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By adamg - 8/5/22 - 3:13 pm
Machine for spitting out transfers from the Orange Line to the 39 bus

Our own Ron Newman reports on the continued existence of this transfer dispenser at the Back Bay Orange Line stop that once spit out tickets you could use to get on the 39 bus: Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 2:20 pm

NBC Boston reports one of the two workers injured trying to deal with the flaming bus was released from the hospital yesterday but that the other was admitted for care.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 12:58 pm
Frog

Mary Ellen spotted this frog just hanging out in Cow Island Pond, the part of the Charles River along Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury, where there's a bit more water than in the largely dry stretch just downstream along Millennium Park.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 12:13 pm

Will It Blend? - iPad

Don't try this at home, because your blender will stop working, suit charges.

A Hyde Park woman and other purchasers of expensive Blendtec blenders say that far from being marble-crushing, skeleton-destroying marvels of modern engineering, the gizmos are actually pretty fragile contrivances that quickly fall apart, leaking their contents and belching smoke and spitting "deteriorated rubber, silicone, and/or plastic" into whatever they're blending before they stop working completely. Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 11:15 am

The MBTA announced today that it hopes to finally, actually, really, no kidding, open the Green Line Extension all the way into Medford by "late November," just in time for you to go over the river and through the woods to visit the Medford house where Lydia Maria Child's grandparents lived, prompting her to write the famous Thanksgiving song. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/5/22 - 10:42 am
Anti-Chinese graffiti in Chinatown

A Chinatown resident photographed the newest illiterate scrawlings at Liberty Tree Plaza, the small space in front of the city-owned China Trade Building and BPL branch at Boylston and Washington streets. She took the photo yesterday, reports it's still there this morning, but says, yes, she'll be reporting it via 311.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 10:26 pm
Large wasp's nest

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a wasps' nest that has all of McBride Street buzzing.

Giant wasps nest with huge wasps sitting very low in the tree. ... Wasps have white tips on their bodies.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 10:10 pm
St.Aggripina procession in the North End

Adam Castiglioni took in the first night of the St. Aggripina feast in the North End: Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 4:16 pm

Around 3 p.m. in the little plaza in front of the Staples between State Street and City Hall Plaza. A bystander found the victim in front of the Citizens Bank branch around the corner at State and Congress streets. Injuries not considered life threatening.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 3:57 pm

Darragh Murphy captured the flaming bus on Washington Street, reports:

Kudos to the driver for safely driving their ON FIRE bus into the @MBTA yard. Also kudos to @BostonFire for arriving in less than a minute and putting out the fire.

Video: Bus flaming in the bus yard.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 2:21 pm

But not the same location it left in 2020, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 2:11 pm

A Boston Police officer and a state trooper posing as prostitutes Tuesday night into Wednesday snared 13 men who tried to pick them up for sex at Mass and Cass - offering to pay in either cash or drugs - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 12:23 pm

Raising the specter of breakfasts without bacon and festival sausage stands without sausage across much of New England, trade groups representing restaurant owners across all of New England save Connecticut and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday sued the state over regulations, set to go into effect in less than two weeks, that would require pork sold, or even trans-shipped through, Massachusetts to come only from what the state considers humanely raised pigs. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 10:36 am
Truck backing up on Storrow Drive

The driver of one moving truck seemed to have decided to get ready for Allston Christmas by ignoring the "CARS ONLY" signs and getting onto Soldiers Field Road this morning. But as the Boston Struggler shows us, he ultimately decided discretion is the better part of valor, even if that meant doing a backup of shame when confronted with the complex of bridges that signals the change from Soldiers Field Road to Storrow Drive.

By adamg - 8/4/22 - 9:55 am

A Brookline woman may have lost more than $300,000 in a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment scheme, possibly run out of Taiwan, but the US Attorney's office in Boston says it has begun proceedings to recover $73,586 of the money after tracing it to an account on a crypto trading site. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 9:38 pm
Dragonfly at Jamaica Pond

About to walk down from Perkins Street to the path around this pond this afternoon when I spotted this guy alighting on some of the scrub between the road and the path.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 9:11 pm

A person jumped from the top of the Tufts Medical Center garage at 274 Tremont St. in Chinatown around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in an apparent suicide, Tufts told its employees. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 9:05 pm

State Police report two men were found dead at Carson Beach in South Boston today. The first, around 1:30 p.m., appears to have drowned. State Police say the second man, found near H Street around 3:30 p.m. did not appear to have drowned; his cause of death is under investigation.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 7:20 pm

A Gaelic football star from Northern Ireland who moved to South Boston earlier this year was arraigned today on charges he punched and then kicked a man outside the Lincoln Tavern so hard the man could lose a kidney. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 4:13 pm

Banker & Tradesman reports a Newton developer is considering building a 700-foot-tall tower at the corner of North Washington and Causeway streets. No plans filed with the BPDA yet.