By - 8/30/15 - 10:13 pm

Shattr is an app, that in addition to lacking the letter E, is aimed at groups of millennials who want to broadcast their groupness to other groups or something. Based on the mini-fliers handed out at BU today, it's aimed at groups of college students who hate Donald Trump.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 8/28/15 - 10:57 pm
Allston Christmas is here

Jess Idres spotted this thing on Comm. Ave. near Harvard today. As she put it:


By - 8/28/15 - 5:59 pm

DCR, MassDOT and State Police say that since 2007, there have been 25 recorded storrowings on Storrow and Memorial drives and Soldiers Field Road on weekends during which students flow into and out of the city. Read more.

By - 8/25/15 - 7:05 pm
Commonwealth Avenue argument between SUV driver and trolley driver

After trying, but failing, to cut off a trolley at Linden Street and Comm. Ave. around 6:30 p.m., the driver of the Escalade could have backed off, let the trolley, and the other trolley coming from the other direction, through, then been on his way. But, no, of course not. As URNotinvisible shows, the guy got out of his land yacht and began yelling at the T driver.

As of 7 p.m., the T reported no problems due to yelling people standing on tracks, so presumably this particular logjam has been fixed (you didn't, however, ask about the signal problems at Park Street).

By - 8/23/15 - 12:51 pm

Around 12:30 p.m., they started letting pedestrians cross the street. Photo by Chris Mullen.

Police shut the roads around the intersection of Harvard and Brighton avenues this morning after police found two suspicious packages a block apart. One person was arrested; emergency responders began leaving shortly after 2 p.m.

By - 8/21/15 - 10:48 pm

UPDATE: Twin Donuts passed an inspection 9/2 and got its permit back.

A city health inspector yesterday ordered a shutdown of Twin Donuts, 501 Cambridge St., for a variety of violations, including sandwich meat that was too warm, no sanitizer in a dishwasher and not having a manager on duty who was certified in health issues. Read more.

By - 8/21/15 - 11:23 am

The West End House celebrates the life of Dawnn Jaffier between 5:30 and 9 p.m. today at 105 Allston St., Allston. Read more.

By - 8/21/15 - 9:19 am

Amanda reports:

7:18 AM and summer is officially over. On a train with 40 BU Freshmen all wearing lime green orientation tshirts

By - 8/20/15 - 11:09 am

Star Market is hoping customers will buy foods to eat on patios outside its Dorchester, Fenway and Allston stores.

The chain goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to add patios at the three locations, similar to what the Whole Foods in the South End offers - with 24-hour patio seating at the Fenway store. Read more.

By - 8/17/15 - 1:52 pm
Derailed Green line trolley on Commonwealth Avenue

Off-the-rails B trolley. Photo by John Battaglino.

UPDATE: Service restored at 3:30 p.m.

The T is telling B Line riders to take the 57 bus instead between Kenmore Square and Packards Corner, due to a trolley with wheels that no longer fully rest on the tracks.

By - 8/15/15 - 12:48 am

Around 12:35 a.m. at 30 Holton St. Due to the severity of the victim's injuries, homicide detectives were called in, just in case. A suspect is in custody.

By - 8/13/15 - 7:16 pm
Swimming in the Charles River

The Charles River Watershed Association reports the Charles from the Weld boathouse to the dam now has high enough levels of toxic cyanobacteria to post warnings against coming into contact with river water - and that means no swimming, fishing or falling in the river. That goes double for dogs, who could pick up toxic residue in walks on the river banks and then lick it off their fur. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 8:07 am
Biena snack vs. World Peas snack

Too similar?

Biena, LLC, an Allston company that makes a line of spicy chickpea-based snack foods, is suing a Texas company that makes a line of spicy -green-pea-based snack foods over their packaging.

Biena's suit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, is a preemptive move: Grandma Lu's Spice Cabinet, which makes World Peas snacks, was threatening a lawsuit against Biena over its packaging. Biena is asking a judge to declare that its color-coded, resealable rectangular packages with an irregularly shaped window on the front and a quote from its founder on the back would not confuse consumers if compared with Grandma Lu's color-coded, resealable trapezoidal packages with a round window on the front and a quote from its founder on the back. Read more.

By - 8/7/15 - 5:56 pm

UPDATE: Dog found.


Please contact me immediately at 919-225-0654 if Poet is is spotted - He escaped during the storm Tuesday and was running around between Brighton Ctr. and Oak Square. He has not been spotted since - We think he may be hiding out near Oak Square. If you live in the area, PLEASE CHECK AROUND YOUR HOUSE (e.g. bushes, garage, under porches, any hiding place). Thank you - I am desperate to find him. Read more.

By - 8/7/15 - 12:19 pm
Parakeet in Allston

Amanda McNeil reports spotting this budgie at Gardner Street and Gardner Terrace around 7:45 this morning.

By - 8/5/15 - 12:47 pm

Around noon, Boston Police swarmed the area of Comm. Ave. and Harvard Avenue, where a guy was allegedly threatening people with a taser outside the McDonald's. They quickly found the suspect and the taser and now he's undergoing booking.

By - 7/13/15 - 1:32 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office today dropped charges against a Watertown man who created what police said was a "panic" on a 66 bus, because the bullets he was wearing around his waist weren't real. In a statement, the DA's office says:

Chapter 140, Sect. 121, allows prosecution for unlawful possession of “cartridges or cartridge cases … designed for use in any firearm, rifle or shotgun,” and responding officers acted in an abundance of caution after a 911 call for a man believed to be armed. Based on the totality of circumstances, however, including confirmation that the cartridges on said belt could not and weren’t intended to be fired, prosecutors dismissed the charges at arraignment in Brighton Municipal Court.

By - 7/12/15 - 12:57 pm

Real bandolier filled with fake bullets. Photo by BPD.

UPDATE: Charges dismissed.

Boston Police report arresting an alleged yutz who thought it was a good idea to try to get on an MBTA bus wearing a bandolier filled with what looked like actual bullets Friday afternoon. Read more.