Wednesday Morning: Carson Beach Fights May Not Be Gang-Related

Published June 1, 2011

After fights broke out at Dorchester’s Carson Beach Monday, many reported that about 1,000 gang members met at the beach and were responsible for the brawls. Turns out, however, gangs may have nothing to do with it. It may just have been kids hanging out on a hot day off from school, WBUR’s Bianca Vazquez Toness reports.

The government is expected to rest its case today in the ongoing federal corruption trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi. The defense team will start to present its case in the coming days.

About half the members of a 27-member state panel polled by the Globe say they will support a controversial $2 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Some, however, question whether the project will generate enough economic benefits to justify taxpayer investment.

Ever kayaked out at Spectacle Island? Hiked around Long Island? Roamed the old fort at George’s Island? Thomas Powers, the president of the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, hopes the answer is “yes” by this time next year. A new pavilion designed to bring visitors to Boston’s 34 Harbor Islands is scheduled to open tomorrow on the Greenway.

Home prices are still falling across the country, but the Boston-area market has rebounded slightly from its earlier doldrums.

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of abusing substances, according to a new study out of MGH. Dr. Timothy Wilens, director of MGH’s Center for Addiction Medicine, said the study followed about 500 children with ADHD for over 10 years.

Tim Thomas and the Bruins look to take an early lead in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals tonight, when they face off against the Canucks in Vancouver. The first game of the best-of-seven series is tonight at 8 p.m.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on proposed fee hikes for UMass students, an award for Cape Cod Healthcare and the bank robbers that were caught in Andover.