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My Photos & Thoughts on the Deadly Boston Trench Collapse

While on the 7th hour of my Friday shift as a Boston Herald staff news photographer, I was summoned to  Beacon Hill for photo coverage of the Herald’s Home of the Week. I started that way from Melnea Cass Boulevard, near Northeastern University. While driving on Tremont St., approaching the traffic lights at Dartmouth St., I noticed the leading edge of what appeared to look like an ocean tide encroaching on a beach. This torrent of water, rolling down Dartmouth St., was quite strong. There was no audio from my police/fire radios regarding an event/emergency of this type, but I stopped anyway thinking this was newsworthy and might make for interesting photos.  I parked, still thinking that I was going to photograph a short-lived apparent water main break. It was then that I heard police sirens. I started to take photos, but when I came upon the scene something seemed different. A police sergeant told me to leave the street, and the faces of workers, neighbors, police, and shortly thereafter Boston firefighters, told a story of anguish and deep concern. It was shortly thereafter that I learned that one, and then another worker was presumed trapped. Steve Smith, a construction laborer working close by, and who was on a break when he heard screaming, sprung into action as he tried to reach the trapped workers. He tried to enter the hole but dangerous conditions forced him back. I retreated to the sidewalk and watched, then photographed, as he was reaching into the water to attempt to find the street plates covering part of the trench. On his hands and knees he finally found the part of the heavy plates where a chain can be affixed, to then lift with a backhoe. Smith seemed to pause for a split second, as exhaustion and grief overwhelmed him. Boston firefighters used sticks with hooks on the end to try and hook the workers, but to no avail. A very sad day. My photos appeared on page one and inside the October 22, 2016 issue of the Boston Herald.

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October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. A stunned Mirtha Colon, a resident of 10 Dartmouth St. apt B, watches firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed two workers Friday afternoon on Boston's Dartmouth street. CREDIT Boston Herald staff photo by Mark Garfinkel. NO BOSTON (Boston OUT) No sales No Mags

A stunned Mirtha Colon, a resident of 10 Dartmouth St. apt B, watches firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed two workers Friday afternoon on Boston’s Dartmouth street.

October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed 2 workers on Boston's Dartmouth street, Friday afternoon. CREDIT Boston Herald staff photo by Mark Garfinkel. NO BOSTON (Boston OUT) No sales No Mags

October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed 2 workers on Boston's Dartmouth street, Friday afternoon. CREDIT Boston Herald staff photo by Mark Garfinkel. NO BOSTON (Boston OUT) No sales No Mags

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October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters and workers scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed at least one worker and injured another Friday afternoon on Dartmouth street.. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters and workers scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed at least one worker and injured another Friday afternoon on Dartmouth street.. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters and workers scurry into position in the first moments after a trench collapse and water leak killed at least one worker and injured another Friday afternoon on Dartmouth street.. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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Boston fire Lt. Steven Minehan died 22 years ago today.

On June 24, 1994 Boston fire Lieutenant Steven F. Minehan, of Boylston street’s Ladder 15, died in a 9-alarm fire  in Charlestown after he became trapped in a large warehouse while searching for other  firefighters who had become trapped. I had been a staff photographer at the Boston Herald for almost 15 months that night when, police/fire radio scanners broke the silence of what had been a quiet evening. John Landers Jr., then Herald night desk photo editor, and I heard the initial call for help from Minehan as he dispatched me to the scene. Below are my photos from that night and from Lt. Minehan’s funeral. Over the years I have been lucky to be able to call Lt. Minehan’s wife Kathy a friend. She is a very kind and considerate soul. RIP Lt. Minehan. The photo of Lt. Minehan, at bottom of page, is courtesy of Bill Noonan. 

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My Boston brush with The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.

I photographed Muhammad Ali on the night of November 1, 1994, at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel. I met the Boston Herald’s late/great boxing scribe, George Kimball in Ali’s room. His wife Lonnie was there, as was photographer and Ali biographer and confidant Howard Bingham and his mom, Willie, who I photographed hugging Ali. I did NOT know at the time that Howard was an accomplished/award-winning photographer. When it was time to leave, I gave the camera to Howard and told him where the button was to push and that the camera was pre-focussed. Everybody in the room laughed as Howard said: “I think I can handle it” 🙂

Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.

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George Kimball with Muhammad Ali, and the Boston Herald sports back page of November 2, 1994.

The champ and I pose for a photo taken by Howard Bingham.

The champ and I pose for a photo taken by Howard Bingham.

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I photographed several Boston storms that day,5 years ago. I did not go out to the hard hit areas of western Massachusetts, but I did see some tremendous lightning. The top two photos were snapped between 9-10pm from Medford. The bottom photo was snapped in the mid-afternoon from East Boston. The Coast Guard station lightning bolt looks totally fake, or “photoshopped.” Lucky for me, I had another camera rolling video (at bottom) of the same strike.

