By - 1/19/09 - 10:18 pm

Above: A yearning tree in Beverly, by Brian Lewandowski (used under Creative Common). Below: A lonely bus shelter in Newton, by Ben Ostrander (copyright Ben Ostrander).

By - 1/15/09 - 10:08 am

Cambridge Police report a man was stabbed during a mugging around 10:22 p.m., Tuesday at 354 Broadway:

The victim stated that there were two males dressed in all dark clothing outside his apartment who kept asking him questions that he did not understand. One of the suspects pulled out a knife, demanded his belongings and proceeded to cut the victim's leg.

The two suspects were then observed running up Inman Street towards Central Square.

The man was treated for what police said was a minor injury at a local hospital.

By - 1/15/09 - 9:06 am

Kalim Saliba braved the elements for this shot of the sun going down over the Charles.

By - 1/15/09 - 8:22 am

That's because Steve Nadis did get hit in the face with a hockey stick, in a pickup game at the Cambridge Skating Club:

... The kid didn't apologize. He just told me: "You should have been wearing a helmet."

At that moment, I knew why so many fights break out in hockey. ...

By - 1/13/09 - 12:05 pm
Charles at night

Saul Blumenthal took this cool photo the other night.

By - 1/10/09 - 11:47 am

Cool photo of the sun going down over the Longfellow Bridge and a flock of geese.

By - 1/9/09 - 1:02 pm

The Cambridge Public Library
We expect to welcome you to the beautifully renovated and expanded Main Library this autumn.

To prepare for our move the Library located at 359 Broadway (Longfellow School) will be closed after January 31st.

All branch locations will remain open.

The Central Square Branch will have extended hours starting February 2nd.

Updates will be made available at every branch location.

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By - 1/8/09 - 9:14 am

Joel Brown reports that on Friday, ART will sell $25 tickets for early performances of its current season shows.

By - 1/7/09 - 6:42 pm

Blackout, Leonnea tweets.

By - 1/7/09 - 1:59 pm

A Cambridge wedding photographer faces criminal charges for a series of phone calls he allegedly made to WEEI last fall.

David Banner, 57, pleaded innocent in Brighton District Court yesterday to two counts of criminal harassment, two counts of threats to commit a crime and one count of making annoying phone calls to employees of Entercom Communications in Brighton, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Banner was released on personal recognizance and ordered to not call any radio station in Boston.

The charges focus on four calls Banner allegedly made to the station in October and November:

In an Oct. 29 call that began with an expression of displeasure over his perception of the station's politics, Banner allegedly stated, "And another thing, the next time [Employee #1] laughs in somebody's face with his snide snickering laugh, I'm gonna come in there and kick his [expletive] teeth in. And then I'm gonna look for you and kick your [expletive] teeth, you [expletive] .... And you can tell [Employee #2] when he makes fun of people to look in the [expletive] [expletive] mirror. [Expletive] you." ...

In one Nov. 4 call, he allegedly said, "When you talk about somebody's look, look in the [expletive] mirror, you donut-eating [expletive] [expletive]. You and your [expletive] [expletive] daughter. Die, you son of a [expletive]."

In a second Nov. 4 call made to a different employee minutes later, he allegedly said, "Every morning when I listen to the show, I just say, jeez, maybe tomorrow I wake up and I hear that [Employee #3] and [Employee #4] died. That would be my wish, for you to [expletive] die."

"If someone finds a radio show that upsetting, the appropriate response is to change the channel," DA Dan Conley said. "Instead, we have here a pattern of extremely vulgar and, frankly, bizarre phone calls that rise to the level of criminal behavior."

The DA's office says all of the calls were taped; does not specify whether any were used on the Whiner Line.

Innocent, etc.

By - 1/6/09 - 12:23 pm

Cambridge Police provide the feel-good road-rage story of the month: Around 3:30 p.m. yesterday on Cambridge Street, two motorists got into your basic Masshole traffic dispute, but one that ended a bit differently, at least after the police got involved:

Both parties shook hands and apologized for their actions and went on their way.

Their first encounter.

By - 1/5/09 - 9:35 am

Oh, they do, they do. Overmatter reports on a full-bore rantfest at the Friends Meeting of Cambridge:

... Today a very sweet old lady stood up in the balcony to say how she had been comforted this morning by a simple bumper sticker that said something like, "Relax. Smile. God is in charge." And of course, a room full of Quaker Cantabridgians wasn't going to let THAT lie. Sure enough, a woman in expensive clothes stood up immediately and rattled off the first paragraph of every bad story on the front page of the Times today.....which led to lots of angry ranting about Israel, Israelis, and the media. ...

By - 1/2/09 - 12:05 pm

Or maybe the guy's just a Masshole. The story is set in Cambridge, where all raging-cyclist stories seem to happen these days. Cambridge Police report:

On 12/31/08 at 9:56 AM, a resident of Leominister reported that while operating her vehicle on Hampshire St., an unknown bicyclist became very irate and started yelling at her. While at a stop, the bicyclist then picked up his bike and started ramming it into the victims drive side door causing significant damage. The suspect then fled down Hampshire St.

By - 12/31/08 - 11:09 am

Cambridge Police report that around 1:18 a.m. yesterday, two women were "victims of an armed assault by an unknown group of females" at Essex Street and Mass. Ave. and that around 3:11 a.m. yesterday, a man who got into an argument with a couple of guys on Broadway "sustained facial injuries" in the resulting fight.

By - 12/29/08 - 1:12 pm

Cambridge Police report a fire erupted at the Whole Foods on Alewife Brook Parkway around 2 a.m. on Dec. 26 when some firewood stacked outside the store somehow caught fire.

By - 12/29/08 - 11:09 am

Drink at a Cambridge establishment on New Year's Eve and get a free cab voucher (for the first $35 worth of your ride, at any rate, but the tip is not included).

By - 12/27/08 - 4:25 pm

According to a recent anon post in another story here on Universal Hub, a man was struck and killed by the Red Line in Kendall Station yesterday night. I looked into it online and found only the following three lines as the fourth story in the "New England In Brief" section of the Boston Globe:

By - 12/27/08 - 1:34 am

At about 8:30 pm on Friday, reports the Associated Press.

By - 12/24/08 - 4:40 pm

Stacie reports she is sadder than she thought she'd be at the Harvard Square Crate & Barrel up & closing:

... When I worked at Harvard, my office was behind the C&B and I could see it across the weird poky courtyard in the back from the window near my desk. I have gotten some things in that store that I just plain really like and still use frequently (like the vase I use the most, and wooden spoons, and cutlery).