Back Bay

By - 4/6/15 - 10:24 am

UPDATE, 10:49 a.m. Suspicious bag no longer suspicious, roads re-opened.

The bomb squad is on the way to Dartmouth Street and Stuart Street to investigate a duffle bag just sitting on the sidewalk.

Dartmouth is shut at Columbus, State Police have been asked to block the Back Bay ramp from the turnpike.

By - 4/5/15 - 11:02 am
Canadian copter over the Back Bay

Weissy wondered why a Canadian-flagged helicopter was flying low over the Back Bay this morning - Advance scout for the long feared Canadian invasion?

James H. sets our fears of incoming Dudley Do-Rights to rest: Our very own US Coast Guard is running some exercises with their counterparts from the Great White North.... Read more

By - 4/4/15 - 5:41 pm
Pikachu in Boston's Prudential Center

The kidlet and I made our annual trek to the Pru to check out the costumes for Anime Boston. As always, it didn't disappoint, except for maybe the fact there were no Tron characters.

Thousands of costumed con goers flitted through both the Hynes and the Pru, where they mixed with bemused tourists and a few little kids, who found themselves watching an impromptu parade.... Read more

By - 4/4/15 - 1:13 pm
League of Legends cosplayers at the Prudential Center in Boston

The John Lee is photographing Anime Boston folks at the Pru today, including this pair of League of Legends cosplayers.

By - 4/3/15 - 11:43 pm
Firetrucks and police cruisers outside Back Bay station

The scene outside Back Bay station. Photo by Jennifer Covey.

Firefighters responded to Back Bay station around 11 p.m. for what turned out to be a small trash fire on Track 7.

Meanwhile, Transit Police went in search of somebody spotted traipsing down the tracks around the same time.

By - 4/3/15 - 9:51 am
Reformed ice on the Charles River

For the past couple of days, people have been working to break up the ice in the Charles River basin. As Michele Connors shows us, the ice was all stuck together again this morning.

By - 3/31/15 - 8:23 am

The prosecution rested yesterday after its final witness against Dzokhar Tsarnaev, a medical examiner, detailed what happened to Martin Richard. Now Tsarnaev's lawyers try to save his life by building a case that he was just a little puppy dog following his brother's lead.

By - 3/30/15 - 11:19 pm
Space for lease in the BPL main library in Copley Square

J. Patience was startled by the retail-lease sign on the side of the new wing of the under-renovation BPL main library in Copley Square.

Earlier this month, BPL trustees issued an RFP for companies interested in leasing the space, at the corner of Boylston and Exeter in the under-renovation Johnson wing.

Brandon Abbs is on a BPL advisory board that will... Read more

By - 3/29/15 - 3:26 pm
Human tiger on the Esplanade

Enoch Pratt spotted this chimera on the Esplanade today, goes: "Why?" to which we, of course, reply: "Why not?"

By - 3/26/15 - 6:09 pm
Mist above the Charles River

Mix ice, snow, rain and temperatures in the 50s and you get mist rising from the Charles and the Lagoon, as Adam Shutes shows us.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:53 am

Seems a trolley breathed its last around 8:30 a.m. near Park Street and gummed everything up. Caitlin Drown reports:

It's taken almost 20 mins going from Hynes to just past Arlington.

By - 3/21/15 - 1:31 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys at Park Street

Pining for the fjords at Park Street. Photo by Colin Steele.

Shortly before noon at Arlington, now riders between Kenmore and Haymarket get to enjoy above-ground scenery in shuttle buses.

By - 3/20/15 - 10:25 am
Flowers in the Back Bay

Christopher Ryan spotted a bit of spring in a bare patch in the Back Bay on this first day of spring.

By - 3/17/15 - 6:52 pm
Clarendon Street shut at the Hancock Building in Boston

Clarendon shut. Photo by Teddy Kokoros.

A cracked window on the 35th floor of the Hancock Building around 5:30 p.m. prompted authorities to close Clarendon until the window could be secured. The street was re-opened about an hour later.

Earlier at the Hancock.... Read more

By - 3/13/15 - 9:11 pm

The Friends of the Public Garden board has a simple message for Boston 2024: Get offa their lawns.

The park advocacy group, which also looks after the Common, says it's against Boston 2024's proposals to build a 16,000-seat beach-volleyball stadium on the Common and to use Charles Street and part of the Public Garden for a marathon and bicycle races.

The proposals would... Read more

By - 3/13/15 - 11:51 am
Man wanted for Back Bay men's room theft

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for stealing a suitcase on wheels containing a Toshiba laptop from somebody who took his hands off the suitcase to take care of other matters in the men's room at the Back Bay train station.

The suspect in the theft, which happened around 7:35 a.m. on Jan. 26, is described as Hispanic, with a... Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 8:08 am

WBUR reports on the confessed murderer's scribblings inside the boat in Watertown. The Herald reports the judge in the case is considering having the boat towed to the South Boston courthouse for jurors to see.

MassLive.com focuses on the testimony of Jessica Kensky, too busy trying to care for her husband after one of the explosions to notice she was on fire.... Read more

By - 3/7/15 - 11:05 pm
Gees crossing busy Back Bay intersection

Mike Ball watched a couple of geese navigate the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street this afternoon.

By - 3/6/15 - 8:13 am

Associated Press reports on Bill Richard's testimony at the Tsarnaev trial about watching his son Martin die. MassLive.com reports on Jeff Bauman's testimony. The Globe recaps all the day's testimony. Peter Gelzinis has more.

The Globe analyzes the defense gambit of admitting guilt right up front, hopes it will build juror sympathy for Tsarnaev and a life sentence instead of... Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 7:55 am
Boston Strong sign across from courhouse where Tsarnaev is on trial

Workers at the construction site across from the courthouse have a message for Dzokhar. Photo by Manu.

Tsarnaev is an engima, the Globe reports.

No, he's just a little murdering scum, Kevin Cullen writes. The first day's testimony would back that up, the Herald reports. Gelzinis concentrates on the survivors, one of whom writes about coming to terms with seeing Tsarnaev.

The Herald looks at the defense strategy to save Tsarnaev's life.

WBUR provides... Read more

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