Literally: The power at the station went out around 9:45 p.m. At least one person is stuck in an elevator; the T is readying some bustitution.
Current NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is, of course, from Medford. One of the candidates to replace him (and the one who seems to have benefited the most from the Weiner wiener) is Bill de Blasio, a Cambridge native who is now the city's elected public advocate (before which he was a Brooklyn city councilor).
Cambridge gets a jump on the festivities, Slums of Harvard shows us.
Cambridge Police report a Holmes Street resident who has repeatedly had decapitated rabbits and internal organs dumped on his front porch woke up to more rabbit guts on Monday:
An unknown person left the hind quarters and internal organs of a small rabbit on his front porch.
Earlier, police said they likely culprit wasn't unknown - he was some guy from East Boston.... Read more
In the 1990s, an MIT team experimented with large tubes with the air sucked out as a potential way to speed trains between here, there and everywhere. Last year, the BBC talked to now retired professor Ernst G. Frankel about the proposed "vactrains," which could cut travel from Boston to New York down to 40 minutes:
"We built a half mile long tube at... Read more
Daniel Guzman asks:
Any recommendations on a good pollo a la brasa/Peruvian chicken place in Boston (or Cambridge)?
UPDATE: Wicked Local Cambridge reports police have their eye on an East Boston man, rather than a neighborhood hawk or cat, as a suspect.
The following are some recent entries from the Cambridge Police log:
[7/28] A Holmes Street resident reports that sometime between 9pm on 7/27/13 and 8am this date some unknown person left the internal organs of a small animal... Read more
A roving UHub photographer reports:
This T cop at the Alewife bike cage startled me recently. Until I got closer and saw that he was...a cardboard cutout!
An MBTA spokesman says:
That's the only one...and police report that it has made a difference.
He adds the... Read more
Galen Moore of the Boston Business Journal uses state data and Google Fusion Tables to create a map of "every outdoor patio bar in the state of Massachusetts."
Over in Cambridge, Sam Seidel recounts the tale of a guy who walked by him, started shaking his backpack and then walked back and asked if his backpack was ticking.
Spotted in a parking lot off Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge today.
UPDATE: The Globe reports the woman, 80, died Sunday night.
Crowds are growing along the Red Line as riders queue up for promised shuttle buses after the line was shut down around 4 p.m. due to a woman getting hit by a train at Kendall station.
Katy Radoll tweeted:
Evacuated from train in Kendall. Conductor said "someone might be under it". Very terrified... Read more
MIT wants to be added as a defendant in a journalist's legal effort to gain access to the Secret Service's files on the late Aaron Swartz. The reporter, Wired's Kevin Poulsen, writes MIT wants to block the Secret Service from releasing the names of any MIT staffers who helped the feds investigate and bring charges against Swartz for downloading large numbers of documents... Read more
The state begins Longfellow Bridge detours this weekend as it begins to rip the bridge apart and put it back together better than ever.
Starting Saturday, only people driving from Cambridge to Boston will be allowed on the bridge. The Cambridge bound will instead be diverted via Storrow Drive up to Charles River Dam Road and then across that thoughtfully already re-built span into... Read more