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French Toast Alert Level: Guarded. Explanation.
By - 2/19/15 - 4:53 pm
Former Marine vows retribution on anybody who touches his van in Cambridge

Curt Nickisch spotted this note on a van in Cambridge today. You know, if only the note writer had used a smaller font, he could have included the rest of his feelings:

And I don't like nobody touchin' MY STUFF. Just keep your meathooks off. If I catch any of you guys in my stuff, I'll kill you.

By - 2/19/15 - 4:08 pm
Spanish news site reports on Bostonians throwing themselves out windows

In addition to our parking wars, media outlets overseas are also loving the people-jumping-out-of-windows story (which probably nobody would have even thought to pick up if the mayor hadn't complained about it). Take, for example, this story by La Libertad, in Madrid:

The mayor asked them to stop:
Snow fever in Boston: Dozens of people throw themselves out windows

By - 2/19/15 - 3:26 pm

A superintendent search committee today recommended four candidates to the School Committee and Mayor Walsh; none from either Boston or Massachusetts:

Dana Bedden, currently superintendent in Richmond, VA; Tommy Chang, currently instructional superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Intensive Support &... Read more

By - 2/19/15 - 3:11 pm

A Belmont man convicted of his second OUI offense appealed, arguing his arrest was illegal because a trooper only showed up at his home based on the word of an anonymous 911 caller and that's just not good enough to warrant a potential arrest.

But... Read more

By - 2/19/15 - 2:32 pm
Stupid marked up car in a space in Brighton after the snow

A Brighton resident forwards this photo of her car this morning and reports:

Basically I came home last night to Brighton and a car had taken the spot that I had shoveled out and put a space saver in. This was understandable as I got home at 10PM. I luckily saw a spot at the end of the street that did not have a space saver in it, so I parked there. And woke up to ‘YOU ARE A SHITTY PERSON’ in red lipstick on my windshield. Apparently someone thought that they could get home after 10PM and still have a spot that didn’t even have a space saver in it.

Also in Brighton:
Parking wars get uglier.

By - 2/19/15 - 12:21 pm

For what it's worth, I got this e-mail from Keolis earlier

February 19, 2015
A letter to our MBTA Commuter Rail passengers:

Since the beginning of the year, commuter rail passengers have faced delays, cancellations and overly crowded trains related primarily to weather and

... Read more
By - 2/19/15 - 10:05 am
Spray painted car

Christina Failma reports:

Someone moved parking marker 1st before my unsuspecting friend parked and this happened. Not cool.

Washington Street in Brighton.

By - 2/19/15 - 9:46 am

Der Spiegel reports on our space-saver wars:

Schlacht um Parkplätze: Wildwest in Boston
Wer im verschneiten Boston einen Parkplatz freischaufelt, darf ihn für zwei Tage reservieren. Manche Einwohner wollen diese Sitte abschaffen - denn sie hat böse Folgen.

Meanwhile, you know... Read more

By - 2/19/15 - 9:32 am
Running for the 55 bus

Seems the driver of a 55 bus couldn't get down a particularly narrowed Fenway street this morning, so he went down another one. And, of course, as Najah shows us, nobody told the people waiting for the bus at Jersey and Queensberry, forcing them to run to Jersey and Boylston to try to catch the bus, literally.

By - 2/19/15 - 8:57 am
Park Drive snow removal

State Bobcat clearing the sidewalk it had just blocked.

Last night, Vasant Marur was out for a stroll along Park Drive when he noticed guys in Bobcats clearing snow from the roadway by pushing it into mounds along the curb, where it promptly rolled onto the previously clear sidewalks, blocking them.

But rather than just take a photo and tweet about it, Marur looked for the supervisor of the operation - a MassDOT guy, since Park Drive is owned by DCR:

I had a friendly chat and indicated that all the snow was falling onto the sidewalk. He was nice about it, stepped out of the truck and realized the problem. They are now clearing the sidewalk as I type this up.

By - 2/19/15 - 8:33 am

All the way from Forest Hills to Oak Grove, every nine minutes.

By - 2/18/15 - 11:05 pm

Around 6:30 p.m., snow slid off the roof of Simoni Rink at the Gore Street Park, hitting four people and burying one. WCVB reports two people were taken to the hospital.

By - 2/18/15 - 10:39 pm

UPDATE :Firefighters extinguished the fire and left the tracks about 10:45 p.m

Around 10:35 p.m. Firefighters asked the T to cut power on the outbound side so they could douse a small trash fire about 100 feet past the platform; the T cut power in both directions.

By - 2/18/15 - 10:37 pm

Ron Newman reports the city has shut the intersection of Medford and Pearl streets due to the increasingly saggy nature of the city-owned Homans Building.

By - 2/18/15 - 6:47 pm

State officials tonight released a schedule for re-opening currently shut subway segments. The Red Line will be extended to North Quincy on Friday, followed by Braintree on Monday, along with B trolleys on the Green Line. The Mattapan Line will remain shut until Friday, Feb.... Read more

By - 2/18/15 - 6:38 pm

They had a reporter talking about all our issues: Snow, collapsing roofs, killer icicles and, of course, the T. The reporter breathlessly declared one Red Line station was so bad "the bathrooms don't even work!"

Wait, Red Line stations have bathrooms?

By - 2/18/15 - 6:07 pm

Cambridge public-works and traffic officials say they're turning several two-way streets in East Cambridge into temporary one-way streets starting tomorrow.

The goal is to give police, fire and EMT crews a fighting chance of getting to an emergency on snow-narrowed streets.

Please look for signs

... Read more
By - 2/18/15 - 5:49 pm
Namaste, bitch: Person gets mirror snapped off in parking war in Allston

Andrea Karis spotted this note today on Glenville Avenue at Spofford Road.