Downtown

By - 3/14/11 - 12:08 am

]Bank of America, the largest bank in the US, pockets Billions in profits and bailouts but pays $0 in American taxes. If Bank of America and the 2/3 of US corporations that pay NO taxes here would pay up, just like everyone else, America would not need to cut $100 Billion in college grants. If this one company pays a tax bill, millions of kids could go to college.

The solution is simple: make them pay their fair share so we don’t need to cut this valuable public service.

By - 3/13/11 - 9:44 pm

Filed on Citizens Connect today on Congress Street:

The sound on the pedestrian crossing signal is screwed up. It should sound like a bird tweeting but it instead sounds like a rapid fire recording skipping over and over.

Didn't think the bird tweeting sound could get any more annoying.

By - 3/13/11 - 5:17 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Winthrop man on charges he drove off in a cab when the driver got out.

According to police, Paul Delellis, 41, got into the front seat of a cab at State and Kilby streets around 11:50 p.m. yesterday. The driver asked him to sit in the back, but Delellis refused to move, police say:

By - 3/11/11 - 2:31 pm

45 Province's empty restaurant

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to cancel the liquor license for a still unopened restaurant at the 45 Province luxury high-rise project.

By - 3/11/11 - 10:09 am

Takedown. Photo by Kristen RomanelliTakedown. Photo by Kristen RomanelliWilliam DeVincenzi and Thomas Sawtelle of East Boston, arrested in dramatic fashion on Wednesday morning outside a Bank of America branch, originally wanted to rob the bank on Monday, according to a report by a member of the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force - which had the two under surveillance the whole time.

But when they saw a detail cop standing right in front of the bank, they turned around and took the T back to Eastie, the report says.

By - 3/10/11 - 1:45 pm

Might be armed with a knife; climbed up an emergency exit at 136 State St., AlertNewEngland reports. Police are looking for a black man in his 30s, bald, in a gray hoodie and a Red Sox hat. Blue Line service resumed around 1:50.

By - 3/10/11 - 1:03 pm

Corrado. Photo by MBTACorrado. Photo by MBTA.

MBTA officials today formally commended Orange Line operator Patricia Corrado for bringing her Orange Line train to a stop before running into a guy who'd fallen onto the tracks around 3 p.m. yesterday at North Station. Passengers on the platform were able to pull the man up. Channel 4 reports Corrado credited passengers for alerting her by waving their arms as her train pulled in.

In 2009, at the same stop, a drunken woman fell on the tracks just as the train was arriving. Orange Line operator Charice Lewis was similarly honored for stopping the train in time. In that case, the woman actually crawled out from under the front of the train.

By - 3/10/11 - 1:07 am

DeVincenzi?DeVincenzi?

William DeVincenzi, one of two men arrested yesterday by machine-gun-toting, armor-wearing FBI agents and state troopers, already had a lengthy record by the time he turned 22 - and agreed to testify against two other men charged with gunning down a store security guard in East Boston.

By - 3/9/11 - 8:00 pm

Channel 4 reports on the afternoon incident at North Station.

What is it about North Station that makes people plunge into the pit?

By - 3/9/11 - 11:54 am

Here's an interesting tale of how a guy waiting for the Red Line at Park Street got his iPad back after it was snatched out of his hands (while composing e-mail), thanks to a local company that provides IT management services:

By - 3/9/11 - 11:27 am

But an alert downtown tipster reports that around 11, both Hendricks and Sarah Jessica Parker were in Post Office Square Park enjoying some sandwiches from the takeout place filming a scene for something, no doubt the movie that just a couple days ago was advertising for skateboarders and food-truck owners as extras.

By - 3/9/11 - 10:03 am

They've blocked off Post Office Square this morning and are shooting a Sarah Jessica Parker movie there. I think I caught a glimpse of her, but I'm not certain. Some photos.

By - 3/9/11 - 9:56 am

TakedownArrests on Valenti Way. Photo by Kristen Romanelli.

UPDATE: One of the two men arrested has a violent record dating to the 1980s.

Arrested?Arrested?State Police and the FBI are currently swarming around Valenti Way and Canal and Friend streets - as a State Police helicopter hovers overhead - arresting at least two people.

The Globe reports the operation was linked to bank robberies in Everett and Winthrop by a guy with a fake bomb. Channel 7 reports authorities think he was about to try to rob a Bank of America branch on Canal Street.

Video of the action at Friend Street and Valenti Way, by John Brissette:

By - 3/8/11 - 4:08 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to let the owners of 45 Province St. continue to hold onto a liquor license that has gone unused since they acquired it in 2008.

By - 3/8/11 - 7:49 am

Feeding pigeons

Some things never change - like people feeding pigeons by the Park Street T stop. But they rarely smile these days, like this lady did sometime between 1910 and 1920.

By - 3/6/11 - 11:56 am

Dummies

MassDOT is posting photos from today's emergency drill by local and regional emergency departments at the Bowdowin Blue Line stop, including this one of a robot (which got down the stairs by itself) guarding a pair of dummies.

By - 3/5/11 - 4:23 pm

Train on a bridge

Matthew Woitunski captured a commuter-rail train on the bridge over the Charles River to North Station.

By - 3/4/11 - 10:48 am

Boston Police tweet the Citizens Bank branch at 77 Franklin St. was held up this morning by a white guy in his mid 50s, about 5'7" and wearing a gray hoodie and a blue skull cap.

By - 3/4/11 - 9:33 am

Alleged attackerA Dorchester man is due in court today on charges he attackeds three women, one an ex-girlfriend and another pregnant, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Antwan Thompson, 25, was arraigned today on two counts of assault and battery and one count of aggravated assault and battery, the DA's office says. His alleged victims: A former girlfriend from Roxbury, 22, and two of her friends, a 28-year-old woman from Dorchester who is eight months pregnant and a 21-year-old woman.

Prosecutors say the three women were waiting for an inbound Orange Line train around 2:30 p.m. when they spotted Thompson - and moved down the platform to stay away from him. At Downtown Crossing, however, Thompson left his car and entered theirs, the DA's office says:

The victims later told MBTA Transit Police that Thompson began shouting at his former girlfriend as he entered the train car. When her pregnant friend attempted to separate the defendant from the victim, Thompson allegedly punched her in the back.

Thompson then allegedly began to punch his former girlfriend in the head and face with a closed fist. When another female friend of the two women approached Thompson and yelled at him to stop the assault, he allegedly pushed that woman down on the floor.

An unknown man managed to subdue Thompson and kept him pressed against a wall until MBTA Transit Police arrived, the DA's office says.

Thompson was ordered held in lieu of $8,000 bail.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/3/11 - 6:30 am

Outbound service on the Green Line was briefly disrupted around 12:30 a.m. when the top of a Green Line car caught fire at Boylston station.

Nicole Frances photographed some post-fire action on the trolley roof.