A 22-year-old Babson College student who fell nearly five stories through a rooftop skylight while watching the Boston Marathon Monday in Coolidge Corner is in good condition and likely to be released from the hospital soon, police and officials at Massachusetts General Hospital said.
Robert Baird was watching the marathon with some friends when he fell to the ground level of a four-story brick building on Beacon Street, said Lieutenant Philip Harrington, a spokesman for Brookline police.
Baird fell through the middle of the building, hitting stairway railings and other objects on his way down, Harrington said.FULL ENTRY
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A Green Line trolley derailed on South Huntington Avenue today, forcing police to close the street to traffic for about an hour and a half and prompting the T to suspend trolley service between Heath Street and Brigham Circle for nearly five hours.
The trolley was headed inbound on the E branch, approaching the right turn from South Huntington onto Huntington Avenue, when it skidded partially onto the pavement about 100 yards shy of the intersection, at about 9:30 a.m.
No one was injured, and the trolley sustained minimal damage, T officials said.FULL ENTRY
MBTA officials said today it was unclear whether a Green Line train drove over, or merely close to, a small fire on the right-of-way Wednesday night in Brookline, and they emphasized that no one was in danger during the incident, which was captured in a series of photos by a bystander.
"It's unclear where that fire occurred," said MBTA General Manager Richard A. Davey Jr. "We believe it was just outside the tracks."
The incident happened at about 7 p.m. on the Beacon Street C line tracks between Harvard Avenue and Winchester Street.
Davey acknowledged, "The fire was still close to the tracks, if outside of them." But he emphasized that no riders were endangered in the incident.
"I'm very confident that no one was put in harm's way because of the action," he said.FULL ENTRY
JERUSALEM Business men and women traveling with Governor Deval Patrick
said they came away with serious prospects and strong relationships, but no deals to announce, as the Israeli portion of the state's trade mission ended today.
Many of the leaders are flying back to Boston, some on commercial airlines, others on private jets. A smaller portion of the delegation is continuing with Patrick to London over the weekend.
Patrick had one more meeting in Israel, with Palestinian Prime Minister Salem Fayyad, before holding meetings in the United Kingdom until Thursday.
Judging the ultimate value of the trip, which will cost $300,000 in public money, will be difficult. Even if deals are reached, it will be hard in many cases to determine whether they were sparked specifically because of the meetings initiated on the trip.
Some delegates gained valuable access to the governor, while Patrick himself cautioned that in a modern economy, success is not necessarily defined by signed contracts, but by building relationships that lead to future deals.FULL ENTRY
JERUSALEM – Governor Deval Patrick this morning began a series of meetings with top Israeli officials, including its prime minister, after being acknowledged from the floor of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Patrick is being accompanied on this leg of his visit by three members of his Cabinet, as well as Suffolk Construction chief John Fish and the most popular member of his entourage, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots.
He is being followed by a camera crew for an NFL story.
Patrick met with Danny Ayalon, the deputy foreign minister, who also read a proclamation welcoming Patrick and the delegation to Israel, including “my very good friend, Robert “Bobby” Kraft.’’
The acknowledgment in the Israeli parliament was welcomed by Fish who called it “incredible, absolutely incredible’’ and by the governor. “It’s amazing to be acknowledged from the floor of the Knesset,’’ Patrick said.
The delegation was given a brief tour of exhibits in the building, viewing a replica of the Jewish state’s declaration of independence and large-wall tapestries painted by noted Jewish artist Marc Chagall depicting the past, present, and future of the Jewish people.
During the part of the meeting with Ayalon that was open to the press, Patrick talked about this key economic themes he has been drumming through this trade mission to Israel.
“We’ve covered a lot of ground in every sense of that term,’’ Patrick told Ayalon.
He said he told the deputy foreign minister that the business relationship between Massachusetts and Israel was already strong, but he added, “the more the better.’’
Kraft swiftly added in Hebrew, “More to come.’’
