By - 11/26/08 - 3:21 pm

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.

By - 11/25/08 - 11:58 pm

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.

By - 11/25/08 - 3:34 pm

Kristine Munroe-Mahoney reports that if you give Clear Conscience Cafe in Central Square a less-than-glowing review on Yelp, the owner and his minions will come after you, via nasty e-mail messages:

By - 11/25/08 - 7:38 am

Channel 4 reports on the Prince Street fire, which broke out around 3:30 a.m.

By - 11/22/08 - 7:43 pm

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.

Via The Tech, via MassCops.

By - 11/22/08 - 9:48 am

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. ...

By - 11/22/08 - 9:27 am

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.

By - 11/21/08 - 12:02 pm

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.

The two locations on a map.

By - 11/20/08 - 12:01 pm

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.

By - 11/20/08 - 11:12 am

Cambridge Police report a Richdale Avenue resident was mugged yesterday evening by a 50-something white guy who put something hard to her neck, took her purse, then fled in a small car.

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.

By - 11/19/08 - 8:14 pm

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. ...

By - 11/19/08 - 11:03 am

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.

By - 11/19/08 - 10:20 am

Wicked Local Cambridge reports that nobody reads newspapers anymore.

By - 11/19/08 - 8:56 am

The Crimson reports on the Brattle Street icon joining Linens N Things.

By - 11/18/08 - 9:28 am

The Crimson reports a senior faces a variety of criminal charges after allegedly breaking into at least two dorm rooms - and demanding that the occupant of one of them chat with him about his economics homework:

... "It is my sincere hope that the material taught in Ec 10 will provide a catalyst for discussion among students beyond the classroom," N. Gregory Mankiw, the professor of Ec 10, wrote in an e-mailed statement. "There are, however, better ways for that discussion to take place," he added.

By - 11/17/08 - 4:24 pm

This morning, according to this tweet - about a mile west of Porter Square. Anybody see it or know more?

By - 11/14/08 - 8:16 am

Steve Nadis reports on a question posed to him on Mass. Ave. near the Cambridge Y yesterday.

By - 11/13/08 - 11:42 am

Cambridge Police report that when a cabbie wouldn't let four guys into his cab at Fifth and Bent streets around 2:55 a.m. yesterday, "they punched the driver in the face and stole his cell phone." He managed to speed away and summon police.

The location is just a block over from where two cabbies were robbed at gunpoint earlier this month.

By - 11/13/08 - 9:54 am

With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holiday season fast approaching, many people are in the market for holiday greeting cards for family and friends.

Project Bread, The Walk for Hunger is offering a wide variety of holiday cards for the 2008 season with unique images and heart-warming messages that will appeal to all. “Through the sale of holiday cards we help hungry families in need during the winter months,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “It’s a program that does a lot of good.”