Protesters marching in support of a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts are marching down Boylston Street and in the Chinatown area this rush hour.
Before they got to Boylston, the Back Bay protesters shut down Huntington at Mass. Ave., as URNotInvisible shows us:
Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he began punching a woman he didn't know sitting next to him on an inbound Orange Line train yesterday afternoon - not long after he exposed himself to another woman.
Anthony Samuel, 25, was charged with assault and battery on an elderly person - the woman he punched in the head and chest was 63 - and open and gross lewdness.
Ania Wronski asks:
Any ideas on where to take a group of ~10 people to brunch on a friday near the financial district/Chinatown?
Tonight's line of mourners for the Orange Line includes a very special guest, Channel 7's own Dan Hausle, who had a Vine time recording the wait at Downtown Crossing, where riders piled up because of a train that ascended to Valhalla at Chinatown.
Update, 5:58 p.m. Shamus Moynihan reports:
DTX for 25 mins. Train came through too full. Sign saying 4 mins the whole time.
The City Council yesterday approved proposals by Mayor Walsh, that, if they actually go through this time, could lead to major renovations to the Boston Arts Academy, now housed in an old, formerly condemned post-office warehouse in the Fenway and the Josiah Quincy Upper School, housed in a 19th-century former elementary school.
The owners of Chatime on Harrison Avenue in Chinatown learn tomorrow whether they can open a bakery specializing in Japanese cream puffs.
Signs in the windows of the proposed Beard Papa's - a couple doors down from Chatime - advertise a February opening.
At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, representatives of elected city officials supported the proposed cream puffery - part of a Japanese chain that specializes in fresh cream puffs. The board votes tomorrow morning whether to grant a food serving license.
Cathay Bank, 621 Washington St., around 10:40 a.m. by a very heavyset, short white man, about 50, wearing a red hat, glasses and gray clothes.
UPDATE: Police report arresting Steven Lahti, 40, of Worcester, not long after about a block away on Boylston Street.
Shortly before 3 a.m., at Essex and Chauncy streets, Stanley Staco reports.
Station and intersection all blocked up. Medical emergency.
These workers are shoveling snow on the roof of a garage/office building, five stories up, on Lincoln Street today with no safety equipment in sight! Standing right next to the edge! Is this allowed? Someone call OSHA before there is a terrible accident.
Peter Castillo, 31, of Salem, was arraigned today on a charge of first-degree murder for the death of Stephen Perez, Jr. on April 28, 2012 in a Tremont Street parking lot, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors can't get a look at Aaron Hernandez's cell phone because it's now in the possession of his lawyers and forcing them to hand it over would violate attorney/client privilege and Hernandez's right against self incrimination.
A ruling released today does not name Hernandez and says only that the case involves a grand jury investigation in Suffolk County. However, the Globe reports Hernandez is the John Doe listed in the ruling.
Melissa Palardy reports she heard multiple shots around 3:38 a.m. in the area of Essex Street. Another resident reports via e-mail hearing "a flurry of bullets, maybe 15 or so, from what sounds to be small handgun(s?) in three bursts."
A weary-eared citizen complains about the alarm system at the Empire Garden dim-sum place on Washington Street, kitty corner from Lagrange:
The alarm from this building has been going off every night for the last week and no one comes to turn it off. There are many residents complaining about it going off for many hours at a time. It has a bull horn pointed out towards the street.
Paul Levy, who knows something about failing hospitals, having become CEO of Beth Israel just as the state wanted to shut it down, takes a look at the proposed merger of Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center - and how to keep the merger from simply becoming " a case of strapping two leaky lifeboats together, leading to a faster demise than if they remained apart."