Back Bay

By - 4/20/09 - 6:23 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says Philip Markoff, 22, of Quincy, was today charged with the murder of Julissa Brisman at the Marriott and the attack a few days earlier on another woman at the Westin.

In a press conference with Davis, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said authorities are looking for additional victims and urged anybody who'd been attacked after placing a Craigslist... Read more

By - 4/18/09 - 11:13 am

This was originally a link to a cool photo of a pedestrian ramp on the Mass. Ave. bridge, but the photographer took the photo down. Oh, well, but it was cool.

By - 4/17/09 - 4:26 pm

And you don't want to risk the undertow out past the curb.

No swimming at Kenmore, either.

By - 4/15/09 - 5:11 pm
Last night at the Marriott

Surveillance image from the Marriott last night shows possible killer. Via BPD.

Boston Police report detectives are looking at whether whoever murdered a woman at the Marriott in Copley Square last night held up another woman at gunpoint at the nearby Westin early on April 10.

Police add that last night's... Read more

By - 4/15/09 - 9:53 am

Looking for a robot that will clean your house and take care of the kids? It’s not going to happen anytime soon according to Tandy Trower, General Manager of Microsoft.

Trower, the founder of Microsoft’s robotics initiative, told a crowd of RoboBusiness Conference attendees this morning at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

“We have a lot of work to do in this area,” said... Read more

By - 4/14/09 - 11:24 pm

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Channel 4 reports the woman was shot repeatedly on the 20th floor; body found around 10 p.m.

By - 4/13/09 - 12:02 pm

The MBTA informs us of a renewed push on its "See something, say something" campaign tomorrow morning:

At dozens of stations around the nation's fifth busiest public transportation system, MBTA Transit Police will be joined by bus, subway, and Commuter Rail personnel in talking with customers and distributing tens of thousands of the MBTA's Transit Watch pamphlets that encourage people to report:

An unaccompanied bag

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By - 4/13/09 - 8:50 am

Danielle Bremner, 27, of Queens, is due in court this morning on 34 graffiti charges related to incidents last year in the Back Bay.

Also due in court today: Mr. Obey himself, on new charges brought by Boston Police.

Both are due for arrival in separate courtrooms in Boston Municipal Court, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Bremner is charged with spray-painting "Utah"... Read more

By - 4/11/09 - 10:01 am

Aaron posts a Boston-themed music video that is, um, interesting. Possibly not something to have on your screen while HR people are present.

By - 4/10/09 - 8:46 am

Channel 4 reports on a 12:30 a.m. holdup in a guest's room at the Westin in Copley Square.

By - 4/9/09 - 3:54 pm
Bomb Squad

Chris Devers was there.

Boston Police tweet the bomb squad scrambled to respond to a report of a suspicious package at the Bank of America branch at 133 Massachusetts Ave. around 3 p.m.

Hmm, Bank of America? Branch in college neighborhood? Could it be another dummy?

By - 4/7/09 - 6:38 pm

Last week it was the alleged bank robber hailing a cab as part of his escape plan. Today, Boston Police report nabbing a would-be cat burglar who tried the same thing after a Back Bay man chased him out of his 199 Beacon St. building around 11 a.m. Might have worked, except:

The taxi driver informed officers that the suspect jumped into his

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By - 4/2/09 - 2:34 pm

Joel Brown is giving away a pair of tickets to Exsultemus's performance of Telemann's St. John Passion at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First Lutheran Church of Boston.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

I've attempted to solve both these problems by creating a neighborhood map of Boston using Google Maps. It... Read more

By - 3/31/09 - 9:18 am

Highly motivated seller, plenty of charm make this Back Bay cutie a once-in-lifetime steal.

By - 3/26/09 - 8:30 pm

A couple days ago, a hawk flew into the Hancock building. The Urban Paramedic talks to one of the EMTs who responded:

... According to the witnesses, it knocked itself unconscious. By the time we got there, though, it was sitting up and looking around. This other lady said she'd seen a program about hawks on the Discovery Channel, and that they'll remain

... Read more
By - 3/22/09 - 2:02 pm

Lolita Parker Jr. finds a crocus locus in Boston.