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By - 9/3/14 - 11:51 pm

The EPA reports it's given the Charles River an A- for cleanliness in 2013:

Reflecting nearly twenty years of focused efforts by EPA, state and local officials, private environmental advocacy groups and concerned citizens, this is the first time the Charles River earned a grade higher than “B+”. As with past years, the grade is based on bacterial sampling conducted by the Charles River

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By - 9/3/14 - 9:21 am
Beds with sayings on them in Inman Square in Cambridge

Gedalia Pasternak noticed some trash waxing philosophical in Inman Square this morning.

By - 9/2/14 - 4:51 pm
Rainbow in Kendall Square

Saul Blum captured the rainbow in Kendall Square around 4:40 p.m. No word if he found the leprechaun with gold at the end.

By - 8/31/14 - 8:44 am
Sunrise over Fresh Pond in Cambridge

Hedge got up early this morning.

By - 8/29/14 - 11:41 am

Tim watched the car being winched out of the river.

All the occupants removed safely from the waterlogged car off Western Avenue around 11:30 a.m., State Police report.

Photo from the scene.

Mike Moura photographed the scene from the other side, as State Police and a tow truck prepared to remove the car from the river:

By - 8/26/14 - 9:30 am

Cambridge Police report a man from Braintree tried to take advantage of a woman fixing her bicycle on Cambridge Street last Wednesday night.

According to police, the woman was fixing her bicycle on the side of Cambridge Street between First and Second streets in East Cambridge around 11:20 p.m. when Andrew Ma, 39, pulled up in a black SUV stopped and asked if she needed... Read more

By - 8/25/14 - 4:40 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports how one international student used somebody else's shoes to vent at employees of a Central Square store she felt had wronged her.

By - 8/20/14 - 7:00 pm
Turkey in a bike lane in Cambridge

CarCarll spotted this turkey in a bike lane near Central Square this afternoon.

By - 8/20/14 - 6:42 pm

Jim Romenesko notes a Harvard Crimson article that criticized a proposed Thai program at Harvard as a potential propaganda mill for the country's military junta was taken offline "due to concerns about the personal safety of the author" - in the form of a rather specific threat from a Thai microbiologist at UCLA.

Thai king has a rather personal connection to Harvard.... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 4:55 pm

UPDATE: State Police identify the victim as Mark Keiser of Boston.

State Police report a collision around 7 a.m. on the eastbound side of Memorial Drive just past the Mass. Ave. Bridge ended with a 50-year-old Boston man dead.

The reason why the pedestrian was on the roadway is unknown at this time and is part of the investigation.

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By - 8/16/14 - 6:51 pm
Oscar Meyer Wienermobile entering Cambridge.

David Cole spotted the Wienermobile on the Mass. Ave. bridge around 6 p.m.

By - 8/16/14 - 11:37 am

Cambridge Police report two Boston men were arrested early this morning, one on charges he punctured a guy's back with the tip of a knife, the other for narrowly missing a cop with his car after the cop ordered him to stop.

According to police, officers responding to a report of an assault involving "a large group of males" around 2:08 a.m. found a man... Read more

By - 8/15/14 - 1:03 pm

A man who has been in prison for more than 25 years for a brutal East Cambridge murder deserves a new trial because DNA evidence not available at his original trial shows none of the victim's blood on the purple jacket he allegedly wore while stomping him and then dumping his body behind an abandoned supermarket in 1986, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today.

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By - 8/12/14 - 9:52 am

Cambridge Police report officers will fire guns between 8 and 9:30 p.m. in Area 4 and Inman Square to test the city's new system for detecting gunfire.

The city is installing a ShotSpotter Flex system, which uses sensitive sensors and software to help police "hear" gunfire. The tests are to help calibrate the sensors. Boston has had a similar system in place in high-crime areas... Read more

By - 8/9/14 - 6:31 pm
Batman and the Joker in the Prudential Center

Neal Doyle captured Batman and the Joker doing some shopping at the Cambridgeport Star Market (presumably before heading to the comics convention at the World Trade Center).

By - 8/9/14 - 11:35 am

Teresa Gorman asks:

Looking for empty lot or park to practice biking in Cambridge or Somerville.Ideas?

By - 8/9/14 - 11:04 am

Harvard researchers are using the principles of origami - and the plastic sheeting used by Shrinky Dinks - to create robots that can unfold and scuttle away.

The team started with a flat sheet, to which it added two motors, two batteries, and a microcontroller, which acts like the robot’s brain, Felton said. The sheet was a composite of paper and Shrinky Dinks,

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By - 8/8/14 - 10:58 am

Jordan Munson asks:

Any ideas on where a guy could get some dry ice in Camberville this evening?

By - 8/7/14 - 11:04 pm

Firefighters from both sides of the Charles and State Police converged on the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge after a person was spotted jumping off the bridge around 8:25 p.m.

The Boston Fire Department reported around 10:50 p.m. that Cambridge firefighters recovered the person's body.

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