Back Bay

By - 7/7/14 - 3:38 pm
Back Bay commuter-rail lobby

Tristan was impressed with the fresh paint at Back Bay today:

Looks like Keolis did some enspiffening at #BackBay station! Nice change.

Ed. question: How long will the paint remain white in a station that fills with diesel fumes whenever a commuter-rail train pulls in?

By - 7/3/14 - 10:47 pm
Lightning over Somerville

Boom! Lightning over Somerville. Photo by R.S.Y. Buchanan.

They started the Esplanade fireworks a bit early tonight - just in time for them to end and evacuate the area as a storm plowed across the area, knocking out power in at least part of Waltham and Cambridge and sending skittish dogs and children under beds.

Christopher reports:

Have to give Boston Pops organizers credit on timing. Made it from the

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By - 7/3/14 - 11:20 am
Lined up on the Esplanade

The lawn in front of the Hatch Shell doesn't open until 5 p.m. for tonight's Fourth Third festivities, but Leslee spotted people lining up this morning to get in at the stroke of 5.

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By - 7/2/14 - 4:26 pm

Organizers are moving the Boston Pops concert and fireworks to tomorrow night due to Arthur. The real festivities will take the place of the practice concert, which will not take place at all.

The state plans to keep Storrow Drive open for the morning commute, but to shut it at noon, so if you drive to work on Storrow tomorrow, keep that in mind.... Read more

By - 6/29/14 - 1:14 pm
Coddamn confusing?

A company in Washington state and Shreve, Crump and Low are battering each other with dueling legal claims over fish-shaped pitchers that make gurgling sounds.

GurglePot, which makes GurglePot Pitchers, sued Shreve's last December, accusing the chain of trying to illegally force it out of the gurgling-fish-pitcher market with an invalid trademark on its own line of Gurgling Cods. The suit was transferred... Read more

By - 6/28/14 - 11:18 am
Bouncer at Lolita on Dartmouth Street in Boston

Don't worry, Stevil didn't mess with the bouncer at Lolita on Dartmouth Street in the Back Bay.

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/24/14 - 3:08 pm

Arraignment of a Brighton woman on vehicular-homicide charges for the deaths of two pedestrians was postponed today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says in a statement:

The identity of the vehicle operator is the primary focus investigation into Saturday night’s fatal crash. Because interviews through the past 48 hours have yielded certain conflicting information, police and prosecutors have agreed that the investigation would

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By - 6/23/14 - 5:44 pm

UPDATE update: Not charged, as authorities try to figure out who was really driving.

UPDATE, Tuesday a.m.: Ghuzlan Alghazali will be arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of motor vehicle homicide, one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and one count of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

WCVB reports the... Read more

By - 6/23/14 - 4:30 pm

Sad Angry Boys.
Usin Guns For Toys.

Playin Seek And Hide.
Doin Drive Byes In A Stolen Ride.

Blood On Their Hands.
Runnin In Badlands.

Sad Angry Men.
So Sad, So Sad, But Then....

But Then, What Do We Expect?
It's Just Cause and Effect.

By - 6/22/14 - 8:33 am
Muddy River is disgusting

On Friday, Ed Hatfield photographed the Muddy River under the Bowker Overpass at Charlesgate:

That basketball has been there for at least 5 years, the soccer ball about eight and I think the baseball was a Babe Ruth homerun knocked out of Fenway Park. This is part of the reason the Charles River is getting cleaner. I think every thing that ends up in

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By - 6/21/14 - 11:31 pm
Campbell

Updated, Sunday, 12 p.m.

Two Brookline residents walking down Beacon Street in the Back Bay died when a driver ran a red light at Fairfield Street around 9:15 p.m., got into a crash with two other vehicles, rolled over, then hit them, according to WCVB and Boston Police.

John Lanzillotti, 28, of Brookline, who worked for the Red Sox, was declared dead at... Read more

By - 6/21/14 - 11:09 pm

There was a really awful accident when we got home tonight that apparently had just happened. I went to investigate and found a flipped SUV and some shaken up people. It would seem that one person perished while others were severely injured. I also noticed a child's seat on the ground next to the flipped car which was also very concerning. It happened at Fairfield... Read more

By - 6/21/14 - 3:40 pm
Pig in the Back Bay

Nora spotted this pig in the city, on Boylston Street today, to be exact. Sure looks like Bobby the Pig, but does anybody know for sure? After all, could be Frankie or another member of our burgeoning porcine population.

By - 6/21/14 - 11:43 am

UPDATE: Boston Police identify the body as male.

The Boston Fire Department reports a body was discovered around 9 a.m. where Boylston Street crosses the river. The body was in bad enough shape the gender could not be immediately determined.

On Boston Reddit, ChickenWhiskers describes finding the body:

My girlfriend and I were walking our dog this morning, crossing the Boylston bridge

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By - 6/20/14 - 10:28 am

WBUR interviews Silvi Naci, who came up with the idea of "stitching" Boston and Cambridge together.

Among other things, she reports very few hipsters actually contributed to the project, so there.

By - 6/19/14 - 1:41 pm

The Santander Bank branch in the Prudential center was held up around 1:30 p.m. by a gun-wielding man in a surgical mask who apparently tried to make his getaway in a car across Huntington on St. Botolph. However, police on patrol stopped him before he could floor it and he was put into cuffs; a gun recovered from the car's passenger seat.

By - 6/18/14 - 12:07 am

The Globe reports the owner of the John Hancock building is proposing a deal with the state to upgrade the train and bus station in exchange for development rights atop the station - and that part of the upgrades would include turning part of the station into a mall.

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