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The oil tanker Hugli Spirit, anchored in Boston Harbor, alerted the Coast Guard to a medical crisis on board late this morning. The call, as heard on a police scanner, came into Boston police as “the captain of the ship is reportedly having a heart attack”. Boston Fire Dept., the U.S. Coast Guard, Boston EMS, Massachusetts State Police, Environmental Police, Winthrop Police and the Boston Police Harbor Unit all sent boats and personnel, as two ambulances waited on Drydock Ave. First responders borded the ship via a long ladder at the ship’s side. No word on the man’s condition. Below are my photos, mostly made with an 1140mm telephoto lens. Photos made on my shift as a Boston Herald photographer.

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, and EMS personnel climbing outer stairs to the ship, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, and EMS personnel climbing outer stairs to the ship, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The oil tanker Hugli Spirit is seen anchored in Boston Harbor with police and fire rescue boats around it, as a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The Boston Police Marine Unit is seen, in foreground, as it left he oil tanker Hugli Spirit, at top of photo, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. The Boston Police Marine Unit is seen, in foreground, as it left he oil tanker Hugli Spirit, at top of photo, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. From left, The Boston Police Marine, a Boston Fire rescue boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard boat are seen after leaving the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship and is in the Fire Rescue boat, the middle boat here. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. From left, The Boston Police Marine, a Boston Fire rescue boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard boat are seen after leaving the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. A person was taken off the ship and is in the Fire Rescue boat, the middle boat here. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A Boston Fire rescue boat speeds back to shore with a patient after taking a sick man off the oil tanker Hugli Spirit after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A Boston Fire rescue boat speeds back to shore with a patient after taking a sick man off the oil tanker Hugli Spirit after a medical incident was reported on board, near the noon hour Friday. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/29/2016-Boston,MA. A man suffering from an ailment, who had been aboard the oil tanker Hugli Spirit, is seen on a gurney after Boston EMS, fire and police Marine Unit officials, along with the Coast Guard and Environmental police took him off the ship, to a dock, and then to a waiting ambulance. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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I have received many inquiries about the Right Whale that I photographed Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are more photos from Nahant Bay, between Swampscott and Nahant, including a seal. Scroll down here for all the photos and click here for Tuesday’s Boston Herald story.

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04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen from the shores of Swampscott, with Nahant as the backdrop, Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen Thursday afternoon, from the shores of Swampscott, as 2 people fish from a skiff. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen Thursday afternoon, from the shores of Swampscott, as 2 people fish from a dingy. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/21/2016-Swampscott,MA. A Right Whale that has been seen in Nahant Bay for several days, is seen Thursday afternoon, from the shores of Swampscott, as 2 people fish from a skiff. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A grey seal is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/19/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, with Swampscott as a backdrop, Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/20/2016-Nahant,MA. A whale is seen in Nahant Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

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Forty years ago Tuesday, Boston Herald American photographer Stanley Forman photographed a racially-motivated assault that crystallized one of the most tense times in Boston’s history.

While covering a demonstration by white protesters who opposed court-ordered busing to desegregate Boston’s public schools, Forman photographed a white teenager attack a young black lawyer with an American flag. The lawyer, Ted Landsmark, had been walking on City Hall Plaza when he was assaulted.  The protester wielding the flag was 17-year-old Joseph Rakes, who lived in South Boston. 

The photograph became known as “The Soiling of Old Glory” and won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography. 

The act of violence has haunted Boston for years.

The late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino once said: “No one should have to look at Stanley Forman’s photos but everyone needs to.”

Forman presented Menino with an autographed print of the image for his office at Boston University. Menino told him he hated the picture.  

Since 1983, Forman has been a journalist and videographer with Ch.5 (WCVB-TV) in Boston. We recently discussed his historic photograph. 

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Picture Boston: Let’s start with the obvious, and probably my toughest question. How have Boston’s race relations changed since “Soiling”?

Forman: Forty years later I believe race relations have certainly gotten better. But looking back, not being a black man I did not realize the anger or hatred there was. I was single, no children and I wasn’t busing my children from my neighborhood to another. I grew up in Revere in a white neighborhood  (with) only a handful of blacks in the schools. I guess I was naive about racism. 

Picture Boston: Do you remember the first time you met Ted Landsmark, after the event?

Forman: I’m not sure about the first time I met Ted but I do remember the time my family and I were crossing the street by the Government Center Garage and there was Ted coming the opposite way in the crosswalk. It was very exciting for me to have my family meet him.

Picture Boston: When were you hired at Boston Herald American and how many years were you on staff prior to the photo?

Forman : I began at the Record American November 22, 1966. I had just finished my first photography job being the campaign photographer for Attorney General  Edward Brooke’s successful campaign to become a US Senator.
 
Picture Boston: Was it an assignment or did you hear it on police scanner?

