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By adamg - 1/24/21 - 9:33 pm

A Boston city council already embroiled in controversy over how many mayoral elections to hold this year - in addition to dealing with the pandemic, racial inequities and police reform - now has to battle Satan, in the form of a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple of Salem over its refusal to let any Satanists give one of the invocations that start Wednesday council meetings. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/21 - 5:11 pm
The Pierce-Bliss House at 151 Adams St as it appeared in 1908.

The Pierce-Bliss House, 151 Adams St., in 1908. The well was behind this house.

The City of Boston Archaeology Program has compiled a history of the 25-foot-deep 19th-century well that suddenly opened up last month in Dorchester's Ronan Park: It provided water for the Pierce family, whose estate sat on the land that was later turned into the park. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/21 - 1:40 pm

WBZ reports the Massachusetts Health Connector has extended enrollment through March 23. In the Before Times, enrollment ended in January.

By adamg - 1/24/21 - 1:37 pm

The medical mecca of the universe has fallen behind other states in getting people vaccinated. Why, New Mexico has an online system that lets eligible people register for an appointment. Here? Local health officials are still sending data on paper.

Separately, the Globe notes the paucity of vaccination sites in heavily hit minority communities in Suffolk County.

By adamg - 1/24/21 - 11:56 am
Firefighters put out a Fenway dumpster fire

Firefighters douse a flaming dumpster in the Fenway. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports firefighters were kept busy early Friday dousing a series of dumpster fires across the Fenway - two weeks after a similar series of fires in the Back Bay. Read more.

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By adamg - 1/23/21 - 11:46 pm

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St., is looking for jeans:

We understand the comfort of sweatpants, and we get the professionalism of a pair of slacks... but right now - we need jeans - in any and all sizes! Durable, denim pants are always a major request at our day shelter.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 11:40 pm

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I've had to turn off the new-user registration system because of a particularly nasty spam attack tonight: Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 2:12 pm
Firefighters on the Orange Line at Jackson Square

Firefighters in the pit. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were able to get a man out from under an Orange Line train at Jackson Square around 9:50 a.m.

He was taken to a local hospital for care. The incident remains under investigation, the department says.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 2:04 pm
Firefighter battles fire on York Street

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 24 York St. in Dorchester around 7:15 p.m. on Friday for a fire that started on the second floor, then spread to the third. Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 11:18 am

Transit Police report arresting Tyler Logan, 28, of Leicester, after he allegedly stared at a woman at the Orange Line fare gates while doing things a grown man shouldn't be doing in public, around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 10:55 am
Developer would add floors to these Boylston Street buildings

Going up? The buildings that would get taller.

A Florida-based developer wants to raise the height of four buildings on Boylston Street between Fairfield and Exeter streets, to add new residential, office and retail space. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:53 pm
View from the last ferry out of Charlestown

David Gregory snapped this view of downtown Boston from the last ferry out of Charlestown tonight, after which the T is shutting down the service because of Covid-19-related losses.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:23 pm

Peter Cheung took in the first night of Hatched, a four-week long "multi-sensory winter illumination experience" at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade: Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:11 pm
Christian flag in question

The flag in question.

For the second time in 18 months, a federal appeals court in Boston has told Hal Shurtleff that he has no right to raise a flag with a large cross on it over City Hall Plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 3:11 pm

Boston Police report a woman was shot at Bowdoin Street and Washington Street around 12:40 p.m. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

She is Boston's fourth murder victim this year.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 2:31 pm

Boston Police report officers arrested two men from Malden and one from North Adams on gun charges after a traffic stop on Gallivan Boulevard just past the intersection with Morton Street early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 11:58 am

COVID-19 Media Availability 1-22-21

Mayor Walsh said today the city will eliminate its 9:30 p.m. curfew on "public facing" businesses on Monday. However, Walsh said other extra restrictions enacted as numbers rose late last year will remain in effect until at least next week, when city officials meet to reevaluate Covid-19 numbers. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 11:28 am
Ever burning fire pit on Savin Hill Avenue in Dorchester

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a fire pit at a construction site at Savin Hill Avenue between Dorchester Avenue and Auckland Street:

This open fire pit has been burning for the last three days.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 11:03 am

A Randolph man who is charged as a pimp says he doesn't want to go to a hearing in his case because of the risk of Covid-19, but also says he doesn't want his hearing to be conducted on Zoom because it would violate his constitutional rights. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 9:58 am

Boston Police report a man was shot at 750 Morton St., around 1 a.m. on Jan. 6. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died on Thursday.

This is Boston's third murder in 2021.