By - 5/20/13 - 1:01 pm

The Boston Licensing Board last week ordered Tavern in the Square on Brighton Avenue to shut for a day for not calling police after a March 16 incident in which a man may or may not have had a beer bottle thrown at his face, along with anti-gay slurs.

One of the victim's companions and a bar manager differed as to whether physical violence... Read more

By - 5/17/13 - 8:45 am

Rotting, sprouting potatoes

A disgusted citizen reports his or her neighbors on Cambridge Terrace in Allston promised to clean up the rotting pile of potatoes they left on the ground outside when they moved out on Sunday, but they haven't been back and now the potatoes are sprouting,... Read more

By - 5/17/13 - 8:12 am

Update: The pizza chain says you can't believe everything you read, even its own license application - says it just wants to add a guitarist, not dinner theater (scroll down the page at that link).

Regina Pizzeria goes before the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on Monday seeking permission to add "a comedian and dinner theater" to its restaurant at 353 Cambridge... Read more

By - 5/14/13 - 12:32 pm

A manager at Tavern in the Square in Allston had to explain to the Boston Licensing Board today why nobody at the Brighton Avenue bar called police after a patron had a beer bottle thrown at his head and another was tossed to the sidewalk outside and kicked by bouncers on March 16.

That's because none of it happened, manager Patrick Dylan told board members... Read more

By - 5/9/13 - 8:40 am

Van in Union SquareThe van in Union Square. Photo by Melina Schuler.

Update: The Globe reports the victim, 12, died.

A pedestrian was hit by a van shortly after 7 a.m. on Cambridge Street near the intersection with Brighton Avenue, right by the... Read more

By - 5/3/13 - 7:42 am

Boston University yesterday sued, charging the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets violate a patent the university holds on making the lights.

BU, which has already sued several LED manufacturers, says the lights infringe on work by Theodore Moustakas, a BU professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on "growing" LED components out of gallium nitride.

BU alleges that Read more

By - 5/2/13 - 2:40 pm

The Boston Fire Department has released its findings on the fire that killed BU student Binland Lee on Sunday:

The fire was started by the careless disposal of smoking material.

Specifically, it started in the area of an interior staircase that was permanently blocked off on the first floor but was an open space to those using the stairs to the second floor from

... Read more
By - 5/2/13 - 6:32 am

Stanley Staco reports three people barricaded themselves and some victims inside a residence at Arden and Hooker streets shortly before 4 a.m. A hostage negotiator secured the release of some victims not long after; the last of the suspects was taken away around 5:50 a.m. More to come, no doubt.... Read more

By - 5/1/13 - 3:44 pm

Easton Street fire. Photo by Courtney J. Burns.Easton Street fire. Photo by Courtney J. Burns.

A fire reported at 2:44 p.m. in the rear of 16 Easton St. in Allston went to two alarms, the Boston Fire Department... Read more

By - 4/30/13 - 6:37 am

The Herald reports on the city investigation into the fatal fire at 87 Linden St., which city officials now say was being run as an illegal boarding house.

By - 4/29/13 - 12:59 pm

Boston Police report the homicide unit and the Boston Fire arson unit are now both investigating the Sunday-morning fire that left one BU student dead and sent 15 other people - including six firefighters - to the hospital.

The Herald reports Inspectional Services is investigating how 18 people - half of them BU students - came to be crammed into what is... Read more

By - 4/28/13 - 8:09 am
Fire on Linden Street, Allston

Linden Street fire. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that broke out around 6:30 a.m. at 87 Linden St. killed one resident, injured nine more and sent six firefighters to the hospital. BU Today reports the dead person was a BU student.

The Boston Fire Department says the injured residents and firefighters are expected to live. The department reports one resident jumped out... Read more

By - 4/24/13 - 7:58 am

The Daily Free Press reports two students were walking near the intersection of Ashford and Malvern streets around 2:40 a.m. on Saturday when an SUV pulled up, three men got out and held them up - with one of the robbers warning them to just do as he said because one of his accomplices was out of his mind on drugs. The robbers then... Read more

By - 4/21/13 - 12:12 pm

Sky prom

From Wellesley to Allston this morning, people reported seeing a plane write "Prom?" and a heart in the sky. Andrea Porto in Allston captured the skywriting from her window overlooking Corey Hill in Brookline.

After this week's events, seeing an amateur skywriter was a

... Read more
By - 4/12/13 - 6:43 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered the Russian Benevolent Society to shut its Crystal restaurant in Allston for a day after its manager admitted letting customers buy whole bottles of vodka even after the board's chairwoman warned him not to.

Boston restaurants with full liquor licenses can offer bottle service but only after getting board permission, which Crystal didn't have. The restaurant was also letting... Read more

By - 4/10/13 - 10:17 am

A Chinese immigrant from Flushing, NY, will spend five years in federal prison this week as a plea agreement for her role in a prostitution ring that used ads in Chinese-language newspapers to get women to work as prostitutes whose services advertised on Craigslist and in the Boston Phoenix's "Female Escort" section, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

The women generally arrived at

... Read more
By - 4/10/13 - 8:24 am

WBUR reports the driver of the tour bus that hit an underpass in February, injuring 33, will be charged with negligent operation.

By - 4/9/13 - 2:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today refused to hear any testimony about an alleged underground music club in Allston, because it only hears cases involving alleged license infractions. Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer told Boston Police detectives and Peter Gallagher - cited for allegedly running an unlicensed, beer-serving, admissions-charging music club - and Gallgher's lawyer that the whole thing is best sorted out in court.... Read more

By - 4/9/13 - 2:00 pm

The Russian Benevolent Society admitted today it let patrons buy entire bottles of vodka even after the chairwoman of the Boston Licensing Board called its manager and told him not to. The club's lawyer said bottle service is very important to Russian culture.

The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take for the citations issued by Boston Police detectives on an inspection on... Read more

By - 4/9/13 - 11:36 am

The Allston Tavern in the Square has changed its music late at night in an attempt to ward off "a different neighborhood crowd" that has been causing trouble, its lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board today.

Attorney Robert Allen made his comments during a hearing on one of four separate incidents between December and Feburary during which punches were thrown, people were taken to the... Read more