Traffic In Boston Worst In Nation

Traffic In Boston Worst In Nation

For the second year in a row, Boston took top spot in a study of traffic across the United States. INRIX, a company that provides traffic analytics, found the city displayed the most congestion in the country.

Additionally, Boston also came in just second across all of North America, trailing Mexico City in first. Following Boston, the top five US cities also include Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC, respectively.

Quantified in lost productivity, each Bostonian driver on average lost 149 hours sitting in traffic. While an improvement over 2018, in which the average was 164, the reduction failed to improve its ranking.

A variety of factors contribute to the congestion clogging up the city’s streets. For one, as an old New England town, its roadways originally saw traffic of a very different, must less demanding kind. Prior to the advent of the automobile, horse-drawn carriages and carts maneuvered considerably shorter distances, localizing much of the city’s traffic.

Since the city developed its paths based on an older form of conveyance, its infrastructure built up around unorganized streets. Modern architecture replaced its predecessors but inhabited the same spaces. The introduction of cars forced a new technology into an unprepared and inadequate system.

The problem plagues a number of east coast cities, beholden to a map not conducive to contemporary travel.

Traffic Woes With Mired Solutions

Now, as populations continue to concentrate in urban centers, Boston’s traffic problem only worsens. With an increasing demand for city housing, prices soar, pushing tenants out into the surrounding area. However, with jobs still in the city, commutes extend miles outside of it. Thus, traffic to and from Boston gets worse.

Proposed solutions include building up apartment and condo complexes near public transit stops. The hope there is to inspire tenants to take public transit, reducing the number of cars on the road. The issue there involves cooperation between different municipalities. Boston requires the collaboration of surrounding cities, who themselves fear increased traffic alongside the construction of denser housing.

For now, it appears few cities rival Boston’s congestion.

David Nangle, State Representative, Arrested

David Nangle, State Representative, Arrested

For charges that include bank fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and lying to a bank, FBI and IRS agents arrested State Representative David Nangle Tuesday.

According to a lengthy indictment unsealed Tuesday, Rep. David Nangle accrued a great many gambling debts throughout New England. As a result, he turned to his campaign coffers to make up the difference. The misuse of campaign funds constitutes a serious crime, as demonstrated by the national story in 2018 involving Donald Trump’s hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

In this case, Nangle used campaign funds to cover various personal expenses unrelated to his campaign. Joe Bonavolonta of the FBI explained, “Time after time he allegedly used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, spending thousands of dollars on golf club fees, gas, gift cards, hotels, restaurants, flowers and rental cars for trips to casinos, some of which he had already been reimbursed for by taxpayers.”

Upon examination by regulators, Nangle lied, claiming a political purpose for each expense.

His gambling problem led to tens of thousands of dollars of debt. He frequented casinos in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Additionally, he lost thousands on online betting.

Furthermore, he borrowed in excess of $100,000 from friends and business owners to fill in some of his debt. He returned these personal loans with campaign contributions.

Nangle also paid for a country club membership and its green fees with campaign funds, fraudulently labeling them as catering fees. He rented cars to travel to casinos with money from his campaign account.

On his taxes, Nangle claimed deductions that were highly improbable. For example, he claimed deductions for 47,000 miles of driving related to consulting work. That amounts to 345 miles per day for an entire year.

Liquor Licenses Proposed For Outlying Areas

Liquor Licenses Proposed For Outlying Areas

Thirsty? Outlier neighborhoods in Boston may see an increase of restaurants serving spirits thanks to an initiative proposed in the city council. Liquor licenses have been hard to come by there, but that could change.

The new bill, proposed by Councilor Frank Baker, provides for 150 new liquor licenses specifically for outlying neighborhoods. Increasingly, these neighborhoods lose watering holes, forming a dearth of options.

The bill provides an opportunity for restauranteurs to enter these neighborhoods and provide choice. The bill allots the 150 licenses for issuance between 2021 and 2023. Furthermore, the licenses return to the city for reissue in the event a holder goes under.

The following neighborhoods receive 15 licenses each in the bill: Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Allston/Brighton, Roslindale, South Boston, West Roxbury, Charlestown, and East Boston.

“It gives us as a city the ability to look at economic opportunities for different neighborhoods,” explained Baker to the Boston Herald.

