UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Transit Police report the package has been "cleared"- by an X-ray - which means service can resume soon. But expect "severe" residual delays, the T warns. WBZ reports the object was a duffle bag with wires coming out of it.
Transit Police have evacuated the three Red Line platforms at Park Street due to a suspicious package on an Alewife-bound train there.... Read more
Neal Gaffey spotted this US Postmaster approved bicycle at City Hall today.
Transit Police report they are looking for the guy captured on video swiping an unattended bag - with a laptop inside - from near the McDonald's in the South Station bus terminal around 5:20 p.m. on Dec. 2.
WECB reports on the theater built under the M. Steinert & Sons piano store on Boylston Street in 1896 - and still in existence, although:
The curious hall now serves as a mausoleum for dusty, crippled and out-of-use pianos.
If you're suddenly realizing you left your laptop and your backpack under a seat on the Green Line last night or this morning, well, every other Lechmere rider now hates you.
Red Line riders are having issues as well, due to an unconscious person having to be taken off a train at Park Street.
The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics put together this video of people getting married in City Hall. Also see the Tumblr site.
The Boston Business Journal reports outgoing Mayor Tom Menino has agreed to designate the area in front of the Boston Garden "blighted" so that he can give the Garden and developers a multimillion tax break for developing in such a horrid area - and the right to make one of their proposed towers 45 stories, to be filled with luxury residential units.... Read more
Associated Press reports on a 15-story, 175-unit project at Lovejoy Wharf, to replace the building where they used to hang that giant Celtics banner, as part of the same complex as the building now being converted into the Converse world headquarters.
Stanley Staco reports it happened around 1:50 a.m., suspect jumped into a black Scion that then sped away.
Eighty years ago today, the failed experiment of Prohibition ended, ending scenes like this one - a Boston police officer with a raided still in South Boston.
Throughout Prohibition, news photographer Leslie Jones chronicled the ultimately futile efforts of lawmen to stem the tide of illegal booze. The BPL has a collection of his photos, including this one of federal agents dismantling... Read more
The Herald reports the company that now manages Faneuil Hall Marketplace is looking at some big changes for the Quincy Market building - possibly including escalators and construction of two two-story glass "sheds" for new retailers.
A T alert went out around 6:50 a.m. for a dead Red Line train at Downtown Crossing.
Quite a bit, it turns out. J.L. Bell gives us a preview of a talk at Old South Meeting House this Thursday by Bruce Richardson on "Five Teas that Launched a Revolution."
"Moderate" delays due to a dead trolley at Park Street around 7:45 a.m. A few minutes later, Phil R. reported:
My Green Line train was just evacuated at Kenmore for no reason.
UPDATE, 8:12 a.m. Elizabeth Rioux tweets:
6 outbound trains stacked up at Copley behind a disabled train. It's like we reinvent the Monday commute every single week.... Read more
A.P. Blake captures authors Jeremy Fox (l) and Andrew Elder at Downtown Crossing today, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Washington Street tunnel, which today forms the downtown core of the Orange Line (they're holding a copy of their new book about the Orange Line).
Compare the columns and supports behind them with this 1909 photo from the same station (then called Winter Street)... Read more
The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy posts a photo of a mantis sitting in wait on a Greenway bush last week:
Having these is a sign of a healthy ecosystem, one of our main goals in maintaining the Parks organically. We hope this is a sign of a robust and growing population of these helpful, and really-cool-to-look-at! insects.... Read more
Boston Police report issuing summons to the owner of Char So Bees Smoke Shop, 170 Tremont St., and three other people after undercover officers made a series of drug-paraphernalia buys in the store.
On serving the summons, officers seized a variety of scales and grinders and "stash" cans designed to look like cans of Dr Pepper and Orange Crush soda and Ajax cleanser. Also... Read more