Man charged with clambering up inside a Zakim tower and stealing an airplane warning light - for the second time

Beacon safely belted in for its ride back to the bridge. Photo by State Police A homeless man who figured out how to enter one of the Zakim Bridge's towers climbed to the top and stole a 60-lb. airplane warning light last month - the second one he's stolen - State Police charge. Clifford Beckford, 34, allegedly stashed his newest light at the historic Warren Tavern in Charlestown, after leaving the first light outside the Old State House in downtown Boston, State Police say.

Things fall apart, the center cannot hold

Looks like last night's snow/sleet/rain was the last straw for Boston buildings. We've had a partial roof collapse on Columbia Point and a complete building collapse in Readville. And now this: Cars are being flattened by killer death ice.
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North Washington St. Bridge Plans Gets a New Look:Residents Like the Look, But Concerns Over Auto Capacity

Charlestown residents and members of the Charlestown Preservation Society’s (CPS) Design Review Board cheered the beautiful and modern design of the proposed, $90 million North Washington Street Bridge, but jeered the fact that the proposal didn’t seem to have expanded capacity to handle newfound traffic from projects like the proposed Wynn Casino. City Engineer Para Jayasinghe presented the Board and a healthy crowd of interested residents with an expansive and all-inclusive 45-minute presentation of the new bridge at Monday night’s meeting. He indicated that the project would be fully funded by the state and federal government, that it would be put out to bid at the end of 2016 and that it would likely take three years of very complex ...
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Neighborhood Gets Passing Grade for Sidewalk Shoveling

As compared to other neighborhoods in Boston – and given the tight quarters of the neighborhood – Charlestown residents pulled their weight when it came to grabbing a shovel and getting to work throughout the Snowmageddon of the previous month. City officials told the Patriot Bridge that from Jan. 23 through Feb. 18, there had been 3,868 violations sent out citywide for snow-related infringements. A majority of those violations, according to the Mayor’s Office, came due to property owners not shoveling their sidewalks – leaving no path through the mountains of white fluff. However, of that total, only 322 were given out to Charlestown residents – comprising just less than 10 percent of the citywide total. In Charlestown, one of ...
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BPS Superintendent Search Narrowing

It has come down to four candidates in the Boston Public Schools superintendent search for a job that many in the City and School Department have found – after an exhaustive 12-month process – to be one of the foremost urban school opportunities in the country. Those four candidates include Dr. Dana Bedden, supt. of Richmond (VA) Schools; Dr. Tommy Chang, the local instructional supt. at the Los Angeles Unified School District; Guadalupe Guerrero, deputy supt. of instruction, innovation, and social justice for San Francisco Unified School District; and , superintendent-in-residence for the Nevada Department of Education. Only Guerrero has prior experience in Boston, having been a teacher and principal here before going to San Francisco. All the rest, those ...
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