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By - 12/10/14 - 5:54 pm
Generator outside South Station

Jed Hresko captured a crew hooking up a generator to get the traffic lights around South Station working again after they went out right at rush hour.

By - 12/10/14 - 4:21 pm
Hashtag Christmas tree

A Twitter-enabled Christmas tree in the lobby of Boston City Hall lets anybody around the world change its colors just by tweeting at it.

By - 12/10/14 - 7:54 am

Lauren Mack tours the Aquarium. No penguins, though?

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 12/9/14 - 11:26 am
Haymarket Square in 1909

The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 12/7/14 - 1:18 pm

The Herald reports State Police are investigating a video posted by a man who says he was sprayed by a trooper during Thursday's protest marches.

Kin Moy was among a group of protesters who managed to evade police and briefly get onto a ramp to I-93Thursday night:

By - 12/5/14 - 3:58 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports all ten - arrested at four different spots along last night's protest marches - were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today. Eight had their cases converted to civil infractions.

By - 12/4/14 - 11:06 pm

Good thing Boston has more than one paramedic unit: Boston EMS Incidents reports that when a report of a person suffering a heart attack in the Prudential Center food court came in around 10:30 p.m., the Paramedic 1 unit stationed on Purchase Street was dispatched to the scene - but couldn't even get out of its bay due to the large traffic jam caused by protesters in Dewey Square and police blocking traffic to keep motorists from plowing into the protesters.

Dispatchers then routed Paramedic 2, based on Warren Street in Roxbury, to the mall, where firefighters and EMTs were treating the unconscious but still breathing person until the paramedics could arrive.

By - 12/4/14 - 8:31 pm
Protesters on the Common

Protesters on the Common. Photo by Charles Kirschner.

The Green Line tracks at Park Street were cleared by 11:20 p.m., and the T resumed Green Line service - but trolleys bypassed the station.

After repeatedly trying to shut down the turnpike, the O'Neill Tunnel and Storrow Drive, protesters against a New York grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in Eric Garner's death swarmed the Park Street T stop around 10:30 p.m. and managed to shut down the Green Line - by standing on the tracks before having a die-in.

The T shut down the station and had Red Line trains bypass it. Downtown Green Line riders were told to take the Orange Line.

By - 12/4/14 - 5:21 pm
Police on buses on Cambridge Street

Kate Donaghy photographed buses full of cops on Cambridge Street around 5:10 p.m. - nearly two hours before Tremont Street is shut down for the Nova Scotia tree lighting and protests over that New York grand-jury decision.

Getting off the bus a few minutes later.

By - 12/4/14 - 2:58 pm

The city plans to light the Nova Scotia Christmas tree on the Common at 7 tonight - the same time people protesting a New York grand jury's decision not to issue an indictment in the Eric Garner case plan to rally on the Common.

Boston Police plan to block traffic on Tremont Street between Boylston and Court streets around 6:45 p.m.

By - 12/2/14 - 9:13 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on plans for a skating rink and ice bar on City Hall Plaza.

By - 12/2/14 - 8:06 am
On track on the Red Line

Peering inbound from South Station on the Red Line.

By - 11/29/14 - 7:06 pm
Lots of tubas at Faneuil Hall

Mike Ball took in the annual Christmas tuba concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace today.

He reports he took one of the inaugural Saturday Fairmount Line trains from his home in Hyde Park and that it was the bee's knees compared to shlepping to Forest Hills for the Orange Line.

Posted under this Creative Commons license. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 11/29/14 - 4:25 pm

WCVB reports a trash fire on the Red Line around 2:30 p.m. was quickly put out by a T employee with a fire extinguisher, but, of course, delays on the Red Line persisted long beyond that, and people on incoming commuter-rail trains also had issues.

At 3:18 p.m., Jenna reported:

MBTA train to Boston from Providence now delayed 25 minutes. Starving passengers searching for the first sacrifice.

By - 11/26/14 - 9:40 am

State Police report 51 people were arrested at three locations during last night's wending Ferguson protest march, which made its way from one highway ramp to another in what turned out to be vain attempts to block a highway.

Some 33 people were arrested on or near the Mass. Ave. Connector, where protesters first tried to walk onto I-93 south; 17 in Dewey Square; and 1 person on a ramp down to the O'Neill Tunnel at Purchase Street, State Police say.

By - 11/26/14 - 9:07 am
Converse building in Boston missing a few letters

JB Parrett noticed a few letters missing from the top of the new Converse building on the old Lovejoy Wharf on North Washington Street yesterday.

By - 11/25/14 - 8:45 pm
Arrest being made near South Station

Some cops make arrest while others block protesters in Dewey Sq. Photo by Conqy.

A Ferguson protest in Dudley Square turned into a march of people that kept getting thwarted by Boston and State Police to shut one of the highways running through Boston.

The action started at the Southeast Expressway southbound at the Mass. Ave. connector, where protesters were mostly blocked - although they shut down the connector, police kept them off the Expressway.

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