Woman robbed at downtown ATM; bystander grabs thief and holds him for cops

This photo shows the scene outside a Downtown Crossing Citizens Bank yesterday afternoon not long after police arrived to arrest the guy on the ground - who didn't get far after he robbed a woman of her money and phone at the ATM, thanks to the bearded guy on the left, who grabbed him and held him for police.

Jeff, the man who stepped in, reports:

I just did what I hope someone else would've done had it been one of my loved ones.

Harvard sues test-prep companies for allegedly stealing questions from an online Business School exam

Harvard University this week sued several companies that sell training materials for students taking a Business School "Credential of Readiness" online exam.

The nation's oldest college charges the companies are violating Harvard copyrights by using actual questions from the exam - given at the end of a two-to-three month online course, called HBX CORe, "for individuals seeking to understand the fundamentals of business, and how business theories apply in real business settings."

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the President and Fellows of Harvard College charge:

The CORe Exams, created at great expense by Harvard Business School, are original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression by Harvard. ...

Defendants have utilized a number of techniques to conceal their activities with
respect to all of their websites, including Certkiller.com, Testking.com, Certgenie.com andPass4sure.com. The techniques defendants have used to conceal their activities include, but are not necessarily limited to, private registration of their domain names, the use of false identities to register their domain names, and offshore hosting and payment facilities.

Based on the facts alleged herein, defendants have committed, and are
committing, thousands of acts of copyright infringement. These acts of infringement are willful, deliberate and committed with knowledge of Harvard’s registered copyrighted material.

Harvard is seeking an order to get the companies to knock it off, to give Harvard all the profits they've made on the products and to pay penalties for the alleged wrongdoing.

Complete Harvard complaint (2M PDF).

Mango pies to benefit Nepal

Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale is selling mango pies at $25 apiece, with all the proceeds going to aid for Nepal:

One of our dear staff members is from Nepal and has been dealing with the numerous tragedies and after effects of the recent earthquake that has shaken their beautiful country. In light of these events we teamed together with our local Nepali friends to make our famous and sometimes elusive Mango Pie!

Apparently, the old adage

"We have two seasons - winter and construction" doesn't just apply to highways. Got this e-mail from Keolis regarding pending track work on the Haverhill line. In summary, riders should expect delays and bustitution.

To All of Our Haverhill Line Customers
TRACK WORK NOTICE - Effective May 4th- June 26, 2015

Due to necessary rail improvements, the MBTA Commuter Rail will be providing bus service between Reading and Haverhill for midday trains, Monday through Friday beginning Monday, May 4, 2015.

The following Inbound trains will have bus service between Haverhill and Reading*:

212: 9:44am from Haverhill
214: 12:00pm from Haverhill
218: 2:40pm from Haverhill
220: 4:30pm from Haverhill (Passengers bused to Anderson Station to connect with train 330)

*Train 216: Passengers of train 216 from Andover and Ballardvale Stations will be bused directly to their destination station. Wilmington and Anderson passengers please use Lowell Line train 322 departing at times indicated with *.

The following Outbound trains will have bus service between Reading and Haverhill:

203: 8:04am from North Station
205: 10:30am from North Station
207: 12:20pm from North Station
209: 1:10pm from North Station
211: 3:00pm from North Station

Haverhill trains may also experience delays of approximately 5 minutes through the work period.

Trains to and from Reading Station are not expected to be impacted by this work.

For updates, questions or concerns, visit www.mbta.com, call Customer Service at 617-222-3200, or follow us on Twitter at @mbta_cr

We apologize for any inconvenience as a result of this improvement project.

Thank you as always for choosing the commuter rail.
Keolis Commuter Services

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