With BU looking to sell the building that now serves as the iconic sign's base, the Boston Preservation Alliance has started collecting signatures on a request to Boston to designate the giant, glowing beacon an official city landmark.
Landmark designation will protect the CITGO sign permanently and require any possible changes to be reviewed (including those that result from future development of 660 Beacon Street). Further, it will recognize the CITGO sign as an important piece of Boston history and culture.
This morning at Park Drive and Queensberry Street, Scott Parkinson reports. The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of his injuries.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports a multi-cuisine restaurant called B3 plans to open in the newly opened Berklee tower on Mass. Ave., where the McDonald's used to be. People looking for a quiet spot to eat might want to look elsewhere because B3 "will be a fluid space where food is alive with freshness and flavor and music just happens."
Officials from the Huntington Theatre, the company that now owns its building and the city announced a deal today in which the theater company will stay in what's now called the BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue and the owner will redevelop the space around it. Read more.
A training exercise that will turn Fenway Park into a series of battlefields this weekend is aimed more at training Boston Police and other first responders how to deal with a lone gunman with a large arsenal than a coordinated attack by terrorists. Read more.
BPD and Homeland Security will create an impromptu battlefield at Fenway Park this weekend with an Army center that works to develop the weapons of tomorrow.
Sunday's "full scale counterterrorism exercise" will ring out with "realistic-sounding, simulated gunshots" between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as drones fly overhead and various other technologies, including bomb-sniffing dogs and specialized metal detectors, get put to the test.
Yawkey way, from Brookline Avenue to Boylston Street and Van Ness Street from Ipswich to Ross Way, will be shut.
Among the items in the New York Public Library's online collection of Boston images is this postcard showing the Boston Opera House on Huntington Avenue.
It opened in 1909, thanks to a last-minute donation from Eben Jordan (as in Jordan Marsh), never really did very well and then, in the 1950s, when the BRA was in full Tear Down All the Things mode, Northeastern got permission to tear it down to put up what is now Speare Hall. Read more.
The Herald reports on the man's arraignment yesterday for an incident Friday night.
A couple of reports from this past holiday weekend:
Vanyaland reports the bassist for a band playing O'Brien's in Allston last night tried to set his instrument on fire - with the help of some lighter fluid. No, it wasn't the Flaming Lips.
Sgt. Luke Taxter at D-4 reports a large fight inside the Cask 'n Flagon early Sunday ended with "1 female with cut to face and officers closing the bar early."
The Boston Licensing Board today ordered a two-day suspension for the Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St., for an incident on April 2 in which police detectives found three underage men - one just 18 - kicking back with Bud Lights, after a doorman agreed to let at least two of them in for a suitable fee. Read more.
A man found unconscious and covered in blood outside the Baseball Tavern early on May 1 is slowly getting better, but remains in a medically induced coma, a homicide detective investigating the case said this morning.
Sgt. Det. Richard Daley spoke at a hearing of the Boston Licensing Board, which will decide Thursday whether the bar, at 1270 Boylston St., could have prevented the attack that sent Robert McLaughlin, 27, of Swampscott, to Brigham and Women's hospital. It was one of two hearings the board held today on violations at the sports bar. Read more.
Sometime after 10:30 p.m., Boston University Police came upon a trespasser in a BU building at 771 Commonwealth Ave. He ran, they chased - right to the banks of the Charles River, into which he jumped, just downstream from the BU Bridge.
As he tried to swim to Cambridge, Boston and State Police arrived, as did Boston and Cambridge firefighters with boats. Troopers in a boat found him, pulled him up and brought him to the Boston side, where, Rob Cant reports, he was put on a stretcher and taken away by Boston EMTs.
An MIT student wandering around a BU dorm overnight last October entered one sleeping woman's dorm room and raped her, Suffolk County prosecutors charge. Read more.
Vasant Marur didn't realize the Fenway had raccoons - until tonight, when he spotted one behind a building on Queensberry.
NECN reports the FBI is busy checking out the Connecticut home of a gangster they think might know about the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner robbery in 1990.
Michael Moran says the National Women's Hockey League owes him lots of money for what he says is his part ownership of the league and time he spent working as the league's chief marketing officer. Read more.
Nilesh Gandhi captured our latest near-Storrowing tonight - and the "CARS ONLY" warning sign at the entrance to Storrow inbound at Charlesgate that the trucker plowed through.