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By adamg - 2/21/21 - 9:31 pm

FALLING THROUGH THE ICE, CHARLES RIVER

Lucas Brunelle is part of a small (very small) fraternity of people who try to bike on the Charles River in the winter. Yesterday, he got out on the ice in Brighton and pretty promptly fell through thin ice and into the water.

Today, more people joined him on the river, but on two feet and further downstream by the Esplanade. Thanks to the folks who sent us photos and comments, if for no other reason that we now know there are two divergent schools of thought about people who go out on the Charles on days like today: Read more.

By adamg - 2/19/21 - 9:05 pm

The MBTA reports 20-minute delays on the Green Line due to "a train with a mechanical problem approaching Copley eastbound."

This comes a few hours after the Green Line was completely stopped after a trolley lost its pantograph at Park Street.

By adamg - 2/19/21 - 1:04 pm

Boston Pride announced today that it's once again canceled its annual Pride festival and parade due to Covid-19, although on a slightly hopeful note: Read more.

By adamg - 2/16/21 - 8:50 am

Through March 13, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is lighting up several bridges in the park system, from dusk until 9 p.m.

By adamg - 2/9/21 - 9:04 am
Prudential building through snow-covered trees

Matthew Ireland snapped the Pru through the snow-frosted trees of the Southwest Corridor Park at Holyoke Street after the snow stopped on Sunday.

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By adamg - 2/6/21 - 9:23 pm

DEA agents and Boston Police arrested three men at the Allston DoubleTree Hotel Thursday as part of an effort to break up a drug ring selling meth, cocaine and fentanyl, Live Boston reports. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/21 - 4:20 pm
Paul Dudley White shoveling snow

On Jan. 10, 1957, a news photographer captured Dr. Paul Dudley White, then 70, shoveling snow along what looks to be Storrow Drive, where, later, a 17-mile bike and pedestrian path would be named in his honor. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/21 - 1:00 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposed marijuana mart at 829 Boylston St., between the Apple Store and the Walgreens, across from the Mandarin Oriental. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/21 - 4:55 pm

John Boampong, 37, of Dorchester has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges related to the way he responded to police officers demanding he drive away from the Arlington Street area by shooting at them repeatedly early on June 1, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 11:18 am

Transit Police report arresting Tyler Logan, 28, of Leicester, after he allegedly stared at a woman at the Orange Line fare gates while doing things a grown man shouldn't be doing in public, around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/21 - 10:55 am
Developer would add floors to these Boylston Street buildings

Going up? The buildings that would get taller.

A Florida-based developer wants to raise the height of four buildings on Boylston Street between Fairfield and Exeter streets, to add new residential, office and retail space. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:23 pm

Peter Cheung took in the first night of Hatched, a four-week long "multi-sensory winter illumination experience" at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade: Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 9:36 am
Hotel in Sacramento that's really the Midtown Hotel in Boston

Something familiar about this Sacramento scene.

Charles Dennison IV was watching an episode of "Mr. Mayor" that involves a trip to Sacramento when he noticed an oddly familiar "Sacramento" hotel.

Roughly similar view from Google that will help you place it. Wonder if the Sacramento hotel is also slated to be replaced?

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 12:43 pm

Old South Church in the Back Bay will participate in the national Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 this afternoon by tolling the Great Tower Bell. It's part of a national commemoration.

Old South Church member and MIT mathematician David Vogan will ring the 2,000-lb. bell, which sits at the top of the church's 246-foot tower.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:45 am

Berklee College of Music has rented 17 rooms at the Hynes Convention Center for students to use in a socially distanced sort of way for classroom and ensemble use. Read more.

By adamg - 1/11/21 - 11:42 am
Firefighters putting out burning trash, trees and a wreath in the Back Bay

One resident had a front-row seat to watch Boston firefighters put out three burning Christmas trees, one wreath and a bed frame at Marlborough Street and Charlesgate East at 8:58 p.m. yesterday.

It was one of numerous outdoor fires set by somebody roaming Back Bay alleys last night before a two-alarm fire erupted on Beacon Street at Exeter Street around 10:15 p.m. - possibly the result of one of the arsonist's outdoor fires.

By adamg - 1/10/21 - 9:46 pm
295-297 Beacon St. on fire

295-297 Beacon St. during the fire. Photo by BFD.

Somebody who spent Sunday night setting trash and Christmas trees on fire in Back Bay alleys may have sparked what turned into a two-alarm fire at 295-297 Beacon St. at Exeter Street. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/21 - 1:27 pm
Bald eagle in the Back Bay

Noah Jakimo spotted our national symbol cruising along the river between Mass. Ave. and the BU Bridge this morning.

By adamg - 1/7/21 - 11:00 am

The Boston Sun reports chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette are whipping up an Italian seafood restaurant on Newbury Street between Fairfield and Gloucester streets. They already have a deal to buy the liquor license from the former Uno on Boylston Street.

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