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By adamg - 5/17/22 - 4:46 pm
Flaming manhole on Boylston Street

The Boston Fire Department reports a couple of manholes on Boylston Street near Fairfield Street belched flames around 12:45 p.m., causing no injuries but startling passersby. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/22 - 3:35 pm

Law 360 covers today's acquittal of Mario Batali on a sexual-assault charge for an incident at a bar next to the Italian food court at the Pru that used to have his name on it.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 10:31 am
Statue of Art holding a sign reading: Defend Roe

Emulsion Mike was walking through Copley Square last night when he noticed that the statue of Art outside the main library had a new sign (with several similar signs at her base).

By adamg - 5/6/22 - 5:00 pm

Mario Batali, who used to come up to Boston to promote his Eataly food court at the Prudential Center, returns to Boston next week for jury selection for his trial on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident involving a fan at a now closed bar next to Eataly back in 2017. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 1:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today took no action on requests by the owners of Boston Chops on Washington Street in the South End to sell their liquor license to a proposed parmigiana-based restaurant in Copley Place - and to then transfer the liquor license from their closed Boston Chops on Temple Place downtown to the Washington Street restaurant - because of a lawsuit by their Temple Place landlord. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/25/22 - 9:52 am
Wanted for kicking an MBTA bus door

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say responded to being barred from a bus at the Massachusetts Avenue stop for refusing to put on a mask by kicking the bus door, causing a a spider-web crack that forced the bus out of service. Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/22 - 2:32 pm
Birds seen in the North End and the Public Garden

Adam Balsam chronicles the 27 different species of birds he spotted over a week in the North End and the Public Garden.

By adamg - 4/23/22 - 4:03 pm

The Pru Barnes & Noble says a rent dispute means it's closing June 19th: Read more.

By adamg - 4/18/22 - 4:54 pm

The MBTA says all the Marathon fans jamming into Green Line stops means trolleys have to go wicked slow for safety reasons pulling into and out of stations, but some riders say there's slow and then there's the Green Line:

Took 30 minutes from Copley to Arlington, and Copley is not even open.

By adamg - 4/17/22 - 3:43 pm
Two bouquets, a note and a photo on the Public Garden bridge

Many of the people crossing the bridge over the Public Garden lagoon today stopped for a moment to contemplate the two bouquets of flowers, the photo of a young woman and a note left by the railing. Some even opened the folded note to read Samantha's pangs for Villanelle, whom she would never see again: Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/22 - 3:17 pm
People running down Boylston Street

Shortly after 11 a.m., these people came running down the otherwise empty stretch of Boylston Street, down near Arlington. People eating outside at the Parish Cafe or just standing nearby cheered them on.

By adamg - 4/15/22 - 9:14 am
Wanted for knife assault

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say reacted to another man talking too loudly on the Orange Line by pulling out a knife and demanding he shut up, around 7:30 p.m. on March 25. Read more

By adamg - 4/13/22 - 11:21 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that the citywide Covid-19 test positivity rate has reached 6.2%, up from just 2.2% in early March. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/22 - 10:04 pm
Nuclear-sensing helicopter near the R2-D2 building in the Back Bay

Mark Clancy scored a great shot of the National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter today as it flew over part of the Marathon route to take in background radiation levels just in case something happens where that might become important to know.

The copter crew does this every year in the days before the race.

By adamg - 4/9/22 - 4:05 pm
Firefighters rescuing man after breaking open wall at Back Bay

The Boston Fire Department reports "a man fell between the walls" at the commuter-rail part of Back Bay this afternoon and that companies had to bust open the walls to get him out. The department did not say how the man managed to fall in that exact location.

By adamg - 3/30/22 - 6:01 pm
Deteso

A radiologist from Saratoga Springs, NY, was arraigned today on charges he took photos up the skirts of at least 21 women entering or leaving the Anthropologie store at 203 Newbury St. in the Back Bay last August and then again last September. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/22 - 4:14 pm
Commonwealth Avenue collision

Alice the roving UHub photographer came upon this scene on the inbound side of Commonwealth Avenue between Hereford and Gloucester around 2:30 p.m. today.

By adamg - 3/29/22 - 10:13 am

Boston Police report arresting a pair of alleged thieves who made off with $4,000 worth of sunglasses from the Prudential Center Mall before being arrested behind a parked car a few blocks away where they were trying in vain to hide from officers looking for them. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/22 - 10:34 am

The Boston Licensing Board this morning granted La Neta, 255 Newbury St., permission to stay open until 1 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/22 - 1:38 pm

Update: Board grants permission to stay open later.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to let La Neta, 255 Newbury St., extend its closing time from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Read more.

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