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By adamg - 1/21/21 - 3:12 pm

WHDH reports Gov. Baker will lift the state's stay-at-home advisory on Monday because Covid-19 numbers are coming down. Also to be lifted: A 9:30 p.m. curfew for businesses such as restaurants.

The requirement that businesses restrict occupancy to 25% of their normal limits, however, will stay in place for another couple of weeks.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 1:27 pm

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack will decamp from Boston for Washington to become deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. CommonWealth Magazine notes that's the latest turn in the road for Pollack, who at one time was "a left-leaning, pro-tax, transit advocate working at the Conservation Law Foundation and Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy."

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 12:57 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by Jonathan Monsarrat over postings in a Somerville community forum, saying the forum's moderator did nothing wrong or defamatory when he moved the entire discussion group from a server owned by Russians to one based in the US. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 11:55 am
Muddy River sinkhole

Photo by George Lewis.

The Charlesgate Alliance reports on the eruption of a sinkhole in Charlesgate at the Muddy River, apparently over the past weekend. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 10:47 am

Last October, Stephen Brussard sued Harvard in federal court in Boston, alleging he was fired as a maintenance worker for blowing the whistle on managers having other employees work on their homes. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 9:33 am

WBUR spent time inside the Kitchen Cafe on South Street in its final days in the middle of a pandemic.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 9:23 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports that a survey of neighborhood gas lamps by Northeastern students on behalf of the Beacon Hill Civic Association found that 127 of the neighborhood's 1,028 gas lamps don't work at all and that another 413 are damaged.

By adamg - 1/20/21 - 11:24 pm
Henry Tapia

Henry Tapia of Boston died yesterday afternoon after a roadside argument in Belmont that authorities say ended when the driver shouted racial slurs at him, then hit and dragged Tapia with his pickup truck. Read more.

By adamg - 1/20/21 - 10:21 pm

"Bigger" - Boston Latin School tribute to VP Kamala Harris

Shown today during an MLK commemoration.

Note the final shot inside the BLS auditorium scans across some of the hundreds of years of white male headmasters before the camera focuses on current Head of School Rachel Skerrit.

By adamg - 1/20/21 - 9:12 pm

Kate Hutcinson asks:

Where in Boston can one purchase spinning wheel oil? I made minor improvements to my antique wheel today, but I still have trouble getting the bobbin to spin independently of the flyer.

By adamg - 1/20/21 - 2:13 pm
Dog at the State House

Shortly before 1 p.m., Sara Mak and a companion surveyed the scene at the State House (then reconnoitered the surrounding area).

Compare to the situation on Sunday, when Boston Police shut down the streets around the State House.

By adamg - 1/20/21 - 9:24 am
Guns, magazines and bullets

Seized Dorchester guns, bullets and magazines. Photo by BPD.

WBZ reports a Hudson man already facing assault-and-battery charges for an apparent road-rage incident in Belmont that sent his opponent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon could face more charges now that his victim has died. Read more.

By adamg - 1/20/21 - 9:15 am
Evidence markers at steps

Evidence markers in the park. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports that police responding to reports of gunfire the M Street park in South Boston shortly after midnight found numerous shell casings near the bleachers and stairs leading to the baseball field, on the N Street side of the park. No victims.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:45 pm
Shell sign in Cambridge

Jonathan spent some time by the Shell sign on Memorial Drive in Cambridge last night.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 4:43 pm

A federal udge in Boston today ordered Mark Sahady of Malden ordered held without bail until at least Thursday, for his presence in the Capitol during the failed putsch on Jan. 6. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 3:45 pm

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced today it's called off the annual South Boston parade due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 12:43 pm

Old South Church in the Back Bay will participate in the national Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 this afternoon by tolling the Great Tower Bell. It's part of a national commemoration.

Old South Church member and MIT mathematician David Vogan will ring the 2,000-lb. bell, which sits at the top of the church's 246-foot tower.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 11:57 am
Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi

Afrasiabi, from interview with Iranian news agency last fall.

The US Department of Justice today charged Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, 63, of Watertown with acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Iranian government. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 11:04 am
Ianni and Sahady in the Capitol

Ianni and Sahady in the Capitol (lower right); photo via FBI.

Update: One Capitol traipser ordered held for at least two days, other released on own recognizance.

The FBI today scooped up two local right wingers on charges they participated in the failed coup attempt at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, thanks in part to local Twitter users who IDed them in a photo of stormin' Y'all-Qaedists in a Capitol hallway. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:57 am

Cambridge Police report nine residents who own Priuses made between 2004 and 2009 had their catalytic converters stolen between Saturday night and Sunday morning.Read more.