Firefighters determined the source of smoke inside Trinity Church in Copley Square around 5:15 p.m. was an overheated motor in the ceiling above a first-floor restroom. Power was shut, ending the problem, although traffic around Copley Square remained clogged.
Amy B. snapped nature's fury, in the form of blown-over barriers around the menorah erected in Copley Square.
Meanwhile, Elyse Ryan posts the rules to the Boston Umbrella Game:
Walk Boston w/ Umbrella, Rules: Don't let umbrella flip inside out. Boss level: Back Bay side streets.
Instant fail: umbrella flips in front of a line of watching taxis or crossing a busy... Read more
Because, well, why not?
Neal Gaffey illustrates just how quickly the temperature fell below freezing overnight.
The deceased train is at Harvard; platforms at other stations are filling rapidly.
Green Line trolleys, meanwhile, died at Coolidge Corner and near Copley Square.
Also, for what it's worth, many of the sites on the Freedom Trail, including the Old State House, remain open. Old Ironsides and the Bunker Hill Monument, however, are closed for the duration.... Read more
Anjali Agarwal wonders where she can get some.
Cheryl Stober reports on the annual summer migration:
Each summer, a group of teenage ballerinas starts getting on the train at Kenmore Square, and riding the few stops to Copley Square. With their yoga mats and hair done up in perfect buns, I'm just fascinated by them. I don't know anything about their program, but seeing them as I'm trudging off to my office... Read more
Watch some video of Old South Church Minister Nancy Taylor and Associate Minister Anthony Livolsi ringing the church bells after the Supreme Court released its decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The ruling means, among other things, that same-sex couples in Massachusetts are now eligible for the same federal benefits as other married couples.
Down at City Hall, city workers raised... Read more
Joe Pesaturo looked up in Copley Square this evening.
UPDATE: Power began coming back along Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue around 9 a.m.; BPD was maintaining officers in the area just in case.
The Back Bay and parts of the South End and Fenway went dark again overnight in its second major blackout in a little more than a year, when an underground cable feeding the Scotia Street substation failed around 3:15 a.m.
That's... Read more