A white T-shirt, to be exact. Cambridge Police report the Store 24 at 321 Broadway was held up shortly after 3 a.m. today by a polite black man, 24-30, about 6 feet tall, who was also wearing a black button-down shirt and black shorts.
Cambridge Police report two guys, apparently fed up with a motorist who "swerved into and encroached upon" the Mass. Ave. bike lane around 11 p.m. on Saturday, caught up with the car, dragged the two people out and began beating them - one into unconsciousness - in front of 250 Mass. Ave.. Both alleged perps arrested.
The Cambridge Chronicle posts the new stops north of Lechmere proposed for the Green Line extension - including a relocated Lechmere.
Another step forward for the Somerville Green Line: State transportation folks announced this afternoon proposed stops in Somerville and Medford (sort of). The Cambridge Chronicle has the list.
The Crimson reports on flaming manholes early this morning:
A fire started underground on the corner of Mass Ave and Dunster Street was visible through several manholes in the Square this morning. Harvard's Holyoke Center, Cambridge Savings Bank, Au Bon Pain, and other nearby institutions were evacuated, and automobile access to the Square had been severely restricted by the Cambridge Fire Department. ...
NeutralSurface took photos, including the one on the right.
Sushiesque was on the scene later in the morning taking photos of the aftermath:
Mishka gets the day off.
Michael: On second thought, maybe I'll go to Yale.
Crispyfoods captures Old Flameful outside the Pit:
Cambridge Police report on a little spilled spat at 352 Prospect St. yesterday afternoon:
Suspect was arrested and another will be summonsed for a mutual assault involving baseball bats after a disagreement ensued over spilt Coca-Cola. One individual was sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the fight.
Cambridge Police report three early morning attempted housebreaks on April 20 near Sennott Park. Also, in a separate case:
... The arrested person became agitated when she felt that her pizza had not been delivered in a timely fashion. When officers attempted to calm her, she became belligerent, trying to spit on the officers at the scene. While being handcuffed, she kicked the arrested officer in the leg.
Make a note in your calendar for May 14, because that's when Harvard has its semi-annual Primal Scream naked-butt run. The Crimson reports the run will go on despite a recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling that people can be charged with open and gross conduct for disrobing in public.
No, it's not the Men and Women of Harvard showing their disdain for the laws of the Commonwealth, but because, the paper reports, the ruling only applies to public displays of nudity in which bystanders are not alerted (the Lady Godiva doctrine), and everybody knows the last night of "reading period" at Harvard is when people get nekkid.
Seeing your ex naked in public is just so awkward, especially when you're in the arms of your current flame (keep reading for proof that, yes, Lena Chen has run naked through the Yard).
Little known fact: Running naked is kosher.
Presumably the Cambridge Chronicle will attempt to upstage the Somerville Journal with even better coverage of naked college students.
Boston Police report arresting two 17-year-olds, one from Roxbury, one from "Boston," on charges they stabbed and robbed one man and robbed another on Western Avenue after 10 p.m. yesterday. The two were actually arrested on the other side of the river by Cambridge police. No word on the condition of the stabbed man.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Cambridge woman can face criminal charges for dancing nude in Harvard Square even if she was trying to exercise her First Amendment rights, in this case to protest the commercialization of Christmas, because of a state law banning nudity that "shocks and alarms" people.
Ria Ora was arrested on June 25 (the anti-Christmas?), 2005 on charges of "open and gross lewdness."
A lower court had ruled the arrest unconstitutional. In its decision, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that people do have a right to take all their clothes down, but only if their displays are not "imposed upon an unsuspecting or unwilling audience" (so strip clubs are OK).
In the court's hearing on the case, the state argued that employees of the kiosk in Harvard Square expressed "shock and alarm" when they called police to report the woman (must've been new employees; who knew there was anything shocking left for Harvard Square?). And when justices asked how Ora's anti-Christmas protest was different from Lady Godiva's political ride, the assistant attorney general arguing the case said the difference was that everybody in the town knew Lady Godiva would be taking her ride and everybody averted their eyes except for that one Peeping Tom.
Watch the oral arguments in the case (requires Windows Media Player, but worth it if only to hear the highest court in the state discussing Lady Godiva).
Apparently, Cambridge police don't like it if they catch you drawing in chalk on the sidewalk:
Cambridge Police report on a case of aggravated assault Monday evening:
Officers responded to the corners of Fifth St & Spring St for a report of five males in black & gray hoodies throwing bricks at someone. The suspects were rounded up and identified.
Cambridge Police would like to have a word with you.
Cambridge Police have the alleged shooter, but can't find the victim of an early-morning shooting in Central Square.
A Greenpeace representative offered some handy tips for differentiating between legitimate Greenpeaceniks and grifters. For starters, Greenpeace no longer goes door to door. Also, the workers always have Greenpeace attire on and have Greenpeace literature at the ready.
The suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect managed to escape with some cash.
She's also wanted for robbing a Citizens Bank branch on Cambridge Street yesterday.
Call 617-349-3370 with any info.
David Harris at the Cambridge Chronicle grinds out some video from the Great Boston Burlesque Exposition and Vintage Fashion Fair this past weekend. You probably won't want to watch it at work.
Cambridge Police report on a robbery early Sunday morning on Brodway: A guy hailed another guy he recognized from a couple of bars they'd been in earlier in the evening:
As the suspect and victim engaged in a conversation, the suspect moved behind the victim and placed a firearm to his lower back and demanded money. The suspect reached into the victim's pockets and stole a cell phone and wallet. The suspect then fled through a backyard on Broadway towards Market St. Once on Market St, the suspect got on a bike and headed towards Windsor St.
Described as a black male, 19-23, 5'5", thin, with short black hair.
Police also report on a case of early-morning disrespecting on Eliot Street in Harvard Square:
A 27-year-old male victim was walking with a group of friends when a female in his group was disrespected by a group of 4 males. After words were exchanged, the victimâ€™s group was jumped from behind. One victim was knocked to the ground and sustained face injuries. The male suspects were described as either Hispanic or white, all wearing white dress shirts.