You might think that a city full of smart, well-informed people would know how to run an election properly. You'd be wrong.
Twice in the past two days, cabbies have been robbed at gunpoint on Rogers Street, according to Cambridge Police.
Police report that around 9:27 p.m. on Sunday, a cabbie was held up by two black men:
One of the suspects held a firearm to the driver's head as the second suspect took money, the cabs keys, and the cab's dispatch radio. The suspects fled on foot towards Second St.
Around 11:27 p.m. yesterday, police report, a cabbie dispatched to Rogers Street found himself confronted by two black males:
They came around to the driver's side and placed a hard object to the back of his neck. They demanded all of his money. He gave them the cash he had on him and they took his bag containing his MA license, cell phone, fast lane tag and his cab ID. They also took his GPS that was mounted on his dashboard and they ripped out his microphone to his radio to prevent him from calling for help.
Traffic alert: Memorial Dr. inbound, police, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck and double police boat presence closes Memorial eastbound by Central.
Tip: Drive straight, do not attempt to swerve into the river. The driver escaped, wet, cold, and presumably not looking forward to a lifetime of explaining why he went swimming with his pickup.
The Crimson reports on the arrest of a Randolph teen on charges he went on a tire-slashing spree in Harvard Square over the weekend.
Did you know he visited our fair Commonwealth this past weekend?
Do you think he was here to campaign, or improve his own record?
"Nader is trying to nab the record for most campaign stops in a state in one day – campaign workers whisked him from one location to the next from 8 a.m. to midnight. As the campaign neared its end Saturday, Nader said pending confirmation from Guinness World Records, the record should be his."
Cambridge Police report a woman summoned police to the cafe in the Borders on Saturday afternoon when:
[S]he was waiting for an order at the food counter and a customer waiting behind her became irate on how long it was taking and began pushing her and yelling at her to hurry up. The male suspect denied the incident.
Cambridge Police were taking names and handing out tickets.
Yesterday during my commute home, I was stuck on a Red Line train for about 20 minutes due to a switching problem in the Alewife area. But this is what struck me about the experience: the car was filled with tired commuters heading home, yet everyone was understanding and not a single person complained. In fact, people were still very courteous to each other afterward when getting off the train. No one became upset, everyone simply used the delay time to do something else.
Overmatter reports on a seemingly drunk raccoon in front of the Gap in Central Square last night - which made it fit in perfectly with the community of perpetual drunks who normally hang out there:
... "Seriously!" he said. "Walking down freakin' Mass. Ave.! A big-ass rac-damn-coon!" ...
Cambridge Police report that a Harvard grad student who stepped out of Grendel's Den around 11:51 p.m. yesterday was attacked:
... A white male asked the victim for a smoke. The suspect then punched the victim in the mouth. The victim defended himself by fighting back. During the fight, the suspect stole the victim's iPod. The suspect fled up Winthrop St. toward Eliot St.
I went for a six-mile walk to get rid of some anger and eventually I ducked into the monastery on Memorial Drive. The street was bustling with drunk Head of the Charles regatta groupies, but as soon as I shut the heavy door behind me, the chapel was stone cold silent. (I guess that's because the chapel is made of cold stone.) I sat in the back, rested my head against the stone, and poof, I wasn't angry anymore. ...
Or maybe he is a broker: