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By adamg - 5/5/21 - 2:39 pm
VFW Parkway fire in 2018

The fire. Photo by BFD.

An insurance company that had three clients living in a VFW Parkway apartment building that exploded into flames in 2018 is suing National Grid, alleging the company did nothing about complaints of natural-gas odors before the fire erupted into a six-alarm blaze that displaced 36 people and injured one resident and two firefighters. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 2:13 pm
Sorgini and Lohring

Distilling Sorgini and brewing Lohring.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant the "pouring" licenses an existing distillery on Terminal Street in Charlestown and a proposed brewery as part of the Speedway project in Brighton need to open their doors to the public. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 1:53 pm

A company that already offers delivery of both traditional boards of meats and cheeses and 21st-century charcuterie cones hopes to put down some brick-and-mortar roots soon at 83 Charles St., near Pinckney Street. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 10:47 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that holding key court hearings via Zoom in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic is constitutional - but that a man facing criminal charges who agrees to waive his speedy-trial rights can decide to wait until he can have a hearing on evidence in person. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 9:03 am

Pressley yesterday called for an independent probe into the death of Mikayla Miller last month: Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 9:21 pm
Santa-clad frog at Tadpole Playground, Boston Common

A calendar-conscious citizen filed a 311 complaint that the frog that welcomes kids to the Tadpole Playground on the Common is still dressed like Santa:

Duckling parade is this week but the frog is still in Santa clothes at the tadpole playground.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 8:49 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today effectively threw out the illegal-gun charge that was the last remaining charge against Sean Ellis for the shooting death of BPD Det. John Mulligan in a Roslindale parking lot in 1993. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 2:26 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today agreed to construction of a single-family home on Libbey Street and the expansion of an existing single-family home on Maple Street in hearings in which the board chairwoman felt compelled to tell the attorney for both families to "chill" twice. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 1:12 pm

The former owner of a Beverly pizza place was arrested today on federal charges that he fraudulently obtained several hundred thousand dollars in federal funds meant to keep workers he didn't actually have working through the pandemic - and used much of the money to start an alpaca ranch in Vermont. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 10:52 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by former City Councilor Tito Jackson to open a three-story cannabis shop at 150 State St., across from the Custom House. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 9:08 am

State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver reports motorists might be seeing some unusual messages on highway signboards today, May the Fourth: Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 10:01 pm
Rendering of proposed 1320 Dorchester Ave.

Rendering by Choo & Co.

Developer Robert Raimondi today filed plans with the BPDA to replace a small commercial building and a parking lot at 1320 Dorchester Ave., at Ellsworth Street, with a six-story building with 80 studio apartments. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 6:22 pm
Turkeys in Harvard Square

With few people left, the turkeys, including these red, white and blue-faced behemoths, have colonized Harvard Square, Ron Newman discovered today.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 3:57 pm



Tributes from across the state are coming in today for Jahaira DeAlto, who, along with Fatima Yasin, was fatally stabbed yesterday afternoon at 26 Taft St. in Dorchester.

Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 2:38 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man they charge tried to abscond with with a four-year-old girl, but who was stopped by family members who ran after him and grabbed him and held him until police arrived. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 1:28 pm

The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reports a bald eagle collapsed and died in her nest along the Charles River in Middlesex County after eating something that had itself eaten "second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide" (link has a photo of the dead bird). Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 12:06 pm

WCVB reports the state will be closing the Hynes, Gillette, Natick Mall and Danvers vaccination sites by the end of the month as it moves to distributing Covid-19 vaccine doses to mobile units and doctors' offices in an attempt to reach people who might not want to go to a giant site.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 10:14 am

F.W. Webb, which sells plumbing supplies, plans to build a 66,000-square-foot warehouse and store on Hampden Street between Melnea Cass Boulevard and Norfolk Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 9:38 am
Firefighters at Boylston Street fire

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters used one of their ladder trucks to rescue a resident on a second-floor porch during a fire this morning at 20 Boylston St. in Jamaica Plain. Read more.