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Falling tree seriously injures two children in Chelsea

Authorities say a large tree fell on several children in a Chelsea playground, hospitalizing at least two.Two of the children -- ages two and eight -- were taken to area hospital for their injuries. Chelsea Police described their injuries as serious, with one of the children being treated for a...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 3:10 PM

Gun, drug charges follow Dorcheter foot chase

A Mattapan man is being held on $25,000 bail after leading police on a foot chase after a shooting.Errin Crawford, 26, was arraigned Monday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute a class B substance and operating with...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:18 PM

Authorities investigate cause of Arlington fire that killed one

A fire at an Arlington condo complex killed one this morning, according to authorities.The fire broke out around 4 a.m. at the Brookside Condominium Complex at 1 Arizona Terrace, located near the intersection of Mystic Valley Parkway and Rte 16.The blaze damaged or destroyed 36 condo units and a...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:04 PM

Two Boston men charged with killing a man as he shovelled held without bail

The duo prosecutors allege killed a 21-year-old in Jamaica Plain while he was working as part of a shoveling crew while the city was buried in snow this past February are being held without bail.Donte Henley, 24, of South Boston, and Josiah Zachery, 18, of Hyde Park, were arraigned this morning in...

Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:26 PM

Man struck and killed by train in Newton

A person was struck and killed by a commuter rail train in Newton Monday morning, Transit Police confirmed.The man, described as being white and middle-aged, was trespassing on the tracks near the Auburndale station when he was struck and killed by an inbound Worcester Main Line train.Transit...

Monday, May 4, 2015, 11:38 AM

A brief and random history of weird Massachusetts laws

Massachusetts is viewed by much of the country as a bastion of progressive thought. First in the nation to have near-universal health care. First jurisdiction in the country to legalize gay marriage. The only state Nixon didn’t win in 1972. And so on and so forth.But the commonwealth has plenty of...

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 3:37 PM

Boston duo to be arraigned for shooting man who was shoveling snow in JP

Two Boston men are expected to be arraigned Monday on first-degree murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a man who was shovelling snow in February.Donte Henley, 24, of South Boston, and Josiah Zachery, 18, of Hyde Park, are expected to face first degree murder charges in Suffolk...

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:41 PM

Feds: Ex-FBI agent lied during Whitey trial

A former FBI agent has been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with his testimony at Whitey Bulger’s trial.Robert Fitzpatrick, a 74-year-old who lives in Cranston, Rhode Island, is alleged to have made false statements to help Bulger’s defense and tried to enhance his own...

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 3:43 PM

Here’s what’s in Tom Menino’s FBI file

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino had an FBI file. Who knew?The file, first obtained by WGBH, details a 2003 probe into comments made about Sprint Telecommunications in 2002. Menino, according to the file, threatened “the company with the loss of a lucrative city contract unless the firm donated $25,...

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2:26 PM

Just how racist is Boston?

By any measure, Boston has a fraught history of race relations. There were the busing riots in the 1970s, the Charles Stuart case in the late 1980s, the Twitter virulence directed at Joel Ward in 2012.But a new study suggests Boston is not among the most racist areas of the country. It’s not even...

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2:13 PM

Update: Dead body found in Wakefield woods identified

A dead body found in a wooded area in Wakefield is believed to be a the result of a homicide, according to authorities.A man riddled with gunshot wounds was found inside a vehicle off Sunset Drive Tuesday night. Both Wakefield Police Chief Richard Smith and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10:14 PM

We talked happiness, childhood and Dorchester with local rapper Latrell James

Things change.Latrell James understands this, but it doesn’t make the experience of returning to the neighborhood he grew up in — Fields Corner in Dorchester — any less weird.There are new apartment buildings, a new Vietnamese center. A different clerk now mans the counter behind his favorite...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 3:30 PM

Local lawyer argues same-sex marriage before Supreme Court

Mary Bonauto, the local attorney who was instrumental in fighting for same-sex marriage here in Massachusetts, took that fight before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.Bonauto, who is the civil rights project director at the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAAD), delivered...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 3:02 AM

Weed saved this guy's kung fu DVD business in Downtown Crossing

By any measure, it’s a weird business model: equally predicated on marijuana and outlandish plots of men hell bent on revenge.It’s James Bennett’s livelihood. The 48-year-old from Mattapan, along with business partner Aaron Crawford, runs Kung Fu Video & DVD in Downtown Crossing. He estimates...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2:30 PM

Woman injured in Roxbury shooting

Police are searching for suspects in a daytime shooting that grazed an innocent bystander in the head.The victim who was shot, described as being a woman in her 50s, was grazed by a bullet around 10:20 a.m. this morning near the corner of Warren and Waverly streets in Roxbury.The victim is expected...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 1:22 AM

Police investigating pair of fatal crashes

Authorities are investigating a crash in Avon that killed two and hospitalized three on Monday morning.A black Nissan crashed into a telephone pole just before 3 a.m. Names have yet to be released in that crash pending next of kin notification. An investigation into the accident continues.State...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:57 PM

DA: Lincoln woman dies in a farm accident

A 67-year-old Lincoln woman has died from injuries sustained in a farm accident Sunday.Details were scarce, but the Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said that Lenore Travis died after an incident on a swath of land off North Great Road just after 3:30 p.m.Lincoln Police and State Police are...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:01 PM

Local comedian sues WBZ, TV 38 over alleged breach of contract

Local comedian Rob Potylo -- best known for his alter ego Robby Roadsteamer -- is suing the local CBS affiliate over a scuttled television series of his.Last year, Potylo, who is listed as manager, along with Erik Angra, of Quiet Desperation LLC, the plaintiff in this case, met with local...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:34 AM

Suit: Take your T customer appreciation day and shove it

A class action lawsuit against the MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services says that a monthly discount and a day of free rides does not make up for terrible customer service throughout the winter.The suit, filed by Boston-based Robert Richardson, says the T’s customer appreciation gestures are empty and...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:29 AM

DAs stop using breathalyzer test results because of ‘potential issues’

District attorneys in Massachusetts are suspending the use of breath tests as evidence in drunken driving cases after State Police notified them of “potential issues” concerning breathalyzers used in the state.Essentially, police said there may be a problem with accuracy of some of the tests.The...

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:25 PM