Later today, Patrick was meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli opposition figures.
Most those meetings were closed to the press.
HAIFA, Israel Governor Deval Patrick’s trade mission to Israel was moving from
Tel Aviv to Haifa and then Jerusalem today, and many delegates from Massachusetts contemplated what notes they wanted to bring when the group traveled to the Western Wall.
It's one of the holiest sites in the world.
Helene Solomon, CEO of Solomon McCown & Company, a public relations firm in Boston, said she planned to bring a special blessing from the man who works at the garage where she parks her car in Boston.
He is an Ethiopian immigrant, a member of one of the world’s most interesting and historic Jewish communities. He was thrilled that Solomon was traveling to Israel, home of many Ethiopian Jews, with the governor, she said.
His own father had been an Orthodox Jew, he told Solomon, and passed away three months ago.
The note is a message for him, Solomon said.
HAIFA, Israel Who’s the bald guy standing next to Governor Deval Patrick in all the pictures and videos from Israel?
There are two of them actually, a pair of key handlers for the governor’s maiden voyage to the Holy Land.
Shai Bazak is the 43-year-old consul general of Israel in charge of New England. He’s often whispering into Patrick’s ear coaching him on the background of the people he’s about to meet, pulling him aside for a quick history lesson, or directing him to a good cup of coffee.
Bazak is veteran of the Israeli government. He served as a spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu when he led the opposition party, as well as during his first term as prime minister from 1994 through 1998. (Before that, he was a sharpshooter and commander in special units of the army.)
After that, Bazak went to Miami as the youngest consul general in Israel’s history. He took Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Rossello on separate missions to his country just over a decade ago.
A charmer in two languages, Bazak loves to joke with the business delegates and the
press. And he loves it even more when his picture is in the paper or on television.
He came to Boston four months ago and lives in Brookline, the home of many Israelis and the center of Massachusetts’ Jewish community. Bazak has 2-year-old twin girls, pulling their video up often on his iPhone.FULL ENTRY
Forty-seven years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in an open car through Dallas with his wife, Jacqueline, Texas Governor John B. Connally, and Connally's wife, Nellie.
Kennedy's birthplace on Beals Street in Brookline reopened on Sunday for a small ceremony marking his death. The National Park Service, which runs the site, officially closed for the season in October.
At the JFK Library in Dorchester, a memorial wreath has been installed in the lobby of the presidential library. The library recently upgraded its internet presence to focus on the date 50 years ago when JFK was elected president.
The National Archives has collected hundreds of thousands of documents relating to Kennedy's assassination and the multiple investigations into the shooting of the president.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who was himself murdered on Nov. 24, was charged with shooting Kennedy from the sixth floor of what was then known as Texas School Book Depository in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. The building is now a major museum.
Because of a reporting error, a story posted Thursday on Boston.com about a Brookline funeral home accused by the state of mishandling funeral arrangements misidentified the gender of the two people whose bodies were mixed up. They were women. Below is a corrected version.
A state disciplinary board today ordered a Brookline funeral home to explain how they mixed up the bodies of two women in August, burying one woman in the wrong grave, digging her up in time for her actual funeral – and then allegedly failing to tell one family about the mistakes.
The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers ordered Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, whose main branch is on Beacon Street in Brookline, to explain within the next three weeks the actions of four members of its staff.
The board today detailed the results of its investigation as it issued show cause orders against company manager Kim Perry, embalmers and funeral directors Paul Glennon and Bruce Schlossberg, and apprentice embalmer Jane Salk.
For all four people, the board alleged that on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, the bodies of two women, who had died separately, arrived at Stanetsky's Brookline facility. The board's show cause orders, combined into one PDF document, can be found here.
Stanetsky is owned and operated by Service Corporation International, a Houston-based company that owns 1,800 funeral homes nationwide. Company spokeswoman Lisa Marshall, speaking on behalf of the company and the four employees, said SCI is cooperating with the board.FULL ENTRY
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