Because so many restaurateurs shell out for existing licenses in more bustling districts like the Seaport and downtown, local restaurants dwindle. Businesses in outlier neighborhoods shutter as their owners move on.

Baker also suggested the price tag to attain a license proves a barrier to entry for many aspiring entrepreneurs.

Liquor Licenses Face Approval Process

Councilmembers introduced similar bills in the past, hoping to benefit outlier districts. Ayanna Pressley, once a city councilmember before winning a congressional seat, introduced a bill bringing 75 licenses. That bill targeted neighborhoods outside downtown. However, many neighborhoods still lost out due to a lack of specific earmarking in that bill.

Mayor Martin Walsh also sought to increase the number of liquor licenses throughout his tenure.

Baker’s proposal requires a series of approvals before implementation. First, council takes it up. Then, it requires the mayor’s signature. Finally, the Legislature votes and the governor signs off. Historically, such “home run” bills faced push back from Beacon Hill.

Baker remains confident, though, given the momentum of previous efforts.

Racial Bias Case To Be Heard by SJC

Racial Bias Case To Be Heard by SJC

A case revolving around racial bias in police practices heads to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Its decision will determine what constitutes a valid justification for police stops.

The case involves an arrest made on January 9, 2017. Then, two white police officers, Joseph Abasciano and Brian Garney, patroled the Roxbury/Dorchester area. That area features a history of violent crime.

Around 7:30 pm, shots rang out, leaving one victim critically injured. Abasciano and Garney began a search for possible suspects. At the same time, Tykorie Evelyn, a 17-year-old black man, walked through the neighborhood alone. When the two police officers encountered him, they pulled alongside Evelyn and requested to speak with him.

Officers characterized Evelyn as nervous and evasive, walking briskly and possibly hiding something from their view. They asked if Evelyn knew anything about the shooting in the area. When he replied no, they continued to follow him.

Based on his behavior, police records show, the officers determined Evelyn acted suspiciously enough to warrant a search. They exited their cruiser and Evelyn gave flight. They chased after him until he lay down near a parked car. Following, they arrested him and found a gun nearby.

Now, attorneys for Evelyn claim the officers illegally arrested and searched their client, citing racial bias.

Court to Decide if Racial Bias led to Arrest

The defense hinges on a conclusion regarding Evelyn’s behavior. Various legal experts, from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, argue in favor of Evelyn. They believe his behavior mirrors reasonable suspicions of police officers within the Black community. Therefore, his behavior did not suggest guilt or association with the nearby shooting.

Thus, stopping him becomes unwarranted.

The logic asks what a reasonable individual would do in similar circumstances. Evelyn’s defense argues the court must consider police practices. Since police disproportionately stop and frisk young Black men, Evelyn’s flight can reasonably be attributed to fears of racial profiling – it cannot be cited as evidence of guilt to justify his arrest.

The implications of the SJC’s ruling will likely impact police policy moving forward for all departments within the commonwealth.

Man Who Murdered Boston Doctors Sentenced

Man Who Murdered Boston Doctors Sentenced

BOSTON, MA – The man who killed two Boston doctors was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He beat, bound, and stabbed the engaged couple to death with a carving knife inside their upscale South Boston condo.

Apart from this, 33-year-old Bampumim Teixeira was found guilty by a Suffolk County grand jury on Tuesday. The man from Chelsea was convicted of murdering two Boston doctors, Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field.

However, Teixeira was forced to watch the sentencing on a video monitor in another room per Judge Mitchell Kaplan’s instruction. The judge’s order stemmed from several outbursts Teixeira had earlier in the week. Still, he was given the opportunity to speak before his sentencing but chose not to. 

It should be noted that Teixeira was a doorman at the Macallen Building on Dorchester Avenue where the doctors lived. Before violently killing the couple on May 5, 2017, he duct-taped them. Reportedly, authorities discovered the bodies in pools of blood.

Furthermore, on Tuesday, Teixeira was pulled out of court for verbally attacking Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas. In addition to this, he made offensive remarks and threatened to sexually assault Pappas’ wife. 

Moments before the guilty verdicts were announced, Teixeira yelled out, “Do you want to know his last words?” Undoubtably, Field’s family were brought to tears. And, as a result of his outburst, Teixeira was swarmed by officers and ushered away.

