Tim Walsh captured some of the lightning over Boston Harbor during the afternoon storm.
The Zoning Board of Appeal this morning voted unanimously to approve what would be Boston's first medical-marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk St.
The board approved the conditional permit needed by Patriot Care for the dispensary, at which patients with prescriptions will be able to purchase marijuana.
The board was not swayed by arguments by city councilors Bill Limrhan, Steve Murphy and Michael Flaherty, by local residents groups and by St. Francis House that the facility would flood a rapidly developing area with new drug users, would lead to existing drug users preying on patients and was not accessible enough to people in cars.
Resident Rishi Shukla said there is "another 120 miles of Suffolk County," Patriot Care should consider.
Mayor Walsh and city councilors Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley, Tito Jackson and Matt O'Malley supported the proposal.
Tom McLaughlin was enjoying the dancing by Downtown Crossing's newest character this afternoon when a cranky jerk demanded police do something about him. McLaughlin reports that as officers were talking to dancer guy and getting him to pack up, crank guy started screaming "faggot" at him, because, of course, haters gonna hate. McLaughlin adds: Read more.
The MBTA reports workers at the Government Center rehab project found remnants of a 1915 Boston Post behind an old door jamb.
Other, larger reminders of the station's past will be put on display: Read more.
Can you spot Waldo in Adam Castiglioni's photo of Boston City Hall from this morning?
The MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays due to a dead Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing.
Sarah Connors captured this kid dancing in the rain in Downtown Crossing this afternoon. Read more.
UPDATE: MassDOT says service was restored at 4:10 p.m.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m., riders on an outbound C trolley that had just left Park Street saw a shower of sparks. And then the train died. Read more.
Boston Magazine reports the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is bringing Dutch artist Theo Jansen's "strandbeests" (beach animals) to the Boston area - with one-day exhibitions of them at various locations, including City Hall Plaza and Dewey Square, next month.
The T says it's busing passengers between Bowdoin and Airport - except Bowdoin riders are supposed to catch the bus at Government Center - due to a bomb threat that shut Maverick station around 5:30 p.m.
Update: Around 6:48 p.m., Transit Police completed their sweep of the station and re-opened it for service.
Craig Wright reports on an incident on the inbound platform on the Red Line at South Station around 9 a.m.:
Woman hit older woman with iced coffee, then dumped on her head because she was "intentionally blocking her."
I guess from boarding the train? Who knows! To the older woman's credit - she just pretty much laughed it off.
The coffee dumper then walked away, he said.
Historic New England has release the final documentary in Justin Goodstein's series about the long-running market as part of its Haymarket Project.
Shamus Moynihan took in a game of chess at City Hall Plaza's new giant chess set.
Wonderson watched the sun go down over downtown this evening.
Lanikai, which makes ukeles, is running a contest to give out a new uke. Chelsea is determined to win one. See the photo of her strumming on the Greenway carousel, then click on the heart icon on the left to vote for her (if you don't see it, since the Web site seems to be wonky, go to the main contest page, search on "Greetings from Boston Harbor, hover over her photo, then click on the heart).