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By - 3/4/14 - 7:48 pm

Elizabeth reports:

Harvard just sent notice that most of Harvard Sq will be closed to cars 4-6:30pm tomorrow. Major traffic issues expected.

The president will be in town for fundraisers.

By - 3/3/14 - 2:01 pm
Escalator and stairs at Porter Square

Jared May looked up the stairs today from the bottom of the T's deepest subway stop, at Porter Square (actually, if you look closely, you can see there are two in this crowd - there's a second person higher up the stairs).

By - 2/27/14 - 8:58 am

Bonus: Fewer royalty payments to Carly Simon.

The Boston Business Journal profiles a Cambridge startup that has come up with a coating it says will make condiment bottles less sticky - reducing waste from ketchup, mayo and mustard that now just stays inside. The company says the coatings - which would combine a specially-textured surface with a lubricant - could also have... Read more

By - 2/27/14 - 7:48 am

John Summers takes a long, critical look at what the whole "innovation economy" thing is doing to the rest of the city - and nearby locales, such as Allston.

By - 2/26/14 - 7:50 pm

Paul Chicarello reports the following happened on a stalled Red Line train (of course) at Central Square around 7:25 p.m.:

Oh god ... someone just pushed the emergency button to ask the train driver why we are standing by. She was obviously pissed.

Person: "I've got somewhere I need to be!" Motorman: "this button is for emergencies ONLY!"

... Read more
By - 2/26/14 - 7:48 am

WBUR reports on a gubernatorial forum at Harvard.

By - 2/25/14 - 7:22 am
I can't keep calm! I ride the F***ing MBTA!

For a change, no train died on the Red Line. Instead, signal problems at Alewife are making life a living hell for riders.

The 7 a.m. train out of Franklin left this vale of tears in between stations.

Poster via Christine Wilson, who is getting to know the Red Line better than she wants.... Read more

By - 2/25/14 - 6:41 am
Charles River thin ice

Sarah Bourne wonders if the thrill of warm water sailing on the Charles is worth the risk.

Ground view of the sailboats.

By - 2/22/14 - 7:46 pm

The Crimson reports somebody's had a stern talking-to by the people in charge of a powerful Harvard research computer network after managers noticed it was being used to "mine" or create dogecoins, a Bitcoin-ish "cryptocurrency."

By - 2/21/14 - 9:27 am

Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is miffed that changes to Google buildings in Kendall Square have dramatically strayed from the designs board members had earlier approved.

Born said Wednesday that designs for the two-story connector building have "strayed further from the initial rendering that the council and CRA approved every time we’ve seen it," with a grand staircase shrinking to a "piddly"

... Read more
By - 2/20/14 - 12:44 am

Wicked Local Cambridge reports a man who claims he lives at the Friend Street Hostel in Boston was arrested on charges that he responded to news that a Cambridge restaurant would not serve him because it was closed by repeatedly smacking the restaurant owner in the head with a guitar he happened to have with him.... Read more

By - 2/15/14 - 10:55 pm

MIT President L. Rafael Reif says he and MIT are standing behind students threatened by New Jersey with legal action if they don't turn over detailed information about a "proof of concept" project involving the online currency Bitcoin.

I want to make it clear that the students who created Tidbit have the full and enthusiastic support of MIT. Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and Provost

... Read more
By - 2/15/14 - 10:16 pm
Helping a gentleman in Harvard Square

Ed Hatfield provides the context for the photo he took before the storm started near Harvard Square today:

The elderly gentleman was having a tough time walking on the ice when the woman walked past him. After a few steps she stopped, turned around and offered her help which he quickly accepted.

Copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 2/13/14 - 12:43 pm

The Cambridge Civic Journal has a look at how the area fell apart after LBJ moved the planned Kennedy Space Center to his home state and how the city and how the renovation of the Kendall Square T station helped make the area what it is today.

Kendall Square in 1925.... Read more

By - 2/10/14 - 2:30 pm

Galen Moore asks:

Anyone know why the north bank of the Charles won't freeze between the Longfellow and the Museum of Science? It's creepy.

By - 2/8/14 - 6:00 pm

The Cambridge City Council on Monday considers a proposal to have the city manager try to get the Globe to stop littering the streets with those Globe Direct circulars that many residents never asked for in the first place.

The proposed measure, sponsored by councilors Leland Cheung, Marc McGovern and Dennis Carlone, says the red plastic bags the ads come in is turning... Read more

By - 2/8/14 - 5:12 pm
Snowman with a moustache

Melissa Jean captured this snowman in Inman Square.

By - 2/7/14 - 11:46 am

UPDATE: Marilyn Hausammann, VP for human resources, sent out a new memo to staffers today: Harvard will reimburse them for excess 2009 and 2010 taxes, with interest, and pay for tax-prep help for filing amended returns for later years. Her memo is attached.

Harvard recently notified 11,000 current and former employees that a mistake in the way it calculated the value of supplemental life insurance... Read more

By - 2/5/14 - 2:36 pm
Uncleared parking space in Cambridge

Pete Septoff was agahst to discover some "sociopath" simply dropped a cone in an unshoveled space in Cambridge today. So he took quick action:

The cone now pines for fjords.

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