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Dear MBTA, here are ten things I like about you...even with the snow

Dear MBTA,I know you're having a hard winter ... this is a sad season for many of us! I'm thinking you might need some encouragement and validation from a loyal commuter. I received a really nice card from my wife for Valentines Day and it made me feel good. I'm guessing you didn't get many love...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 3:51am

Advocate: Boston homeless shelters are at 110 percent capacity

The city’s shelters have been overcrowded due to the recent stretch of horrific weather, according to the city’s director of the Emergency Shelter Commission.Jim Greene told the Metro Tuesday that the city has about 1,500 beds or spaces for the homeless to sleep but are making room for a population...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:11am

Boston College under fire over accessibility concerns

Federal and state officials are reportedly looking into the accessibility at the Boston College campus on Chestnut Hill following numerous complaints from current and former students with disabilities claiming the school is in violation of accessibility laws.Long, steep routes and ramps that lead...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:17pm

Poll: Voters spread blame around for MBTA crisis

(State House News Service) -- Boston-area voters say multiple parties are to blame for the MBTA's performance crisis during the recent weeks of heavy snow and cold temperatures.According to a WBUR poll released Wednesday, 27 percent blame the state Legislature while 25 percent point the finger at...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:51pm

Poll: Voters spread blame around for MBTA crisis

(State House News Service) -- Boston-area voters say multiple parties are to blame for the MBTA's performance crisis during the recent weeks of heavy snow and cold temperatures.According to a WBUR poll released Wednesday, 27 percent blame the state Legislature while 25 percent point the finger at...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:06pm

Top cop clears P.O. Camacho in Lawrence, MA bar brutality probe

A Lawrence, Mass. who socked a woman -- and doused her with pepper spray -- after she allegedly hit him followed the letter of the law.So says an internal probe that cleared P.O. Claudio Camacho for his actions in the early morning hours of March 3, 2013, outside Rio Bar and Grill.The woman, Yanil...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:04pm

Another roof cave-in -- this one at Brockton car dealership

The weight of Boston’s historic snowfall continues to collapse area roofs.RELATED: Mayor Walsh's roof alert.RELATED: Roof collapses displace man and beast.The latest was in Brockton Wednesday morning at Copeland Toyota. Views from news choppers showed a visible hole in the roof.Other recent...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:31pm

More Boston snow days: Hooray? Or no way?

For the past few weeks, school children in Boston and its surrounding suburbs have enjoyed every kid’s dream — snow day after snow day after snow day — and now, February vacation.But what’s heaven for children is for some parents, hell. Or at least purgatory.“We’ve had two snow days a week for the...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:30pm

A dozen questions for Boston's favorite cryptid

He may have been the only silver lining in Boston’s recent transformation into the fictional ice planet of Hoth. He was seen shovelling out cars and walking in various parts of greater Boston. He has more than 8,000 Twitter followers and made national news.We got a hold of the Boston Yeti and asked...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:30pm

No promises as officials struggle to restore MBTA services

(State House News Service) -- With Massachusetts commuters struggling with daily delays and cancellations on public transit, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday said predictions that it could take a month after the final snow falls to fully restore MBTA service are being viewed by his team as an "outer...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:05am

Where does the T go from here?

A former Massachusetts transportation secretary says the state should retire the bulk of the MBTA’s debt to let the T make the infrastructure repairs needed to improve service.Jim Aloisi, an attorney who served as the state’s transportation chief under Gov. Deval Patrick in 2009, said the MBTA...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:46am

Tewksbury police shoot, kill stabbing suspect

A man was shot dead by police Tuesday morning after stabbing two school workers at a career-training facility in Tewksbury.District Attorney Marian Ryan said a man and a woman were stabbed in their car in the parking lot of The Salter School on Woburn Street around 9 a.m. after a 30-year-old man...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:07pm

Alive! (and hungry): Lost boys whose snowmobile got stuck are found

Hungry … but in good health.That was the status Tuesday morning of two 15-year-olds who got lost while riding a snowmobile in the brutal cold.Ty Howard-Gotto and buddy Jonah May, of North Smithfield, RI were traveling from Mexico, Maine to Ty's grandpa's camp in Andover when their orange 2007...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:39pm

Exclusive: Pats player, OITNB star top Boston's Most Fashionable list

This year, the New England Patriots have not only proven themselves as the best football team in the nation, a few of the players have scored points for their fashion sense.Julian Edelman, the team's 28-year-old wide receiver, came in first place on a list of the city’s 50 most fashion-forward...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 4:30pm

MBTA: It could be a month before T service returns to normal

The Twill likely not return to normal service for another 30 days, according to MBTAGM Beverly Scott.Scott made the comments Monday afternoon. The recent stretch of inclement weather has wreaked havoc on the T, causing numerous delays and cancelations and complicating commutes during the last three...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 5:36am

Walsh: Snow poses roof collapse problem

Can snow collapse the roof of a Boston building? It’s a question of when, not if, says Mayor Marty Walsh.The mayor implored Bostonians to hire contractors to remove snow from their roofs after more than seven feet crashed down on the city in the past three weeks.Roofs have already collapsed in...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 4:47am

T to continue limited service on Tuesday

The T will continue to run on Tuesday, but service will be limited, with shuttle buses substituting stretches of some subway lines.The Red Line will run between Alewife and Andrew, with limited shuttles on the line’s southern branches to Ashmont and Braintree.The Orange Line will run from Sullivan...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 4:35am

Boston parking ban in effect until further notice

A Boston parking ban will remain in effect until further notice to allow plows to clear massive amounts of snow from city streets, the Mayor's office announced Monday afternoon.Boston received a total of 16 inches of snow in the most recent snow that ended on Monday, for a total of 7.5 feet since...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 1:53am

Roofs give way to weight of Boston's record snow, displacing man and beast

Roof collapses due to the weight of the back-to-back-to-back-to-back snow storms have picked up in recent days.There is no exact science to whether you should clear your roof.“The fact of the matter is, you can’t simply look at a roof and determine whether it is susceptible to collapse. It’s way...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:05pm

A pair of fires leaves two dead, two buildings gutted in Waltham

A pair of fires – one of which left two dead – gutted homes in Waltham this morning as the coldest temperatures in a decade froze the region.The first, a two-alarm blaze on Ash Street that began shortly after 2 a.m., killed two people. A man died at the scene, while a woman died at a local hospital...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:05pm