Three of the highest-compensated private college and university presidents in 2011 were at the helm of Massachusetts schools, according to a survey released Sunday evening by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Each of these leaders at saw their wages bolstered by big, one-time retirement benefits.
The annual report, based on the tax filings of 500 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, places how much Massachusetts academic leaders receive in national context. The survey found that in 2011, Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun, received $3.1 million in total compensation, more than every other college and university chief except University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, who had a total compensation of $3.4 million.FULL ENTRY
Boston police have identified the man who was shot and killed early Saturday in Dorchester as Romeo McCubbin, 25, of Boston. Police immediately arrested and charged two men -- Omar Denton, 29, of Milton and Omar Bonner, 26, of Hyde Park -- with McCubbin’s murder.FULL ENTRY
A 39-year-old woman was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence after she struck a pedestrian in Dorchester on Sunday night, authorities said.FULL ENTRY
A tradition born of snow -- parking space savers -- emerged Sunday after Boston drivers chiseled through several inches of ice-covered, heavy snow to get to their cars.
Various household items -- chairs, buckets, and trash cans -- dotted some city streets, saving newly-shoveled, parking spots.
But city officials warned that, because no parking ban or snow emergency was declared during the weekend storm, objects left on the street will be considered trash and hauled away.FULL ENTRY
A man robbed a Wellesley bank Sunday afternoon, allegedly making away with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.
The man, who is thought to be between 25 and 35 years old, robbed the TD Bank North located at 999 Worcester St. just before 2 p.m. Sunday, police said.FULL ENTRY
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh has launched plans for an inaugural program that “supports and promotes the theme of neighborhood and community service” and has established a website that will provide updates on inaugural activities.
In a statement released this morning, Walsh announced three days of activities ahead of his swearing in.FULL ENTRY
Boston Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh says he will not rule out legal action to stop a Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs from locating in Revere.
In a move that has generated widespread controversy, Suffolk Downs is proposing to build the project in Revere after East Boston voters rejected the racetrack’s earlier effort to bring a casino to their neighborhood.
“I don’t want to rule that out,” Walsh said when asked about the potential for litigation Wednesday. “Legal action can happen at any point, [any] step of the way. I am not ruling [it] out. I am not saying I am going forward right now.”FULL ENTRY
Commuters beware: A mix of snow and sleet will give way to freezing rain for a slippery drive into in the Boston area Monday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, the 0.5 to 2 inches of snow is expected to fall Sunday night will turn into freezing rain in time for the morning commute.
The storm system that dumped ice and snow on the midwest and mid-Atlantic this weekend is expected to hit the Boston area about midnight. The freezing rain should be begin falling between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.FULL ENTRY
The state medical examiner has ruled the death of a woman found inside her burning Rutland home was a homicide, police said Sunday.
Rutland police identified the woman as 53-year-old Diane Lamarche. Her cause of death remained under investgation Sunday, police said.
Lamarche was in the process of moving out of the house at 2 Joanna Drive on Friday, which was the day the started, Rutland police said.FULL ENTRY
tate police have identified the 32-year-old Yarmouth Port woman who was killed Saturday after being struck by two motor vehicles as Jessica Spaid.
At 4:57 p.m. police received several 911 calls for a female walking along Route 6 westbound in Yarmouth. Shortly after, several more calls reported a pedestrian had been struck by Exit 8. Troopers found the victim, Spaid, in grave condition and Yarmouth Fire and EMS pronounced her dead.FULL ENTRY
A man suspected of driving while drunk crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a truck, killing his 3-year-old daughter and the other driver, the Hampshire district attorney’s office said Sunday.
The crash occured about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Hendrick Street in Easthampton, authorities said.
Mauricio Velasquez, 32, of Springfield, charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence alcohol, and child endangerment, among other charges.FULL ENTRY
The man shot dead by police in Dorchester Saturday has been identified by police as Darryl Dookhran, a 20-year-old with a long rap sheet that includes violent attacks and gun charges.
Dookhran was killed Saturday afternoon after two plainclothes Boston Police officers stopped him and 26-year-old Dorchester resident Christopher Murrain near Geneva Avenue and Westville Street, Boston Police said today. According to police, Murrain shoved one of the officers and the pair took off running. Dookhran allegedly turned and fired on the officers with a semiautomatic handgun, hitting one in the arm. The officers returned fire, killing Dookhran.
Murrain was arrested at the scene and will be charged with assault and battery on a police officer in Dorchester district court Monday.FULL ENTRY
A winter storm is moving north toward Massachusetts Sunday, with snow expected to hit the Boston area after midnight. Morning commuters in the Boston area should expect a mix of snow and sleet, with the weather changing to rain through the remainder of the day, the National Weather Service said.
However, the storm will be more intense to the west of the city, prompting meteorologists to warn about dicey driving conditions.
