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By adamg - 2/8/23 - 2:19 pm
Wanted for attack at Downtown Crossing

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police have put out a BOLO for a man they say punched a 62-year-old woman after she said "excuse me" as she tried to walk past him in the concourse between the Orange and Red lines at Downtown Crossing around 2 p.m. yesterday.

If the alleged puncher looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 1:29 pm

See ya, GateHouse or Gannett or whatever you call yourselves these days. A non-profit news startup co-founded by former Globe editorial-page editor Ellen Clegg in Brookline is not only starting up, it's hiring a full-time editor in chief - with "a competitive salary" and everything. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 1:05 pm
Rendering of proposed new synogogue

Rendering of proposed new synogogue.

A group of residents living near the site of a proposed synagogue on Bennett Street in Brighton yesterday sued to block its construction, saying the new building and attached rabbi's residence would simply be far too large for a congested, narrow street. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 12:18 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the Green Line due to some sort of switch problem at Lechmere, you know, the brand-new Lechmere that's the linchpin of the brand-new Green Line Extension, not some superannuated Orange Line station somewhere. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 11:55 am

And that's why a news copter was hovering over Fairmount Hill this morning, according to the Hyde Park Neighbors group on Facebook. Eversource is estimating 1:30 p.m. for full restoration of power.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 11:26 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a man's first-degree murder conviction that stemmed from some banter-turned-fight over another man's Yankee's cap at closing time outside An Tan Nua on Beacon Street in 2004, so he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 10:18 am

Two Louisiana residents yesterday sued the MBTA and escalator company Kone, Inc. for the injuries they say they suffered when an escalator they were riding up from the commuter-rail platform at Back Bay suddenly reversed, sending people hurtling back to the platform in a heap on Sept. 26, 2021.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 10:07 pm

A woman somehow wound up in Boston Harbor off Steriti Rink around 9:50 p.m. Boston Police officers, the first on scene, quickly spotted her holding onto a pylon. Two divers from the Boston Fire Department jumped in the water and got her onto a State Police boat, which took her to the State Police dock near the Charles River Dam for transportation to a nearby hospital.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 9:56 pm
Cone atop the Charles River off the Mass. Ave. bridge

Remember last year when the state used traffic cones to mark off some bike lanes on the Mass. Ave. Bridge and somebody didn't like them and tossed them onto the frozen Charles River? A roving UHub photographer discovered today that some low-energy bike-lane hater tried to replicate that, only gave up after just one cone.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 9:36 pm
Firefighter on porch at Leston Street fire

Boston firefighters responded to 20 Leston St. in Mattapan around 8 p.m. for what turned into a two-alarm fire. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 9:08 pm

WCVB reports the woman's body was found on a bench in Christopher Columbus Park early Saturday morning.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 9:03 pm

The MBTA announced today that all but the topmost level of the Alewife garage will re-open tomorrow, but that the Red Line will continue to end and begin at Davis as engineers figure out how to get people onto trains without having to pass under a metal framework damaged when some guy in a Civic rammed into a concrete barrier on the garage's top level, sending the five-ton concrete slab down towards the station atrium - only to be stopped by the metal supports for large window panels. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 3:11 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a marijuana dispensary at 329 Columbus Ave. in the South End, where Coda used to be.

Desiree Franjul's Herbal Power now goes to the state Cannabis Control Commission for the final approval it will need before it can open, with hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 2:47 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Rainbow Adult Day Health Care Center to open a new facility at 60-64 Hill Top St. in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 2:04 pm
Proposed parking spaces for Fuller Street building

Too much parking in this plan, board says.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a six-unit residential building at 60 Fuller St. in Dorchester, but on the condition the owners only put down enough asphalt for six parking spaces, rather than the twelve they proposed. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 1:44 pm
Proposed rendering of new condos

Rendering by HDS Architecture.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a plan by Habitat for Humanity to build a townhouse-style building with seven condos, all to be sold as affordable to buyers who would have to volunteer time to help put the building up, at Norfolk Street and Thetford Avenue in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 1:10 pm
Fort Point welcome sign

Fort Point's infamous welcome/good-bye blue oval.

The mayor's office today announced a design contest to develop unique welcome signs for each of the city's unique neighborhoods - to replace the uniform blue ovals that have announced neighborhoods since the Menino administration. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 12:44 pm

Bloomberg reports Our Man Marty is leaving his post in Washington as labor secretary to become head of the union representing NHL players.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 12:28 pm

CommonWealth takes a look at the MBTA's plan to buy most of Widett Circle, which nobody had heard of before the Olympic effort briefly made it famous, for what would essentially be a waiting area for commuter trains, doesn't make sense.