Josh Wardell watched in amazement this morning as the warning lights came on where the train tracks cross Main Street in Cambridge and drivers said "screw that" and just kept on going.
UPDATE: Turns out the letter writer is also the president of Harpoon Brewery, who serves as a graduate official of the club. He's written an apology, says he didn't really mean what he wrote, but then says people misinterpreted what he wrote, but in any case, whatever it is he wrote shouldn't reflect on Harpoon.
Yes, indeed, you can always tell a Harvard man, you just can't tell him much: In a note to the Crimson, the graduate president of the Harvardiest of the Harvard "final clubs" is telling the school to back the hell off and stop trying to make it accept women students as members because, among other things:
Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct.
Mike Freedberg takes a look at the numbers in yesterday's special election for the state Senate seat Joe Boncore of Winthrop won:
Winthrop, which totals about 12 percent of the Districtâ€™s population, saw about 4100 ballots. Boston, whose precincts take up moire than 50 percent of the District, registered barely 5,420. A town of 18,000 people almost equaled the vote of Boston wards home to about 110,000 folks!
And the smallest turnout of all was on Beacon Hill, home to state Rep. Jay Livingstone.
Cambridge Police report recovering two spent shells after gunfire around 5:30 p.m. at Worcester and Norfolk streets.
Residents reported hearing a motor vehicle screeching and speeding away after the gunshots were fired.
No victims have shown up, police say.
A 45-year-old Harvard man jumped off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge shortly before noon. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:
Troopers were able to bring the man from the water into a State Police vessel and transport him to a nearby dock, from where he was taken to Boston Medical Center. Based on the facts and circumstances available thus far, the incident does not appear to be the result of criminal conduct and the man is expected to survive.
The Grim Reaper harvested a train at Harvard Square this morning and now hundreds of Red Line riders are stacking up like cordwood waiting for inbound trains that just aren't coming.
Meaghan O'Malley reports she got on at Davis at 7:30 a.m. and hadn't even reached Harvard by 7:57.
Updated, 1 p.m.
Authorities say a 70-year-old Framingham man fired from his job at a Cambridge health insurer returned around 7:45 this morning and began shooting at the man he blamed for his firing when he spotted the man outside.
But Kermit Hooks Jr.'s intended victim used his suitcase to shield himself outside Senior Whole Health, 58 Charles St.; he is expected to survive getting facial injuries, Cambridge Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office say.
After shooting his victim, 58, Hooks turned his gun on himself and fatally shot himself, police and the DA's office report.
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals of Norcross, GA, wants Dr. Pieter Cohen to stop saying mean things about the sort of supplements it makes, so it's sued the Harvard Medical School professor and Cambridge Health Alliance physician for libel and slander. Read more.
Alive, around 7 a.m., according to Northeast Fire Alert.
She saw beauty in every bird but especially the ones most people scorned, and she used to walk close to 10 miles a day to feed them, from East Cambridge to Inman Square, Harvard to Fresh Pond. When her legs gave out she shortened her route, leaving home in a secondhand wheelchair well before dawn, shuffling her feet and pushing with her hands.
Cambridge Day reports the City Council is pondering whether to change the zoning at 1001 Mass. Ave. to allow a medical-marijuana dispensary; some say the council shouldn't change zoning for just one business, others say, eh, the city does it for developers all the time.
Oldtimers will, of course, recall that address was once home to the city's main video arcade.
The Crimson reports the U is looking at how to give students enough time to get from Class A to Class B when the undergraduate campus extends across two counties. One proposal includes simply spacing out classes more in general through "de-compression of the instructional week" - ending the current practice of scheduling as few classes on Fridays as possible.
Ron Newman watched workers begin to take apart the Au Bon Pain minutes after it closed forever at 2 p.m. today.
In addition to shutting the sandwich place, Harvard has also chopped down the trees in the little plaza and plans to get rid of the chess tables as it prepares to embiggen what oldtimers still call the Holyoke Center.
The Crimson reports.
Two men got into a fight at the 616 Mass. Ave. Dunkin' Donuts yesterday afternoon that ended when one smashed the other in the face with a chair, Cambridge Police report:
A suspect and victim - both believed to be homeless - were engaged in a fight inside the coffee shop; the victim was struck by a chair and sustained a cut to his face and transported to a hospital for treatment.
There was so much blood from the gash that officers at first thought they were responding to a stabbing, police say.
The Crimson reports a total of 16 confirmed mumps cases at Harvard, with some cases now also reported at Tufts and BU.
It's severe-delay time on both sides of the Red Line as a switch at Alewife has forgotten the one job it has.
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