By - 2/28/12 - 8:59 pm

Boston Police report arresting Samuel Ortiz, 30, on charges he held a woman up at knifpoint around 12:15 a.m. at Boylston Street and Park Drive.

Police say Ortiz went up to his victim and asked for some change:

The victim reported that when she declined the request, the suspect stated, "Give me your (explicit) cash." Officers were advised by victim she did not

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By - 2/28/12 - 7:35 am

But not involving the hockey team this time. The Daily Free Press reports a male student is charged with putting his hands up the shirt of a female student sitting in the college library Sunday night.

By - 2/27/12 - 11:42 am

Don't worry: Lackey's contract did not go up in flames. Photo by Paul Keleher.

Literally. Alert New England reports the Boston Fire Department responded to 4 Yawkey Way - the Sox front office - for a second-floor fire around 11:30. The fire was quickly knocked down.

Steve Saleeba tweets:

Could be one of many fires that will have to be put out there this year.

UPDATE: The Boston Fire Department reports the cause was a short... Read more

By - 2/26/12 - 10:20 am

You'd think a new restaurant seeking to, um, curry favor with the local foodie bloggerati would put some effort into a "VIP Grand Opening Party" for them:

If you just want to be a drinking spot, a watering hole for locals, a dive bar with a fancy wall by another name, then throw open the doors and let them in. Just don't invite food

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By - 2/18/12 - 10:54 am


Sometimes life gets a little frenetic around here, as Photographynatalia (above, by the Pru) and misssalimoo (by Kenmore Square) show:

Bright Citgo sign

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By - 2/16/12 - 8:11 am

The Huntington News reports the chicken chain is negotiating with Northeastern to open a six-day-a-week outlet in a renovated Curry Student Center this summer.

By - 2/12/12 - 1:06 pm

So David Portnoy tells the Globe's Joanna Weiss how he was moved by tales of sexual assault at a rally against his Blackout party:

Portnoy showed up, intending to take the microphone himself and offer a half-satirical, half-serious response: Naming a few comedians, for instance, who have joked about rape, with little consequence. But then he saw that women were sharing real, painful stories

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By - 2/11/12 - 11:14 pm


Paul Keleher made the trek to Fenway Park to watch the annual loading and departure of the Red Sox equipment truck for spring training.

Copyright Paul Keleher. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 2/9/12 - 4:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved two pool tables at Church of Boston on Kilmarnock Street.

Church ran two coin-operated pool tables for some 4 1/2 years until it learned - via a citation from Boston Police - that it needed a license for them. Hauled before the licensing board last year, Church officials apologized and said they'd immediately shut down the tables.

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By - 2/6/12 - 7:18 am

So there's that.

By - 2/5/12 - 8:00 pm

BPD command post tonight. Photo by BPD.

At 7:14, Max Voelker tweeted:

BPD Motorcycle Police as well as NUPD patrolling campus already.

At 7:50 p.m., Brian D'Amico tweeted:

7 K9s outside my building, numerous SWAT teams, another spec ops cycle unit down the road. And that's just around campus.

S. Ryder shows all the police forces represented at Northeastern:

By - 2/5/12 - 10:29 am

It's all hands on deck tonight at Boston Police: Every single one of the department's 2,000 officers has been ordered to duty tonight. Don't worry - the department will staff its regular shifts in the neighborhoods, so there'll be no mayhem in Mattapan, no rioting in Roslindale and no beatdowns in Brighton, at least no more so than usual.

Meanwhile, the previously announced lock... Read more

By - 2/2/12 - 2:54 pm

Boston Police say anybody not ensconced in a bar in those areas by the time Madonna starts to sing on Sunday will be turned away from the area. And people who are in a bar who leave after she starts belting it out will be escorted out of the area.

In its listing of Important Super Bowl Safety Tips for Patriots Fans Looking to... Read more

By - 2/2/12 - 9:27 am

Firefighters, police and NStar workers are on scene on Massachusetts Avenue by the Berklee construction site, where a backhoe took out some underground power conduits around 9 a.m., causing a power outage that extends to Northeastern and Bay State Road. The backhoe operator was apparently injured, but not critically.

Roving UHub reporter Chelsea reports:

Saw flashes then puff of smoke at mass ave and belvedere

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By - 2/1/12 - 10:33 pm

UPDATE: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says memo is misleading; people can't be arrested just for being outside; a Northeastern official agrees. More in the comments.

Residents of at least a couple of Northeastern dorms got a warning tonight from college Residential Life: Don't even think about going outside during or after the Super Bowl:

The anxiety around the city - stay inside! When Boston

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By - 1/30/12 - 10:24 pm

Not everybody at Northeastern will attend Barstool Sports' Blackout Party for Northeastern at the House of Blues on Thursday.

A group called Knock Out Barstool plans a protest march outside the House of Blues at 7:30 that night:

We demand Northeastern University and its administration stand for women and denounce Barstool Sports and the NU Blackout Party. These organizations do not

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By - 1/23/12 - 3:32 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports several voting-rights groups have drawn up a proposed redistricting plan that would see Mike Ross having to run against Tito Jackson - if he doesn't move to Newton to run for Congress - and create an incumbent-less district covering the Chinatown, the South End, and the Fenway:

This reconfigured District 8 would become an incumbent-free, racially-mixed district with common interests

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By - 1/23/12 - 9:26 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire called in shortly after 2 a.m. caused roughly $50,000 in damage to a five-story apartment building at 66 Westland Ave.

Damage from the fire, which remains under investigation, was confined to a basement apartment, which meant residents in other units were allowed back in around 4 a.m., the department says.... Read more