Back Bay

By - 5/24/10 - 10:11 am

Surveillance cameras caught the fire before it could get too big, however. Around 11:40 p.m. yesterday.

By - 5/24/10 - 8:46 am

Rachel Blumenthal reports somebody spray painted the Make Way for Duckling statues.

By - 5/23/10 - 9:17 pm

Boston Police report a woman bicycling west on Newbury just before Clarendon this afternoon was pushed into a parked car by a tour bus. Police say the bicyclist said that around 3:50 p.m.:

By - 5/21/10 - 11:45 pm

Portrait of an attackerBoston Police report a woman in a Back Bay apartment building was attacked early Thursday.

Police say the man followed her into the vestibule of her building - address not given - shortly before 4:50 a.m. As she approached her apartment, the man appeared behind her, started to talk to her, then, as she opened her door "forced his way in and attempted to sexually assault her." Police say she managed to fight him off.

He's described as black, 6'0" to 6'3" with a crew cut and slim build and possibly wearing rimless glasses. He was wearing a dark blue hoodie and dark pants and was "well spoken."

If he looks familiar, contact the sexual assault unit at 617-343-4400, or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 5/20/10 - 9:21 am

Whatever's going on this morning is only a drill, Boston Police reassure us.

By - 5/18/10 - 11:12 pm

Story updated at 8 a.m.

The Boston Fire Department and State Police report two men jumped into the Charles River from the Mass. Ave. bridge around 11 p.m. last night.

Boston firefighters and state troopers arrived at the middle of the bridge in time to spot one person in the river "barely treading water." In a statement, State Police say:

By - 5/18/10 - 11:17 am

Sean Roche goes so far as to declare the lanes, unveiled yesterday, reveal Boston as the new Portland - especially the lanes on Comm. Ave. from Charlesgate to the Public Garden:

... It's really tough to put into words how remarkable these bike improvements are and what a sea change it is to have Boston setting the standard for comprehensive bike accommodations. ...

Joe Ranft is also liking them:

By - 5/14/10 - 12:59 pm

More pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis Black is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into delirium while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

On May 27, he's all ours. Lewis will be performing his unique brand of social and political commentary and comedy at the ACLU's 90th Anniversary Bill of Rights Dinner! We hope you'll join us for a night of old friends, honored history... and uproarious laughter!

RSVP to attend the Bill of Rights Dinner.

Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Westin Copley Place Hotel
10 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Reception at 5:30pm | Dinner at 6:30pm

Check out Lewis' latest rant regarding Glenn Beck on The Daily Show.

By - 5/12/10 - 10:38 pm

Mirror image?

Something's not quite right about the Trinity Church reflection on the Hancock.

By - 5/11/10 - 2:20 pm

Proving it really does hate everything, the association is now on record opposing the designation of the Back Bay as one of the "Great Places in America" because the designation would include areas, such as the Pru and Stuart Street, that the group thinks are only so-so at best, the Boston Courant reports.

The Courant (which does not have a Web site) says a majority of association board members feel the BRA is somehow trying to use the designation - which would be by the American Planning Association - in its effort to cram Liberty Mutual and other projects down NABB's throat.

By - 5/11/10 - 9:56 am

The women are onto your trick of standing by the stairs to get some upskirt views, so knock it off.

By - 5/11/10 - 5:03 am

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By - 5/10/10 - 9:57 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the Boston Fire Department recovered the body of a white male in his 40s around 5:45 a.m. today at Fairfield Street. State Police homicide detectives saw no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, but an autopsy is scheduled.

By - 5/10/10 - 9:51 am

MBTA Transit Police say they arrested a 71-year-old guy on Saturday on charges he was just sitting there at Boylston station on the Green Line, masturbating.

According to a police report, a woman, accompanied by her 4-year-old son, saw Raif Sagitov, of St. Stephen St., openly and lewdly taking care of business on a bench just past the fare gates on the inbound side around 1:30 p.m. She told him "that's gross," at which point he turned away from the two, but continued to masturbate, the report says. Police say the woman snapped his photo with her cell phone, then got on a train. At Park Street, she contacted police.

By - 5/10/10 - 6:56 am

Beau at 12Beau at 12If things go according to plan, sometime today, Andrew Youngs and his brother Jeff will walk onto a Little League field at Franklin Park in Purcellville, VA. They'll head for center field, where Youngs will open a container and scatter the ashes of his son Beau across the field, in memory of the happiest day of Beau's life.

Beau James Youngs, 22, homeless on the streets of Boston, died early on May 1 after being stabbed in front of the Walgreens on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. His alleged killer, Kevin James, also homeless, is scheduled for arraignment this morning in Boston Municipal Court.

His death was the final chapter of a short and mostly sad story that began even before he was born on June 21, 1987 - his alcoholic mother drank heavily throughout her pregnancy with him.

By - 5/10/10 - 4:53 am

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By - 5/9/10 - 5:41 pm

Monteverdi Madrigals (Mostly)
The program features selections from all nine books of madrigals by Monteverdi, with accompaniment. We will also present the winner of our 13th Annual International Composition Competition, One Day When It's Winter, by Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer. We congratulate Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, the winner, from over 300 submissions and 30 countries, of this year's Cambridge Chamber Singers International Composition Competition.

By - 5/9/10 - 5:13 pm

Boston Police report the arrest of a homeless man for the stabbing murder of Beau James Young on April 30 in front of the Walgreens, 841 Boylston St.

Kevin James, 43, will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Monday on a charge of murder.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/8/10 - 10:35 am

Not sure of the title, but it's probably something like Rushing Commuters, Falling Water.

By - 5/7/10 - 6:09 pm

Boston Police report charging Albert Morissette, 38, with a series of break-ins dating back to November, including:

Ralph Lauren Polo Store, Tossanna Day Spa and the Soodee Shop on Newbury Street; the Indian Restaurant, Shawmut Avenue, Canestaros restaurant on Peterborough Street, Symphony Sushi and Our House East on Gainsborough, a Subway on Tremont Street and a Souper Salad on Brookline Avenue.