Downtown

By - 3/24/11 - 8:28 am

The Globe reports MassDOT Secretary Jeff Mullan, who previously said he didn't tell the governor or the public about crashing, corroding Big Dig light fixtures to let his underlings get to the bottom of the problem, now says what really happened is that those underlings didn't tell him about the problem for a month.

By - 3/23/11 - 10:00 am

Boston Fireman reports firefighters responded to 62 Boylston St. around 9:30 a.m. for a sixth-floor fire. Fire quickly doused, no injuries.

By - 3/23/11 - 9:41 am

Rhea Becker reports she was feeling kind of bad when a woman who turned out to be a Dutch tourist asked her if she knew of any nearby coffeehouses and all she could think of was a Starbucks:

I told [her] that I don't like to recommend chains. In fact, when I visited Amsterdam a few years ago, I loved the multitude of little cafes all over the city, all independently owned. She countered with, "But you don't know what you're getting in each of those cafes. The coffee could be bad. With Starbucks, you know what you're getting."

By - 3/22/11 - 4:41 pm

The last of 13 defendants charged with roles in the 2009 beating death of Jose Alicea outside the now closed Club 33 have pleaded and been sentenced to state prison, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Justin Cooke, Jonathan Fernandez and Ruskyn Garcia all pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Cooke got four years in prison, Fernandez three years and Garcia 7 1/2 to 8 years. The length of their sentences depended partly on their role in the beating and partly on their past criminal records.

By - 3/21/11 - 11:35 pm

Lisa Medina reports that MBTA General Manager Richard Davey boarded the Red Line at Park Street this morning only to find coffee sloshing on the floor. So he picked up one of the car's spare Metros and put it down on the coffee, no doubt because, as all good T employees know, the Metro is extra absorbent.

And then, Medina adds, a woman picked up one of the coffee-drenched sections and began to read it.

By - 3/16/11 - 8:20 pm

After one of the 110-lb. fixtures plunged to the roadway last month, the Herald reports.

By - 3/14/11 - 3:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week considers a request from the owners of the now ex-Avenue Tavern on Blue Hill Avenue to sell their liquor license to an upscale Mexican place under construction at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

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.