Steve Annear

Live-tweeting events makes commencement more interactive

Not more than a decade ago, students dressed in caps and gowns were forced to sit silently and sweat in the blazing sun as guest speakers offered words of wisdom to graduating college seniors during commencement.But during the celebrations of several of Boston's newest graduating classes on Sunday...

Monday, May 21, 2012, 1:36 AM

Special train to honor fallen troops

A special passenger coach train covered in commemorative decorations will roll through the Hub during a ceremony to honor the fallen war heroes from Massachusetts.The unveiling and launch of the "Gold Star" commuter rail passenger coach on Wednesday will feature the names of soldiers, marines,...

Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:17 AM

Clear Channel to buy WFNX, some staff already fired

Did Clear Channel kill the radio stars?According to a press release issued by the company, they are in the process of purchasing the longtime Boston rock station WFNX from MCC Broadcasting Company, Inc., pending FCC approval.The station, 101.7 on your radio dial, is part of the Phoenix Media/...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 6:52 PM

VIDEO: Boston ad agency has a beer vending machine that tweets

While most offices in Boston may be lucky enough to have a vending machine that spews out the occasional bag of Cheetos, or possibly some stale trail mix, one agency is slugging back beers dispensed from a machine during work hours.At Arnold Worldwide, at their headquarters here in Boston, there is...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5:32 PM

Tito Jackson: City Councilor wants to explore pay-by-phone parking

As she dug around in her purse, holding her baby in her arms, Jeanne searched for quarters to feed the meter in South Boston.“Hopefully I have at least one quarter,” said Jeanne, who didn’t want to give her last name, before she finally found one buried in her bag.“If I could flash my phone and pay...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 1:33 AM

‘Rush Hour Race’ pits cyclist, MBTA rider, driver against each other

If you're trying to navigate your way to work in the shortest time possible, strap on your helmet and grab your bicycle.Gearing up for Bay State Bike Week, the LiveableStreets Alliance launched the first "Rush Hour Race" from Davis Square in Somerville to Kendall Square in Cambridge.The race, in...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 2:01 AM

Local engineers building massive metal monster

What has six legs and could probably crush a car?Stompy, the giant spider-like robot being constructed by a team of Somerville engineers and their students.At Artisan's Asylum, Dan Cody and 16 tech junkies have begun production on a larger-than-motor-vehicle-design of a Hexapod that would seat two...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 12:42 AM

Advertisers may get shot at renaming MBTA stations

It's no surprise that the T is strapped for cash.After a long winter of figuring out how to close its fiscal 2013 budget deficit by slashing some services and agreeing to a fare hike, MBTA officials continue to explore ways to raise revenue for the Hub's public transit agency.But is selling the...

Monday, May 14, 2012, 8:26 PM

Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted' tweets from Boston

Who said stuffed animals have to be sweet and cuddly?"Family Guy" creator and crude-humor mastermind Seth MacFarlane doesn't think so. And it's obvious as he heavily promotes his new, first-ever feature length film “Ted,” a tale about a talking Teddy Bear and his misadventures with Dorchester...

Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:21 PM

'Hero dog' that saved owner from train goes home to family

A pit bull, being called "the hero dog" for saving her owners life, lefta Hub animal hospital over the weekend to go home and recover.Lilly,the 8-year-old dog who was struck by a train last week after shefrantically dragged her owner out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, wasreconnected with her...

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 5:29 PM

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Cops dig for leads in stolen artwork case

Police swarmed the home of an alleged mobster in Connecticut on Thursday in hopes of finding information about a decades-old theft from a local Boston museum that remains unsolved.According to the Boston Globe, law officials in Manchetser, Connecticut, were digging in the yard of Robert Gentile, a...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 8:47 PM

MBTA riders catch thief, cops pepper spray him after struggle

Two MBTA riders were able to nab a would-be phone robber and hand deliver him to Transit Police, before he got away with one of the passenger’s devices — but not without a struggle and some pepper spray.According to MBTA Transit Police reports, officers arrested Jonathan Pagan, 20, of Chelsea, and...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 8:33 PM

Man struck, killed by commuter train in Boston

A train leaving South Station just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday struck and killed a man who allegedly walked onto the tracks.According to MBTA police reports, the victim was in a crouched position and walked in front of the train after it left South Station, heading toward the Fairmount/Readville...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:53 PM

MBTA and Google team up to offer indoor maps of T stations

Navigating your way through the MBTA tunnels and stations while underground is about to get a whole lot easier.T officials announced today that through a partnership with Google Indoor Maps the MBTA will become the first transit system in the nation to offer a way to see station features such as...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 9:04 PM

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon host fundraiser for senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren

As the race between U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Democratic contender Elizabeth Warren heats up, some of Hollywood’s (and Boston’s) most well known actors are throwing their support behind Warren.According to a an invite paid for by Warren’s campaign, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have teamed up with...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 5:52 PM

Could Massachusetts become a global leader for clean water technology?

Not only is Boston plowing through the competition when it comes to tech startups, but in the clean-water business, the Hub is flooding out the competition.On Tuesday, industry leaders and executives joined city officials to talk about how Boston, and the state, can help accelerate water industry...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 11:35 PM

Have a coffee with Mayor Thomas Menino

Want to talk to the city about open space and other neighborhood needs?Well, grab a seat and a Dunkins’ coffee because Mayor Thomas Menino, along with the city’s Parks and Recreation department, are hosting a series of meet and greets to gab about what’s going on in the Hub.The meetups will focus...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 8:53 PM

Pit bull saves owner from getting hit by train

A dog frantically pulled its owner from the tracks in Shirley, Massachusetts, moments before a freight train came barreling through, hitting the canine.According to reports, 8-year-old Lilly, a pit bull, dragged her unconscious owner out of the train's path on May 4, but was unable to move in time...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 6:09 PM

Group claims climate change will impact public transit

Members of the Metro Boston Climate Defense team, a mashup coalition conjured up by 350.org and MassUniting, claim an intense nor'easter or destructive hurricane as a result of extreme climate changes could put parts of the Hub's public transit system underwater by 2040."Climate change is happening...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 1:05 AM

MIT researchers: Yogurt may give you swagger

Adding yogurt to your diet might give you the moves like Jagger.According to research involving probiotics and its effect on mice, being conducted by scientists at MIT, not only did ingesting yogurt make the specimen skinnier, it also gave them some "swagger."Channel 5 reports that researchers Eric...

Monday, May 7, 2012, 6:23 PM