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Maybe all MBTA trains should be driverless: expert

Reports that a Red Line train went barreling through four stations without a driver on Thursday gave riders quite a stir this week. The mishap, believed to have been caused by operator error, birthed an MBTA controversy that was big even for an agency used to dealing with commuters’ scorn...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:29pm

Day of the Dead a big draw for the Peabody

Every year, Aquilez Sanchez makes the trip to the Peabody Museum to ring in Day of the Dead festivities. On Sunday, he and his daughter Aracelly stood admiring a colorful alter adorned with skulls and flowers and battery-powered tea lights on the Harvard museum’s upper floor. For a family...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:51pm

Bunny infestation overruns Boston

An infestation of urban-dwelling creatures usually causes people to gag or get the frights, but one furry city animal is taking over Boston's terrain – and winning its residents' hearts. Boston is known to be home to many creatures people look to avoid: Rats, squirrels, mice,...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:58pm

East Boston man wanted for shooting two in Maverick T Station: Police

The MBTA Police are looking for the man they beleive opened fire in the Maverick Square T stop earlier this month.Rogelio Alvarado, 21, of East Boston, is wanted for armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and multiple firearm violations.The attack came...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 3:05am

Man shot over parking spot in Dorchester: Cops

A man in Dorchester was reportedly shot over a parking space at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday.The victim was shot on Nightingale Street during an altercation while parking, Channel 7 reported. Police said the victim had parked his car in a spot that had been claimed by another motorist, the report said...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:13am

'Baby Doe' mother held on $1 million bail

A woman accused of helping to dispose of her young daughter's dead body was held on $1 million bail Wednesday.Rachelle Bond appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday for her alleged role in the 2015 death of two-year-old Bella bond. Bond was cahrged with being an accessory after the fact and...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 12:17pm

State’s anti-spanking ruling a step forward: Experts

The state’s highest court has weighed in on spanking for the second time this year, this time ruling against the practice as a way to discipline children.The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that parents who admit to using corporal punishment — such as striking a child — can be...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 5:00am

MBTA suffers severe delays due to 'rail issues' on first cold day of winter

After spending nearly $84 million on a Winter Resiliency Plan, the MBTA suffered an epic weather-related failure duriing Boston's first cold snap.At least four separate instance of "rail issues" disrupted the system throughout the day Tuesday.According to the T’s Twitter feed, the trouble began...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 5:59pm

Boston 'tree ninja' arrested again

The Brighton “tree ninja” is allegedly at it again.Police on Monday arrested 66-year-old Joe Rizza, of Brighton, after officers saw him snap the branch of a tree off with his hands, according to a police report.Detectives had been monitoring the area of 27 Peaceable St. after complaints about...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 1:17pm

T plans to overhaul overtime for workers

After reports of employees collecting unusually high amounts of overtime, T officials said Monday they were working on an OT overhaul.A seven-member team of auditors has been studying how T employees are paid overtime, T officials said, adding that the focus is on 2014 and 2015, but that auditors...

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 6:49pm

Boston's drone 'boneheads' worry law-followers

After two back-to-back reported cases of drones flying too close to Boston’s Logan Airport, area drone professionals told Metro they were worried amateurs who disregard flight rules might spoil the fun, and business, for everyone else.“There are boneheads out there,” said one self-described...

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 5:00am

Northeastern student found dead

A Northeastern University student reported missing around Thanksgiving was found dead on New Year’s Eve, the school announced on Saturday.The announcement came after a search effort among family friends and peers for Dennis Njoroge, a 21-year-old Kenyan native from Worcester. Police could not be...

Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 6:23pm

MBTA to talk fare hikes Monday

TheMBTA'soversight board is slated to take up fare hikes for discussion on Monday, the first of many meetings on the subject to come in the new year.In December, the board approved a policy that would let it raise fares on trains, buses and a shuttle service for disabled riders by as much as 10...

Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 5:23pm

New Year's attack on Boston Police officer caught on camera

An Everett man is in custody after a New Year’s attack on a Boston Police officer that was captured on camera.Around 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, a man, later identified as 23-year-old Andrew Bowman of Everett, approached a parked cruiser near the One City Hall Plaza parking garage and shouted at the officer...

Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 3:50pm

Woman shot in leg in Dorchester

A 25-year-old woman suffered a leg wound after being shot in Dorchester early New Year's Day, according to a published report.Police responded to a ShotSpotter notification from Fairmount Street around 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Boston Herald.They found a car crash at the scene, but during...

Friday, January 1, 2016 - 1:24pm

Quincy man charged with heroin distribution

A Quincy man chose to light up a cigarette in a T station Wednesday and ended up facing heroin trafficking charges, according to the MBTA Police.Police said David Arrufat, 26, was smoking in the Andrew Square T stop and was stopped by authorities.After running his name, officials determined that...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:00pm

Body found in Charles River

Massachusetts State Police fished a body out of the Charles River on Thursday morning.The Marine Unit was called in to the area near the Fielder Footbridge at about 10 a.m.,according to Channel 5.Check back with Metro Boston for more on this developing story.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 9:33pm

First Night 2016 road closures planned

First Night will bring an influx of people to Boston Thursday night for New Year's Eve festivities, making parking a tricky endeavor.The follow streets will be temporarily closed off:Boylston St., from Exeter St. to Tremont St., 5-8 p.m.Charles St., from Park Plaza to Beacon St., 5-8 p.m.Dartmouth...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 8:50pm

Safe New Year's Eve on tap for Boston: officials

Boston officials Wednesdaypromised safety would be foremost for First Night celebrations on New Year’s Eve.At a time when terror attacks have cities on edge – NYC police recently contacted Boston after avague threat against the city via a 911 call, which has since been deemed not credible –...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 2:47am

Driving to Boston's First Night? Road closures, a parking discount await you

For those who insist on driving instead of taking public transit to Boston’s New Year’s Eve bonanza this year, First Night is partnering with SpotHero, an app that lets you book parking spots in advance.There is a $5 discount with promo code: BOSTON 2016.Also, don’t forget to mind the road closures...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 12:32am