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Environmental officials are in Boston Harbor this morning investigating the sinking of a small barge that was moored at the Charlestown Marina, Boston police and the Coast Guard said.
A Coast Guard spokeswoman said the agency was notified about the sinking of the barge at around 1:14 a.m. She said the vessel carried about 20 gallons of diesel fuel and a boom has been installed in the harbor to corral the fuel.FULL ENTRY
A Charlestown man was arrested and charged with robbing two Dunkin’ Donuts shops, both in Charlestown, early Thursday morning – attacks that took place within 15 minutes and one mile of each other, Boston police said.
John Ahearn, 30, was arrested Thursday night and charged with armed robbery after workers from both stores identified him from a photo array, police said.FULL ENTRY
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The crocuses bent under today's icy intrusion, and people grumbled as they pulled out the snow shovels that had been optimistically stashed away for the season. But have hope, Hub: There were signs that the seasonal wheels were turning after all.
The crew of the USS Constitution shifted to summer -- yes, summer -- operating hours. (Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
In other nautical news, the folks down at Community Boating will be rigging its fleet of Cape Cod Mercurys and other vessels as they launch another season on the Charles today. There's extra excitement riverside this year because the organization is christening new docks and a new dock house, part of a $2.8 million renovation.
They didn't seem much bothered by a little snow nor the gloomy gray skies hanging over the city.
Nine families are being housed at Boston-area hotels today after three men allegedly set fire to a unit at the Bunker Hill housing development, forcing the Boston Housing Authority to close the nine-unit building for repairs.
The accused arsonists were allegedly upset over a drug debt. The residents of the targeted unit escaped through a first-floor window, police said.
Lydia Agro, a spokeswoman for the BHA, said nine families are at hotels while the BHA searches for new apartments for them. She said the families are being aided by the Red Cross and that the BHA expects to have new residences for them by the end of the week.
According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F.Conley's office and Boston police, three suspects are being held on high cash bail today after they were charged with setting fire early Monday morning to the unit inside the BHA building at 74 Medford St.FULL ENTRY
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Malcolm T. Hill Jr., commander of the Massachusetts chapter of the Naval Order of the United States, the country's naval history and heritage society, stepped away Tuesday after throwing a wreath commemorating the Pearl Harbor attack over the side of the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, appearing in good spirits today after a five-night stay in the hospital, said he had felt frustrated to be hospitalized but emphasized he had remained in constant contact with his staff, including School Superintendent Carol Johnson who has announced controversial plans to close some city schools.
Menino, wearing khaki pants and gym shoes, said he felt fine as he kidded around with reporters gathered at his home in Boston's Readville neighborhood.
He said he would determine in the next few days when to return to his desk at City Hall. But he emphasized, "My house is just as good as City Hall."
Menino was admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital on Wednesday because medication he took for an infection made him feel ill, said spokeswoman Dot Joyce.FULL ENTRY
A Somerville man faces arraignment today on charges he kicked two women he met on an Orange Line train, an assault he allegedly launched after shouting racial and homophobic slurs at them, according to MBTA Transit Police and Suffolk prosecutors.
Joseph Balistreri was arrested by transit police at his home in Somerville on Saturday, according to authorities. Balistreri was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail after his arrest.
He is to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court today on several charges, including violating the civil rights of the two women; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a shod foot; and two counts of assault and battery, according to transit police and prosecutors.
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Quick-thinking lock operators have cornered the wayward harbor seal that made its way into the Charles River late last week inside a lock, and wildlife officials are expecting to release the animal into the more welcoming waters of Boston Harbor later today.
The seal appears to be in “great” condition and is swimming inside a Charles River Dam lock near the Charlestown Bridge, said Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman Wendy Fox.
The locks control water flow between the Charles River and Boston Harbor.
New England Aquarium officials plan to release the seal soon, she said.
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The USS Constitution celebrated its 213th anniversary with a bang today, firing its guns as it made its way through Boston Harbor.
The Constitution fired a 21-gun salute off Castle Island and then a 17-gun salute off Boston's Coast Guard station, which was the site of the former Edmund Hartt shipyard, where the ship was built and then launched on Oct. 21, 1797.FULL ENTRY
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