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By - 12/21/14 - 7:35 pm

The entries for the question "Why I deserve two tickets to see burlesque on New Year's Eve, in 25 words or less," were all good and it was really hard to pick winners, but here are the two folks who won two tickets to the... Read more

By - 12/21/14 - 6:43 pm
Morrissey Boulevard flood warning sign

Morrissey sign programmers should find something good in their stockings.

By - 12/21/14 - 6:06 pm
Carolers in Jamaica Plain

Mike Fedore caught up with some carolers on Green Street in Jamaica Plain this evening.

By - 12/21/14 - 4:02 pm

A Fields Corner resident forwards this video from her surveillance camera this morning: It shows a guy peering inside cars on Ditson Street (0:15), trying the door of a car that has something that piqued his interest, all casual like (0:30) and then, when it turns out the car is locked, he goes and finds a rock (1:10), which he uses to smash in the car's window (1:59) - a task that takes him several tries. He reaches in, grabs and pockets something, saunters away - and then returns (3:50) to open the car and spend some quality time inside the car rummaging around.

After all that effort, all he got was a flip phone.

By - 12/21/14 - 2:30 pm
Back Bay in Boston in 1878

A view of the Back Bay in 1878, when the massive landfill project will still in progress and when Mission Hill had a reservoir. That's Mission Church on the right.

From the City of Boston Archives' Landmark Commission collection of Roxbury photos. Used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 12/21/14 - 11:53 am

WCVB reports one of the victims at the party at 568 Blue Hill Ave. died. Stanley Staco reports several people were stabbed around 4:30 a.m.

By - 12/21/14 - 10:40 am
Beggar at end of I-93 ramp in Chinatown

Phil photographed a man waiting at the bottom of the I-93 ramp into Chinatown, waiting for cars to seek money from the other day.

Copyright Phil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/20/14 - 11:03 pm
Norton Street house in Readville lit up for Christmas

When you turn onto Norton Street from either River or Readville, just follow the blue glow in the sky to 26 Norton for the Canale family's annual Christmas celebration. You'll find an entire front yard full of glowing ornaments and lights, turning on and off... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 11:01 pm

Around 10:40 p.m. on Nelson Street, off Norfolk. Possibly as many as eight shots fired.

By - 12/20/14 - 6:36 pm
Commuter rail crash scene in Somerville

Around 6:15 near the Park Street crossing, R.S.Y. Buchanan reports. He adds the driver of the car got out before the crash.

By - 12/20/14 - 5:31 pm
Cambridge firetruck on the Anderson Bridge over the Charles River

CFD on the bridge. Photo by RoadTripNE.

UPDATE, 7 p.m. Boston Fire reports no body found.

State Police have shut the Anderson Bridge between JFK Street in Cambridge and North Harvard Street in Allston so firefighters can comb the Charles for somebody a 911 caller said jumped into the river around 5 p.m.

By - 12/20/14 - 1:03 pm
Santa Claws in Boston

Outside James Hook on the waterfront.

By - 12/20/14 - 12:30 pm

WBZ reports the store owner told a mentally disabled customer his winning lottery ticket was worth $1,000 - and gave him $950 in cash for it. The ticket was actually worth $10,000.

By - 12/20/14 - 11:55 am

Chris Faraone recounts a season with the Boston Bandits, a "semipro" team (players actually pay to play), whose most famous player got that way only by being shot to death, allegedly by Aaron Hernandez.

After driving north in slush and grayness for close to three hours, the Bandits expect some relief once they arrive and unload. Despite being the same field where they lost to a different Maine team in last year’s playoffs, the Deering High School home of the Raging Bulls is more inviting than other NEFL facilities due to an equipment shed for visitors to use as a locker room. A few of the players mentioned this to me ahead of time, seemingly excited about the prospect of at least being able to change out of the rain. When they arrive, though, there’s a golf cart taking up most of the shack, and the Bandits can’t all fit inside at once, so Alvin and a bunch of others huddle around a kerosene heater they brought.

By - 12/20/14 - 9:56 am

Victoria's Diner on Mass. Ave. in Newmarket Square had its request for an all-liquor license deferred this week because the Boston Licensing Board doesn't have any to dole out.

Although its location on the Roxbury/Dorchester line with the South End might have made it eligible... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 9:43 am

Kara Sassone asks:

I'm looking for a recommendation for a bicycle shop in or near Roslindale; where would you send me?

By - 12/19/14 - 11:25 pm
Danvers Christmas lights

Greg Cook went on a road trip around the area, including to these houses on Arthur Street in Danvers.

By - 12/19/14 - 3:45 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 16-year-old teen around 11:45 p.m. on Thursday after a supervisor from the BPD Youth Violence Task Force heard shots fired from the area of Juliette Street:

The Supervisor made observations of a car leaving the area at a

... Read more
By - 12/19/14 - 3:27 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave Wahlburgers permission to spend $325,000 for the liquor license of the old Goody Glover's in the North End for its impending burger joint at 132 Brookline Ave.

The Wahlburgers will have seating for 132 people inside and 84... Read more

By - 12/19/14 - 2:43 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a beer-and-wine license to Totto Ramen, 169 Brighton Ave.

Because Totto Ramen, the first Boston outlet of a New York City noodle chain, is in a city Main Street district, it won one of several new licenses authorized by the state legislature this year to encourage restaurant entrepreneurs in neighborhoods away from downtown and the waterfront. Unlike older licenses, this one cannot be sold outside of Allston.