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By adamg - 12/9/19 - 3:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he scooped up toys and sneakers awaiting delivery on porches in the area of Rosecliff Terrace and Cliftondale Street in Roslindale early Sunday evening. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/19 - 2:44 pm

Pete Frates's family reports Frates died today from ALS. He was 34.

Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure. As a result, through his determination - along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train - he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media...

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By adamg - 12/9/19 - 10:29 am

Even as state officials keep boasting of $8 billion in upcoming new trains and tracks and stuff, the T is continuing to suffer serious safety and other problems because of inadequate maintenance of the trains and facilities it already has, caused in large part by ineffective policy setting by constantly changing leadership, according to a report by a panel formed to investigate T safety issues. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/19 - 9:54 am

Last Thursday, Tufts University announced it would remove the Sackler name everywhere it appears on its campuses, because of the family's ties to the opioid crisis.

The next day, the president of Harvard, who was previously the president of Tufts, said nope, doing what Tufts did would be "inappropriate."

By adamg - 12/9/19 - 9:15 am

The MBTA says the Orange Line is all back to hunky dory after delays caused by a train with a mechanical problem (at least we know it wasn't one of the new trains, right?).

By adamg - 12/9/19 - 9:00 am
New beer offerings at the Deli Haus in Kenmore Square

Michelle Juralewicz reports:

Found this blast from Kenmore Square past at my parents' house.

They closed in December, 2001, a victim of Kenmore's BUification.

By adamg - 12/9/19 - 8:46 am

WFXT talks to nearby residents about Boston Medical Center's recently filed plans to add 600,000 square feet of new space, some in new buildings.

Boston Medical Center Institutional Master Plan notification form (37M PDF).

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 11:38 pm

Our own art/film/politics provocateur Rod Webber showed up in Miami Beach today, where he took advantage of the blank white wall where the duct-taped banana used to be until somebody ate it and wrote "Epstien didn't kill himself" in red lipstick and yes, he misspelled it even after trying unsuccessfully last month to register as Epstein Didn't Kill Himself Webber for the 2020 ballot in New Hampshire. And then he was escorted out of the joint.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 10:19 pm
Santa Claus on the Orange Line

Roving UHub photographer Marilyn M. spotted the jolly old elf headed to JP on the Orange Line this evening after bouncing kids on his knee at the Downtown Crossing Macy's.

Earlier:
St. Nick taking the Orange Line into town.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 8:39 pm
Broken water fountain on north side of Arborway

Clay Harper videoed a brand-new and already busted water fountain spewing water tonight on the little plaza next to the new entrance to the Forest Hills T station across the Arborway from the station. Read more.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 8:30 pm
By adamg - 12/8/19 - 6:30 pm
Pied-billed grebe in Jamaica Pond

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen spotted a pied-billed grebe at Jamaica Pond yesterday.

You can tell a grebe (you just can't tell it much) because they're a bit smaller and not as black as the coots that frequent the pond this time of year.

Also at Jamaica Pond today, Stephen Baird photographed a bald eagle soaring overhead.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 1:55 pm

Boston Police report arresting men from Hyde Park and Mattapan on gun charges after they tried to speed away from a traffic stop only to crash their car, then fail to outrun responding police officers. Read more.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 1:36 pm
Plump squirrel wants more nuts

Eileen Murphy reports a squirrel that would seem to be more than amply ready for winter keeps coming up to her South Boston window demanding more peanuts.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 12:51 pm

KMV got to the scene of a car that flipped over early this morning on Alford Street; reports nobody was trapped and that the injuries were not considered life threatening.

By adamg - 12/7/19 - 9:19 pm
Free Guy scene set on Franklin Street, with flames, helicopters and missiles

The trailer for "Free Guy," in which Ryan Reynolds plays a bank teller who begins to realize he's a character in a shoot-em-up video game, dropped today, and it features lots and lots of scenes in downtown Boston (and one under the Zakim in Charlestown) - although oddly it starts with somebody skydiving over what looks like Pittsburgh. Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/19 - 5:05 pm
Sunset over Fort Point Channel

Steve Klise watched the sunset from the South Boston side of the channel:

Damn, Boston, winter evenings look good on you.

By adamg - 12/7/19 - 4:07 pm
Forever 21 won't actually be around forever

Scott shows us the harsh lesson being taught today on Newbury Street at Mass. Ave.

By adamg - 12/7/19 - 3:23 pm

Bodega, the "secret" sneaker store hidden in a Clearway Street storefront has filed a trademark lawsuit against Bodega Rose, a New York venture that sells planters shaped like sneakers and T-shirts emblazoned with "Bodega Rose." Read more.