Leonard Nimoy, who grew up in the West End, died today.
Last year, he talked about life in the West End - and its destruction by wrecking balls - in an interview with the Yiddish Book Center.
Boston city records show that in 1948, when he was 17, Nimoy set up a child-photography business:
With many Boston roads still not fully plowed, traffic across the city continues to be tied up in knots, as Alison Kenney shows us with her dashboard-eye view of Charles Circle around 12:45 p.m.
To try to alleviate the mess, members of the local constabulary are hitting their ticket books hard, writing up people for parking more than a foot away from the curb... Read more
A Florida woman charged with biting a Boston EMT in a drunken frenzy last month agreed to have her blood tested to help rule out the odds she infected him with something, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Laura Bell, 28, of Jacksonville, was arraigned today on a charge of assault and battery in connection with a Dec. 10 incident at the Wyndham Hotel... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a license to a wine store proposed for Charles River Plaza off Cambridge Street.
At a hearing Wednesday, nearby liquor stores and some residents opposed the VinodiVino outlet, saying it would prove unfair competition for locally owned shops and that the eight liquor stores within a half-mile radius could already meet residents' wine needs. VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty,... Read more
Shortly after 2 p.m., fire alarms started going off at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary and that, of course, brought a full complement of Boston firetrucks racing to the scene. The infirmary informs:
Code red (fire) called due to someone apparently smoking outside. Another good reason to quit that habit. All clear.
Patrick Marshall captured the moment when a car near the inbound end of Storrow Drive burst into flames, around 3:15 p.m.
UPDATE: Might be malaria instead of Ebola.
Mass. General reports:
At 2 p.m. today while undergoing routine monitoring by the Boston Public Health Commission, an individual, determined to be a person under investigation for Ebola virus disease, was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation. As you know, the MGH has spent the past several months preparing in the event we should have... Read more
Neil the roving UHub photographer spotted this hawk with a dead squirrel behind 50 Staniford St. this morning (doesn't appear to be one of the West End's fabled white squirrels). He reports:
Has a dead squirrel. Sat on ground for a while then flew off with prey. Squirrel got caught on fence and bird landed on statue's head.... Read more
The Suffolk Journal reports on the new West End home of the New York Trapeze School:
The facility boasts a full flying trapeze set, training equipment, mats, safety equipment, and a trampoline. TSNY is providing trapeze artists and students with more room than ever to stretch their legs and go far beyond their expectations of what flying really is.... Read more
Andrea Crossan shows us what happens when a greyhound spots the fabled white bunny of Allston - on Islington Terrace.
Pandapwr, meanwhile, gets up and personal with one of the fabled white squirrels of the West End.
Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series,... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports two workers about 35 feet down a shaft where one of the Longfellow Bridge's "shakers" used to be were injured this afternoon when chutes funneling concrete down to them gave way.
Workers were placed in stokes baskets, secured and raised up to surface. Boston EMS treated and transported.
The department says their injuries were not considered life threatening... Read more
Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen interview Leonard Nimoy at WGBH.
No, they won't be counting down to the rockin' New Year tonight, but will tell you how long until the next Red Line train. The T reports they blinked into existence today.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority yesterday approved the 32-story Nashua Street Residences, which will bring 503 housing units and a two-story mall to the area behind the Boston Garden and the Tip O'Neill building.
Although most of the residential units will be aimed at the family-less, some 32 units will have three bedrooms.