By - 5/24/16 - 11:44 pm

South Pacific actually closed in 2012, but the sign remained - until today.

By - 5/24/16 - 11:11 pm

The Boston Fire Department blames "careless disposal of smoking material" for a fire called in around 1:45 a.m. on Friday in the rear of 28 Parmenter St. in the North End.

This fire only did an estimated $5,000 in damage, to the roof of a one-story extension to the four-story occupied building, but firefighters were on scene until 3:35 a.m.

A neighbor adds the fire is particularly concerning because workers from a couple of nearby businesses use the rear of 28 Parmenter as a smoking area all the time.

By - 5/24/16 - 3:50 pm
Interesting bus stop on Boylston Street in Back Bay

JB Parrett shows us the bus stop on Boylston Street at Dartmouth.

By - 5/24/16 - 3:20 pm
No hoverboards on the MBTA

The MBTA announced today it's banning hoverboards on T property - all trains, buses, boats and stations - effective immediately.

The T says the things are just too much of a risk and menace, mainly because of their tendency to burst into flames, but also because riders can easily fall off them, tumbling to the ground - or onto train tracks: Read more.

By - 5/24/16 - 1:25 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.

By - 5/24/16 - 12:58 pm

A man found unconscious and covered in blood outside the Baseball Tavern early on May 1 is slowly getting better, but remains in a medically induced coma, a homicide detective investigating the case said this morning.

Sgt. Det. Richard Daley spoke at a hearing of the Boston Licensing Board, which will decide Thursday whether the bar, at 1270 Boylston St., could have prevented the attack that sent Robert McLaughlin, 27, of Swampscott, to Brigham and Women's hospital. It was one of two hearings the board held today on violations at the sports bar....

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By - 5/24/16 - 7:45 am

All sorts of mishegas going on on the Lowell Line this morning due to signal problems at Anderson/Woburn.

By - 5/24/16 - 6:30 am
Skunk in a car in East Boston

There might be an interesting story as to how a skunk wound up in a car on Meridian Street in East Boston last night. John forwarded the photo by Sean Calista.

By - 5/23/16 - 10:51 pm

UPDATE: The Boston Fire Department reports somebody set the Sumner School playground on fire....

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By - 5/23/16 - 6:33 pm
David Stewart

Boston Police today identified the man shot to death on Southern Avenue Thursday night as David Stewart, 22, of Dorchester.

His friends knew Stewart, who attended South Boston High School, as Bones.

No arrests have been made.

Police say he is not the same person who was arrested during a melee on May...

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By - 5/23/16 - 5:55 pm

"Moderate delays," the T says about the little trolley that couldn't. Bristol Whitcher reports:

Smells like burning rubber, "help is on the way"; morale is low.

By - 5/23/16 - 5:00 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted Kewon Kelley, 29, for the shooting death of Rayshawn Few at 24 Woodruff Way in Mattapan on Feb. 17, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Few was shot repeatedly after an argument when he showed up at a party there with uninvited guests, the DA's office reports.

By - 5/23/16 - 4:48 pm

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. WBZ reports she's been found safe in the woods.

State Police report searching the woods behind the Chestnut Hill Mall and Hammond Pond today for Dana Morrissey, a BC senior who failed to attend her graduation today. Read more.

By - 5/23/16 - 4:40 pm
Old boat in the South Boston seaport

Thomas Mann reports workers excavating at 121 Seaport Blvd for the waterfront's latest luxostructure today discovered they'd driven a pile right through an old wooden boat that had lain there for God knows how long.

By - 5/23/16 - 4:35 pm
No drone zone at Piers Park in East Boston

Jordan Frias spotted this sign at an entrance to Piers Park in East Boston, which Massport probably put there due to its location near Logan Airport.

Massport map of Logan-related drone restrictions.

By - 5/23/16 - 1:44 pm
Old Frosty Freeze in Roslindale, where the Taco Bell would go

Old Frosty Freeze, where the Taco Bell would go.

A Taco Bell franchisee has started advertising for managers and workers at its proposed site next to the Wendy's on American Legion Highway even though it does not yet have approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Boston Licensing Board and has yet to even pull permits from ISD to replace the small ice-cream stand that's now there. Read more.

By - 5/23/16 - 12:07 pm
Firefighters on the roof of 57 W. 7 St. in South Boston

Firefighters making sure the fire is out. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports "careless disposal of smoking material" sparked a fire around 11:45 a.m. on the roof of 57 W. 7 St. that jumped to the siding at 55 and 59 W. 7 St. - "specifically using a rooftop planter as an ashtray."

The department reports no injures; six residents of 57 W. 7, however, were displaced.

By - 5/23/16 - 10:35 am
Sleeper Street Cafe closed forever

Dan Feidt is none too happy to see this sign in the window of Sleeper Street Cafe, which will close Friday, less than a month after the nearby Yada Yada closed to make way for a craft-beer place:

I just want a basic sandwich not microwaved blah.

By - 5/23/16 - 10:13 am
Chefs in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 5/23/16 - 9:01 am
ISD in Boston lets its feelings about Madonna known

Apparently, city inspectors were watching the Billboard Music Awards last night and agreed with comedian Chris Paul that Madonna should never have been allowed anywhere near a Prince tribute and so retweeted his crack.

Well, either that, or whoever has the keys to ISD's Twitter account forgot to switch to his or her own personal account before hitting the retweet button.

H/t John Keith.