By - 10/8/15 - 3:40 pm

Scene of the crime. Photo by Josh.

Around 3:30 p.m. Police are looking for a white woman with pulled-back black hair in a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, carrying a large bag, last seen disappearing into the crowds on Winter Street. She was accompanied by a white man, 5'8" to 5'10" and about 170 lbs with a scruffy beard, wearing a black zip-up jacket and a black and green Celtics cap.

Another view of the scene, by Tom McLaughlin:

Read more.

By - 10/8/15 - 7:28 am
By - 10/7/15 - 1:04 pm

City Councilor Steve Murphy (at large) says a private company is willing to build a pilot, solar-powered "personal rapid transit" system that would run as a monorail between the city's two commuter-rail terminals. Read more.

By - 10/6/15 - 3:09 pm
Boston-shaped cake

Kate Sullivan shows us the cake the City of Boston Credit Union had Montilio's make to help it celebrate its 100th anniversary today.

By - 10/5/15 - 5:10 pm
Octopus in downtown Boston

Mike Kix looked down on Court Street this afternoon. Unlike the dudes, he reports, the octopus was not moving.

By - 10/4/15 - 3:59 pm
It's like Tribeca

Craig Caplan shows us the latest attempt to transform Boston into a baby New York - in this case a sign at 2 Winter Pl. downtown. Where's our DUMBO?

By - 10/3/15 - 10:23 am

A concerned citizen complains:

When will Boston PD enforce the do not block the box law? It is constant around the south station roads making very difficult for first responders to get through.

Ed. note: Washington and South streets in front of Forest Hills in the morning is similar.

By - 10/2/15 - 4:21 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Downtown Crossing

Signal problems at Park Street are causing "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line this afternoon. Or as MikeAtlas, at Downtown Crossing, tags it:

#salmonspawn #cattleherd

By - 10/2/15 - 8:36 am

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 begins:

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.

One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.

And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.

I walked for hours. I looped around the Fenway before snaking back past Symphony Hall and up to Trinity Church. Then I roamed through the Common, scaled the hill with its golden dome, and meandered into that charming labyrinth divided by Hanover Street. By the time I reached the waterfront, a charcoal sky had opened and a drizzle became a shower. That shower soon gave way to a deluge. While the other pedestrians darted for awnings and lobbies, I trudged into the rain. I suppose I thought, or rather hoped, that it might wash away the patina of guilt that had coagulated around my heart. It didn't, of course, so I started back to the apartment.

And then I saw you.

H/t eeka.

By - 10/1/15 - 8:59 am
Bank robber

Boston Police have released photos of a man wanted for a Monday robbery of the Citizens Bank branch at One Financial Center - across Atlantic Avenue from South Station.

He's a white guy in his 30s, 5'8" with a medium build, who wore black sunglasses.

By - 9/30/15 - 10:18 am
Summer Street bridge crash

Mike looked out his window around 10 a.m. to see a two-car smashup on the Summer Street Bridge over Fort Point Channel. No injuries.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:38 am

A concerned citizen who doubles as a Boston parking-enforcement officer posted a photo of a rain-filled pothole on Tremont Street this morning:


Ed. note: The online 311 system only allows for one photo, so, no, you can't see photos of his/her swollen right foot.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:25 am

The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

By - 9/27/15 - 11:42 am
Struggling to get out of Park Street

A concerned citizen complains:

Rotating gate at park street that facilates the exit from inside the subway to the outside. It's extremely hard to push it. Elders and many others will not be able to push it. Needs to be fixed. Citizen here in action!! ;)

By - 9/26/15 - 10:47 pm
Chromeo at Boston Calling

Beth went to Boston Calling and saw Chromeo.

Earlier in the day, Mike Ball took in the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, including a performance by Felix Peikli and the Royal Flush Quintet: Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 11:06 am
Papal motorcade up Boylston Street

Eric Griswold shows us Pope John Paul II's motorcade going down Boylston Street on the way to a mass on the Common in 1979. Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 9:44 am

CommonWealth Magazine reports House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has signed onto the Dukakis/Weld effort to build a tunnel between South and North stations.

Backers say the tunnel would not cost much more than the state's current plans to expand South Station and would provide far more benefits, including reducing the need for tracks at South Station, especially if the Postal Service decides to never move from its facility along Fort Point Channel.

By - 9/23/15 - 8:28 am
T workers protest privatization

Kris Haight watched the Carmen's Union protest on Devonshire Street in advance of a meeting Gov. Baker was scheduled to attend this morning.

By - 9/22/15 - 8:21 am

A trolley that clang, clang, clanged its last this morning is causing grief on the Green Line. At 8:05 a.m., Matt Hrono reported:

Green line is royally bone. Disabled at Kenmore and I'm stuck somewhere between Hynes and Kenmore. Going on 20min now

By - 9/20/15 - 1:18 pm

Katia asks:

Where can I donate books in Boston? Preferably downtown adjacent.