By - 9/1/15 - 6:58 pm
Truck almost slams into Bridge on Storrow Drive

Jared Dobson can only utter a hearty "Tis the season!" as he waits to get by a moving van with a driver alert enough to stop before slamming into a Storrow footbridge shortly before 6:30 p.m., if not alert enough to pay attention to any of the "CARS ONLY" signs earlier on his journey.

Kevin, meanwhile, gives us the eye-in-the-sky view from the footbridge:

By - 9/1/15 - 6:37 pm
Stationary train at Central Square on the MBTA

The Central stationary train. Photo by Brony Sanders.

Delays on the Red Line quickly went to "severe" when the Cambridge Fire Department ordered service halted to determine why several people came out of an inbound train coughing. After about ten minutes, firefighters could find nothing wrong and let service resume.

Ironically, just this morning, Transit Police and several other agencies held an exercise at the T's emergency training center on how to deal with a chemical release in a subway station.

By - 9/1/15 - 3:20 pm
View from the top of the crane being used at Millennium Tower in downtown Boston

Downtown Boston BID provides this photo from the top of the crane being used to build Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing - now the highest point in the city.

By - 9/1/15 - 3:06 pm
Deer Island girl

A comparison of the oxygen isotopes in the still unidentified girl's hair and teeth with water samples suggests "the child may have spent time in any of several New England states, as well as other locations across the US," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 12:16 pm
Budget  rental truck stuck on Green Line tracks

Plunkett Prime shows us the Budget rental truck whose driver somehow got its left tires over the curb and onto the Green Line right of way and now, of course, it's stuck, and blocking all the outbound B trolleys behind it.

By - 9/1/15 - 12:06 pm

A Boston Municipal Court judge today ruled two men who traveled to a Boston Pokemon competition loaded for bear are enough of a potential danger to society that the can be held without bail for at least three months before they come to trial. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 11:35 am
Gondola by the Back Bay Esplanade

Brad Kelly photographed a bucolic gondola scene by the Esplanade the other day.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/1/15 - 11:04 am

WBUR reports on the MBTA's latest maintenance backlog estimate.

By - 9/1/15 - 10:52 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on renovations to Copley Place, one of two 1980's Boston malls designed to let suburbanites experience a taste of life in the city without actually having to interact with it (the other being the failed Lafayette Place downtown). The work is part of an overall mall upgrade that includes "upgraded escalators and glass handrails" and a 52-story residential tower.

By - 9/1/15 - 10:35 am

Brookline 911 call takers must love their jobs. Wicked Local Brookline reports:

Eliot Street resident called to report that all morning, they heard a bird, possibly a seagull or a goose, possibly on the playground.

By - 9/1/15 - 10:25 am

The Patriot Ledger reports on the 13 lawsuits against Daniel Flynn of Milton, who was indicted last month on federal wire-fraud charges related to a Quincy condo building he owned.

By - 9/1/15 - 9:42 am

Suspect in one of the attacks. Photos via BPD.

Boston Police report a woman was indecently assaulted early Sunday at Harvard and Comm. avenues., two weeks after another woman was similarly attacked at Harvard and Brighton avenues. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 9:04 am
New lane markings at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street in the Back Bay

Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.

Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."

The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.

By - 8/31/15 - 11:54 pm

Somebody was robbed outside 15 Lothian Rd. around 11:40 p.m. by three white men in shorts, one with long hair, armed with a knife and a baton.

By - 8/31/15 - 11:43 pm
Linehan

The City Council on Wednesday gets to decide between competing salary increases: Council President Bill Linehan wants to give himself and his fellow councilors a 20% raise, to $105,000 a year, while Mayor Walsh is pushing for a 13.7% raise, to $99,500. Read more.

By - 8/31/15 - 9:57 pm

A Dorchester Municipal Court judge today continued a Roslindale woman's $10,000 bail on gun charges, but also ordered her to wear a GPS device, be home by 7 p.m. every night and to stay away from the Franklin Field area following her arrest there shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:47 pm

The Telegram reports how a porcupine that quilled the snout of that water buffalo got it so enraged it broke free of its enclosure in a giant water buffalo-y rage.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:40 pm
Great Wall of Brookline

Gazing into Allston on the other side of the frontier.

Once, in days of yore, you could drive down Walbridge Street in Allston and just cross the town line and behold, you would find yourself on Columbia Street in Brookline. Read more.