The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Dorchester man's convictions for open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior at the Hynes Green Line stop in October, 2010 because prosecutors didn't present any witnesses to testify they were "shocked" or "alarmed" at the way he openly displayed his genitals, as required by Massachusetts public-decency laws. Read more.
Chris in Boston looked up at the Prudential building this afternoon.
617Images shows us the Fairmont Copley Plaza last night while they were testing their New Year's Eve display.
NorthEndWaterfront.com wonders if the real reason the current operators of First Night have shifted the midnight fireworks from Boston Harbor to Copley Square is not because it's cheaper but to try to build up a Boston version of Times Square:
Watch this year as the TV hosts interview the Copley attendees and count the suburbanites that will have come in to Copley, all decked out in a spectacularly crowded space. The Back Bay event will be instantly labeled a “success” because it will look good on television.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
UPDATE: The Animal Rescue League came to take the hawk for evaluation and rehab.
Around 12:20 p.m., Matt Fede reported this apparently injured hawk was sitting outside Back Bay station, on the Dartmouth Street side, as police stood by awaiting somebody who could take care of it.
Maybe it's the one that flew into the station yesterday?
What a strange tern of events: A hawk flew into Back Bay station this morning. Transit Police are keeping an eagle eye on it until the Animal Rescue League can come and get it out. On last report, it was perching on one of the wooden rafters at the top of the station; hopefully, it won't be overcome by diesel fumes.
A Green Line trolley that has left this mortal coil near Boylston is causing "moderate" delays, the T reports.
Update, 9:50 a.m. Carl Stevens reports the items were a couple of bags of clothes. Streets reopened.
Dalton Street at Belvidere is currently shut as police investigate something there that shouldn't be there, in the area of the Sheraton. Scotia Street is also shut.
Galen Moore seeks guidance on which neighborhood our patron saint's street is in.
The Boston Women's March for America is organizing a march in Boston on Jan. 21 "in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation - among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities."
A fed-up citizen files a complaint that some dog owners took advantage of the season's first real snowfall to let their beasts go in the Public Garden.
Bloated orange-bodied protesters (and svelter orange-haired City Councilor Matt O'Malley) joined Mothers Out Front to put tags near some of the natural-gas leaks in the Back Bay yesterday. O'Malley (Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury) says better National Grid fix the thousands of leaks that he says costs consumers $90 million a year than accept gas from the recently completed West Roxbury pipeline.