By - 4/30/15 - 9:43 am

Harvard University this week sued several companies that sell training materials for students taking a Business School "Credential of Readiness" online exam.

The nation's oldest college charges the companies are violating Harvard copyrights by using actual questions from the exam - given at the end of a two-to-three month online course, called HBX CORe, "for individuals seeking to understand the fundamentals of business, and how business theories apply in real business settings."

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the President and Fellows of Harvard College charge:

By - 4/27/15 - 6:26 am

The Boston Business Journal ponders the Brooklynization of Allston now that people are paying $2,000 for a one-bedroom in a LEED-certified building and a neighborhood bro bar is being turned into an upscale market with a cutesy name.

By - 4/16/15 - 10:15 pm

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board of directors today approved a six-story apartment building at 40 Malvern St.

The proposal, by the Hamilton Co., will include 4 one-bedroom units and 44 two-bedroom units. Of those, 6 will be affordable. The company is also planning a 44-space parking lot.

40 Malvern project notification form.

By - 3/25/15 - 7:35 am

The Globe reports on the plans for rebuilding Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner with "cycle tracks" that would use barriers to keep motorists out of the bike lanes.

The Herald froths about the goddamn tree-hugging dirty hippie socialists in Spandex destroying America thanks Obama.

By - 3/16/15 - 11:13 am

"Keep your cars out of our backyard" says BU President Brown

The Boston Globe reported today that in exchange for an $8M contribution to build the West Station commuter rail station adjacent to its campus, Boston University sought "enforceable language prohibiting the use of BU's West Campus as a route for buses or other vehicular traffic to carry commuters to or from West Station."

By - 3/12/15 - 4:29 pm

A concerned citizen reports rodents of unusual size in the fire swamp at Cambridge and Seattle streets in Allston:

Caller is reporting that there are rats the size of small dogs running around this area.

Up on Morris Street in East Boston, an equally concerned citizen with a rodent problem does not specify the size, but that's not what's concerning him or her:

By - 3/8/15 - 6:46 pm

Mallory Mathias asks:

Anyone know of a place that can repair holes in sweaters near Allston?

By - 2/27/15 - 4:24 pm

Brian MacDonald, 26, was sentenced to 7 to 10 years in prison this week for repeatedly stabbing Anthony Spaulding in a New Year's party at Spaulding's Allston apartment at which MacDonald showed up uninvited, then refused to leave, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors had asked for 15 to 20 years after MacDonald's conviction on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for Spaulding's 2013 death in Suffolk Superior Court.

By - 2/23/15 - 9:11 am
Lights out on Commonwealth Avenue at the BU Bridge

Jonathan Levitt give us a taste of the chaos around 9 when the lights went out on Comm. Ave. by the bridge.

By - 2/20/15 - 5:48 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Brian MacDonald, 26, of fatally stabbing Anthony Spaulding during a fight at a New Year's party at Spaulding's Pratt Street apartment on Jan. 1, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

MacDonald will be sentenced Feb. 26 for his conviction on voluntary manslaughter, the DA's office says, adding the jury will continue its deliberations Monday on an assault-and-battery charge against Bianca Hollenbeck for the same incident.

According to the DA's office:

By - 2/20/15 - 12:05 pm
Harvard Stadium in the snow in Allston

Harvard Stadium yesterday. Photo by Photographynatalia.

You know, the usual. The latest NWS forecaster's discussion for the Boston area says we should get some snow on Saturday, maybe followed by freezing rain on Sunday (or maybe just more snow), followed by bitter cold, followed, possibly, by ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM Tuesday night, although it's possible that storm might just blow out to sea first. So, yes, the French Toast Alert stays at Yellow/Elevated.

By - 2/18/15 - 9:11 am
Snowed in Green Line in Allston

The Green Line at Harvard Avenue this morning. Photo by Colin Moore.

State Sen. Will Brownsberger, who represents Allston/Brighton, reports he contacted MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott yesterday afternoon about the fact that the Green Line continues not to run down Comm. Ave. On an Allston/Brighton mailing list, he posts Scott's reply:

Promise you we are working very hard on overall Recovery Plan - this is a complicated section for us - but definitely not forgotten. It will be some time next week but cannot say yet with certainty. Will have a realistic goal [by end of Wednesday].

By - 2/15/15 - 2:02 pm

Katja and Moose pull Christopher Wagner's wife Tamiko down their Allston street for about 20 feet today. Next up: A sled.

By - 2/13/15 - 11:22 pm
Piled up trash in Allston

Colleen Cressman shows us the situation on Kelton Street in Allston, where the trash collection point for several apartment buildings with the same owner has now gone a couple weeks without a trash pickup. She notes that pile is all trash, not just some bags on top of snow.

By - 2/12/15 - 11:08 pm
Igloo on Commonwealth Avenue

Rick Burnes noticed this detour on Comm. Ave. tonight.

By - 2/12/15 - 4:42 pm

City health inspectors shut Bibim, 166 Harvard Ave., and Hanmaru, 164 Harvard Ave. yesterday after finding their basement filled with raw sewage from the cracked pipe.

Both were ordered closed until the pipe is repaired and they clean and sterilize the basement.

By - 2/10/15 - 9:04 am
Worcester Line tracks in the snow

Gamma Ray Digital shows us where the Worcester Line used to be in Allston.

OK, if you look closely, at the snow to the left of the roof at the bottom of the image, you can see a thin black line. That's all that's left of the train tracks this morning.

By - 2/9/15 - 10:12 am
Stuck car on B Line trolley

Around 10 a.m., Terry Hatfield captured the scene at Packards Corner, where somebody managed to drive a fair ways down the outbound B Line tracks before, of course, getting stuck.

By - 2/8/15 - 11:28 am

Some of the victims 2013 bus crash that sent 32 Pennsylvania students to the hospital are suing two GPS manufacturers saying the bus driver was led astray by his device and that they devices are hazardous menaces because drivers pay more attention to them than the conditions around them. The suit, filed by the lawyer for a student permanently paralyzed in the crash, seeks $15 million.

By - 2/7/15 - 7:57 pm
Bear in a bar in Allston

And Will leans in to hear the bear's response, at Tavern in the Square in Allston. ...