Mike the Mad Biologist wonders what can be done about the scourge of frozen-yogurt places in the Back Bay.
The Globe reports state Rep. Marty Walz (D-Back Bay) is resigning to become CEO of Mass. Planned Parenthood.
WCVB's Rhondella Richardson tweets an 80-lb. chunk of concrete fell from the Charlesgate bridge this afternoon. State officials say the bridge is OK to drive on; no word on whether it's OK to walk under.
This comes on the same day a ceiling collapsed at downtown health club and concrete plunged from ceiling of Forest Hills commuter-rail stop.
Scott Eisen shows what you can do with a good telephoto lens and a long exposure at night while looking toward downtown and the Back Bay.
Copyright Scott Eisen. Posted by permission.
MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott and Assistant General Manager Michael Turcotte examine the shorted out cable that stopped the Green Line in its tracks during yesterday's morning rush hour (not to be confused with the other cable in the same location that shorted out service last night).
The date on the table presumably refers to the year subway service started in Boston, not the year the cable was installed, but one never knows.
The Globe reports on the 50ish-story tower that will rise on part of the Christian Science Center property - along with a 20-story building. Construction could start by year's end.
Another "power problem" between Arlington and Copley tonight - yes, cables are burning - and riders are finding themselves stranded. Emily Munroe tweeted shortly after 9:50:
Just got kicked off Bgreen line before Kenmore and was told there are no shuttles.
Fire on the inbound tracks between Arlington and Copley around 7:40, Jay Joynes tweets. At first, the T shut Arlington station because of heavy smoke, but shortly after 8 a.m., it shut down all Green Line service downtown. And shortly after 8:30, the T began evacuating trolleys stuck in the tunnel near Hynes and Copley stations.
The T eventually sent in some shuttle buses between stations to the west and downtown, but many commuters didn't wait. As Gracetopia tweets:
I now feel like one of the army of the commute, as I walk from Kenmore to downtown with my fellow MBTA refugees.
Lindsay Douglas, though, was one of the people who stayed behind at Kenmore:
I've never seen chaos like this. Coldest day of the year + the MBTA shuts down the green line. Yelling+angry people.
And because misery loves company, an inbound Red Line train died not long after at Charles/MGH, Rob Grover tweets. Later, another train died at Porter. Around 9:20, another train died, inbound at Andrew.
The Back Bay Sun reports the Friends of the Public Garden has started posting trees with 4x6-inch black anodized aluminum signs to let you know just what kind of trees they are.
Boston Police report they are looking for a woman who walked into Barney's in Copley Place on Jan. 10 and walked out with a purse selling for $10,290 - without paying for it.
Police say she was accompanied by a boy, between 8 and 14.
If she looks familiar, Det. Matt Tierney would like to have a word with you, at 617-343-4683.
Boston Police are looking for a man who held a woman up at gunpoint around 3:40 p.m. on Boylston Street at Clarendon. The victim then walked into the Kate Spade store, 117 Newbury St., to seek help. The suspect is described as a black male, about 5'6" and heavyset, clean shaven, wearing a tan waist-length coat, a beige beanie, yellow-tinted sunglasses and blue jeans. He was last seen headed outbound on Boylston.
Jonathan Berk wondered what these people on the Lagoon today were thinking.
The Boston Ninja Race is the evening of Jan. 23, along the Charles (although it begins and ends at the Crossroads Pub at Beacon and Mass. Ave.):
NINJA THEME REQUIRED. Dull swords allowed. Snow ninjas allowed. Complaining about it being "cold" is not permitted at any time.
Beyond simply being for sale at Marc Jacobs, that is? Whatever, this dude is wanted for stealing one of said $495 hoodies from said Marc Jacobs on Newbury Street.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the victim was 32 and from Boston. "Multiple witness statements suggest that the man who went over the bridge did so intentionally, and foul play is not suggested at this time." His body remains unrecovered.
The Boston Fire Department reports a man jumped into the Charles River around 3:30 a.m. today:
Stanley Stacos reports a man was stabbed around 1 a.m. on Boylston Street near Dalton Street and that the homicide unit was called in because of the severity of his injuries. Police were looking for a group of six people spotted running towards Mass. Ave. A large trail of blood still stained Boylston from the Pour House to the Cactus Club around noon.
Local man seeks advice:
If one were to look for a quiet restaurant at which to break up with a woman whom one has been seeing for a while, and one is married, where might one go? Yes, yes, bad, bad. Back Bay preferred, as is someplace VERY private, quiet, out of the way, yet public enough in case things get "messy."
Via Marc Hurwitz.
And both wind up under arrest, MBTA Transit Police report.
Police say officers arrived at Back Bay station around 9:30 p.m. yesterday to find two men brawling. After officers separated them, police say, each accused the other of starting the fight. Neither, however, wanted to press charges agains the other, police say, adding:
Officers on scene were able to determine [John] Carpenter had an outstanding default warrant in existence for his arrest for the following charges: Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing issued from Boston Municipal Court. [Steven] Odom, a level 3 sex offender failed to register as such in the City of Boston in violation of MGL CH.6 S178. Both Carpenter and Odom were taken into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Both men will appear in Boston Municipal Court sometime today.
According to state records, Odom, a Dorchester resident, was convicted of indecent assault and battery in 2006.