By - 4/23/17 - 12:48 pm
Boston Harbor from the air

Scott Cluett shows us Boston Harbor from up in the air over the South Shore this morning.

By - 4/23/17 - 10:33 am
Marie Street fire

At the Marie Street fire. Photo by BFD.

Boston firefighters responded at 4 a.m. to a vacant three decker at 8 Marie St., near Ronan Park, for what turned into a six-alarm fire that damaged four three-deckers on Marie and Fox streets and caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage. Read more.

By - 4/22/17 - 9:05 pm

The Patriot Ledger reports that state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) has filed a bill to make Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers the Official Rock Song of the Commonwealth.

This is the third time the legislature will consider the measure. The first time, in 2013, the bill was sponsored by then state Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Dorchester).

By - 4/22/17 - 6:18 pm
Bernie and Phyl's ad

Remember when our worst complaint about Bernie and Phyl's ads was their jingle?

Several months after the furniture chain plastered subway trains with mildly risque ads about how many people their couches could handle, they've introduced new ads that cut right to the chase: If you copulate or die in bed, you better hope you do so in one of theirs. Read more.

By - 4/22/17 - 4:42 pm

From across the Boston area's universities, biotech companies and hospitals, thousands of scientists and their allies crowded a soggy Boston Common today to battle an administration that seems intent on denying their research, cutting their funding and banning their colleagues and students from entering the country. Read more.

By - 4/22/17 - 11:31 am

A passerby noticed a body on the Esplanade bicycle path around 5:30 a.m., the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will attempt to determine the cause and manner of his death, but the preliminary investigation did not reveal signs of violent trauma and the circumstances do not suggest robbery.

By - 4/22/17 - 9:44 am

Katia reports:

SO stoked to see a pair of loons at the Sugar Bowl in Southie this morning.

Her sighting comes a couple weeks after somebody spotted a loon at Jamaica Pond.

By - 4/21/17 - 11:04 pm
Wanted man

UPDATE: Transit Police report the suspect turned himself in.

Transit Police have issued a BOLO for a guy they say started screaming at a group of young kids and their chaperone on a Green Line trolley to Lechmere yesterday afternoon - and then physically attacked their chaperone at the station. Read more.

By - 4/21/17 - 10:16 pm

UPDATE: Boston Police report he was shot repeatedly.

Around 8:55 p.m. at 180 Ruggles St., off Tremont. The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of the victim's injuries.

By - 4/21/17 - 9:47 pm

Lights blinked off at some 1,000 residences and businesses around 8:30 p.m. Eversource estimates 10:15 p.m. for full restoration.

By - 4/21/17 - 5:35 pm

The Chicken & Rice Guys say Boston public-health inspections of their facilities have shown no E. coli and that their Medford restaurant will re-open tomorrow.

The Downtown Crossing store could re-open tomorrow as well, after an ISD inspection in the morning; in fact, ISD Commissioner William Christopher vows to buy the first meal at 11 a.m., assuming the inspection goes OK. Read more.

By - 4/21/17 - 3:12 pm

Brandon Bowser of Allston has registered his campaign for the District 9 City Council seat (Allston/Brighton) currently held by Mark Ciommo.

By - 4/21/17 - 3:05 pm

The Times reports the Justice Department has singled out nine jurisdictions - including the entire state of Connecticut - as the first places to possibly lose federal grants over their refusal to let local law enforcement hand over whatever information ICE wants.

By - 4/21/17 - 12:48 pm
Empty playground in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives acknowledge the last mystery photo may have been a bit too easy, so have come up with this one - can you place it?

By - 4/21/17 - 10:28 am

Boston Magazine reports on the arrival in JP of the Commonwealth Circus Center, which will cater to "students of any age, experience level, and ability come together to learn self expression, movement arts, and healthy risk-taking through the joy of circus."

By - 4/21/17 - 10:01 am

The Boston Preservation Alliance takes a look at the side streets between Tremont and Washington, which face danger from developers who just want to tear down buildings to put up bigger buildings - but which also has new development in the form of reuse (such as the Godfrey Hotel).

By - 4/21/17 - 9:41 am

Sampan reports a restaurant specializing in poke - sort of sushi in a bowl - is planning an outlet at 20 Tyler St.

By - 4/20/17 - 5:59 pm

The Globe reports a pair of Chicago real-estate firms could be about to plonk down the big bucks for the perpetually unused former Barnes & Noble building on Washington Street. And at $65 million, you can bet they're not going to just open another bookstore there.

By - 4/20/17 - 2:52 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a woman who swallowed what appeared to be a bag of heroin in full view of a police officer shouldn't have been charged with "misleading a police officer" because he knew exactly where the bag was. Read more.