“For those in the city heading west toward Worcester, it’s going to be a tricky commute, weather service meteorologist Kim Buttrick said. “Freezing rain is likely to mix in and could cause hazardous road conditions.”FULL ENTRY
A developing ocean storm should track well southeast of New England today, with rain staying offshore. A high pressure system will bring dry and seasonable weather tonight into Wednesday before a warm front brings some rain late in the week, according to the National Weather Service.
“We will see seasonable temperatures through most of the week,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “On Thursday it could warm up into the lower 50s, but for Friday and Saturday we start cooling off again.”FULL ENTRY
An unwelcome guest spent the weekend stealing cell phones, laptops, cameras, credit cards, and cash from rooms at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, police said Sunday night.
Paul Palrao was arrested Saturday morning at a different hotel, the Hyatt Regency Boston, where police said nothing appeared to have been stolen.
After Palrao’s arrest, detectives found that Palrao matched the description of a suspect who had burglarized the Back Bay hotel, said David Estrada, a Boston Police spokesman.FULL ENTRY
A Sutton woman was beaten to death on Saturday night by the man she lived with, according to the Worcester district attorney’s office. Thomas O. Starefos, 49, called police just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, prosecutors said. Police arrived and found Colleen Butler, 60, dead inside her home at 30 Torrey Road, the district attorney’s office said. Starefos was arrested at the house on charges of manslaughter and domestic assault and battery, according to prosecutors. Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said the two had been romantically involved in the past, but he did not know if they were still together the night Butler was killed.FULL ENTRY
Dozens of survivors, dignitaries, fire officials and historians gathered Saturday morning in Bay Village as the street that once housed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub was renamed in memory of the fire and its victims.
Survivors praised the city for formally recognizing the 492 lives lost in the deadliest fire in New England history. City leaders and historians noted the various advances in fire safety and medical care that sprung about as a result of the fire.
“This is truly hallowed grounds we stand on today,” said Paul Christian, a former Boston Fire Department commissioner and the department’s historian. “The lessons of Cocoanut Grove are clear: It’s only through constant vigilance that tragedies like this can be avoided.”
The fire, which is believed to have been started by a match, brought about sweeping changes to the way city fire departments inspect buildings for safety.FULL ENTRY
Two cars collided near the intersection of Harvard and Morton streets in Dorchester Saturday, sending one careening into a triple-decker home, State Police said. A 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by a 78-year-old Dorchester woman and a 1996 Toyota Camry by a 47-year-old woman from Mattapan struck each another around 2:25 p.m., said Trooper Reid Bagley, a State Police spokesman. The minivan then slammed into the nearby home, crushing the front of the van.FULL ENTRY
It will be rainy and windy all day, and forecasters have warned that flooding is likely in urban and poor-drainage areas, as are blustery winds that could bring down trees and power lines. Drier and colder conditions are expected for Thanksgiving and into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.FULL ENTRY
ARLINGTON — Gathered on an elementary school yard on a misty night, friends, family, and neighbors on Tuesday paid tribute to Mei Kum Jones and her two sons, Cameron and Colt, on what would have been the boys’ first birthday.
Jones, 43, her twin sons, and her husband, Scott Jones, also 43, were found dead in their Newland Road home last week by officers sent to check on their well-being. Authorities have said that Scott Jones likely killed his wife and sons, then himself.
More than 50 people amassed outside the Peirce Elementary School sang and prayed, dots of light from their candles illuminating the blacktop.FULL ENTRY
MBTA officials announced Tuesday that they hope to reduce the fare for The Ride from $4 to $3 — a significant triumph for advocates who have argued that fare increases in July 2012 had a traumatic impact on the lives of senior citizens and people with disabilities who rely on the T’s door-to-door paratransit service.
The announcement was made at Tuesday’s Massachusetts Department of Transportation finance committee meeting, where members said they planned to recommend to the MassDOT board of directors that they approve the fare decrease at the Dec. 11 meeting.FULL ENTRY
Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua conceded defeat today on a Spanish-language radio talk-show, two days after the controversial mayor lost a recount to rival Daniel Rivera by a narrow margin of 81 votes.
“I congratulate Daniel Rivera,” Lantigua said, reading a statement on the El Tapon show on La Mega 1400 AM radio. “He has the path ready to do a good job.”
Lantigua urged his supporters in the deeply divided city to support Rivera and said he called the mayor-elect to concede before appearing on the radio show at 6 p.m.FULL ENTRY
Frigid temperatures early and late this week will bookend a period of unseasonable warmth and rain, according to the National Weather Service.
“It will be a few degrees warmer on Tuesday than today and even warmer on Wednesday,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “But the sun will turn to rain by mid-week.”
