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City Council approves $153-million deal for Winthrop Square project; now goes to state legislature

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:27:07 +0000

The City Council voted 10-3 to approve a plan in which Millennium Partners would pay the city $153 million to buy the condemned Winthrop Square garage and replace it with a tower of more than 700 feet.

The deal requires an act of the legislature because the building would violate a current state law banning shadows on the Boston Common.

Backers said the money would be an amazing boost to the Common and Franklin Field and to the Old Colony and Orient Heights housing projects, which Mayor Walsh says most of the money would go to.

Councilors Josh Zakim, Tito Jackson and Michelle Wu voted against, saying they objected to the way the BPDA screwed up the application process and pitted neighborhoods and parks against each other.

More to come ...

In Salem, even the gaslights are creepy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:41:48 +0000

This might be a problem on a seawall during a nor'easter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:43 +0000

The Herald gets ahold of some glorious memos from a WCVB news exec ordering reporters doing outdoor liveshots to always be walking while they're talking - even if that means walking from "nowhere to nowhere."

Driverless cars to get to practice left turns along waterfront, in Fort Point

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:11:02 +0000

WBUR reports the city has let a Cambridge company piloting driverless cars expand its testbed to include much of the South Boston Waterfront and Fort Point.

Boston Uber driver charged with raping passenger in Newton last fall

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:27:54 +0000

An Uber driver who picked up a woman in Boston raped her, then dropped her off at Boston College, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office charges.

Luis Baez, also known as Pedro Valentin, had bail set at $2,500 today at his arraignment on three counts of rape in Newton District Court, the DA's office reports.

According to prosecutors, Baez, 34, picked the woman up in Boston on Sept. 29, then "drove her to a location other than her requested destination where he proceeded to sexually assault her."

Investigators were able to find him in part due to "information stored in the application from the victim’s ride request," the DA's office says.

Innocent, etc.

Hilton's Tent City to fold up near North Station and put down stakes in Central Square

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:15:57 +0000

Cambridge Day reports on the outdoor store's impending move.