By - 5/21/09 - 2:04 pm

So mistakes happen and all four subway lines ground to a halt this morning because oopsies, somebody pulled a plug out of the wall tripped a circuit breaker.

But shouldn't the emergency lights that come on when the power goes out be able to guide passengers upstairs?

Apparently not. Bill describes the scene at New England Medical Center during this morning's festivities:

... The new emergency lights that have been installed recently (which - judging by the 600V warning sign on each of them - appear to draw directly from the track circuit) weren't working.

On the way up the stars the mass exodus of passengers crossed paths with a handful tourists headed down. Welcome to Boston.

Similar situation at Harvard.

By - 5/21/09 - 1:57 pm

The Urban Paramedic describes responding to a call the other night for a guy on "a big powerful Japanese bike" who hit speeds of 100 m.p.h. before crashing:

By - 5/18/09 - 6:35 pm

Lordwow tweets he was just on a trolley that took eight minutes to get from Boylston to Park Street.

By - 5/17/09 - 8:14 pm

David Parsons was invited to a 1940's film-noir photo shoot on the Northern Avenue Bridge.

Copyright David Parsons.

By - 5/16/09 - 4:57 pm
Killer fog, dude

Ominous fogbank takes over downtown, as seen from Roslindale around 4:30 p.m.

By - 5/15/09 - 8:52 am

The Globe reports on a slugfest outside Suffolk Superior Court yesterday involving rival groups attending a murder trial.

Kevin Boyette, 20, is charged with plunging a knife into the back of an opponent.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/14/09 - 11:59 am

Auction for what's left of the Enchanted Village. $25,000 refundable deposit required to bid.

Historic Enchanted Village occupied 8,000 sq. ft. at Jordan Marsh. It was an animated re-creation of a holiday scene in a colonial New England town. The scene included adult figures, 75 children, 75 bears, and other animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. The average lifelike figure was 4 feet 8 inches.

Via Channel 4.

By - 5/14/09 - 9:57 am

Zolok considers the Green Line in a post-5/9 world:

If the Green Line (inbound) from Copley to Park Street ran any slower during afternoon rush hour, alert science minded riders could actually visually discern Heisenberg's uncertainty principle in action.

By - 5/13/09 - 11:56 am

The hole in the middle of the city where Filene's used to be is supposed to be a sparkling new retail, office and condo tower someday. This week on, we're remembering when Downtown Crossing was where you went to find deals, when you didn't necessarily have the banq for Newbury Street. And we're asking what you'd like to see developed there.

By - 5/13/09 - 10:33 am

Guy taking macro shots of tulips in front of a Bank of America branch downtown is ordered to stop by a bank rent-a-cop.

By - 5/13/09 - 9:22 am

The state has fined the owner of Independence Wharf on Atlantic Ave. for failing to open public areas on its property to the public.

In a statement, the department says Independence Wharf LLC has seen the error of its ways and agreed to pay both a $21,000 fine and $35,000 in missed state fees dating back to 2001 - when the owners agreed to create public spaces on the property as part of getting state permission to build right on the water.

The company will create "a facility of public accommodation of 2,856 square feet" on the ground level and will post signs letting the public know a 14th-floor viewing area is actually open to the public.

By - 5/12/09 - 9:43 am
Nighttime in Boston

Kalim Saliba shows off the view from his West End apartment (see it large).

Copyright, Kalim Saliba.

By - 5/11/09 - 8:55 am

Not only was he texting, he ran a red light.

DICTATORIAL MODERATOR'S NOTE: No more discussions about seeing evil in the eyes of people in MySpace photos. It's gotten to that "Oh, Jesus H. Christ enough already" stage and I'll be deleting further replies on that specific topic.

By - 5/9/09 - 8:22 pm

Around 7:45 p.m., Chelseacbboyles tweeted:

The intersection of Northern and Atlantic Aves were blocked by the cops so the King of Sweden could leave Rowes Wharf Hotel

By - 5/8/09 - 10:34 pm

NECN breaks the news with a tweet.

The Globe has more details, says he was texting his girlfriend:

MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas said it was difficult "to contain my outrage" at the driver's action ...

NECN reports he was texting her because he couldn't get her on his cell phone while driving the train.

You may recall how T management made a big deal of telling train drivers to stay off the phone after last year's fatal Riverside crash (for which cell phone use was eventually ruled out as a cause).

By - 5/8/09 - 7:29 pm

Multiple injuries.

People trapped.

Six injured people taken out on backboards around 7:55.

8:00: All injured people off the trains.

Channel 7 reports one trolley hit another as they were traveling from Government Center toward Park Street.

By - 5/8/09 - 9:11 am

The Globe details John Hynes' latest possibility for the giant negative space: Fewer floors, more apartments could dramatically reduce costs and make the project more attractive to the lenders who aren't giving him money now.

By - 5/7/09 - 11:03 am

Boston Police report arresting a Brockton man following last night's Celtics game for allegedly making a royal nuisance of himself at a pizza place across the street.

By - 5/6/09 - 11:12 pm

Depends on whether you believe the Herald:

[Don] Law said the Orpheum Theatre will undergo renovations this summer by owner Ronald Druker. “The discussion is ongoing, but my sense is they will be significant,” Law said.