By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.

By - 7/19/11 - 10:00 am

Sidewalk Segways

A vigilantly annoyed citizen complains about Segways on the sidewalk on Court Street. The Mayor's Hotline responds:

BPD and BTD currently working on newly passed ordinance.

By - 7/18/11 - 4:58 pm

Chain announces plans to liquidate; means 11,000 employees, including those in Downtown Crossing, will soon be out of jobs:

Subject to the Court's approval, under the proposal, liquidation is expected to commence for some stores and facilities as soon as Friday, July 22, with a phased rollout of the program which is expected to conclude by the end of September.

By - 7/16/11 - 9:20 pm


MBTA Transit Police report they are looking for a black male, a Hispanic male and a white female on charges they attacked a man because of his sexual orientation on a State Street Orange Line platform around 10 p.m. on July 10:

The victim was on the northbound platform when an unidentified male # 2 shoved him onto a train as the doors opened because of the victim's sexual orientation. The unidentified male # 2 as well as the individual depicted as # 1 directed several homophobic slurs at the victim after shoving him. The suspects depicted above along with an unidentified female companion, boarded an Orange Line train at State Street Station with the victim and continued to harass him about his sexual orientation. The suspects then fled the train at Haymarket Station.

If caught, they'll be charged with assault and battery and civil-rights violations.

By - 7/16/11 - 5:32 pm

Larcenous lady Larcenous ladyBoston Police report they are looking for a purse-stealing woman floating through offices in the Back Bay, the South End and downtown, stealing handbags that aren't attached to their owners:

In one incident, on Monday, June 6, 2011, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) took a report from a victim who stated that her credit card had been stolen from her work place at 150 Federal Street. The card was subsequently used, on the same day, to make purchases at a Target store.

If you know a lady who loots, contact A-1 detectives at 617-343-4248 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 7/15/11 - 2:03 pm

Hyatt trailer

A concerned citizen says enough's enough and it's time to move the trailer that's been sitting outside the Downtown Crossing Hyatt on Avenue de Lafayette for ages:

By - 7/14/11 - 9:21 pm

The entire chain is now on the brink of liquidation after the collapse of a financing effort, the Wall Street Journal reports.

By - 7/13/11 - 9:56 am

The Globe reports Chipotle plans to take over the vacant first floor of the Old Corner Bookstore. The Globe reports that in the 1950s, a pizza place occupied the same space.

By - 7/11/11 - 8:01 am

WBZ reports the Bill Russell statue will be built in City Hall Plaza, just up the steps from the Red Auerbach statue in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

By - 7/5/11 - 9:29 am

The Globe reports that Brightcove, which offers a platform for online video, will be moving from its current Kendall Square space to new offices at 280 Congress St.

By - 7/3/11 - 7:46 pm


At one point, His Majesty's commander here had his soldiers point their bayonets at the colonists assembled outside the Old State House and take a stop forward to see if the cowards would move back. They did. At another point, he led the assembled throng in a chant of "Penobscot," figuring they really wouldn't know why. It worked.

By - 7/3/11 - 6:59 pm

Pineapple climbing

Chowdafest wasn't the only thing going on on City Hall Plaza today. Kids got the chance to climb up a "wall" in the shape of a giant pineapple.

By - 7/3/11 - 11:52 am

Extreme sailing

It's weekends like this that remind you we're still very much a seaport. Above, a photo from Jeff Tamagini's collection of photos of Extreme Sailing. Below, Paul Keleher watched the BW Suez Everett LNG tanker churn through the harbor:

By - 6/29/11 - 11:24 am

Temporary 300th anniversary arch

The Boston Public Library has posted a number of photos by Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones of the city's 300th-anniversary celebrations in 1930, including several showing the temporary arch the city erected on the site of what's now City Hall. Worth looking at large for all the details. And here's the reverse view, showing what was then an expanded Dock Square (now City Hall and City Hall Plaza). No doubt, Sam Adams just stood there, glowering.

Another view of the temporary arch

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 6/25/11 - 5:41 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week voted to suspend Durgin-Park's liquor license for two days because of an incident in which a now ex-oyster shucker kept groping a waitress even after she told him to stop and punched him.

At a hearing a couple weeks ago, waitresses testified the man routinely groped waitresses but that nobody thought to tell management.

By - 6/24/11 - 11:49 am

Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs.From the report: Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs. 4/29/10.

The state Inspector General's office found major problems in city oversight of a Temple Place apartment conversion in which the developer let people move into buildings with inadequate - and in some cases locked - emergency exits and without occupancy permits and for which he may have tried to hide renovations from inspectors to save on permit fees.

In a letter to city officials Inspector General Gregory Sullivan said his office's probe into the renovation of 21-27 Temple Pl. had been hampered by an unidentified Inspectional Services supervisor who refused to talk to investigators or turn over one key document, despite a state law that requires municipal employees to talk to his investigators unless they are claiming their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. The letter, quietly posted on the IG Web site last month, adds that the US Attorney's office and the FBI are also looking into the renovation project, which first came to public attention in 2009, when then mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea blogged about it.

By - 6/22/11 - 8:19 am

It looks like Borders has cancelled its plan to close Downtown Crossing and 50 other stores, in preparation for selling the entire chain to the highest bidder next month. The salesperson who answered the phone yesterday at Downtown Crossing says that liquidation won't start on July 1 as previously announced.

Maybe we'll be lucky and the buyer will keep it open. Meanwhile, if you have a Borders gift card or any loyalty points, you should spend them immediately.

By - 6/21/11 - 5:09 pm

A suburbanite who thought another patron at Venu on Warrenton Street had stolen his girlfriend's purse went to his car, got his gun, went back inside the club and then, after punching the guy in the face twice, put the gun to the man's head and threatened to kill him, police and the club's head of security told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.

By - 6/21/11 - 12:59 pm

No joke: The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what to do about a Broad Street bar that confiscated a loaded 9-mm firearm from a drunk guy trying to get in and then didn't tell police until the next day.

At a hearing today, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer and member Michael Connolly said they were amazed and appalled that nobody at the Bar Room, 5 Broad St., immediately called 911.

By - 6/21/11 - 7:05 am

A Reading man who got punched in the mouth during a fight and a knife-wielding South Yarmouth man who tried getting into it with a family were the only people arrested during the parade on Saturday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Seven other people will be summoned into court for minor offenses, the DA's office adds.