Some local Boston running groups are getting together to remember those that were hurt or lost their lives in yesterday's tragedy. The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners have weekly Tuesday night runs from Courtside Karaoke in Cambridge. They decided to gather and raise money for the victims and their families, and to show that Boston is a strong city, and will keep running.
Donations will be taken to give to the Boston Marathon Relief fund, Courtside will also donate a portion of the nights profits.
The run will begin at 7:15pm in front of Courtside Karaoke, 291 Cambridge St, Cambridge, Massachusetts. There will be a guided 3 or 4 mile run around the river, followed by socializing and donation collection.
Paula Soto, who shows documentaries in the community room of her apartment building, yesterday filed suit against the city of Cambridge, which she says is infringing her First Amendment rights by threatening to fine her for the leaflets she used to put on hundreds of car windshields each month.
In her suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Soto charges Cambridge is the only city in the entire state to interpret a state law prohibiting "defacement" of "natural scenery" as applying to flyers for a non-profit group, such as her Up and Out:
Amanda Fakhreddine snaps a Zipcar ad on the Red Line that promotes the company's utility for booty calls:
Kid sitting next to me asked his mom what that meant #keepitclassy #adfail
Eater Boston reports some guy is setting up our very first sports bar dedicated to cricket. OK, in Inman Square, but that's right across the river.
Drivers this morning were not prepared for yesterday's shutdown of the overpass on the Cambridge side of the BU Bridge - although they'll now have six months to get used to it.
Driver of the CT2 is freaking out screaming obscenities at other drivers in this INSANE traffic by BU bridge.
The state Department of Transportation says it's shutting the overpass on the Cambridge side of the BU Bridge on Sunday for some major repairs:
All vehicles will be diverted to the surface roadways and through the BU Bridge/Brookline Street rotary, and back on to Memorial Drive.
WBUR interviews a guy who just finished photographing "the intersections of each longitudinal line and the 40th line of latitude."
Mind's Eye Yarns in Porter Square is up for sale; if nobody wants to buy it and keep it open, it'll shut down later this spring.
The folks at Railroad.net report the Grand Junction bridge over the Charles River - which connects rail lines north and south of the city - has had to be shut again, only three months after it was re-opened following extensive repairs.
The bridge is used for produce shipments to the Chelsea market and lets Amtrak and MBCR ferry trains to repair facilities on either side of the Charles (South Boston for Amtrak, Somerville for MBCR). With the bridge shut again, trains have to go on a circuitous route via Worcester County.
A couple years ago, state officials bought the Grand Junction bridge and East Cambridge rail line in the hopes of routing some Worcester Line trains to North Station. They've since shelved those plans.
Tony Maws at Craigie on Main explains it goes back to his grandmother:
In Baba Hannah's kitchen I whipped egg whites for meringue frostings on her lemon sponge cake and helped shape the matzo balls for Passover Seder. I remember the taste of her split pea soup and the smell of her brisket. It was awesome and I still crave them. Nothing Baba Hannah cooked came out of left field. But she made it and it was good and it was a great excuse for our family to come together. It was the best time I had around food.
Eater Boston reports on the Jewish-style barbecue place planned for Central Square.
Transit Police are looking for this guy for an incident around 6 p.m. last Tuesday:
On Tuesday, 03/19/13, at approximately 6:05 PM, on an inbound Red Line train from Alewife MBTA Station, the male depicted within was photographed after attempting to initiate conversation with women while committing a lewd act.
Know him? Contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or send a tip to 873873.
Cambridge councilor takes offense when another councilor takes offense at his use of 'rape' to discuss building facadesBy adamg - 3/23/13 - 8:27 pm
Cambridge Day reports on a recent Cambridge City Council meeting about MIT and Kendall Square - scroll down for the interchange between councilors Kenneth Reeves and Marjorie Decker after Reeves described three Kendall Square buildings as having been "raped" because their original facades were removed. When Decker said "stripped" would have been a better word, Reeves retorted "stripped" was a "gruesome" word as well and he didn't understand why anybody would object to him saying the buildings had been "raped."
Police: Woman gets spitting mad and threatens to get stabby when asked to lower her voice at a T stopBy adamg - 3/21/13 - 8:09 pm
UPDATE: Arrest made.
Transit Police report they are looking for a woman who allegedly threatened a man on the outbound side of the Central Square T stop with a knife and then spit on him around 11:10 a.m. on March 7:
The incident was a result of the victim asking the unknown female assailant to be courteous of her fellow MBTA passengers and not talk so loudly on her cell phone.
She's described as white, 50 to 55, 5'10" and about 250 lbs., with long red hair. She wore gray sweatpants and a beige jacket.
If she looks familiar, call Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or by texting 873873.
Jill watched yesterday as some guy went down Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, hauling away Phoenix boxes.
You can read articles from what would have been this week's issue on the Phoenix site (scroll past the big box where the PDF of the print issue would have been).
But wait, bonus extra good news that's so marvelous we can hardly stand it! Ron Newman alerts us that while the money-losing news and arts stuff is gone, the sex ads in the back live on!
No worries - BOSTON AT NITE IS HERE TO STAY! You can still pick up your free copy of Boston's best adult listings every Thursday in the big black box!
Keith Richard snapped this photo of the bus he'd been on and a taxi in Kendall Square around 5:45 p.m.:
This cab just pulled in front of the CT2 I was riding at Kendall. Bus braked, we all went flying.
Alex Wheeler, also on the bus, reported no injuries, but, naturally, rush-hour traffic quickly backed up as a result.
Oopsies: Guy who sent hoax message to MIT students about canceled classes says he just wanted to show how insecure e-mail isBy adamg - 3/20/13 - 5:11 pm
And in that, Delian Asparouhov succeeded - which prompted him to apologize to the entire MIT campus early this morning:
I made a lot of people mad, and made many people very scared, and for that I feel terrible. MIT has already gone through a lot in the last few months, and my actions were completely inappropriate. I should have never written the email, and especially not sent it out to the entire school.
Asparouhov then explains what he did and why - too late to realize it was not the brightest of ideas:
At the time, I wasn't thinking about the gun scare. I wasn’t even thinking about the Aaron Swartz case I had copied into the email. All I was thinking in composing that email was to make it seem like an email President Reif would actually compose.
I walked away from my computer to go eat some food, and I was still worry-free until I saw the email on a friend's computer. Reading through it, with the official letterhead, I realized how this appeared in context with the Aaron case and the recent gun scare.
Activist Aaron Swartz's family seeks release of names related to his prosecution; MIT to fight requestBy adamg - 3/19/13 - 9:52 am
The family of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January weeks before he was due to face trial on data-theft charges, is asking a federal judge to order both the government and MIT to release documentation relating to his prosecution, including the names of law-enforcement and MIT officials actively involved in the case.
Through its lawyers, the Swartz family argues the public outcry and Congressional investigations into Swartz's prosecution require the release of the names to help determine what really happened and who was responsible.
A body of a man pulled out of the Charles River yesterday is that of a 32-year-old South End man whose apparent jump into the river on Jan. 1 sparked a massive search that came up empty at the time, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adds:
The investigation during the intervening months into that man's death has not developed any indication of foul play. Because the case is not believed to be criminal in nature, his name is not being released.
Greg Hum shows off his two-wheeled drumming during the Friday snowstorm.