WBUR interviews John Abdallah Wambere, who was able to escape prison thanks to a local musician who organized fundraisers to get him out of the country.
"People are intimidated by me."
"Why do you intimidate people?"
"Itâ€™s the media, man. People put you into these little compartments in their brains and then they think they know you. â€˜Oh, ok. A six-foot-two 350-pound humanoid made from military-grade titanium alloy. Probably out to annihilate all of humanity. Better get away from HIM.â€™
No oneâ€™s willing to risk... Read more
JB Parrett walked along the Charles around 7 p.m.:
Nearly spring in Boston. Light at 7pm and a nearly ice-free Charles.
Cambridge Police report they are looking for help in finding a man who held up the Central Square 7-Eleven on April 18, 2013, shortly before MIT police officer Sean Collier was shot to death.
In the initial confusion following Collier's death and the car chase that ended in a shootout in Watertown, police at first thought the bearded man who held up the... Read more
Of all the listservs that I belong to, I have to admit that it was subscription to the Porter Square Neighbors Association that got my attention on this beautiful Saturday. Brace yourself for a serious dose of Cambridge!
A quick glance at my iPhone inbox brought this piece of legislation that City Councilor, Marc McGovern, says he will be submitting at this Monday's Cambridge Council... Read more
Calumet Photographic, which runs a national chain of photography supply shops, including one on First Street in Cambridge, has filed for Chapter. 7 bankruptcy and shut all its stores.
After the news broke, though, the company posted on its Facebook page:
Stay tuned, as we are exploring opportunities to reopen select locations to keep serving our customers.
H/t Arturo.... Read more
Wicked Local Cambridge reports the landlord booted the long-time pizza place because it didn't want to pay to upgrade the "mechanics" of the eatery in an old building.
Greg Cook takes us on a tour of the museums, which plan to re-open on Nov. 16.
State officials say the Callahan Tunnel should open round about 5 a.m. Monday morning, which will begin to restore karma to Boston traffic and eventually end those mysterious clumps of state troopers along Rte. 16.
However, late-night drivers can expect some delays elsewhere along I-93 for the rest of the week as MassDOT gets the mighty highway back into fighting form:
Most notably, the effort... Read more
It's Cambridge Shred Day tomorrow at the Central Square post office.
The Crimson reports Harvard, Cambridge and State Police will be patrolling the areas around Harvard upperclass residences next Wednesday to keep freshmen from getting bombed as part of the annual celebration of housing assignments:
Dingman cited safety as a primary motivation for the increased security, recalling dangerous acts performed by intoxicated students in recent years. He further criticized the role River Run plays in... Read more
Greg Hum looked out his window this afternoon to see two people walking across the Charles.
Signal problems mean the dreaded "severe" delays on the Red Line between Harvard and JFK/UMass this morning.
That has to be a new record... Took 45 minutes to get from Davis Square to Kendall 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).
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
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.
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