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French Toast Alert Level: Low. Explanation.
By - 4/18/15 - 5:29 pm
Swing dancing on the Common

Erica Mattison took in some swing dancing on the Common today.

By - 4/18/15 - 12:54 pm

Boston Police report the arrest of three 19-year-olds on Columbus Avenue early this morning after finding them driving around with loaded guns - one with laser sights.

According to police, officers pulled a car over around 1 a.m. outside 2044 Columbus Ave. Looking inside,... Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 11:02 am

Several legislators, including our own reps Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) and Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) have filed legislation that would prohibit the IOC from simply taking over control of billboards and electric signboards owned by the MBTA, MassDOT and Massport in the Boston area... Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 10:25 am

A groggy citizen complains about the playground on W. 5 Street in South Boston:

There is loud screaming and basketball played 24 hours a day, including the middle the of night. The noise is a nuisance to its residential surroundings, especially those with children trying to sleep.

By - 4/18/15 - 9:05 am

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a proposal to open a Japanese coffee shop at 10 Milk St.

Ogawa Coffee, based in Kyoto, would be the latest specialty coffee shop in an area once known mainly for its plethora of Dunkin' Donuts:

What

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By - 4/18/15 - 12:49 am

Makezine reports MakerBot shut its three retail stores, including the one in Boston, and laid off 100 workers.

By - 4/18/15 - 12:32 am

Jamaica Plain News reports on the demise of Ghazal on Centre Street.

UPDATE: Headline changed because, as Chris Helms at Jamaica Plain News reminded me, there's now Tikki Masala in Forest Hills.

By - 4/17/15 - 11:36 pm

Dan Kennedy reports that WFNX refugee Henry Santoro is leaving phoenix-from-the-ashes RadioBDC to become a news anchor at WGBH radio.

He joins fellow ex-Phoenicians Peter Kadzis, Adam Reilly and David Bernstein - and Kennedy himself, a regular on the station's Beat the Press.

By - 4/17/15 - 6:36 pm

Around 6:25 p.m. at Harvard and Gleason streets.

By - 4/17/15 - 5:17 pm

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. BFD gave the MBTA the OK to resume service.

Boston firefighters are currently investigating what caused smoke in the Maverick Blue Line station shortly before 5 p.m. Trains in both directions are halted - except for one empty train that firefighters are riding from Maverick to Aquarium to look for the source of the smoke, possibly the third rail.

By - 4/17/15 - 4:23 pm
Tanker stopped by State Police

The tanker after it was stopped. Photo by Mass. State Police.

State Police report arresting a Peabody man on charges he was on drugs while weaving from lane to lane on Rte. 128 southbound in Lexington yesterday morning.

State Police dispatched a trooper after getting several reports from motorists of the tanker "driving erratically" around... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 4:10 pm
Firetrucks at 132 Mt. Vernon St. in West Roxbury

Boston firefighters responded at 3:55 p.m. to 132 Mt. Vernon St. for what quickly turned into a three-alarm fire.

The fire was reported knocked down around 3:20 p.m.

By - 4/17/15 - 4:06 pm
Goose in a pot in the Longwood Medical Area

Roving UHub photographer Nick McNulty reports a goose seems to have set up housekeeping in a large flowerpot by the Beth Israel parking lot.

By - 4/17/15 - 2:48 pm

Rocco Collella, 30, of the South End, was released on personal recognizance yesterday on a charge of videotaping an unsuspecting person in the nude for a February incident in the men's room at the Marshalls store in Downtown Crossing, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 12:59 pm

Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 12:31 pm
151 Liverpool proposal in East Boston

Architect's rendering of 151 Liverpool project.

The BRA board yesterday approved two new residential buildings in East Boston, and changes to a waterfront tower already under way.

The board approved a converting and expanding 151 Liverpool St from its current use as commercial space (which had a fire earlier... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 11:11 am
Myerson

Mayor Walsh today announced the creation of an Office of Olympic Planning and a full-time executive director: Sara Myerson, formerly chief of staff and director of policy at Preservation of Affordable Housing in Boston:

The Office of Olympic Planning is an important step forward

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By - 4/17/15 - 11:02 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a jury decision to award a South Shore teen and her parents $63 million in damages for the permanent injuries she suffered after being given several doses of Children's Motrin when she was 7.

Samantha Reckis's parents sued Johnson... Read more

By - 4/17/15 - 10:04 am
Red Line pokeball sculpture in downtown Boston

Flea took a look at one of the new sculptures outside 100 High St. - just down the street from the MBTA's main operations center.

The Red Line poké ball and a similar Green Monster ball are the work of sculptor Lars-Erik Fisk, who loves him some spherical art (more examples).