the way a previous owner enclosed its porches without a permit some 20 years ago, after neighbors objected to the way he was trying to sell the property to a non-profit group that helps house homeless families. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports the owner of Van Shabu want to concentrate on a couple of suburban restaurants for now.
The Dorchester Reporter updates us on the proposal.
Liz Miranda won the Democratic primary yesterday in the 5th Suffolk state representative race (Dorchester and Roxbury), with 59% of the vote in a four-person field. She'll replace Evandro Carvalho, who ran unsuccessfully for Suffolk County District Attorney.
On a 22 bus at Talbot Avenue and Whitfield Street around 3:10 p.m.
Somebody fired at a car with three occupants going down Merlin Street between Athelwold and Park streets around 9:35 p.m. The driver crashed; he and his passenger ran down Park towards Washington, where police found them - the driver shot to the neck. He was taken to a local hospital.
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