Downtown

By - 6/2/10 - 10:05 am

Serious fog

Jeff Goldberg, who took this photo of the South Boston waterfront this morning, reports the fog was so thick he could barely see the Fish Pier from the sidewalk.

By - 5/30/10 - 11:26 am

Galaxy Internet Services, which runs Brookline's townwide WiFi network, charges the wireless system Google used as it took Street View photos collected data on at least one occasion from Brookline wireless users.

In a class-action suit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston last week, Galaxy, which also provides public WiFi in the area around Faneuil Hall and in Grove Hall, wants lots of money ($10,000 for each user whose data was collected) - and a court order barring Google from destroying any of the data it grabbed until after the suit is settled or decided:

By - 5/29/10 - 10:03 am

Flags

Marissa Babin photographed the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund's flag field on the Common - a flag for each of the 20,000 Massachusetts resident who have died in a war starting with World War I.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/27/10 - 8:56 am

Clueless in Boston attended yesterday's re-dedication of the renovated and working-again Brewer Fountain on the Common.

By - 5/26/10 - 6:23 pm

Around 6 p.m., Boston Fire rescue units responded to City Hall when an elevator got stuck between the third and fifth floors in a part of the building that doesn't have a fourth floor. The Fire Department reports one person is stuck in this elevator purgatory.

UPDATE: BFD reports a mechanic was able to get the elevator lowered to the third floor around 6:40. The person inside had been there for 90 minutes.

By - 5/25/10 - 5:22 pm

Two men were arrested during a near riot in Suffolk Superior Court today as four other men were sentenced for the death of Terrance Jacobs in Dorchester in 2007, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

By - 5/25/10 - 4:43 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today heard such differing accounts of what happened one January night at the Rumor nightclub that board Chairman Daniel Pokaski wondered at one point if both parties were talking about the same incident.

Incidents at two other Boston establishments will also force the board to consider what the hell actually happened.

By - 5/23/10 - 9:40 pm

Boston Police report a woman sitting in her car outside 230 Tremont St. around 2 a.m. on Saturday when a woman allegedly reached through one of her windows and grabbed her wallet:

By - 5/21/10 - 7:33 pm

Fountain

Greg MacKay captured the fountain in Post Office Square at dusk.

Copyright Greg MacKay. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/18/10 - 9:43 pm

The Downtown Crossing T stop was evacuated briefly tonight as firefighters attempted to determine the source of odor in the concourse that left some people with irritated throats. The Red and Orange lines continued to operate but were bypassing Downtown Crossing. Shortly after 10 p.m., fire officials let the MBTA resume normal operations at the station.

The Boston Fire Department reports the odor may have been pepper spray. Six people were evaluated by EMTs but none needed a ride to the hospital, BFD says.

By - 5/17/10 - 3:32 pm

An East Boston teen charged with trying to steal two pairs of pants from Macy's in Downtown Crossing Saturday evening, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail today - not so much because of the pants but because of the loaded handgun security guards allegedly found on him.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports Jason Morales, 18, was nabbed around 6:30 p.m. after allgedly being spotted putting two pairs of Levi's jeans in a shopping bag and then trying to walk out:

By - 5/16/10 - 10:17 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a faulty dishwasher on the sixth floor of 453 Washington St. (above Tello') sparked a fire around 8:50 a.m. today. No injuries, the department reports.

By - 5/11/10 - 2:53 pm

Fire scene: Photo by Matthew CoteFire scene: Photo by Matthew Cote

By - 5/10/10 - 2:12 pm

Orr leap

Matthew Cote snapped the photo as a statue commemorating Bobby Orr - and his famous leap when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1970 - was unveiled in front of the Garden today.

By - 5/9/10 - 8:33 am

Couple of photos from the downtown club last night.

By - 5/6/10 - 2:39 pm

Mayor Menino and downtown merchants met today to discuss setting up a business improvement district that would levy fees on merchants to improve and market the area.

But one thing they won't be doing: Changing the name. Although a consultant recommended that a few years back, the Downtown Crossing Partnership reports:

We decided to keep the name. It is rich in history and very representative of the area.

By - 5/6/10 - 1:43 pm

From State House News Service

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/news/x1042481077/Capuano-Jackson-join...

"Whether it's global warming, unemployment, social equality or dependence on foreign oil, prominent Democrats and labor leaders hailed investments in mass transit as the solution Tuesday and touted a proposed federal law they said would improve public transportation nationwide.

Joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano highlighted a proposal he's cosponsoring that would permit public transportation systems in urban regions with more than 200,000 residents to use federal dollars for operating costs. Under current laws enacted in 1997, only transit systems with fewer than 200,000 residents in the surrounding communities are permitted to do so."

By - 5/5/10 - 5:13 pm

Matt Conti reports on a group of North End, Beacon Hill, West End and downtown parents to get a new public elementary school to serve those neighborhoods. The Coalition for Public Education recently met with the mayor and school superintendent to press their case now that it no longer seems they'll get a school as part of the proposed mega-replacement for the Government Center garage.

By - 5/5/10 - 10:07 am

Nowhere near as bad as the Red Line fire the other day, though. A cable behind a wall on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street began to smoulder around 9:40 a.m.