Downtown

By - 12/16/16 - 9:42 am
Fusco

A man who likes to carry a brick is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he beat a man at North Station - and tried to push him on the commuter-rail tracks - after finding out the victim was from Mexico, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Read more.

By - 12/16/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Sun reports that Mayor Walsh concentrated on the ongoing problems related to addicts and homeless people along Melnea Cass Boulevard and Mass. Ave. and on Boston Common at a recent South End Forum meeting.

We’re laser focused on it. It’s the same for Boston Common. We’re laser focused on Boston Common. That and the area here are the two hot spots. We’re meeting weekly internally on every aspect of the problem…You’ll still see homeless people, but we’re hoping to reduce it…

By - 12/15/16 - 5:18 pm

An Orange Line train stopped breathing at North Station; the T says the train is gone and the commute is back to normal, but some riders disagree:

Been at state for 20 mins. 1 very over crowded train only!!

By - 12/14/16 - 10:27 pm

Jason Michael Wolf, 31, of Washington, DC. was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today after pleading guilty to one count of transportation of a minor in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 12/14/16 - 8:22 am
I-93 jammed up in Boston

Parking Lot: A Still Life by Sonja Alves.

A crash just inside the entrance to the O'Neill Tunnel means nobody from the south is going anywhere fast this morning.

By - 12/12/16 - 6:38 pm
Sunset over Boston Harbor

John Gage shows us sunset was a bit nicer than sunrise today.

By - 12/8/16 - 10:24 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on plans by a local restaurant group to open a French restaurant at the Grand Masonic Lodge at Boylston and Tremont streets, which is currently adorned by a large seal featuring two beavers that look like they're trying to eat a dove.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:49 pm
In Boston City Hall

Just one of the delights that await visitors to the shipping crate Faneuil Hall came in.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:34 pm
Lonely carolers in Downtown Crossing

By the time these carolers finished a song as they stood atop the new Franklin Street entrance to the T around 12:50 p.m., there was one person to applaud them.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:29 pm

Wassem Amin will have to wear a GPS and cannot travel outside of Massachusetts should he make the bail for the 26 charges against him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 12/5/16 - 5:23 pm
Protesters in Boston

Outside the State House.

About 250 demonstrators - split between BPS and college students - marched from the Common to the State House and City Hall today to urge Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh to formally declare sanctuaries for not just undocumented immigrants but other minority groups, including lesbians, gays and transgender people as we move into the Trump era. Read more.

By - 12/5/16 - 4:32 pm
Amin

Wassem Amin, 31, faces arraignment tomorrow on a 26-count indictment that he defrauded two clients and a lawyer and intern he had working in his downtown law practice, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Amin used money from clients - and opened credit lines in his workers' names - to lease a Mercedes S-class sedan and help support a lifestyle that included a $10,819-a-month penthouse apartment on Canal Street, the DA's office alleges. Read more.

By - 12/4/16 - 5:42 pm
Santa Claus on the Orange Line

Benzo Amore got on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing with Nonplussed Ol' St. Nick:

He says he knows when brakes are squeaking, when you are late.

By - 12/3/16 - 11:16 am
Tremont Street break-in suspect
Tremont Street suspect

Nicole Chan posted photos of this guy, who was snooping around her Tremont Street business around 2:30 p.m. yesterday, looking for stuff to lift.

He's lucky he escaped. Chan's business is Trapology, in which people pay to be locked into a room, then try to escape, using clues and puzzle solving to figure a way out.

By - 12/2/16 - 7:26 pm

BPS high-school students are organizing a walkout on Monday that could see students rally on the Common at 2 p.m. before marching on the State House and rallying in front of City Hall: Read more.

By - 11/29/16 - 11:13 am

Seems Boston has this nifty little search tool that lets you type in a car's license-plate number and see when it was last towed (and to where).

Over on Boston Reddit, mac_question has been using the tool to follow the exploits of a 2017 Fiat sports car (no, that's not an oxymoron), whose owner keeps parking it haphazardly at Summer and High streets downtown. In the past three months, the car has been towed five times from that spot. Maybe it's still cheaper than a deeded parking space?

By - 11/28/16 - 10:24 am

Boston Police report arresting Erik Swanson, 33, on charges he broke into the Shrine of St. Anthony on Friday and stole several items. Read more.

By - 11/26/16 - 5:57 pm
St. Anthony's Shrine burglar

St. Anthony's Shrine on Arch Street has posted photos of the well-dressed guy they say broke into the shrine between 4 and 6 a.m. yesterday. If he looks familiar, you know the number to call.

By - 11/23/16 - 8:09 pm
Giant red bow

With exterior renovations finished on the Flour and Grain Exchange building on the Greenway, owner Related Beal has brought back the giant red bow that has long adorned it during the holiday season. Jed Hresko snapped this photo while watching workers install it.

Last year:
Just a tiny bow.