By - 10/23/14 - 6:20 am

Ed Baur reports several cars in the area of West 3 and Vale streets were flooded this morning. At least two were occupied:

Police cruiser stuck in the water on Vale St. Officer still in the cruiser water is up to the door

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By - 10/22/14 - 11:30 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on the possible asking price of the penthouse at the top of the Millennium Tower now rising from the Filene's Hole. No word if it'll be automatically marked down 25% if it doesn't sell after the first 12 days.

By - 10/22/14 - 10:28 pm
Big tree down on L Street in South Boston

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: Tree fell on Northeast Corridor tracks between Canton Junction and 128. Providence bound train just stopped.

Skatefitz snapped the tree that fell clear across L Street in South Boston tonight.

Dougie Fresh shows us his driveway in Everett (where,... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 7:18 pm
Tree down on Charles Street South

Charles Street South. Photo by Steven Larrabee.

And it's crashing trees all over the place. As of 7:10 p.m., Washington Street in Jamaica Plain is blocked in both directions by a tree that came down near Montebello. Memorial Drive near Harvard Square is also down to no lanes thanks to a downed... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 5:29 pm
Steve Murphy

The City Council today approved a hearing on BPL finances to rein in what at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called an apparent "shadow government" overseeing Boston libraries

Murphy and Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) requested the hearing after Murphy read that BPL... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 5:16 pm
Former City Councilor Chuck Turner attends meeting on Mattapan High School

Among those who attended to support Yancey: Former Councilor Chuck Turner

The City Council today approved a proposal to spend $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan, for which Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) has been fighting for close to two decades.

The proposed borrowing for the work will require a second council vote... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 4:59 pm
Dick and Rick Hoyt at Boston City Council

Matt O'Malley introduces the Hoyts.

Dick and Rick Hoyt got two standing ovations today when the City Council honored them for their decades of running and courage by declaring today Team Hoyt Day.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, himself a Marathon runner, introduced the father and son. He recalled going to... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 4:49 pm

A steam pipe in the basement of the New England Aquarium burst around 10 a.m. today, forcing officials to close the attraction for the day and evacuate visitors already inside.

A spokesman reports:

Like many buildings downtown, we use steam for a variety of our

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By - 10/22/14 - 11:30 am
Evil Eye in old Boston

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

By - 10/22/14 - 11:17 am

Especially, you know, that one.

Ed. note: A couple years ago, the kidlet's World History class covered Islam (also Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity). Those outraged Revere parents, or at least the one quoted by WHDH, can take solace in knowing she did not start wearing a niqab or quoting the Koran at inopportune times.

By - 10/22/14 - 11:09 am

Tom the Dancing Bug plays Did You Know with the Boston area:

The Boston area has over four million sets of driving laws, one for each resident driver.

By - 10/22/14 - 11:02 am

Seth Barnett, lawyer for the company that owns the now closed Blue, Inc. on Broad Street, came prepared to a Boston Licensing Board hearing today: He figured somebody would ask why his client would want to name the replacement restaurant after the Broad Street... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 8:16 am

Report on last night's debate. Read more. Even more.

New Jersey won't release a report on Baker's controversial donation to pal Chris Christie until after the election. Oh, yeah, well what about Coakley's National Grid donations, Republicans ask.

Poll... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 7:43 am

Stanley Staco reports a clerk at the Hilton Downtown/Faneuil Hall, 89 Broad St., was held up at gunpoint around 1 a.m. He fled towards Batterymarch Street with several hundred dollars in cash. About 15 minutes later, officers found a suspect a couple blocks from the hotel.

By - 10/22/14 - 7:35 am
Flipped van in Brighton

A minivan rolled down an inclined driveway on Englewood Avenue in Brighton this morning, flipping on its side on the street and trapping its driver inside, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The department says firefighters arrived around 6:15 a.m. to find the man trapped, his leg outside the minivan. Firefighters were able to extricate him with the help of Jaws of Life and hand him over to EMS for evaluation and transport to a local hospital.

By - 10/21/14 - 11:20 pm

A federal appeals court ruled today that the First Amendment trumps a state law that lets officials order the removal of billboards along highways.

The ruling means a billboard company can continue a lawsuit over the regulations even though the state has never ordered any... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 6:57 pm

It was just another one of those evenings where trains became too weary to go any further, leading to the usual extended-version commutes on both the Red and Orange lines.

Then, around 6:30 p.m., an alleged mini punk of 14 or so kicked out a... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 6:12 pm

No, not that one. City Realty, and this time for what it's allegedly doing to actual Boston residents, rather than a bunch of college students from Long Island. The Dig reports on a hearing yesterday.

By - 10/21/14 - 5:43 pm
Abercrombie

A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill T stop on Oct. 30, 1992.

Terry Abercrombie, now 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 5:23 pm
Chart showing CNR the cheapest bidder for new MBTA subway trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

CNR

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic... Read more