By - 10/31/14 - 2:48 pm
Downtown Crossing memorial to Tom Menino

Ben Heyman paused to take a look at the makeshift memorial to Tom Menino at the heart of Downtown Crossing this afternoon.

By - 10/31/14 - 2:36 pm

MIT reports both it and the Lambda Chi Alpha national fraternity have banned the local chapter, Lambda Zeta, 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston, for five years for "conduct that does not support the fraternity’s priority of providing a healthy chapter environment for its... Read more

By - 10/31/14 - 1:03 pm

Neumeier, who spent 20 years at WBZ before moving to CSNE, is in the hospital today after a stroke Wednesday night, WBZ reports.

By - 10/31/14 - 12:52 pm
Cambridge burglary suspect

Possible suspect in Chestnut Street break-in. Photos by CPD.

Cambridge Police report several Cambridgport residents have come home from work recently to find their homes broken into

The department says residents have been broken into on Sidney, Brookline, Chestnut, Magazine and Williams streets and Kelly Road. To date the burglaries have all happened on a Tuesday or Wednesday, typically between 1 and 6 p.m.

Entry into the homes occurred via an unlocked window, cut window screen and unlocked basement door in three of the housebreaks.

By - 10/31/14 - 12:38 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Boston and Transit police are hoping to head off general mayhem tonight.

Boston Police themselves report:

The Boston Police and the MBTA Transit Police have noted a recent uptick in incidents involving school-aged individuals committing acts of vandalism and

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By - 10/31/14 - 9:12 am

Seems the crack investigative reporters at the Globe can't find the fisherman whose tale in 2009 or 2010 moved Charlie Baker to tears the other day.

Baker on Thursday acknowledged that he may have misstated some of the particulars of the story he told

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By - 10/31/14 - 9:06 am

WBZ reports several Middleborough residents called police this morning to report a helicopter over their heads. Then, not long after, they called police to report fighter jets screaming through the air.

Middleborough Police report this morning:

Per air force, fighter jets scrambled to check on unidentified helicopter no further info at this time.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:55 am
Green Line refugees on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Back Bay: Orange Line now reporting delays due to all the Green Line refugees. Photo by Alexander Zafris.

One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.

Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:

Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour

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By - 10/31/14 - 7:37 am
Sign that thanks Tom Menino in Roslindale

Somebody mounted an old Menino sign at Adams Park, in front of a flag flying at half staff.

Roslindale was part of Tom Menino's old city-council district, and as a councilor, he helped create the city's first Main Streets program there.

By - 10/31/14 - 6:36 am

The Dalai Lama was in town yesterday, and while he got some of the traditional warm welcomes, Jess McDougall shows us the protesters who marched down Tremont Street and then set up camp outside the Wang Theater, where he gave a talk.

By - 10/30/14 - 11:46 pm

The Sun-Times, which is sort of Chicago's equivalent of the Herald (only with fewer professionally taken photos), is scheduled to launch news aggregator sites in 70 cities across the country tomorrow, including Boston. The Sun-Times extols:

The effort is designed to offer

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By - 10/30/14 - 9:52 pm

Starting at 10 a.m., according to his family. The mayor's office in City Hall overlooks Faneuil Hall.

A funeral mass the next day at Most Precious Blood Parish in Hyde Park will be private.

By - 10/30/14 - 7:48 pm
MBTA train going along Grand Junction rail line in Cambridge

Neal Doyle captured a new commuter-rail train chugging along the Grand Junction rail line in Cambridge towards the Charles today.

The T and Amtrak occasionally use the line, which crosses the Charles under the BU Bridge, to transfer trains from the north side of Boston to the south - it's the only north/south link inside 495. State officials hope to one day use the line to connect the Worcester Line to North Station, although Cambridge city officials remain opposed.

By - 10/30/14 - 5:41 pm

For people who want to bring flowers or mementos to honor Tom Menino, the mayor's office announces.

Tomorrow, condolence books will be placed in all BPL branches and city community centers.

Letters and cards may be sent to:
Mayor Menino’s Office
Boston University
75 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215.

By - 10/30/14 - 3:20 pm

Off the Dot was on a 41 bus shortly before 3 p.m. today when the driver had to avoid hitting some guy on a motorcycle near Dudley and W. Cottage streets:

Guy spat at driver's window, followed bus and pulled a gun on driver.

By - 10/30/14 - 1:23 pm

Mayor Menino's comments at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross after the Marathon bombings last year.

By - 10/30/14 - 11:24 am
Menino

Thomas M. Menino, the longest serving mayor in Boston history, died this morning at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he had been battling cancer.

Menino, 71, served 20 years as mayor after a career as city councilor. He was very much a man of his... Read more

By - 10/30/14 - 8:31 am
Creepy dummy with parking ticket in the South End

Annabelle Blake spotted this fine specimen this morning on Tremont Street between W. Concord and Worcester:

Lovely Ritah Meetah Maid... Buuuuuuuurp.

By - 10/30/14 - 8:26 am
Car on fire on I-95 in Canton

Perry Jacobs reports the car was in the rest area on 95 south when it burst into flames shortly after 8 a.m., so traffic didn't appear to be much affected.

By - 10/30/14 - 8:06 am

Joan Vennochi says Charlie Baker should've gotten mad, not sad, when that fisherman told him he wouldn't let his kids go to college.

Tears: Good or bad?

Was the tears sincere? Tears were initally shed several years ago.

Enough with... Read more