During a police interview, Teixeira told detectives that he and Bolanos were having an affair. Additionally, stating that Field stabbed Bolanos to death after walking in on them.

He said he murdered Field in an act of self-defense.

The Boston doctors planned to get married and have children. As well as open a health clinic in the Bahamas for the less fortunate.

Driver Hits Police Cruiser 3 Times

Driver Hits Police Cruiser 3 Times

BOSTON, MA – A 42-year-old man allegedly rammed his vehicle, head on, into a police cruiser. In fact, he drove his vehicle into the squad car a total of three times. As a result, he is now facing multiple charges, including attempted murder with a motor vehicle.

The suspect’s identity has not been released. However, in addition to attempted murder, he is also charged with possession of ammunition without a license, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Along with operating under the influence, negligent operation, and failure to stop for police. Not only that but attempting to commit a crime: larceny of a firearm and attempting to commit a crime: larceny from a building as well. 

Following the Middleborough Police Department’s investigation, the suspect will likely face additional charges. His arraignment will be held Thursday in Wareham District Court.

According to a news release, police responded to a call around 9:34 p.m. which led them to Wareham Street. The call was regarding a reported disturbance at a home. However, once police arrived at the scene, the suspect allegedly fled. As a result, police followed. He led authorities into a parking lot, about a mile from where the initial disturbance was reported.

At that time, the suspect allegedly drove his vehicle head on into the police cruiser as it approached. As stated by police, he then backed up, and drove into the cruiser again. Then, backing up and driving head-on into the cruiser a third time. Subsequently, the suspect got out of the car and was arrested by police. Afterwards, he was transported to a hospital nearby by way of an ambulance.

Importantly, the officer in the police cruiser at the time sustained minor injuries. He was taken to another area hospital where he was treated and then released.

Boston Marathon Bomber Appeals Death Sentence

Boston Marathon Bomber Appeals Death Sentence
BOSTON, MA – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, and his attorneys are appealing his death sentence in a final effort to change the conviction to life in prison.

In 2013, during the annual Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother detonated two homemade bombs. The attack happened a little before 3 p.m. on April 15th, and three people lost their lives. Several hundred other resulted severely injured, including many who lost limbs.

Tsarnaev’s brother was killed by police during a manhunt that also ended with his arrest. After his trial in 2015, the Kyrgyz-American was sentenced to death for the attack. Ever since he has been waiting on death row at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Colorado.   

The Rocky Mountains prison is infamously known as “a clean version of hell”, and between its walls, it holds most of the worst terrorists and traitors in the country. For instance, the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui or FBI traitor Robert Hanssen.

Some other notorious bombers also share the 490-cell prison with Tsarnaev are Terry Nichols, who took part in the Oklahoma City bombing or Richard Reid, known as the “Shoe Bomber”.

Now, Tsarnaev’s team of lawyers has filed a 207-page briefing to appeal the court’s sentence. Among the attorneys that took part in the process are David Patton, Clifford Gardner, Mia Eisner-Grynberg and Gail Johnson. As well as Daniel Habib and Deirdre Von Dornum.

The briefing makes a total of 13 points to explain why Tsarnaev’s death sentence should be revised and revoked. The lawyers argue that their client did not receive a fair trial. Since the bombings traumatized the whole region, it was almost impossible to get impartial jury members for the trial.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers believe that he was denied his right to a fair trial and attest that the jury was drawn from a group of people that knew too many details about the attack. They also mentioned that 69% of the jury pool already believed their client was guilty of the explosions.

In addition, the attorneys contend that evidence that should be considered inadmissible was actually used at the trial to sentence Tsarnaev. Furthermore, they accuse two of the jurors of allegedly lying in the selection process, which would violate Tsarnaev’s rights.

Meanwhile, prosecutors maintain that the jury was impartially and carefully selected.

Even though Massachusetts does not enforce the death penalty since 1984, Tsarnaev’s case was tried as a federal offense. That made him eligible for execution. Now, Tsarnaev is fighting to get that sentence revoked and get life in prison for his crimes.

This might be the last chance Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get to change his fate.

