Two men who drove halfway across the country loaded for bear and Pokemon rivals will spend the next year in the South Bay House of Correction as part of their education on our stricter gun laws. Read more.
For the second time in a little over a month, the Back Bay Architectural Commission has rejected a request by Steve and Judy Pagliuca to turn the basement of 352 Marlborough St. into a garage. Read more.
Just "minor" delays on the Green Line so far, the T reports.
Alex Green can't say enough about the new non-dungeony insides:
A literary culture thrives on readers, and while our city has never lacked for those, it has gone long stretches with little in the way of public spaces in which they might feel inspired to gather. The Boston Public Library’s newly renovated Johnson building, which opened on July 9, so successfully embraces and celebrates the idea of being a literary public space that it has the potential to fill that absence for good.
Nick Tomcavage photographed the truck causing outbound traffic to FUBAR at the BU Bridge this afternoon. The driver's being a little shy, of course.
WBZ reports a pedestrian was hit around 11:25 a.m. at Clarendon and Newbury streets.
WCVB reports the woman was crossing against a red light.
Just noticed the weird lights atop the new high-rise at the Pru last night. I know the late Mayor Menino always championed unique designs like the "crown" n the nearby Huntington Avenue building, so is this part of his legacy, too? Either way, I think I kinda like it.
Michael the roving UHub photographer wasn't roving when he took this photo - thanks to the cessation of traffic on Storrow inbound caused by a nearly Storrowed rental truck around 7 p.m.
Erica Mattison got to watch the Esplanade fireworks from the UMass Club in Boston.
Madeline Donohue was walking down Boylston Street near Dartmouth around 7:30 p.m. when she noticed this Green Line emergency exit opened:
Alarms going off and no one is coming out.
A Boston health inspector yesterday shut Chili Duck, 829 Boylston St., for a long list of violations, in particular, kitchen workers not washing their hands - in sinks that didn't have hot enough water - and not having a manager on duty, let alone one who can supervise workers to ensure they were washing their hands between tasks.
The restaurant can re-open after a re-inspection shows it's fixed all of the problems.
UPDATE: The man died; another man now faces a manslaughter charge for allegedly pushing him into the river.
Divers from BFD and State Police and firefighters from Boston and Cambridge went into the Charles near the Mass. Ave. bridge shortly after 5 p.m. on a report that somebody jumped or fell into the river. Around 5:27 p.m., firefighters found the man and got him out of the water. He was turned over to EMS for preparation to be transported to a local hospital.
A drenched citizen complains:
As I was driving down Commonwealth AVE between Clarendon and Berkley heading towards Arlington street with my windows open the sprinklers in the Commonwealth Mall went on soaking myself and the inside of my car with cold water. Someone might want to take a look at the sprinklers and recalibrate them.
A 311 complaint about a ramp built in Public Alley 420 between Beacon and Marlborough so a resident wouldn't have to risk car damage going over the curb resulted in the property owner getting a ticket for building a ramp from the alley to the driveway, or more specifically, for "occupying city street with tar ramp." In the historic alleys of the Back Bay (well, actually, anywhere in the city), you just can't do that sort of thing.
Cara captured the scene in Copley Square where one cab driver rear-ended another.
The T is reporting the dreaded "severe" delays due to an inbound trolley that is now D for Deceased. Ryan Hatcher reports from Copley Square:
Conductor told people to get off "if they don't mind walking" due to a disabled train at Boylston.