The Crimson reports Harvard's endowment shrank 22% - that's $8 billion - in just four months. The paper notes that just the loss is more than the endowments of all other colleges in the country, save Stanford, MIT, Yale and Princeton.
Gawker looks at some Obama contributor list and concludes it's "full of fraud" because one of the contributors, Doug Berman of Cambridge, MA, listed his employer as Dewey, Cheetham and Howe.
Yeah right, Mr. Berman! Very clever!
Thanks to Lindsay Murdock of Brighton Communication for the tip!
Ryan McBride interviews the CEO of a Cambridge start-up seeking to use the full weight of modern science against the scourge of frizzy hair:
... The substance, Robillard says, combats frizz by both coating porous hair shafts, preventing water from penetrating them, and by smoothing over hair cuticles to prevent surface friction. He argues that polyflouroester prevents frizz better than silicone used in other products because its molecules' smaller size enables them to fit into tiny pores in our hair that silicone molecules cannot get into. ...
Herald photographer Mark Garfinkel reports that a couple of readers contacted him about a photo he took at a five-alarm fire on Prince Street in Cambridge last week: One thought the flames looked like Mother Teresa, the other thought they looked like the devil. Judge for yourself.
Oh, wait, that's Philadelphia. So maybe it should be "The seventh borough." In any case, Phillip McCarthy reports spotting his second NYC taxi cab in the Boston area today, near the Fresh Pond Mall (with photographic proof):
... Between the NYPD Impala that drove by me in Central Square a few weeks ago and the other yellow cab I spotted in Harvard Square, I'm starting to wonder if Mayor Bloomberg is quietly annexing his old stomping grounds.
Bri reports on the mailings only people in Cambridge and a few other select cities (Westwood and Berkeley, CA, New Haven, Ithaca and Ann Arbor) got the other day, something about the Las Vegas Mob rigging sporting events. Sorry, the Mob and the CIA:
I was followed by over 20 cars driven by either private detectives or CIA agents. It was easy to identify the CIA because of the car colors they chose: white for good, black for evil, red for control, green for money, blue for sanity, and yellow for minor sin.
Dan Dunn loves it so:
... Returning this evening, I found that not only was the escalator to the roof out of order, but so was the the escalator the fourth floor. Flooding, I presume. So, I took the stairs. And had to slosh my way up the stairs, stepping through running water sluicing down each step.
MIT Police report one student used her Dunkin' Donuts card to unlock the door to the admissions office earlier this month. Unfortunately, for her, that also set off an alarm that brought campus police to investigate:
... The Dunkin Donuts card was retrieved from her backpack and she identified it as the tool she used to slip the lock on the door. ...
She was arrested and charged with breaking and entering in the daytime and possession of a burglarious tool.
Maria Varmazis had her camera with her last night around 7:
Suddenly, a group of men in kilts with bagpipes appears out of nowhere, walks across the street, and streams into Doyle's pub. ...
And what he had was a lit joint, David Harris reports:
... "You know that you can't smoke in here," the busker said. "Come on, it's good," the pothead replied. The guy shrugged, passed some MBTA employees with joint in hand and then offered his treat to a gang of kids at the top of the escalator.
Cambridge Police report on two gunpoint muggings a few blocks apart last night.
A woman walking on Pleasant Street at Kelly Road around 10:20 last night was held up by two men:
[T]wo black males about 18 years old wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts approached her from behind. One suspect demanded money several times and she told them she did not have any. One suspect then pointed a small black handgun and kept demanding money. The reporting party then placed her black bag on the ground and one of the suspects grabbed it and both fled on Pleasant St. towards River St.
Around 9:50 last night, a woman walking on Pacific Street was robbed of cash and credit cards by two black men, one of whom gestured as if he had a gun.
November 20, 2008 — EAST BOSTON — Struggling families and elders have support to help them obtain food stamp benefits in this tough economy. Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, has granted $15,600 to the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC), a community-based organization offering advocacy assistance for individuals and families who are or may be eligible for federal or state benefits. The grant enables the CEOC to help more families take advantage of the federal Food Stamp Program.
Cambridge Police also report arresting a Lynn man at 200 Technology Sq. shortly before 11 p.m. yesterday on charges of cocaine trafficking, resisting arrest, carrying a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer.
Jaime van Schyndel reports on a Harvard Square coffeehouse that couldn't figure out why its espresso had suddenly gone bad:
... The problem was not immediately obvious but after a series of tests and diagnosis issues, we finally found out what had happened. The water softener leaked into the espresso machine and brackish water was making for some nasty shots. ...
Cambridge Police report on a pair of unrelated domestic attacks:
Around 8:45 a.m. yesterday, a Somerville woman was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at an unspecified Cambridge location for allegedly using keys - and her fists - to gouge and batter her husband in the head.
Around 7 p.m. on Monday, a Cambridge woman reports, her boyfriend kicked her in the face and beat her up near the Gore Street Park in East Cambridge.