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By adamg - 7/20/24 - 12:41 pm

MassDOT reports the outage continues. Thanks, CrowdStrike.

By adamg - 7/20/24 - 10:09 am
Halloween decorations at Dedham Lowe's

Is it Halloween season already? As Gary C. found out, the Dedham Lowe's thinks so.

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 10:37 pm

Boston firefighters responded to 421 Park Dr., now under construction as a 13-story addition to the former Landmark Center, for a fire that started by welding and construction debris on the fourth floor but spread several floors upward, around 5:10 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 3:40 pm

An anesthesiologist who had just started a fellowship at Children's Hospital was arrested at his Fenway apartment Thursday evening on charges he downloaded and shared pornographic photos and videos of children as young as infants over the past few months, according to records unsealed in US District Court in Boston today. Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 2:38 pm
Artist working on giant cat made of sand

Matt Frank walked along Revere Beach today as artists finished up their sand sculptures for the annual sand-sculpting festival today, was particularly taken by this giant cat, "throwing some serious annoyed cat energy at its sculptor."

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 2:14 pm
Rendering of proposed BC archive building

Rendering by Shepley Bulfinch.

Boston College has filed plans with the Boston Planning Department to build a three-story, roughly 45,000-square-foot building to store collections of religious stuff "as well as limited artwork and cultural artifacts" on a hillside between its Theology and Ministry Library and its St. John's Seminary property off Lake Street in Brighton. Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 11:43 am

Now that he has a North End pied a terre, Josh Kraft is sounding more and more like he'll run for mayor against Michelle Wu next year, CommonWealth Beacon reports. Oh, not publicly yet, but CommonWealth Beacon reports Kraft started dishing on the campaign he'll launch this fall to a friend at a Back Bay coffeehouse - where somebody else sitting nearby took it all in and then re-dished to the site.

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 9:48 am

Update, 2:25 p.m.: RMV says its officers are open for appointments again but that the statewide vehicle inspection system remains offline.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles reports it's been hit by the same Windows security-software screwup as Mass General Brigham, which means it's had to cancel all customer-service-center appointments before noon "as many workstations at centers are not operational." Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/24 - 9:17 am

An attempt by a computer-security firm called CrowdStrike to send out an update for its Windows security software has taken down computers and mobile devices around the world, including at Mass General Brigham, which sent out an urgent message to staff this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 8:57 pm
The SUV after it came to a stop

The SUV after it came to a stop. Photo from the upper busway by SW.

Boston Police officers were approaching a 2024 BMW SUV at the parking lot at the Forest Hills MBTA station when the driver tried to flee, running over an officer, who opened fire and hit the driver in the head. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 7:50 pm
Oppenheimer with package

Oppenheimer with new shipment of drug components in Rhode Island building, allegedly (from FBI affidavit).

A former Everett man now living in Cambridge was arrested yesterday on charges of possession of more than 500 grams of meth with intent to distribute and defrauding a federal Covid relief program. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 5:13 pm

There are places to be courteous and let someone in ahead of you, but a Boston rotary is not one of them. A really peeved roving UHub driver from Roslindale is worried somebody's going to get killed if people don't stop stopping in the middle of a rotary to let somebody else into the flow of traffic (reminder for outatownas: People already in a rotary have the right of way): Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 4:28 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say held up the Charlestown Whole Foods, 27 Austin St., around 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 4:15 pm
Last two old-school Orange Line cars moving out from Wellington yard

Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA snapped the last two 1980s-era Orange Line cars getting hauled out of the Wellington yard to a scrapyard yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 12:12 pm

Boston is using a $3-millon grant from the Mellon Foundation for a series of temporary art installations and events across the city. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 10:54 am

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Alfeu Barbosa, 26, of Burlington, to 121 months in prison for his participation in the robbery of two spas, one in Brookline, while he was wearing a GPS monitor as part of the probation that was his punishment just six weeks earlier for robbing a third spa and beating one worker badly enough to send her to the hospital. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/24 - 10:29 am

That day started poorly on the Green Line, with the MBTA announcing delays due to "signal problems" at Government Center at 5:38 a.m. The T declared that issue fixed at 6:12 a.m., but then, at 7:35 a.m., upgraded (or is that downgraded?) the Government Center issue to "a track problem" severe enough to halt B and C service at Park Street. That short-stoppage is continuing. Read more.

By adamg - 7/17/24 - 9:44 pm
A line of blue people waiting for the Blue Line

A line of blue people waiting for the Blue Line at Government Center. Photo by Boston's Leslie Knopes.

A transformer at Orient Heights on the Blue Line blew this afternoon, bringing firefighters running and trains to a halt.

Boston firefighters responded around 5:50 p.m. and the MBTA shut down power in both directions. Firefighters then doused the flames. But delays due to problems related to the transformer continued through the evening; the T only announced at 9:15 p.m. that things were back to normal.