Forman: I had arrived at the office just before 9 a.m. I asked city editor Al Salie what was going on. He told me Gene Dixon was at a demo at City Hall. I asked if I could go and join him. After doing a quick errand I arrived at City Hall as the anti-busing rally was coming down the stairs after visiting city Councilor Louise Day Hicks. Hicks a well known anti-busing proponent invited them in to the chambers for a salute to the flag and had milk and cookies for the group. When they came out of the (building) there was a group of black students going into the Hall and there was a confrontation in front of me. I then switched from my 35 (millimeter) lens to my 20 (millimeter) lens.

Picture Boston : Were you scared for Mr. Landsmark’s safety?

Forman: Yes,  I looked over my shoulder I saw a black man turning into the Plaza. I just knew he was going to be attacked. 

Picture Boston : Were you scared for your safety?

Forman: I ran down as the assault unfolded.  It was over in seconds. BPD only had a couple of cops directly with the group. There (were) dozens waiting on the side lines. I did not have time to think of my safety —  just went with the flow. I did worry about my safety after the photo was published. I was threatened many times.

Picture Boston: Did you know the magnitude of the photograph when you snapped photo?

Forman: I took the image and followed the group to Post Office Square not realizing the impact the image had. Herald American reporter Joe Driscoll  caught up with me in the Square telling me about (what happened) via the AP wire and he was dispatched from the office. I said, “I have the photo of it!”  Of course I had no idea what I had gotten. I knew I had motor drive trouble and there was no instant looking at the back of your camera 40 years ago.

Picture Boston: Have you ever met Joseph Rakes?

I have never met Joe Rakes but I became friendly with his brother Stevie due to the ongoing Whitey Bulger saga. I gave Stevie an autographed copy of the photo.

For more on Ted Landsmark, check out this 3-part story by the Boston Herald’s Jack Encarnacao.

 

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Boston’s annual Shamrock Shootout in West Roxbury.

My day started at the site of West Roxbury’s annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament. Wish I was a kid, again. Very cool! Thanks to the organizers for the invite. I shot these for the Boston Herald.

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Terrence Patrick Boyle, age 10 months, and his mom Amy Boyle, watch the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Terrence Patrick Boyle, age 10 months, and his mom Amy Boyle, watch the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Seamus Reardon competes in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament, with Ed Coppinger, at far right, State Representative for the 10th Suffolk District, on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament, with Ed Coppinger, at far right, State Representative for the 10th Suffolk District, on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh participates in the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children children salute the flag during the National Anthem, shortly before they competed at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Boston Police officer Tim Horan, a Pipe Sergeant in the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, escorts Mayor Martin J. Walsh, to the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Boston Police officer Tim Horan, a Pipe Sergeant in the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, escorts Mayor Martin J. Walsh, to the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

04/09/2016-Boston,MA. Area children compete at the annual Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament on Temple St. in the West Roxbury section of the city, Saturday morning. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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Shortly before 8:00 a.m today, a 35-year old-woman was killed while driving to work after her windshield was struck by a 200-pound manhole cover that became airborne on Interstate 93 inside the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel.  Full story here and in tomorrow’s Boston Herald.

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02/12/2016-Boston,MA. A State Police investigator encircles, with paint, the manhole cover that came loose and eventually flew into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute on Route 93 Southbound, just outside of the O'Neill Tunnel. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston, MA. A State Police investigator painted a circle around the manhole cover that came loose and flew into a car windshield, killing a woman during the Friday morning commute on Route 93 south. The cover came to a rest outside of the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders at the scene.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders at the scene.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute.

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. Investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, inside the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. ED NOTE. This is where the manhole resided prior to coming loose. THIS IS A REPLACEMENT manhole cover. The words on the replacement are Boston Drain, however the manhole cover that flew into the woman was NOT a Boston Drain cover. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. Investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, inside the O’Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car’s windshield killing a woman during Friday morning’s commute. ED NOTE. This is where the manhole resided prior to coming loose. THIS IS A REPLACEMENT manhole cover. The words on the replacement are Boston Drain, however the manhole cover that flew into the woman was NOT a Boston Drain cover. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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02/12/2016-Boston,MA. First responders are scene on Route 93 Southbound, after the O'Neill Tunnel, after this one car accident caused a serious, possible fatal injury during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. A car, driven by a woman who was killed as her windshield was hit by a manhole cover on Route 93 Southbound, is towed away. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

02/12/2016-Boston,MA. State Police investigators are seen on Route 93 Southbound, just outside of the O'Neill Tunnel, near the spot where a manhole resided before coming loose and eventually flying into a car's windshield killing a woman during Friday morning's commute. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

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I was working my shift at the Boston Herald on a sunny afternoon when the police scanners reported a fire in an office building on Route 9 in Newton. As I approached the building I knew this was not going to be an ordinary event. Heavy smoke filled the sky near the Chestnut Hill Mall as the building, packed with workers, exploded in fire. Five people died in the blaze even as Brookline and Newton fire companies did amazing and heroic work that day. This the site of the new Wegman’s, etc. See my photos below. 


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