By - 10/20/14 - 5:20 pm

Police are looking for five men for a gunpoint robbery around 4:40 p.m. at Bromfield and Franklin streets.

The five, described as black, possibly Somali, then pedaled off towards Tremont Street, Manvi Arora reports. Two of the men were described as tall, one with flowing hair and wearing a Gucci belt. A witness reports another wore a red sweater under a dark blue jacket.

By - 10/20/14 - 5:02 pm

A Fall River man had bail set at $10,000 today at his arraignment on charges of assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery for an incident early Saturday morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding he does not appear... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 4:37 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Quincy man for a fatal stabbing on Bowdoin Street last Thursday.

Police say officers found Gerald Williamson, 31, suffering from a stab wound around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday at 205 Bowdoin St. He was taken to Boston Medical... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 4:23 pm

Partners in Health Engage and Harvard will host a session on Wednesday to try to educate people about the virus:

The event will include a panel of speakers to discuss different aspects of the Ebola crisis, including the underlying biology of the virus, the social determinants that allow crises like Ebola to arise, and the international relationships being engaged and efforts that are currently underway to contain and hopefully end the outbreak.

Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Harvard Science Center.

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 11:25 am

Cambridge Police report finding multiple shell casings outside 266 Mass. Ave. after receiving reports of gunfire around 1 a.m. today.

A nearby building was struck with gunshots. At this time, several reports indicated that at least four suspect vehicles were involved in the

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By - 10/20/14 - 11:15 am

Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for treasurer proves his tightness with the dollar with an ad that seems to be made by his family, although it was really produced by an ad agency in Virginia.

Coakley and Baker discussed the economy, education and transportation... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 11:03 am
Arrests at forest in Belmont

Protesters prepare to be cuffed before ride to booking. Photo via Danny Factor.

Four more people were arrested this morning as part of ongoing protests against tree cutting on woodlands where Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge come together.

News of the arrests comes from the Green-Rainbow Party:

Secretary of State candidate Danny Factor was arrested today along with three

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By - 10/20/14 - 7:53 am
Evil grinning skull at JFK/UMass Red Line stop in Dorchester

Marta C. captured the visage that woke her up at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop this morning.

By - 10/20/14 - 7:49 am

The MBTA holds a meeting Thursday on a proposal to "consolidate the BU West, St. Paul, Babcock, and Pleasant stops into two fully accessible stations that will help reduce travel times and improve safety."

The session begins at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon room at the BPL main library in Copley Square.

By - 10/20/14 - 7:37 am

The Boston Licensing Board this week hears a request from restaurateur Brian O'Donnell to rename Jason Santos's old Blue, Inc. at 131 Broad St. to Broad Street Riot.

The name harkens back to the Broad Street Riot of 1837, when drunken Protestant firefighters got... Read more

By - 10/19/14 - 9:05 pm

Jill Rodgers asks:

Searching for months. Where can I get nougat-style Halva in this god-forsaken city?

By - 10/19/14 - 6:38 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the immediate coastline (and all of Boston) and a freeze warning for the rest of the area overnight.

Then, on Tuesday, we could get hit with what NECN's Matt Noyes is calling a prolonged nor'easter that could last until Friday. No snow out of it, at least.

By - 10/19/14 - 5:36 pm
Eggnog in October at Somerville Whole Foods

And we're still drawing down our pumpkin-spice supplies. R.S.Y. Buchanan reports seeing this Christmas drink today at the Somerville Whole Foods. Or as he puts it:

Dammit, tryptophan induced coma comes first!

By - 10/19/14 - 3:46 pm
Path Bussey Brook Meadow in the Arnold Arboretum

The Harvard Gazette reports on a new smartphone app to guide people around Bussey Brook Meadow, a 24-acre parcel across from the main portions of the Arnold Arboretum, between South Street and the small side streets off Washington Street on the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain... Read more

By - 10/19/14 - 12:55 pm

Transcript of a talk by Joe Bagley, Boston city archaeologist, on the Blue Hills' distant past as a large volcano, and why that became important to the Native Americans who, several hundred million years later, inhabited the area:

I have personally visited, excavated, and studied hundreds of Native archaeological sites throughout the east coast, and I have never experienced the types of intact Native landscapes that can be found in the Blue Hills. I do not mean intact as in undeveloped, but intact meaning the actual experience is similar today as it was in the past.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 10/19/14 - 12:42 pm

A woman and a teen are suing Backpage.com, alleging the service not only let their pimps sell them hundreds of times for sex in the Boston area but is going out of its way to make it easier for pimps to traffic minors and evade... Read more

By - 10/19/14 - 9:52 am

State Police report a head-on crash shortly before 3 a.m. on the Jamaicaway at Perkins Street killed two, injured three, one critically, and left the road shut for three hours.

A 2007 BMW 530XI with three occupants struck a 2002 Toyota Camry with two occupants. Two of the passengers from the BMW, a 44 year old Everett woman and a 33 year old Revere woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. The two women did not have seat belts on and it was determined to be a factor in their deaths.

Police say their initial investigation is that the BMW crossed the center line markers. Its driver, Jennifer Guzman, 26, of Hyde Park, was taken to Beth Israel with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Camry, Cesar Viasus, 36, of Roslindale, will also likely survive, police say. His passenger, however, is in critical condition.