Wednesday Morning: Police Pledge To Combat Gangs

Published July 6, 2011

After violence marred the July 4th holiday weekend, city officials pledged yesterday to step up patrols in crime-plagued areas in an effort to stem the violence. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the city has to combat gang feuds, which are tearing parts of the city apart.

Police allege the murder of a teenager in Wayland was a classic case of teen dating violence and charged Lauren Astley’s ex-boyfriend with her murder. Astley’s death, and the arrest of 18-year-old Nathaniel Fujita, shocked the community.

Reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is set to enter a plea on 19 counts of murder in federal court in Boston today.

Former Red Sox star Roger Clemens is set to get his day(s) in court, charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress. In 2008, Clemens told a Congressional committee, under oath, that he’d never taken steroids or HGH. His former trainer, however, alleges the pitcher was a steroid-user.

Boston’s Colonial Theatre will shut down this weekend and no one knows when, or if, it will re-open. Jacqueline Liebergott, the president of Emerson College, which owns the Colonial, said the theater is working to find a new tenant.

Authorities say that the Boston mob has lost its power in the city over the last 40 years. Still, Boston’s reputation for mob activity — at least on a film set — is driving some tourists to visit.

Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald gunned down Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion at the plate to preserve a dramatic 3-2 victory at Fenway last night. But the big news is that star starter Jon Lester left the game after pitching four no-hit innings with a strained lat muscle.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on an alleged illegal gambling ring in the Boston-area, the group that launched a campaign to recall Lawrence’s mayor and presidential politics in New Hampshire.