The US Attorney's office today announced the arrest of the owner of the former Alpha Omega Jewelers, ten years after he fled the country after banks began questioning the loans they had given him for inventory in his Boston, Cambridge, Natick and Burlington stores that officials say didn't exist. Read more.
Todd Consentino was bicycling down Memorial Drive in Cambridge today when he noticed a squirrel hiding from a hawk thanks to some conveniently placed bleachers.
The Crimson reports Schoenhof's, founded in Boston in 1856, will close forever on March 25, although it will continue to sell books online. High Harvard Square rents meant the store could no longer continue in the age of Amazon.
Candelaria Silva has long enjoyed being able to sit alone at a restaurant, with just her thoughts, her food and, often, a good book:
Two other favorites were in Harvard Square - Hong Kong Restaurant - the Chinese food there was very different from what I’d had in my home town of St. Louis - and Wursthaus, a German restaurant. I can’t remember what I ate there but I remember it was delicious and I was thrilled with the feeling of seclusion I had while there.
Red Line riders know the drill.
Amanda happened upon this Cambridge space-saver note-on-a-stick tonight that was obviously in response to an earlier note posted on a car parked in a space.
Cambridge Police report a 66-year-old woman was robbed by a man on Friday who then broke into a store and took money from its cash registers early the next day: Read more.
Robert Alvarez spotted this on Bolster Street in Jamaica Plain today.
Councilor Marc McGovern writes:
OK, I laugh at all those folks buying milk and bread because of a storm, but I'm now out of milk and bread. Damn.
Dead train at Harvard Square is leaving plenty of commuters saying mean things about the T this afternoon.
Mount Auburn Cemetery recounts the days when the Cambridge Horse Railroad provided service to the cemetery all the way from Bowdoin Square in Boston.
Its cars made 175 trips each way every day at fifteen-minute intervals until 11:30 pm. Wrought-iron rails assured a smooth ride along tree-lined Brattle Street past the Longfellow House. In 1863 another line brought visitors past Fresh Pond to Mount Auburn via Garden and Craigie streets. ... The low fare made frequent visits possible, unlike the cost of hiring a hack.
Cambridge Police are looking for a man they say tried to hold up the Century Bank branch at 2309 Massachusetts Ave. this morning.
The man gave a teller a note, but he fled before getting any actual money.
He's described as 5' and Indian, wearing a blue Patriots sweatshirt and dark gray baggy sweatpants. He wore a gray mitten on his right hand.
The Crimson reports two Iranian sisters, one headed to do mathematical work, the other to study philosophy, were barred from a flight from London on Sunday despite having visas. They were denied seats on three other flights as well. The two have a sister who is already in Cambridge, working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The Dig informs us about some Cambridge guy involved in a pump-and-dump scheme to defraud investors with some alleged smartphone-based cannabis marketing tool.
MIT and a group called Conservation International yesterday announced a program to look at ways to use nature to help fight climate change:
The collaboration brings together MIT’s technical, scientific, and engineering expertise with Conservation International’s expansive environmental programs, to look for ways that forests, coastal ecosystems, and urban areas can be managed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
The collaboration launches today with a one-day hackathon at MIT that invites participants to team up on ideation and early-state design of nature-based, technologically savvy solutions to climate challenges in developing world communities. The collaboration will involve MIT students in CI’s international fieldwork and will initially include four joint research projects in which scientists will focus directly on climate challenges already having an impact in places such as the Philippines and the Amazon Basin.
A fight that started when some men wouldn't leave a woman alone inside a Central Square bar early this morning spilled out into the street and turned into a brawl involving 25 people that ended when police arrived and discovered the woman's boyfriend had been stabbed in the chest. Read more.
A federal judge who has dismissed two lawsuits by Boston medallion-cab owners over ride-for-hire companies today dismissed a similar lawsuit by Cambridge taxi owners.
In his ruling today, US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton said the Cambridge owners no longer had any standing to sue Cambridge over the way it did or did not regulate companies such as Lyft and Uber because a new state law removes oversight of the companies from local licensing officials.