Today will be sunny, with a high near 32. Morning temperatures at Logan International Airport dipped to 18 degrees, but no cold records were broken. A southwest wind will gust up to 23 miles per hour, making temperatures feel even colder. Winds should diminish by the afternoon, and clouds will increase. Temperatures will drop into the 20s overnight, according to the weather service.FULL ENTRY
A 47-year-old man was suffering life-threatening injuries Sunday night after he was hit by a car in Abington, according to local fire officials.FULL ENTRY
More than 300 pounds of holiday food, including 20 turkeys, were stolen from the food pantry of a New Bedford church, police and church officials said Sunday.
Burglars broke into the outside refrigerator of Saint Anthony of Padua Church last Saturday and cleaned out about $600 worth of food, including the turkeys, eggs, and 150 pounds of cheese, said New Bedford police and Joel Cosmo, Saint Anthony’s sexton.
The community, trying to make up for last week’s break-in, has made donations but the pantry remains in dire need of food for Thanksgiving, Cosmo said.FULL ENTRY
State Police are assisting in a pursuit initiated by Amesbury police that led troopers into Salisbury, officials said.
State Police have sent an air wing unit, a K-9 unit, and cruisers to assist in the search.
It is unknown why the pursuit was initiated, or who is being chased.
Kathy Chaisson-Orben, 49, who lives on Ferry Lots Lane in Salisbury, said she saw at least six police cruisers rush by her house this morning.
“I counted six cruisers, and my friend said she saw 14, staties and everything,” Chaisson-Orben said.FULL ENTRY
The high pressure system currently over the region will shift south tonight before a cold front ushers in scattered showers late Friday into Saturday. Bitterly cold weather will arrive Sunday and last into early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
“It will be quiet today, with cold sunshine and another cold night,” said Charlie Foley, weather service meteorologist. “Friday will see basically the same conditions, with a little less sun.”
Today will be sunny, with a high near 47. A calm southwest wind will gust up to 6 miles per hour and won’t affect apparent temperatures. Conditions will remain dry overnight, but clouds will develop, according to the weather service. Temperatures will fall into the upper 30s.FULL ENTRY
A banker from Pembroke allegedly brandished a loaded gun while driving drunk in the Hub last week, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office and court records.
Guy Miller III, 44, was arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court on charges including operating under the influence as a second offense and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said. He pleaded not guilty.
According to the statement, Miller allegedly pointed a gun at motorists while driving in the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel Thursday.
His lawyer, Jeffrey K. Clifford, disputed that account.
“What we have is an allegation that he was observed holding a recently purchased firearm and looking at it, not pointing it at anyone specifically,” Clifford said.FULL ENTRY
Cold weather will return to the region today, bringing blustery conditions and chilly temperatures. The week should remain mostly dry, but rain, and perhaps some snow, is likely during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
“Today’s winds will give an added bite to the day,” said Charlie Foley, weather service meteorologist. “The sunshine is coming, and clouds are breaking up rapidly this morning.”
Today will be mostly sunny, with a daytime high near 46. A northwest wind will gust up to 33 miles per hour, making temperatures feel like they are in the 30s. Morning clouds should diminish by the afternoon, and skies should remain clear overnight. Temperatures will fall into the 20s overnight, and winds will continue.FULL ENTRY
A Boston Housing Authority Neighborhood Response Team, the Boston Police Department, and Nuestra Comunidad Development Corp. have received a first-place national award for efforts to revitalize the Blue Hill Avenue corridor.
The MetLife Foundation honored the three for tackling drug dealing, prostitution, and abandoned properties in the corridor, which reaches into Dorchester and Roxbury, the city said in a statement. In particular, the team recognized that properties left vacant in the Howard Avenue-Dacia Street area were becoming havens for crime.
The Neighborhood Response Team and its partners were chosen for the recognition out of 540 applicants from 179 cities, the statement said.FULL ENTRY
Doctors and nurses from Boston hospitals have joined the disaster relief effort in the Philippines following last week’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
A seven-member team from Massachusetts General Hospital departed this morning, and six doctors from Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center have already arrived in the island nation, hospital officials said.
Dr. Gregory Ciottone, director of Beth Israel’s Disaster Medicine Training Program, said this morning that the program has partnered with Global Rapid Rescue & Relief. Six doctors are en route to hard-hit areas, and another group will go later this week.
MGH has partnered with with International Medical Corps to send a team that includes two doctors, four nurses, and a pharmacist to Cebu, hospital officials said.
Another MGH team made up of about 60 doctors and nurses is expected to go within the next two weeks through a partnership with Project HOPE, a hospital official said.FULL ENTRY
A 38-year-old Newton man tried repeatedly to bypass the line outside of a downtown bar and became enraged when he was made to wait, stabbing one man and punching another, according to Boston Police.
There was a line to get into Coogan’s bar on Milk Street early Sunday morning. Peter J. Damelio and a friend tried to bypass the crowd and cut the line not once but twice, police said.
Damelio became enraged after the second failed attempt and punched one man in the face several times before pulling out a knife and stabbing another in the torso, police said.FULL ENTRY
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