At least when it comes to sidewalk snow removal around Porter Square.
Mass Ave. and Main Street near Central Square are blocked off, and there's lots of flashing lights; I spotted both T and Cambridge police directing traffic. Are there Red Line problems? Anybody know what's going on?
Today, it was Everett High School gettting the all-hands-on-deck media treatment.
Perhaps Cambridge Rindge and Latin administrators could explain what they're doing differently. According to Cambridge Police, back on 12/7:
State Police Dispatch Center received a call that there was a bomb at Cambridge Rindge and Latin and Somerville High. The school was evacuated and checked out and nothing was found. Students were out of class for only about 15 minutes.
Cambridge Police report arresting a security guard at a Whole Foods office, 150 Cambridgepark Dr., after he was spotted on a security camera stealing a laptop and cellphone. Police add that the office has reported roughly $80,000 in thefts since February, 2007, which is when the guard started working there.
Cambridge Police report 46 housebreaks since Sept. 22 "within a confined area in the Area 4 and Inman/Harrington neighborhoods." Typically, the burglar or burglars enter through ground-floor windows; they seem to be looking for laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players and jewelry. Police report arresting four housebreak suspects at Berkshire and Plymouth streets on Nov. 20.
The Crimson disabuses us of that notion:
Dozens of police officers swarmed Mt. Auburn Street early Sunday after several large fist fights broke out at a party in Lowell Dining Hall, police and witnesses said.
Two men were arrested at about 1 a.m. at a party hosted by the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers that attracted about 800 guests, Cambridge police spokesman Frank Pasquarello said. Guests at the party hurled chairs at one another and the fights spilled out onto Mt. Auburn Street, Pasquarello said.
Steve Nadis huffs about the Central Square panhandler who asked him:
"Spare a dollar, old-timer?"
Slavering, blood-fanged coyote beast at Mt. Auburn Cemetery looking for a midday snack. Well, a cool photo of a coyote at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, at any rate.
A Harvard Lampoon editor was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to cut down trees on the traffic island in front of the Lampoon building:
... Powers ran from the scene holding a handsaw, having slashed partway through the bases of three trees. He was chased by the officer and held until Cambridge police arrived, according to Harvard and Cambridge police logs.
"It doesn't make a difference if you’re a Harvard student," Pasquarello said. "People do foolish things, and then they get arrested."
Cambridge Mayor Ken "Regal" Reeves makes
liberal use of a city credit card, declines
to provide the the ink-stained wretches
at the Cambridge Chronicle with details:
$14,000 in restaurant expenses over 18 months on the
taxpayers' credit card. Wonder how many school lunches
that adds up to for hungry kids?
Channel 4 reports on two emergency exits at the Central Square station that were chained shut. The T promptly sent somebody down to open them and provided some explanation involving CharlieCards that I'm sure makes a lot of sense.
The Harvard Crimson reports:
The Harvard Coop called police yesterday after three undergraduates collecting information for a student-run textbook-shopping Web site refused to leave the bookstore. The two Cambridge police officers who arrived allowed the students to continue copying down book identification numbers, which they did for two and a half hours before leaving on their own terms.
The Cambridge Chronicle reports that Councilor Marjorie Decker wants the city to name a couple of intersections along Pearl Street after Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
The Cambridge Chronicle reports Cambridge police are about to nail the alleged arch criminal:
... No charges have been brought against the 28-year-old Watertown sole man as of this week, but police said they aren't dragging their feet in the case. ...
The Cambridge Chronicle reports a Z Square worker was stabbed in the penis by robbers early in the morning of July 2, so he tied a tourniquet around it, then went back to work. For several hours.
The victim finally called an ambulance after he rode the T back to his home in East Boston.
Note to the Chronicle: Although it was a nice touch to note that police took photos of the poor guy's injuries for evidence, you fell down by failing to note what he used to "tie a knot" to stem the bleeding.
The Cambridge Chronicle interviews the guy in charge of moving those three Harvard houses down Mass. Ave. this weekend:
Talonvaki takes Gun-Hee on a ride 'neath the streets of Boston (and Cambridge):
Memo to clueless smokers: If you dispose of lit cigarettes in planters these days, there's a good chance you'll burn down Harvard Square. So just cut it out.