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French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 11/29/16 - 11:13 am

Seems Boston has this nifty little search tool that lets you type in a car's license-plate number and see when it was last towed (and to where).

Over on Boston Reddit, mac_question has been using the tool to follow the exploits of a 2017 Fiat sports car (no, that's not an oxymoron), whose owner keeps parking it haphazardly at Summer and High streets downtown. In the past three months, the car has been towed five times from that spot. Maybe it's still cheaper than a deeded parking space?

By - 11/29/16 - 9:29 am
Schrafft sign going up in Sullivan Square, Charlestown

Bike Rider delayed his walk to work in the Schrafft building this morning to watch part of the iconic sign being hoisted back up to the roof - now with LED lights instead of more fragile neon tubes.

Yesterday:
The sign was delivered back to the building.

By - 11/29/16 - 9:25 am

The State House News Service reports that our more winter-resilient Red Line was felled last week by "residual dew" turning into ice on the tracks south of Boston. Also at fault, the T acknowledges: Superannuated trains that looked up, clutched their chests and wailed "I'm coming, Elizabeth!"

By - 11/29/16 - 9:08 am
Minimum-wage protesters in Central Square

Central Square protesters. Photo by Andrew Farnitano.

Workers and supporting clergy and residents blocked Mass. Ave. outside the Central Square McDonald's around 6 a.m. this morning. in a protest calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Read more.

By - 11/29/16 - 12:19 am
Vandalized tree in Boston's North End

A concerned citizen files a complaint that somebody is going around the North End vandalizing trees, such as this one on Fulton Street, which looks like it's had its bark peeled off.

Brighton Center has long been plagued by the Brighton tree ninja, who keeps trying to kill local trees, which for some reason offend him.

By - 11/28/16 - 11:49 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.

By - 11/28/16 - 11:18 pm

A rollover crash on McClellan Highway near Byron Street around 11 p.m. left one person dead. Police are looking for a second car spotted speeding from the scene. Read more.

By - 11/28/16 - 9:10 pm
Christmas lilghts on Adams Street in Dorchester

Lauren Maloney slowed on Adams Street, near Victory Road, in Dorchester tonight to take in Hoa Nguyen's annual Christmas-lightaganza.

By - 11/28/16 - 7:47 pm

A federal judge in Boston today issued a temporary restraining order against W.B. Mason that requires it to rehire two drivers who claimed they were fired last year during a successful organizing effort by Teamsters Local 25 at the company's warehouse on Summer Street in South Boston. Read more.

By - 11/28/16 - 6:15 pm

A Swampscott man faces two counts each of manslaughter and OUI motor-vehicle homicide for an August crash just outside Logan Airport, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Steven Birenbaum, 27, had bail set at $5,000 today at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court. Read more.

By - 11/28/16 - 2:10 pm

Cambridge Day reports the Planning Board considers the proposal - which is not part of MIT's plans for the Volpe land - on Tuesday.

By - 11/28/16 - 1:40 pm
Schrafft sign on a platform

They just get taken down, spruced up and then returned to their rightful location in Sullivan Square. Alex Carlson took a Schrafftsie today in the Schrafft Building parking lot.

By - 11/28/16 - 1:36 pm

BostInno reports on some noodling by local techpreneur Rob May and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu to set up a sort of West Coast District Hall - called something like, oh, Boston House - that would give Hub techies a place to gather on those West Coast business trips and maybe even convince a company leader or two that the grass really is greener here.

By - 11/28/16 - 12:03 pm
Protesters against natural-gas pipeline in West Roxbury

Protesters in front of "metering and regulating" station in West Roxbury.

About 75 West Roxbury residents and supporters - including city councilors Matt O'Malley and Annissa Essaibi-George - gathered this morning outside the nearly completed natural-gas transfer station that could begin taking in fuel from a new high-pressure pipeline as early as this week. Read more.

By - 11/28/16 - 11:05 am

The Boston Guardian reports Emilio's on Tremont Street is closing for good.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

By - 11/28/16 - 10:24 am

Boston Police report arresting Erik Swanson, 33, on charges he broke into the Shrine of St. Anthony on Friday and stole several items. Read more.

By - 11/28/16 - 10:03 am
Slow day on the Red Line

Sarah Pakstis shows us yet another manic Monday on the Red Line during rush hour, due to signal issues at Alewife. "How is this acceptable?" she asks.

By - 11/27/16 - 11:30 pm
Car in flames on I-93 south in Dorchester

Aaron Honsaker had a good view of a car in flames on I-93 southbound near the Savin Hill T stop around 11:15 p.m. He says it looked like the car hit the barrier first.

Earlier:
Volvo flies off 93, lands on car on Morrissey; one dead, one injured.

By - 11/27/16 - 10:56 pm

Around 10:45 p.m. outside 50 Bickford St. in the Midred Hailey Apartments (formerly Bromley-Heath).