Downtown

By - 5/13/14 - 9:30 am

Mike Dash introduces us to the strange story of James McClintock, a Confederate engineer who built the H.L. Hunley, a submarine that sank the Union ship Housatonic in 1864, and who later showed up in Boston to work with a con man on recruiting investors for a new type of naval mine. McClintock disappeared after an explosion in Boston Harbor in 1879. But did... Read more

By - 5/11/14 - 8:10 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the return of the guy who canoes from dock to dock, does karate exercises at each and screams at anybody who approaches him.

John Ford reports his name is Michael and that he was a regular at Occupy Boston in Dewey Square.

By - 5/9/14 - 8:37 pm

Around 7:30 p.m., H reported:

On a dark Red Line train stuck between Kendall and Park...

By - 5/8/14 - 10:45 am

Transit Police posted this video of quick action by Det. Sean Conway around 2:10 p.m. yesterday at Park Street:

The male was about to jump into the "pit" area when the quick acting detective was able to grab the male, practically in mid air, and prevent him from harming himself.

By - 5/7/14 - 3:20 pm
Tearing down the Government Center T stop

A mechanical concreteasaur, a backhoe and a sort of pile driver consumed the headhouse, or entrance, of the Government Center T stop today.

By - 5/7/14 - 11:15 am
Another Scollay Square tile sign found

The MBTA reports workers gutting Government Center for its two-year renovation have uncovered yet another tiled sign from back in the days when the stop was known as Scollay Square, back when Boston still had a Scollay Square.

By - 5/7/14 - 9:13 am
Box that shut Downtown Crossing

The box that shut Downtown Crossing. Photo by Getch22.

Updated.

Both Red and Orange line service halted around 8:45 a.m. The Filene's construction site and Macy's were evacuated. Barricades went up around the intersection of Washington and Summer and Winter streets.

WHDH reports a dumbass man was taken into custody after telling Orange Line workers the box he was carrying contained a bomb.

It didn't.

The MBTA reports the man was given... Read more

By - 5/5/14 - 1:23 pm
Suspicious backpack

Otis Street near Winthrop Square is shut as the BPD bomb squad investigates a backpack just sitting there.

Angie took photos of the backpack sitting there and as a bomb-squad member investigated it.

Bomb squad member investigates backpack

At1:27 p.m., Dan Dunn reported:

Officer took off body armor. Picked up bag and walked away. Street opening.

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By - 5/3/14 - 4:56 pm

Keytar Bear released a statement today (yes, of course, Keytar Bear now releases statements), in which he says he forgives the guy who punched him in his face - and his friend who videotaped the attack - but that the guy had better turn himself in:

Dear Boston, I don’t have a TV or a computer. Last night I found out about all of the

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By - 5/3/14 - 4:01 pm

Among the several exercises during the weekend "Urban Shield" first-responder drills was a simulated hostage taking inside the Boston City Council chambers at City Hall.

SWAT cops from around the Boston area first navigated their way up a darkened set of stairs to the fifth floor, then, as they scanned a hallway with their guns, made their way into the chambers.

Reporters and photographers, kept... Read more

By - 5/2/14 - 5:05 pm

First responders from across the area will be practicing responding to emergencies at various locations on Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow, here are the ones you might happen across (there are also sessions at the T's training facility in South Boston and on Moon Island):

  • Old Lincoln School, 194 Boylston St, Brookline, 8 a.m. "Active school shooter response."
  • MIT, 195 Albany St., Cambridge, 11:30 a.m.
  • ... Read more
By - 5/2/14 - 11:38 am

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester woman on an assault charge downtown yesterday after she allegedly took a swing at a cop and wound up hitting somebody else in the jaw after the cop swung out of her fist's way.

According to police, an officer responded to a Silver Line bus on Temple Place around 1:35 a.m. to investigated a commotion:

Upon arrival officers

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By - 5/2/14 - 10:50 am
Trash on School Street in Boston

Andy Primeau photographed the garbage bags in front of the School Street Radio Shack this morning. Probably just contains the remains of a recent cleanup rather than thousands of spoiled capacitors found in the basement, but you never know.

By - 5/1/14 - 10:02 pm
Fog over Boston Harbor

At the Charlestown Navy Yard shortly before 7 p.m., Brian Q. tried to see downtown through all the fog.

A number of other folks also watched the fog as it rolled in from the ocean and across Boston Harbor and downtown, no doubt caused by the combination of rapidly rising temperatures after the storm had passed.

By - 5/1/14 - 5:01 pm

Boston Magazine gets a short video showing the performer getting sucker punched.

By - 5/1/14 - 8:26 am

The Boston Business Journal reports rents in Boston's tonier sections are falling as new luxo-apartments come onto the market.

By - 4/30/14 - 3:42 pm
Buckling tiles at Boston City Hall

What else could be causing the buckled floor tiles that Amurphbu photographed today on City Hall's second floor?

By - 4/29/14 - 4:16 pm

Anthony Peppe, 68, was arraigned yesterday on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident at Park Street on April 8.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Peppe grabbed a woman's buttocks as she was about to board a trolley that afternoon:

Another male passenger told the assailant, later identified as Peppe, to leave the victim alone, and all three entered

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By - 4/29/14 - 1:25 pm
Defend Keytar Bear

South End Textiles came up with this design today.

Vanyaland reports the furry street musician suffered a broken nose when a guy went up to him, took a selfie, then punched him in the face. That came after another attack, possibly by the same jerk, broke his keytar.

Boston Magazine gets word from Keytar Bear.

Abigail Taylor is organizing a fundraiser for him May 8 at Workbar in Cambridge and has... Read more

By - 4/29/14 - 10:34 am
No more Swan Boats after the zombies arrive

Joystick Chik has written a zombie walking tour of Boston to go with The Last of Us, a 2013 video game about two people fighting their way though a post-apocalyptic landscape, including Boston.

H/t Jared May.... Read more

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