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By adamg - 2/4/23 - 8:50 pm
Crowd outside the Wang

Angry Wang customers demand to be let back in. Photo by Live Boston.

So far tonight, burst pipes caused by the sudden freeze have forced three hospitals to send patients elsewhere, left Wang Theatre patrons out in the cold, angrily yelling to be let back in, and flooded a floor at the Prudential Center mall. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 3:37 pm
Frozen Charles River

Josh Borrow took a walk along the insta-frozen Charles River this afternoon.

But kids, the National Weather Service reminds you to stay off the ice.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 2:09 pm
Crashed car

The MBTA reports Alewife station is closed "due to an auto accident with the building structure." The Cambridge Fire Department reports the driver of a car on the top garage level slammed into a wall - intentionally, Transit Police say. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 1:47 pm
Color-coordinated trash barrels catch water at MFA exhibit

Matt Frank was taking in the European wing at the Museum of Fine Arts today when water began pouring out of the ceiling and even trash barrels coordinated with the floor tiles were not enough, so the museum has closed off the area.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 1:07 pm

The commuter-rail Twitter feed today is full of delay notices due to severe weather conditions, broken rails, signal issues and, of course, mechanical issues (and in some cases severe weather conditions AND mechanical issues)....

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By adamg - 2/4/23 - 12:39 pm

The MBTA had to stop the Red Line between Broadway and JFK/UMass this morning because of "a downed fence blocking the track area" near Andrew Square. And then there were the disabled trains it had to push/shove/somehow remove from the tracks on the Braintree branch.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 11:26 am
Guy in shorts on coldest day in a long time in Union Square.

While on a Union Square Donuts run this morning, Brandon Horst couldn't help but notice this guy.

Spotted my first guy walking out in shorts with an iced coffee. I knew Somerville wouldn’t let me down.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 11:06 am
Throwing hot water up in the air

Rob Orthman boiled up some water in Roslindale this morning and took it outside: Read more

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 10:57 am

Cheryl-Ann's Bakery,1010 West Roxbury Parkway, long known for its challah, bubkes, rugalach and other kosher baked goods, reports it hopes to re-open this spring, more than a year after a fire forced it shut: Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 10:45 am
Cops inside La Chiva

Officers inside La Chiva. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports a man was found shot in the face around midnight at Bennington and Chelsea streets in East Boston, but that police also set up a crime scene at 500 Border St., in what might be a carjacking gone wrong. The man ran inside La Chiva restaurant for help. The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of the victim's injuries.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 11:09 pm

Nala went missing from her home on Dalrymple Street in Jamaica Plain around 2 p.m. on Jan. 22. Her owner is offering a $3,000 reward for her safe return, no questions asked. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 6:21 pm

MassDOT reports it's restricting lanes on the I-93 connector ramp in Somerville after "a large vinyl portion" of a billboard there came loose - but can't be removed safely because it's just too windy for workers from Outfront Media to safely climb up to remove all the vinyl. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 2:56 pm
Firefighters at 43 Cottage St.

Boston firefighters responded to 43 Cottage St. around 2:15 p.m. for a fire that spread through the walls of the triple decker. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 2:01 pm

The US Attorney's office reports that four current and former Boston Police officers and supervisors at the department evidence warehouse in Hyde Park have had a new charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud added to their existing charges related to an alleged scheme in which the supervisors approved payments for overtime the officers did not actually work. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 12:55 pm

Update: Emerson sent e-mail saying a student died, that police say there are "no security concerns" and that counselors will be available.

The Berkeley Beacon reports police responded to the Little Building, at the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets, after a body was discovered around 10 a.m.

The building houses dorm rooms for first-year Emerson College students.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 11:19 am

The Boston City Archives has posted a transcript of an interview with John J. McClane, who started working as a Boston firefighter in 1901 and who recalled the transition from horse-drawn engines to motor-driven ones, in the days when Brighton was still home to abatoirs and cattle yards, where farmers from around the area would bring their cattle and sheep to be prepared for shipment to England - and then retire to the Faneuil House for some high-stakes poker.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 10:24 pm

The normal weekend shutdown of the Sumner Tunnel for repairs has been called off for this weekend because of the extreme cold.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:30 pm

The MBTA reports:

Earlier tonight, the MBTA experienced a power outage that caused a systemwide disruption to credit & debit card processing at fare vending machines. The power issue has been resolved & all fare vending machines are now functioning properly. We apologize for any inconveniences.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:22 pm

CommonWealth reports Gov. Healey said she would rather work with CRRC than fight it, but that something has to be done about the fact that the company's Springfield plant hasn't shipped a new Red or Orange Line car here in more than seven months.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 5:09 pm

The MBTA reports southbound delays of up to 15 minutes on the Red Line due to a train suffering a coronary at Porter Square.

Video of a train being taken out of service at Park Street, no long after, with special guest appearance by a leaking ceiling in the station.