Eli Reusch is on a packed Orange Line platform at State, where he and other riders are beginning to wonder if they'll ever get home. The MBTA reports a train went to meet its maker at Sullivan, causing delays of up to 15 minutes.
An Encino, CA man was arrested today on charges he called the Boston Globe more than a dozen times threatening to kill its workers - including one call in which he allegedly threatened to shoot employees in the head at 4 p.m. on the day it published a pro-newspaper editorial. Read more.
Companies with offices at 53 State St., where the Globe is now headquartered, got a memo from building management today about unspecified threats called into the Globe: Read more.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 10 minutes on the Orange Line due to an Oak Grove train with "a mechanical problem" at State Street.
As if all the other mishegas on the T today weren't enough, Erinn Larson reports a Blue Line got stuck at State Street for some 15 minutes this afternoon, not because of any mechanical problems, but because of one of the T's more charming underground denizens - a guy with a bicycle, a shopping cart filled with lots of stuff - and a deep and abiding anger at something or other. Read more.
Updated with info from the Bank Robbery Task Force.
The Santander Bank branch at 75 State St. was held up around 3:30 p.m. Read more.
There was a bit of a third-rail fire on the Orange Line outbound at State Street. The fire's out, but so is the power, at least until after MBTA electricians can arrive and determine everything's OK.
UPDATE: The T has suspended all service between North Station and Back Bay. Have fun on the Green Line.
What appeared to be a friendly chat about hurling at the Black Rose, 160 State St., took a quick violent turn when one guy declared himself "the best hurler in America" and warned the other man "if you don't fucking shut up , I will bite your fucking nose off" - and then tried to do just that, police said at a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning. Read more.
Christine Poff reports:
Orange line passengers in a tizzy; waiting for train makes their hair go frizzy.
City Council President Michelle Wu often takes the Orange Line to work at City Hall - and often takes her two young sons with her (City Hall has a daycare center). Increasingly, she has problems making the transition from underground to City Hall Plaza, like today: Read more.
Boston Police report arresting James Graham, 55, after he allegedly showed a clerk a knife and then grabbed a fistful of cash out of the register around 4:30 p.m. yesterday at the 7-Eleven next to the State Street entrance to the Aquarium T stop.
A copy of the memo to Globe staffers about the move to 53 State Street floats over Dan Kennedy's transom; staffers will start moving out of Dorchester in June. Shocker: They'll no longer be allowed to have their own min-fridges. Bonus: They will have access to a 12th-floor roof deck.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m. Service has resumed with "minor" delays.
"Severe" problems on the Orange Line due to a "track" problem at State, the T advises. The track problem turned out to be a fire in an electrical cable that brought Boston firefighters to the platform. The T is going to try to re-route around the bad cable.
The Orange Line is shut between Back Bay and North Station. NO BUSTITUTION. Use the Green Line or Silver Line or walk.
Only "minor" delays on the Orange Line, the T reports.
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