By - 3/12/15 - 7:12 pm
Crowd at Boston Garden

Two minutes before the puck was supposed to drop tonight, Alex Carlson found herself way far away from her seat as Garden security got extra tough to prevent a recurrence of last night's stabbing at the Celtics game.

By - 3/12/15 - 3:44 pm
Installing glass at the new Government Center subway station

Mike Kix watched workers installing the roof of the revamped Government Center T stop today.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:35 am

Stanley Staco and Deadspin report a man wearing a Rondo shirt stabbed another man wearing a Rondo shirt during a fight around 9:45 p.m. in Section 311.

By - 3/11/15 - 2:13 pm
Bill Linehan singing Danny Boy

Boston City Council meetings usually conclude with a recitation of recently deceased Bostonians whom councilors wish to remember with a moment of silence. Today's meeting, though, had an added ending: City Council Bill Linehan singing "Danny Boy."

Linehan started the meeting by giving councilors shamrock pins. As the normal council business wound down, an aide brought a guitar up to Linehan's podium at the front of the council chambers and he said he wanted to send his fellow councilors into "the high holidays" with an appropriate song.

After he was done, the council and staffers rose as one to applaud.

By - 3/11/15 - 2:02 pm

Transit Police report arresting Marc Meadowcroft, 19, of Revere, today on charges he defaced two old trolleys sitting on an unused track at Boylston station last year by spraying them with his tag of "CIGA."

Meadowcroft now faces 14 counts of felony tagging in Boston Municipal Court, police say.

By - 3/10/15 - 12:15 pm

TD Garden officials found themselves before the Boston Licensing Board today, apologizing for being helpless in the face of a force like Garth Brooks.

More specifically, they were there to answer a police citation for "failure to disperse patrons in a safe, timely and orderly fashion" on the night of Jan. 24. Police say the area around and under the Garden - in particular, North Station - was so full of people exiting one Garth Brooks concert and people waiting to enter the next that the result was pedestrian gridlock that kept innocent commuters just trying to get home on commuter rail from getting to their trains on time.

By - 3/9/15 - 6:15 pm

Some kind of switch problem is wreaking all kinds of havoc at North Station this afternoon. Or as Sue puts it:

I got 99 problems and all of them seem to be switch issues at North Station.

By - 3/9/15 - 4:59 pm
One car destroyed, one damaged by falling ice bombs

Spinorama84 happened upon some carnage in the parking lot between Hurricane O'Reilly's and the Fours on Canal Street this afternoon: One car heavily damaged by ice boulders falling from the building and one with its windshield taken out. No injuries, he reports.

Nobody injured by falling deathcicle behind Bromfield Street.

By - 3/9/15 - 4:04 pm

Rise is announcing it will shut for good at the end of April.

As many of you know, our lease expired several years ago and we have been open since on borrowed time.

It’s been an amazing run of over 16 years which is rare in the club business and even rarer for a club that never served a drop of alcohol. ...

I know I speak for the entire RISE staff (past and present) when I say how much we all appreciate each and every one of you who come and dance and socialize in the wee hours of the night in the sleepy town called Boston.

By - 3/9/15 - 2:27 pm
Giant icicle behind Bromfield Street

Sarah Rubenstein forwards a pair of photos of a giant icicle coming loose behind her office at 36 Bromfield St. this afternoon.

The first one shows the giant ice spear coming loose. Then, she reports, part of it shattered one of her office's windows, showering a conference room - fortunately empty at the time - with glass and ice.

The second one shows it hurtling towards the ground - just as somebody was walking right at it:

By - 3/9/15 - 12:36 pm
Boston City Hall Plaza had a fountain in 1973

How about a fountain, like in 1973? Photo from the US National Archives.

Mayor Walsh is soliciting ideas on how to convert City Hall Plaza from a barren brick wasteland into a place people would actually want to spend time on when it's not being used for concerts, festivals or circus performances.

This is the people's plaza, and we’ve seen how it can bring the City together for international events and community events alike. I’m looking to our experts in architecture and urban planning for design, curation, and partnership ideas, as well as residents of Boston and other interested parties.

By - 3/7/15 - 4:11 pm
Firefighters outside South Station

Firefighters outside South Station. Photo by Manny Lim.

Firefighters shut South Station on the Red Line and ordered the power off in both directions on the line until they could find and then extinguish what turned out to be a small trash fire on the tracks about halfway between South Station and Downtown Crossing.

BFD gave the T permission to restore power around 4:15 p.m.

The fire sent smoke into both stations.

By - 3/6/15 - 6:00 pm

The FBI is looking for a man they say robbed two downtown banks last month. Pictures released this week show the guy grinning as he held up the Citibank branch at 70 Summer St. around 10 a.m. on Feb. 18.

The FBI says he also robbed the Citizens Bank branch on Avenue de Lafayette the day before.

He's described as white, tan and about 5'10".

If you know any suspiciously tan guys, contact Special Agent Adam Howe at 617-721-4098.

By - 3/4/15 - 3:59 pm
Beacon light

Beacon safely belted in for its ride back to the bridge. Photo by State Police

A homeless man who figured out how to enter one of the Zakim Bridge's towers climbed to the top and stole a 60-lb. airplane warning light last month - the second one he's stolen - State Police charge.

Clifford Beckford, 34, allegedly stashed his newest light at the historic Warren Tavern in Charlestown, after leaving the first light outside the Old State House in downtown Boston, State Police say.

By - 3/3/15 - 5:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what action to take, if any, against the Grand Canal on Canal Street for a Jan. 14 incident that ended with a bouncer punching a patron.

By - 2/25/15 - 8:21 am
Part of the Long Island bridge floats through Boston Harbor

Paul Nutting got to his office early this morning and got to see part of the Long Island bridge floating through Boston Harbor as crews work to take down the current span so it can be replaced one of these years.

Nick Cimetti got a closeup shot of the bridge segment under full steam:

By - 2/23/15 - 9:37 pm

Firefighters responded to South Station shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a trash fire on the outbound side of the Red Line. The fire was not on the tracks, it was quickly blasted with some water and that was that, except for the smell of smoke and the delays on the Red Line.

By - 2/23/15 - 9:48 am
Free ice hugs in the Leather District in downtown Boston

Molly Lanzarotta came across this hug-giving snowfreak in the Leather District today: Olaf meets the heart-three-sizes-too-small Grinch.

By - 2/22/15 - 1:24 pm

Steve Hollinger sent an RC car equipped with a GoPro camera out onto the ice of the frozen Fort Point Channel yesterday, with the idea of having it inspect the floating pyramid.

The Fort Pointer reports the set up was:

GoPro mounted on a cheap 2.4 gHz RC car, marked down to $18.50 at Radio Shack.