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By - 10/9/09 - 2:37 pm

A Suffolk County Superior Court Jury yesterday convicted David Copeland, 30, of first-degree murder yesterday for the July, 2008 stabbing death of John Marshall. Copeland now goes away for life, without possibility of parole for luring Copeland to a Roxbury parking lot, then stabbing him in the heart and stealing cash and crack from him as he lay there, bleeding to death.

By - 10/7/09 - 11:22 am

Fire crews, State Police on scene at 1 Pemberton Sq. to deal with white powder.

By - 10/7/09 - 9:44 am

Because trolleys check in, but they don't check out. Yes, another day, another disabled trolley at Government Center.

Timothy Parcell tweets:

Sitting in this tunnel for 30 minutes is awesome. Thank you mbta this just how I wanted to start day.

Carissa DiCenzo adds:

Stuck on a train at Government Center. I love you MBTA.

By - 10/6/09 - 7:44 pm

Boston Police report that when a woman at Monday's Kiss concert at the Garden felt something warm on her leg, she turned to see a guy urinating on the back of her leg.

Chris Morris, 39, was arrested and charged with open and gross lewdness and disorderly conduct:

Officers noted the suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated given his slurred speech and the odor of alcohol emanating from his person.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/5/09 - 8:23 am

Around 7:30 or so, there was a dead train at Hynes/ICA, another at, of course, Government Center, the MBTA reports.

At 8:28, Local 718 added:

COMPANIES TO THE MBTA PARK ST. STATION REPORTED GREEN LINE TRAIN W/ OVERHEATED BRAKES

By - 10/3/09 - 1:38 pm

The Comedy Connection reports the theatre finally has an all-beverages liquor license from the Boston Licensing Board, so people going to tonight's Andrew Dice Clay show (who knew he was still alive?) can drink up.

By - 10/2/09 - 10:01 am

So Verizon removed the telephone-history mural in its old Post Office Square building because the new owner is not a big fan of the working classes, or something. Jay Fitzgerald is outraged at the thought it might be sold to somebody in Rhode Island:

... It's a striking mural in the old WPA style. It depicts a major innovation developed in Boston. It should remain in Boston. ...

By - 9/29/09 - 6:35 pm

Somehow I missed this account of what happened when some kid stole Ben Franklin's hat in Downtown Crossing last week:

... Ben Franklin catches up and starts whacking the thief with his cane, so the cop starts yelling, "Easy with the cane! Easy with the cane!" ...

I bet it's the Faneuil Hall Ben Franklin who gets mad if you take his picture without paying him.

Via Bostonist.

By - 9/28/09 - 1:59 pm
Garden

Matthew Cote noticed the sports arena over North Station was officially back to being just the Garden today, at least, until crews finished replacing the "TD BankNorth" with just "TD."

By - 9/26/09 - 1:04 pm

Eric Kilby reports:

I was given a hard time last night by an inspector at the Haymarket bus platform, as I was trying to get a shot of the Government Center garage. The light was interesting. He said that he was instructed to tell people to get a permit or go away. I told him that there was a memo, but I didn't have a copy, and he said he hadn't heard of it. I thanked him for looking out for our safety and left, because it really wasn't worth the trouble to argue. He said it would be ok if I took like 5 steps back so I was on the public sidewalk and not the MBTA sidewalk (the texture was different), which seems kind of odd.

This comes a couple days after another T worker harassed some poor tourist for daring to take a photo inside Back Bay station.

If the T has suddenly changed its photo policy, you'd think they'd update the online version, no? Oh, wait, this is an agency that's only now updating 40-year-old maps ...

By - 9/26/09 - 10:19 am
Lit up Filenes

Matthew I shows there's still some life in the old retail district.

Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/25/09 - 5:12 pm

Boston Police warn a guy is trying to use an alleged job with movie productions to scam women into sex:

Within the last week, a young female responded to an advertisement via the Internet for a role in an upcoming movie. The would-be actor agreed to meet with the “producer” at a downtown hotel for an audition. During the audition, the “producer” attempted to convince the female to conduct sexual acts on him in return for the part in the movie. The female denied his requests and reported the incident to the Boston Police Department.

Police say there have been at least two other such incidents this year.

By - 9/25/09 - 4:30 pm

A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed repeatedly early this morning on Friend Street, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Conner Leary, 20, James McLaughlin, 22, and Daniel Walsh, 22, all of Dorchester and Michael Mullen, 22 of Quincy, were all arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after what the DA's office said was a fight that broke out in a nearby apartment building, then spilled into the street.

Three of the four attackers allegedly tried to get away in a cab, but police officers who spotted bruised and bloody guys in a cab ordered the driver to stop, "prompting witnesses to exclaim, 'That's them."

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/25/09 - 4:21 pm

Boston Police tweet there was a fire at 120 State St. Knocked down by 4 p.m., but the area is still a mess.

By - 9/25/09 - 10:03 am

A Florida street performer who came north to perform in front of Faneuil Hall last year only to be herded into a small space with lots of other performers is asking a federal judge to rescind what he calls a violation of his First Amendment rights.

Bruce "Chance" Peck sued the city earlier this year in US District Court in Boston over Mayor Menino's decision in July, 2008 to restrict street performers alongside the Faneuil Hall building, because their noise was bothering Hizzoner up in his fifth-floor City Hall office.

By - 9/24/09 - 5:17 pm

If you guessed the Green Line at Government Center, you're right! Johnny, tell them what they've won!

An extended stay at the Green Line station of their choice!

By - 9/23/09 - 4:32 pm

The T reports a disabled trolley in "the Boylston area."

Eliop68 tweets he hasn't seen a single train in either direction in 10 minutes at Government Center.

By - 9/22/09 - 3:04 pm

UPDATE: Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5? There was a fire drill today at Center Plaza. But the Boston Fire Department tells the Herald there were no firefighters involved. And as you'll see in the comments, people who work in the building say they were told ahead of time about the drill by building management. So my apologies to firefighters for jumping the gun after seeing this tweet.

Boston firefighters decided today would be a good day to test the fire preparations at 2 Center Plaza, which happens to be the location of Tom Menino's campaign headquarters.

Menino campaign spokesman Nick Martin says 50 to 60 campaign staffers - in addition to workers in nearby offices - had to evacuate when firefighters pulled the alarms around 2 p.m.

Martin said workers were kept outside for about half an hour. He added that many took cell phones with them so they could try to do some work.

Firefighters Local 718 was an early supporter of Michael Flaherty. They've feuded with Menino for years over a lack of contract and, more recently, mandatory drug and alcohol testing.