Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
The T says there are "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to malfunctioning signals at Alewife.
A burst water main is making a mess of Harvard Street in the area of Inman and Prospect in Cambridge tonight.
The Crimson reports hackers apparently connected to the Russian government put some malware in a hacked up copy of a Kennedy School paper on the problems with American elections, then sent it out to addresses at American think tanks and non-profit groups, in the hopes people would open up the alleged document and infect their computers.
The Cambridge Fire Department reports it will be doing training - complete with simulated smoke - at One Kendall Square, Cardinal Medeiros Ave. and Binney St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow (and will then repeat the training on Dec. 15, 19 and 20):
The exercise will include multiple fire trucks staging in the loading dock areas. This simulated smoke will likely be seen by people in the vicinity but will not be a hindrance to the public or traffic.
Cambridge Day reports on swastikas and other unspecified "hateful language" that appeared in three boys' rooms at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School this week.
"Moderate" delays towards Alewife on the Red Line, the T says.
There was a medical emergency on a train between Central and Kendall, but the severe delays on the Red Line this rush hour are also due to signal problems near Harvard, the T and riders advise.
David Weininger reports that not only was this elf at Kendall Square on the Red Line playing an accordion this evening, she was playing "Paint It Black."
Somebody in Harvard Square (of course) is looking for an amanuensis:
Eccentric Harvard Square CEO of private equity/foundation seeks Tiro who has brains to burn and an ability to juggle projects around the globe. Oresteia a plus. Of course, you have outstanding communication skills (written oral)... and decline to understand number, case, and gender. ABD even better. Much flexibility for the right person (f/t, flex for family etc).
Send cv and salary requirements, in confidence...
p.s. If you know Faulty Towers, more Basil than Manuel (may he RIP).
A fire reported around 2:50 p.m. in a house at Berkshire and Vandine streets quickly spread to several buildings and went to ten alarms by 3:58 p.m., bringing firefighters from across greater Boston. One building has collapsed. St. Patrick's Place, a former church turned residences, is on fire.
Eight buildings caught fire. At 5:45, two still had heavy flames. Up to 100 people may have been displaced. Read more.
Gedalia Pasternak captured three people showing support for members of the Islamic Society of Boston on Prospect Street in Cambridge around 12:30 pm. The guy in the back is a mosque member who was rushing over to give them a hug.
There will be a vigil in front of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque at Roxbury Crossing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.
John Overholt managed to flee in advance of the avian onslaught on Mass. Ave. this morning.
Just in time for rush hour: "Moderate" delays on the Red Line thanks to a train that expired at Central - after belching smoke.
Greg Cook braved the rain for last night's anti-Bannon, anti-Nazi protest outside the Kennedy School in Harvard Square.
At least this time the signal problems happened early enough (like before 6 a.m.) that the T could fix them before the morning rush hour, although that's small consolation to the people who like actually depend on the Red Line early in the morning.