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By - 12/10/14 - 6:59 pm
Converse building with fireworks

Converse lit up the sign atop its new headquarters at Lovejoy Wharf at 5 p.m. today with a fireworks display set to "Enter the Sandman" by Metallica.

By - 12/10/14 - 5:54 pm
Generator outside South Station

Jed Hresko captured a crew hooking up a generator to get the traffic lights around South Station working again after they went out right at rush hour.

By - 12/10/14 - 4:47 pm
Dark trolley station in Boston

A shame there's no Twitter-controlled Christmas trees at Hynes station, because that might lighten the place up a bit now that the regular lights have failed, as Derrick shows us.

Above ground, meanwhile, traffic lights have gone on strike in the area of South Station.

By - 12/10/14 - 4:21 pm
Hashtag Christmas tree

A Twitter-enabled Christmas tree in the lobby of Boston City Hall lets anybody around the world change its colors just by tweeting at it.

The Wicked Cool Tree, a project of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the city IT department, involves 720... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 3:53 pm
Car on fire on Storrow Drive

Patrick Marshall captured the moment when a car near the inbound end of Storrow Drive burst into flames, around 3:15 p.m.

By - 12/10/14 - 3:47 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved giving LogMeIn a $2.5-million tax break over 13 years for the new headquarters it wants to build at 327-347 Summer St.

City Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) said the tax break would keep a fast... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 12:17 pm

Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) last night gave birth to her and husband Conor's first child, Blaise Francis Pewarski, 7 lbs., 13 oz. and 20 inches long. Mom, father and son are doing fine.

By - 12/10/14 - 11:36 am

Jon Staff, a student at Harvard Business School, has set up Harvard Gives: $4 to Fight Hunger:

Negative stereotypes of Harvard and HBS were reinfoced by an article in Boston.com about a $4 dispute between an HBS professor and a small business owner.

In

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By - 12/10/14 - 11:24 am
Mansion in old Boston

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

By - 12/10/14 - 11:14 am

But the burgeoning mini-city now erupting in the Seaport area has plenty of room for caffeination. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee open a new Dunkin' Donuts at 405-409 D St., as part of a new residential... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 7:54 am

Lauren Mack tours the Aquarium. No penguins, though?

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 12/10/14 - 7:33 am

The Crimson reports the student allegedly objected to being awoken from a drunken slumber in a dorm hallway by trying to beat up a Harvard police officer. He now faces a couple of A&B charges.

By - 12/9/14 - 10:46 pm
Corgis

Bouquets are just so passe, right? An area bride-to-be is looking for corgis that her bridesmaids can hold during her wedding ceremony instead of wilting flowers. She's already got some, but needs six more:

This next April, I will be getting married to the

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By - 12/9/14 - 8:00 pm
Man being rescued from flood waters in Somerville

Peter Morgan reports a Somerville police officer and a bystander teamed up to rescue a man trapped by rising flood waters in the Medford Street underpass in Union Square tonight.

At the time they helped him out of the car, water was up to

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By - 12/9/14 - 6:44 pm
Haymarket station on the Green Line in the rain

Just add some chlorine and welcome to Haymarket wading pool. Photo by Dave Fox.

Even as the rain supposedly nears the end of its increasingly annoying reign, the waters just keep piling up. From T stations to Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and Circuit Drive in Franklin Park, which police shut due to flooding to Roslindale Square, which lost... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 6:12 pm

A Green Line inspector could be in hot water for an incident on the Green Line this morning in which a door panel on a trolley suddenly fell off the train, a spokesman says:

A Green Line inspector is facing disciplinary action for failing to

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By - 12/9/14 - 6:09 pm
Fenway sandbags

T workers piling up the sandbags. Photo by MBTA.

With the Muddy River rising fast, around 5:20 p.m., the MBTA shut the Riverside Line between Kenmore and Fenway and workers rushed to the portal just past Fenway to begin laying sandbags to keep the Muddy out of the Green Line, in two separate temporary... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 4:47 pm

A Harvard Business School professor goes nuclear - he's still considering whether to sue - when a Chinese restaurant in Brookline overcharges him by $4.

By - 12/9/14 - 2:58 pm
Flooding in the Fenway

Fenway flooding causes gridlock around 5 p.m. Photo by Brendan.

Reports of flooding are beginning to pour in. The intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue became a liquid mess. State Police are busy diverting cars on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, due to flooding southbound by Lambert's and northbound at Tolman by the credit... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 2:32 pm

UPDATE: Around 3:35 p.m., Boston Police broke up what appeared to be a brewing altercation related to the earlier incident at Comm. Ave. and Warren - where they also stopped a Green Line trolley in search of somebody on the train. Police arrested several teens.... Read more