Kevin Williams, 40, of Waltham, was arraigned today on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer for an incident yesterday at the main BPL library in Copley Square, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
One of the officers suffered a leg injury during the incident, around noon in the McKim wing.
From the MassDOT blog:
The MBTA expects thousands of extra riders for the 2016 Boston Marathon on Patriotsâ€™ Day, Monday, April 18.
Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from the Marathon and are advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information on the day of the race.
UPDATE: The T announced the resumption of service at 4:50 p.m.
An inbound D train derailed between Hynes and Copley Square. Brian Campbell reports a friend called to say she's now covered in soot after something began burning and passengers had to walk through the tunnel to Copley:
She was on an inbound train and evacuated in the tunnel between Hynes and Copley, they exited at Copley.
The T is now running buses instead of trolleys between Park Street and Kenmore Square.
A Green Line trolley simply had too much to drink on St. Patrick's Day and passed out at Copley Square outbound. At 5:35 p.m., Kelsea Hanks reported:
Don't try to go outbound anywhere on the MBTA Green Line. Nothing has moved past Copley in over 30 min.
MBCrowley gives us a little St. Patrick's Day/Keytar Bear selfie in Copley Square.
Zik is among the many outraged to see graffiti scrawled all along the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square library this morning.
Melissa Sullivan captured this Sanders supporter in Copley Square today.
On Monday, the mayor's office announced the city would be showing the Winter Classic Bruins hockey game on a big screen in Copley Square.
But the Globe reports that NBC/Comcast has blocked the outdoor viewing because it owns the exclusive rights to the telecast and it's not going to let a bunch of people just watch it in a park.
T workers managed to dispose of the carcass of a trolley that died at Cleveland Circle earlier this morning, but now there are signal issues at Copley jamming up the works.
UPDATE, 10 a.m. Bhaiwala has set her report to "friends only."
UPDATE, 8:35 a.m.: A Transit Police spokesman says: "We have attempted to reach out to her but have not, as of this correspondence, received a reply."
Zahra Bhaiwala, who is studying health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, reports she was on her way from class to work on the Green Line today when the trolley entered Copley and some guy she says had been eyeing her since Longwood started yelling that she had a bomb in the black bag she was carrying:
"Copley is next! Thatâ€™s the best place for them to do an attack!â€ť Followed by â€śWomen are doing it too now, donâ€™t you see the news?â€ť
4 or 5 angry men had now gathered around me and I showed them my Harvard and Genzyme IDs and opened up the bag to show them my computers. They nodded their heads and backed away slowly. No one in the car said anything to the man, who refused to come with me to the MBTA office and also refused to apologize. None of the 5 men apologized either, which is more upsetting.
BPL trustees today agreed to rent space in the renovated Johnston building to WGBH, which will build a news bureau and studio, and the library's existing cafeteria operator, which will build a new cafe.
A tentative contract calls for WGBH to build an 800-square-foot bureau and anchor desk, where library visitors will be able to watch WGBH news people talk into microphones.
Also, BPL says: Read more.
WBZ reports an outbound trolley died in the tunnel near Copley around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, forcing riders to be evacuated back to the station and bollixing up service for everybody else.
J. Tammaro spotted this "intactivist" in Copley Square this morning, urging people to vote against circumcision, even though there are no circumcision-related ballot questions in the works for the 2016 ballot.
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