By - 12/18/15 - 9:40 am
Oromo protesters outside Boston City Hall

City Hall Plaza became the focus today of a protest against the Ethiopian government's attempts to take land owned by members of the Oromo ethnic group.

Amnesty International reports 40 people have died during government crackdowns on protests in Ethiopia. Read more.

By - 12/17/15 - 5:30 pm
People waiting in the rain to see Star Wars in Boston

Ellie shows us the line of people waiting around 5:15 p.m. to get into the first screenings of the new Star Wars movies at the AMC Loews Boston Common, set for 7 p.m. She notes she and friends got there at 2, which is good, because the line now stretches past the outbound entrance to the Boylston T stop.

Compare to the scene at noon.

By - 12/17/15 - 12:25 pm
Man waiting outside Boston theater for the new Star Wars movie

Downtown Boston BID found this guy waiting outside the AMC Loews Boston Common at lunchtime today - waiting for the evening screening of some new science-fiction movie that's debuts today.

By - 12/16/15 - 8:59 pm

Around 8:45 p.m. at 91 Causeway St.

By - 12/13/15 - 10:37 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the impending demise of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace bar.

By - 12/12/15 - 9:08 pm
BMW in Downtown Crossing in Boston where it shouldn't be

Washington Street downtown apparently calls to motorists, but unfortunately for them, there often seems to be a Boston cop stationed right outside Bath and Body Works to pull them over and explain to them why they shouldn't be driving down that stretch of the street, as Jesse Haley shows us tonight.

Sorry, sir, but the Downtown Crossing Bath and Body Works doesn't have a drive thru

By - 12/11/15 - 8:15 am
Charles River in the fog

Meagan peered into the mists over the Charles River from the Anderson Bridge this morning.

Marra Jacqueline looked up in Christopher Columbus Park: Read more.

By - 12/11/15 - 8:02 am

St. Francis House reports:

Our closet leaked, ruining our holiday wrapping paper. Could you donate some festive wrapping paper at our front desk for our guests' gifts?

By - 12/10/15 - 12:29 pm

Today, we signed a Letter of Intent with UBS to move our editorial and business operations to 53 State Street, Exchange Place.

Read more.

By - 12/9/15 - 6:54 pm
Downtown Crossing

The scene in Downtown Crossing. Photo by Josh Cronin.

Transit Police report an Alewife train hit a woman as it entered Downtown Crossing around 6:40 p.m.

Power was shut in both directions to let firefighters extricate the body of the woman, about 42.

Shuttle buses replaced service between JFK/UMass and Harvard.

The incident happened less than 24 hours after a man wound up under a train at Broadway.

By - 12/7/15 - 4:41 pm
Downtown Boston reflected in Fort Point Channel

Ross Chanowski looked up and down while walking along Fort Point Channel this afternoon.

By - 12/7/15 - 9:46 am

A Beverly man hurled a bottle of Rolling Rock at a T worker who wanted him to stop harassing other passengers last Thursday evening, Transit Police report.

John Reddy, 37, was arrested on a charge of Assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to police:

Upon arrival officers were met by the victim/MBTA employee who pointed out a male, later identified John Reddy, 37 of Beverley. The victim informed the officers his attention was drawn to Reddy due to other passengers complaining of being harassed by him. Upon approaching Reddy, Reddy threw a Rolling Rock beer bottle nearly striking the victim in the head. Reddy then shouted out that he would "Kill" the MBTA employee/victim. Officers also observed shattered glass strewn about the immediate area.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/5/15 - 6:02 pm
Speakeasy being dismantled in Boston during Prohibition

On Feb. 11, 1932, news photographer Leslie Jones watched federal agents dismantle an illegal speakeasy, "the most elaborate joint ever built in Boston," at the corner of Causeway and Haverhill streets, across from the Garden and North Station.

About a year and half later, on Dec. 5, 1933, President Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring the end of Prohibition. Read more.

By - 12/5/15 - 11:24 am

UPDATE: It was water.

Around 11 a.m. on Essex Street at Atlantic Avenue. A BFD decon unit responded to the scene after whatever the liquid was made the driver start coughing. Service on the Red and Orange lines was briefly halted at Downtown Crossing after police received a report the guy might have entered that T station.

Initial BFD testing showed no toxic chemicals, but the bus was to be taken out of service to be cleaned.

By - 12/4/15 - 6:50 pm

Boston Police report the arrest of James Derepentigny, 50, of Lawrence on a charge of planting a hoax device for this morning's bomb scare that shut Atlantic Avenue, Seaport Boulevard and an I-93 entrance ramp. Read more.

By - 12/4/15 - 11:01 am
Remains of the exploded package

Police investigate remains of exploded suitcase. Photo by Jonathan Berk.


UPDATE: Arrest made.

Police are looking for a man they say left a large suitcase near a Homeland Security vehicle at the Coast Guard building on Atlantic Avenue around 9:50 a.m., then walked away in a hurry.

Police responding to the scene quickly shut Atlantic Avenue and Seaport Boulevard over the Evelyn Moakley Bridge as the bomb squad arrived. Eventually, an I-93 ramp was shut as well. Read more.

By - 12/4/15 - 6:50 am
Canadians in front of the Boston Christmas tree, a gift from Nova Scotia

Photo by Communications Nova Scotia.

A pair of Mounties bracket Halifax, NS Mayor Mike Savage, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Andrea and Kyla MacEachern of Lorne, NS, who donated this year's Boston Tree as thanks for the aid Boston gave Halifax after an explosion in Halifax harbor in 1917 killed 2,000 and destroyed a large part of the city.

By - 12/2/15 - 5:30 pm
Flour and Grain Exchange building in Boston with just a tiny little bow

Every December, Related Beal wraps a giant ribbon and bow around the Flour and Grain Exchange building on the Greenway. But as Adam Castiglioni notices, the bow and ribbon are tiny this year.

Solomon McCown reports the scaling back is just for this year:

Our landlord Related Beal tells us the big bow will be back in 2016. Some façade maintenance work made it impossible this year.

By - 12/1/15 - 10:30 pm reports BRA Director Brian Golden is saying he can't deal with Don Chiofaro and his proposed towers anymore. In a letter to a waterfront advisory committee, Golden says the BRA and Chiofaro are at an impasse on the size of the towers.

By - 12/1/15 - 9:32 pm
Car getting a ticket for being in a pedestrian only area in Downtown Crossing

It must've been National Ignore All the Signs Night in Downtown Crossing, because behind this guy getting a ticket for driving down Washington Street shortly before 7 p.m. was a whole line of other motorists who seem to have figured oh, what the hell, let's go for it.

Cars on Washington Street