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By - 4/6/14 - 11:34 am

For the second time in a week, Transit Police report arresting a Red Line rider for allegedly selling drugs on a train.

Police say plainclothes detectives watched as Kevin Hembrough, 37, of New Hampshire, sold somebody some Oxycodone pills on a train stopped at South Station around 1:20 p.m. on Friday.

On March 28, detectives arrested a Dorchester woman for allegedly exchanging Klonopin... Read more

By - 4/6/14 - 11:26 am

And as the Innovation District becomes too expensive, many of them were on the other side of Fort Point Channel, the Globe reports.

By - 4/5/14 - 10:37 pm

Meaghan O'Malley asks:

Who's got a good optometrist in the DTC/Financial district area? Mine moved to Newbury St. and I am a lazy sod.

By - 4/5/14 - 9:12 am

Today's the anniversary of the 1926 arrest of H.L. Mencken on the Common for selling a magazine considered obscene by the local group that banned things in Boston. The charges were dismissed the next day and Mencken won a lawsuit against the Watch and Ward Society. The group's influence continued through 1982, when the position of city censor was eliminated.... Read more

By - 4/3/14 - 3:09 pm
Keytar Bear in a Bruins jacket

Dave Rogers spotted Keytar Bear at Government Center today.

By - 4/3/14 - 9:50 am

Limeduck gives a thumbs up to the pulled pork sandwich and baked beans he got the other day at Lillian's Smokin Rack at City Hall.

By - 4/2/14 - 9:11 am

Daisy provides some alternatives to subs and burgers.

By - 4/1/14 - 7:39 am
Bake sale on City Hall Plaza to raise funds for schools

A group of parents will protest cuts at Boston public schools next week by holding an old-fashioned bake sale outside City Hall.

"Gosh darn it, let's give the Mayor, City and State a hand!" reads the flyer for the bake sale, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday.

By - 3/31/14 - 1:08 pm

Transit Police report a man trying to piggyback into Downtown Crossing last night ordered the woman whose fare he was trying to share to "hurry up" so he wouldn't get pinched by the fare gate.

The experience apparently so rattled the man that he grew even more agitated as he got on an Orange Line train bound for glory at Forest Hills, which prompted... Read more

By - 3/31/14 - 8:54 am

State Police report four separate crashes involving 19 cars made the morning commute into the city messy. One person was injured enough to be taken away in an ambulance.

Updated with final tally from State Police.

By - 3/30/14 - 8:23 pm
Keytar Bear at Downtown Crossing

Nahani Otien reports Keytar Bear was killing it tonight at Downtown Crossing.

By - 3/28/14 - 5:18 pm
State Street station filling with smoke

At 5:10 p.m., Lauren Finkelstein reported from the outbound side of State Street:

Smoke filling the cars/station on the orange line at state st stop. Everyone being evacuated.

A minute later, the T sent out an alert about "minor" delays due to what it says is a disabled train at State.

Pesky brakes?... Read more

By - 3/28/14 - 4:46 pm
Government Center under reconstruction

Oh, they've been working on the railroad. Photo by MBTA. See it larger.

As noted earlier, some people left notes on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it was shut for two years of reconstruction.

Via the MBTA comes this ode, found penned on one of the walls:

Dear Government Center,

Thank you!
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to

... Read more
By - 3/28/14 - 1:37 pm
Firefighters of Engine 33 and Ladder 15 at City Hall service

Jonmicol photographed the face of bravery at a City Hall ceremony this afternoon at which the flag of the Boston Fire Department was raised and a moment of silence observed for Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Paul Weiskel photographed a woman with a simple message:

By - 3/28/14 - 9:12 am
Royal Arcanum in Boston

Boston is home to several insurers, but they all have pretty boring names - except for the Supreme Council of the Royal Arcanum on Batterymarch Street downtown.

It sounds like some sort of fraternal organization, which, in fact, it is, but one that exists primarily to provide burial benefits and insurance to its members.

A Boston doctor, Darius Wilson, founded the... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 9:48 am
Gonzalez

Transit Police report arresting a man they say was brought to ground by Red Line riders who heard a woman struggling with him as he tried to grab her purse.

Cesar Gonzalez, 26, police say, followed a woman off a Red Line train around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and reached for her purse:

The victim held tightly onto her purse and was yelling for

... Read more
By - 3/25/14 - 6:17 pm
Crammed in at South Station on the Red Line

David Finnerty had some time to get to know fellow riders at South Station.

A train died at Downtown Crossing around 5:30 p.m., as of 6:15 p.m., riders trying to head south were still being thwarted.

Mike Long reports his train just sat outside Charles/MGH for 10 minutes before finally pulling in.

Party Orca surveyed the human gridlock at Downtown Crossing:

Traffic onto the Red Line southbound at DTX is backed up to the escalator to Orange

... Read more
By - 3/25/14 - 4:32 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m.:

MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED DURING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE CYCLE ACROSS MANY NORTH AND EAST FACING COASTLINES FROM BOSTON TO NANTUCKET

Oh, and leave that umbrella at home, unless you're really tired of it - the NWS has also issued a wind advisory:... Read more

By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:12 am
Government Center graffiti

ElmerCat catalogued the fond graffiti people left on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it shut for a two-year re-do.

Copyright ElmerCat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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