Boston Public Transit Ranked Second Best in Nation

Boston Public Transit Ranked Second Best in Nation

BOSTON, MA – In a bit of a surprising development, a recently published study ranked Boston Transit the second-best in the entire country. This high placement is even more shocking when considering the present problems with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The site WalletHub measured 100 cities across 17 important metrics. These factors ranged from commuters who use public transportation to the busiest hours spent stuck in congestion. These metrics were then used to evaluate who offered the best and most efficient ride.

When broken down, Boston earned the second-highest ranking in terms of accessibility and convenience. Furthermore, the study gave it the 10th highest-ranking for Boston transit resources.

The Boston community, however, scored lowest in safety and reliability. They came in at a mediocre 34th place.

Seattle ranked the highest in overall public transportation performance.

Boston’s impressive rank definitely comes as a shock to commuters who use MBTA services. After all, several derailments happened just this past summer.

“I think it’s wrong,” commuter Hussein Salem said. “It’s the worst, it’s so bad. It is like 10, 20 minutes every day.”

On the other hand, there are people who think just the opposite of Salem. In fact, one commuter maintains the study was right. For her, the T is the lifeline of Boston.

Local officials are currently planning to close parts of the Red, Orange and Green lines during the weekends starting this October. The goal is to implement improvement to T service. These improvements come amid ineffective transit opportunities for commuters.

Boston PD Pull Body From Water Off Navy Yard

Boston PD Pull Body From Water Off Navy Yard

BOSTON, MA – On Monday morning Boston police pulled a human body from the Charlestown Navy Yard development.

Officers had been dispatched to a section of the neighborhood located near First Avenue and Fifth Street. Somebody had reported seeing a body.

Daniel Ferreira, a kiosk worker for Boston Harbor Cruises, has begun his daily work around 6:30 a.m. This was in the area where police officers were responding to the call.

“At first I thought it was a normal day,” he said. “Then I saw a lot of police, ambulances, and fire trucks show up.

Ferreira went on to say that first responders centered their investigation in the waters by the USS Constitution Museum in the Navy Yard. There were many officials congregated in this area.

Around 7:30 a.m., most of the first responders and their trucks and any other police vehicles had vanished from the location. However, there was still a small clutch of police officers surveying the area. By now the police had cordoned off the scene of the accident or crime.

Paula, a clerk at a nearby 7-Eleven said she spotted the body of what she thought was a woman floating in the water around 7:30 in the morning. To her eyes, the person was dressed in a white shirt, black pants and no shoes.

Richard White, 68, who arrives here every morning to sip coffee and feed bread to the birds said, “If someone fell in the wee hours of the morning, there wouldn’t be anyone around.”

Jewish Protesters Snarl Downtown Traffic

Jewish Protesters Snarl Downtown Traffic

On Tuesday evening over 1,000 Jewish activists took to the streets right in the middle of rush hour, resulting in a total shutdown of traffic. The spirited crowd sang, chanted, and even drummed to protest immigrant detention in the city and throughout the country.

The crowd managed to wind their way from the New England Holocaust Memorial located right on Congress Street then down Tremont Street and through Chinatown. From there they headed to the Suffolk County House of Correction in the South End. Here is where lots of US Immigrant and Customs Enforcement detainees are kept.

Police arrested a total of eighteen protesters who’d locked arms at the facilities entrance.

The majority of the protesters were young and came outfitted in prayer shawls and head coverings. This was a nod to lessons they’d learned in Hebrew school as well as from relatives who had experienced the Holocaust. The protesters pleaded with the Trump administration to “close the camps.” This protest, and others like it, comes as lawyers and lawmakers paint a picture of these migrant camps as disgusting and inhumane.

Michaela Caplan, 23 and one of the event organizers, said, “When we grew up hearing the words ‘never again’, it’s referring to a moment like this.” Michaela, as with many others, had been inspired to protest due to her family’s history. In fact, her grandmother lived to tell about Aushwitz and also lost over 3o family members.

The protest was the brainchild of a loosely linked group of Jewish activists. They started to plan the protest with the phrase “Never Again” as their guiding principle. They also merged with the immigrant-rights group Cosecha and linked their protest to the recent event in New Jersey when 36 protesters were charged just outside of ICE detention center.

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