Back Bay

By - 8/29/15 - 11:32 pm
Offensive window display in the Back Bay

See it larger (if you have smelling salts handy).

A shocked citizen was shocked to see that the window display for Sweet-N-Nasty on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay, which specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates, was filled with the sorts of items one might expect to find in the window of a store that specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates.

"Totally offensive," was all the outraged citizen could muster before hitting submit on his or her 311 app and, no doubt, swooning to the ground.

By - 8/29/15 - 8:39 am

Repaving project Mass Ave and Beacon

After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.

A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.

By - 8/28/15 - 9:01 pm
Truck helped off Storrow Drive by State Police

Maybe state officials should extend their river-road warnings to big-rig companies, too. Lenny Rove watched State Police get an 18-wheeler off Storrow Drive westbound after it failed to hit any bridges.

By - 8/28/15 - 5:39 pm
Massachusetts Avenue suspicious package

The scene on Mass. Ave. Photo by Mario N.

Police have shut off traffic on Mass. Ave. between Huntington and Columbus due to a suspicious package at St. Botolph St. Fire crews and EMS on the way, just in case.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. Roads being reopened. Patty reports it appeared to be a pink and blue suitcase.

By - 8/26/15 - 5:37 pm

Police officers found two dogs in two broiling cars on Boylston Street this afternoon. Just as they were calling in the Fire Department to open up the cars, one of the owners arrived. The other one, however, did not: Read more.

By - 8/26/15 - 3:21 pm

Sean Griffing, who co-owns Trade on Atlantic Avenue, is seeking city approval to open a new, high-end seafood place on Ring Road in the Prudential Center complex. Read more.

By - 8/24/15 - 12:12 pm

The Boston Courant reports (note: Link will take you to a photo of the Courant story, since the Courant is one of the few papers left in the US that does not have a Web site - on purpose, no less).

UPDATE: Conventures, which is running First Night, says there will be the traditional fireworks over Boston Harbor.

H/t Ron.

By - 8/24/15 - 11:27 am

A Boston Municipal Court judge this morning ordered James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, held without bail pending a Sept. 1 "dangerousness" hearing to determine whether they should be held without bail even longer on charges of illegal weapons and ammunition possession.

The ruling came at a hearing at which an assistant Suffolk County District Attorney said there was far more evidence of their danger to participants in a world Pokemon championship at the Hynes than the weapons-on-trunk Facebook page that had spread through social media yesterday. Read more.

By - 8/23/15 - 4:00 pm
Stumbo

Yeah, what? Boston Police report two Pokemon masters from Iowa seemed to be threatening to shoot up the Pokemon World Championships at the Hynes Convention Center but were foiled in part because Hynes security officers spotted the threat online. Read more.

By - 8/20/15 - 8:19 pm
Ghost bike in Boston

Deborah Elizabeth Finn attended the memorial ceremony this evening for Dr. Anita Kurmann, who died in a collision with a flatbed truck earlier this month. At the ceremony, a white "ghost bike" was placed where she died.

A Boston Police spokesman said this morning the investigation into the collision continues; no charges have been brought.

By - 8/18/15 - 11:41 pm

Bicyclists will gather Thursday evening to place a white "ghost bike" where Anita Kurmann died last week in a collision with a flatbed truck at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street.

Kurmann, 38, was a Swiss doctor doing post-graduate work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She died at an intersection identified as the most dangerous one in the city for bicyclists.

The memorial begins at 6:30 p.m.

By - 8/17/15 - 5:08 pm

Lulu522 forwards a copy of the photo she took from her 36th floor perch in downtown Boston as one of those storms rolled into Boston on Saturday.

By - 8/16/15 - 1:37 pm
Massive traffic jam on Massachusetts Avenue

mgH gives us the Mass. Ave. traffic view around 1:30 p.m., notes the road is backed up across the river into Cambridge, warns motorists to avoid the Back Bay at all costs. Apparently, a lot of people didn't get word about the Dominican parade down Boylston.

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 - 8/10/15 - 9:20 am
Man blowing bubbles on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston

JB Parrett watched a man blowing bubbles on the Esplanade at sunset yesterday.

By - 8/9/15 - 2:33 pm

The third annual Boston Marathon Motorcycle Ride roared 26 miles along the Marathon route today from Hopkinton to Copley Square: Read more.

By - 8/8/15 - 11:22 pm
Tanglewood simulcast concert in Copley Square

Stevil took in the Tanglewood 75th-anniversary simulcast in Copley Square tonight.

the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/8/15 - 6:45 pm

Boston Police report she was Anita Kurmann, 38, of Cambridge. Police say the collision remains under investigation.

Kurmann, a Swiss surgeon, was a research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism division. The Globe talks to her colleagues.

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