By - 6/26/12 - 2:43 pm

Ryan Schulteis at WHDH reports state wildlife officials say the bear somehow made it back east from where they brought him after he was captured on the Cape and are depositing him at an unspecified location even further west this time.

By - 6/26/12 - 8:41 am

UPDATE: Around 9:30, environmental police shot the bear with a tranquilizer. He ran up the tree, then, after the drug took effect, fell out of the tree, to be carted away to someplace a bit more rural.

Brookline bearResting bear. Photo by Brookline Police.

The wandering, ambling bear fell asleep... Read more

By - 6/25/12 - 9:08 pm

Stephen Walsh reports the bear has been spotted tonight near Skyline Park near the West Roxbury Parkway.

UPDATE: Spotted at the Baker School, really just a hop, skip and a jump from Hancock Village and the West Roxbury line.

By - 6/12/12 - 1:03 pm

Brookline Police report seizing what they said was a cache of high-powered armaments and ammunition in a raid yesterday afternoon at a man's apartment at 181 Harvard St.

Recovered were 36 firearms included 14 high powered weapons, several silencers and a large collection of high powered ammunition capable of penetrating bullet proof vests.

Richard Becker is scheduled for arraignment on a variety of... Read more

By - 6/8/12 - 9:23 am

Dukakis on the T

Our roving UHub photographer assures us that's Mike Dukakis getting onto a crowded Green Line trolley at Longwood this morning - just like he used to do when he was governor.... Read more

By - 5/29/12 - 2:12 pm

Molly Bench alerts us to this Craigslist posting from Brookline:

Our soon-to-be turning 9 year old daughter wants a butler for her birthday. We are trying to indulge her. She imagines a butler is man she can boss around. He would also be well dressed and have a British accent (or at least a faux British accent).

We're looking for someone who

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By - 5/25/12 - 8:46 pm

Brookline Graffiti delivers what it promises: Photos of graffiti - and the anonymous blogger's war on it:

As you can see, the razor just scraped away what would have been many layers of scrubbing! Usually you have to alternate a layer of scrub with a layer of scraping, as the solvent penetrates on each pass. But in some cases, like on this mailbox, I

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By - 5/18/12 - 7:00 am

Retired Emerson College history professor John M. Coffee, Jr., died earlier this month, after a lifetime in the hobby of token collecting:

He became one of the founding members of the American Vecturist Association (AVA), the only national society of transportation token collectors in the United States. Organized in 1948, the AVA began with 33 charter members consisting mostly of bus drivers and

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By - 4/28/12 - 11:01 pm

Justin Locke spent 18 years playing bass with the Boston Pops (as well
as playing in the Boston Opera, and Ballet orchestras). He worked
with such conductors as Arthur Fiedler, Henry Mancini, John Willams,
and Leonard Bernstein. Justin is now an author and speaker. In his
presentation (taken from his book “Real Men Don’t Rehearse”), he will
share a first... Read more

By - 4/27/12 - 3:07 pm

Brookline Booksmith announced today it's bought out the Globe Corner Bookstore - which had become an online-only venture - and is using its assets to open a "Globe Corner Travel Annex" at its Coolidge Corner store.

The move means impending travelers can now buy any of 2,000 different maps of regions around the world. remains a separate Web site, at least until Booksmith... Read more

By - 4/27/12 - 2:36 pm

Boston University Police report at least four women walking at night on the normally quiet streets of Brookline have been robbed of their iPhones since March 28:

The suspect description has been consistently a black male between 5'10" and 6' feet tall and heavy set. The suspect is specifically targeting iPhones. All four victims have been women who were walking alone while talking on

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By - 4/23/12 - 7:32 am

Brooklinian John Carroll is aghast his town spent $1 million on multi-car parking meters that it's about to rip out because locals don't like walking to the meters to get a ticket and then walking back to their cars to put the tickets on their windows:

Seriously? This is lamer than Chester on Gunsmoke.

... Read more
By - 3/31/12 - 10:14 am

A Brookline software company run out of its founder's house yesterday sued the makers of World of Warcraft and Call of Duty for patent infringement. Worlds Inc. alleges the two games violates patents it's received between 2007 and last December for creating and controlling 3D avatars in online environments. It's seeking unspecified, but not doubt large, damages and lawyer's fees.

Its most... Read more

By - 3/27/12 - 7:26 am

Wellesley Police report a Watertown man was finally stopped in Brookline after a chase that started on Rte. 9 in Natick early this morning.

Police say that when a Natick officer tried to pull Ender Durgut, 39, over for alleged motor-vehicle infractions around 2:30 a.m. today on Rte. 9 eastbound, Durgut floored it. The officer chased Durgut into Wellesley, where that town's police joined... Read more

By - 3/22/12 - 6:32 pm

How else to explain what Brookline Selectwoman Jesse Mermell saw on the train home today?

New MBTA experience: Woman across from me changing her whole outfit on the train, including stockings. I'm torn between being appalled & impressed. I didn't have room to tweet about the full body lotion application. It was intense. No towel. Not even close. And there was extensive lotion application.

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By - 3/16/12 - 6:45 am

Sometime in the early 1960s, MIT professor Kevin Lynch mounted a camera on a car and compiled a time-lapse movie of the trip.

The page says 1958, but the movie shows the JFK Building and the Pru tower, which didn't go up until later.

By - 3/3/12 - 2:32 pm

Once again, people in Brookline and surrounding parts of Boston are reporting what sounds like repeated explosions. Shortly after 1 p.m., Mr. Jason asked:

Anyone hear random explosions in the Brookline Village/Mission Hill area?

Then, about an hour later, Hillary reported:

Still hearing it in JP - continual sets of two bangs at a time.

The answer, my friend, is shooting in... Read more

By - 3/1/12 - 7:57 am

Wicked Local Brookline reports Kupel's faces disciplinary action after a February inspection found mouse droppings - "too many to count" - on raw dough in a refrigerator. Owner says he was shocked and fixed the problem.