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Boston University

By - 6/24/09 - 8:56 pm

Small chemical explosion on the third floor, 590 Comm. Ave., around 8:45 p.m., hazmat team on the way.

By - 5/9/09 - 10:26 am

Outrage, dispair, Facebook grumbling, that the Somerville congressman is their commencement speaker.

Be sure to read the quotes from the journalism and poli-sci major who is particularly incensed because Capuano got BU some money to fix up part of Comm. Ave.

The Outraged Liberal tells them to grow up and suggests the particular student outraged over sidewalks consider a profession where she doesn't have to do critical thinking.

By - 4/28/09 - 9:25 am

The Daily Free Press reports a BU junior was arrested at the Comm. Ave. Star Market around 3 a.m. on April 24 for wandering around the store, opening packages and eating the stuff inside:

The officer confronted the suspect when he tried to leave the store with his fingers covered in mashed potatoes from an open package he still had in his hands.

By - 4/25/09 - 7:53 pm

Looks like a steam leak in an elevator control room left a number of students trapped in elevators (see comments below).

TONS of firetrucks and police.

Warren towers has multiple elevators stuck with multiple occupants.

Building without power, lots of alarms.

Comm. Ave. inbound totally shut down.

By - 4/23/09 - 4:29 pm

The Daily Free Press reports workers at the school admissions department removed copies of the paper with stories about their most infamous medical-school student from a reception area for prospective students and their parents:

An admissions office employee, who wished to remain anonymous out of concern for her job, told a Daily Free Press reporter Wednesday that the papers had been hidden because of their content, which could reflect negatively on the school.

By - 4/22/09 - 10:32 am

Boston University Police report a woman walking in front of 200 Bay State Rd. this morning was mugged by another woman who used a "small, light-colored stick" to smack her in the head repeatedly as she attempted to make off with the victim's handbag:

The victim was dazed and had a severe laceration to her forehead and was transported to the hospital.

Boston Police arrested a suspect near Hemingway Street.

Meanwhile, across the river, a Harvard student was hit in the head with a metal pipe during another handbag robbery early yesterday.

By - 4/20/09 - 6:23 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says Philip Markoff, 22, of Quincy, was today charged with the murder of Julissa Brisman at the Marriott and the attack a few days earlier on another woman at the Westin.

In a press conference with Davis, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said authorities are looking for additional victims and urged anybody who'd been attacked after placing a Craigslist ad to contact police. He added:

Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's a predator.

Markoff, a second-year student at the Boston University School of Medicine, was stopped today around 4 p.m. on I-95 in Walpole. Conley said that in addition to old-fashioned police work, officials were able to trace IP numbers to specific physical locations. Boston Police had earlier released surveillance photos showing the suspect using a handheld device after allegedly murdering Brisman, who came up from New York City to offer massages advertised on Craigslist.

Markoff will be arraigned tomorrow in Boston Municipal Court for Brisman's murder and on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping for the April 10 incident at the Westin. Warwick, RI, police say a similar attack occurred two days after Brisman's murder in a Holiday Inn there.

Innocent, etc.

Last night at the Marriott
By - 4/16/09 - 8:21 am

The Globe reports that the BSL4 lab in the South End will be delayed until at least late next year. Reportedly, the safety review will take longer than projected.

Putting a lab that could handle the most deadly biologicals in a dense urban area has been opposed by residents and some professional organizations. See also a report by the Security Studies Program at MIT.

By - 4/13/09 - 4:22 am

BU is the NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Champion! As winners of every tournament they entered this season, the team will be riding duck boats from Kenmore to Marsh Plaza with the Championship Trophy to celebrate on Tuesday, April 14 at noon. Be there! There will be cake!

By - 4/12/09 - 12:01 am

Amanda can't believe the BU win - especially the last minute:

... I'm still in shock.

By - 4/9/09 - 2:14 pm

"Cyberbullying" has become a genuine problem on some college campuses, reports BU's Bostonia magazine in its Spring 2009 edition:

In summer 2007, a music professor at BU was shocked to learn that he had a Facebook page — in his name, with a recent photo and a spot-on bio. But, the professor recalls, “embedded in the document were really scurrilous things that were reputed to have been said by me, and they were quite unpleasant and ugly and immature.”

By - 2/24/09 - 10:53 am

The Daily Free Press reports a number of BU students didn't wake up even as nine firetrucks arrived outside their 6 Buswell St. apartments on Saturday to put out a fire. The paper also reports on the likely cause of the fire: Ashes from a hookah brought over by one student's friend.

By - 2/11/09 - 3:42 pm

Boston University Police report they are looking for a bronze statue that went missing from a fifth-floor storage room at 808 Comm. Ave. sometime between Nov. 21 and now:

The missing piece is described as a large dog, approximately 6' in length and 4' tall, weighing several hundred pounds.


Hokay, I think we can see now why it was in a storage room. In any case, if you can help Detective BJ Kanavich of BU Police collar the statue, give him a call at 617-353-3436 or 617-353-2121. There's an incident number you're supposed to give, but, seriously? I'm thinking if you call up and you say you know where he could find the giant bronze dog, he'll know what you're talking about. At least, we can hope there's only one of these things.

By - 2/9/09 - 9:50 am previews tonight's Beanpot final between Northeastern and Boston University:

... Separated by the Charles River, Parker's No. 1 Terriers and Cronin's No. 3 Huskies will meet Monday night in the Beanpot final. ...

Via On Being a Sports Girl.

By - 2/4/09 - 3:01 pm

Boston and BU police responded in force to the BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 705 Commonwealth Ave., when a student reported seeing a suspicious man:

According to Boston University Police Chief Thomas Robbins, the suspect was described as a white male, approximately 22 years old, with short brown hair and wearing a heavy green coat with a fur collar. "The caller did not see a gun," Robbins says.

However, nobody was found and nobody in the building reported seeing such a person and the alert was called off.

By - 1/15/09 - 10:24 pm

Boston University Police report a woman walking in front of 189 Bay State Rd. was jumped from behind around 8:45 p.m. last night by two guys trying to steal her cell phone:

[T]he male suspect came from behind her and put both arms around her and held her as he attempted to take her phone from her pocket. The victim put her arms down in order to protect her pockets and began to scream. The suspect then fled down Bay State Rd.

Police say they are looking for two men, both described as black males, one wearing a black hoodie and black pants, the other wearing a red winter jacket.

By - 11/29/08 - 3:22 pm

First Belinda the Willow Tree, now the radio tower atop the College of Communications at BU. Ross Levanto reports BU today took down the radio tower that had long symbolized the college, even if it hadn't actually broadcast anything since the 1950s:

... Maybe only a BU COM grad can understand, but it was somewhat of a poignant, if accidental moment. We recognize COM by the antenna in diametrically opposed ways. You think radio, of course, when you see it, but its derelict status always reminded the COM student of the equally decrepit halls of the building itself.

Ed. parochial note: What's next? That weird MIT radarish thing behind the fire station on Centre Street in West Roxbury?