When Quincy T. Holland of Brighton learned the man he was holding up early this morning at Ashford and Chester streets had no money, police say, he sliced him with a knife, bit his ear, then took his phone. Read more.
Around 7:30 p.m., Rose sent out an urgent plea:
All of lower Allston just went dark! Send beer and pizza.
Soon, other residents of Allston and Brighton were checking in - via 4G rather than WiFi - of a sudden absence of electricity in the area.
By 9 p.m., power was coming back to most of the area, although some spots near Market Street remained dark until 9:30.
The Crimson reports Harvard dished its new Allston science center will now consist of one large building rather than four smaller buildings, at a recent residents meeting, but declined to release any renderings or floor plans. Also, Harvard said the new building will focus on undergraduates - the plans shelved in 2008 kept them on the other side of the river.
The Harvard Crimson reports the U has renamed Soldiers Field as Jordan Field, after an alumnus who has donated a lot of money (for scholarships, not for Another Imposing Building).
The city is holding a neighbors' meeting on Wednesday on the idea of converting the old Kelly's at Commonwealth and Harvard avenues into a Five Guys hamburger place. Read more.
Twin Donuts passed a city health inspection yesterday and got its permit back.
Shannon Dooling captured a moment on the Charles River this morning.
Plunkett Prime shows us the Budget rental truck whose driver somehow got its left tires over the curb and onto the Green Line right of way and now, of course, it's stuck, and blocking all the outbound B trolleys behind it.
Once, in days of yore, you could drive down Walbridge Street in Allston and just cross the town line and behold, you would find yourself on Columbia Street in Brookline. Read more.
Imagine being the building super who has to clean this Gardner Street yard up.
Brad Burns spotted some Allston Christmas carolers (and elves handing out fresh fruit from Fresh Format) at Comm. Ave. and Harvard this morning.
Jess Idres spotted this thing on Comm. Ave. near Harvard today. As she put it:
AAAAAH! IT'S STARTED!
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.
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).
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.