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By - 5/20/16 - 11:24 pm
Giant marshmallow in Cambridge

Sarah Cronin reports:

We saw this half cut down tree on the way home from our favorite bar last weekend and it looked like it needed a marshmallow.

So she made one.

By - 5/20/16 - 5:52 pm

WBUR reports a federal muckymuck says simpler, less expensive plans for the Green Line Extension seem OK with her.

Federal approval is vital since without it, we'll lose roughly $1 billion in money for the extension. Of course, the state is still playing the Dread Pirate Roberts role - "Good night, Green Line Extension, good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

By - 5/19/16 - 6:49 am
Sunrise over the Charles River

Cosby watched the sun comes up over the Charles and Cambridge this morning.

By - 5/18/16 - 6:05 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports on MIT's plans for new residences and retail space on what are now parking lots; will that be enough to transform the soulless collection of buildings into a neighborhood?

By - 5/17/16 - 7:52 am
Searching the Charles River near Harvard Square

Searching the river. Photo by Todd Consentino.

UPDATE: State Police report the man, from Allston, was pulled out of the water around 8 a.m. and rushed to Mt. Auburn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

State Police report crews are searching the Charles River near the Weeks Footbridge for a man witnesses say jumped into the river shortly before 7 a.m. and then did not surface.

By - 5/15/16 - 2:19 pm

Cambridge Police report they are investigating "a series of gunshots" shortly after 2 a.m. in a Bishop Allen Drive parking lot. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 8:27 am

Ryan Ruel happened upon the Buoy Stone project at MIT - an effort to show how ancient builders might have moved giant stones by floating them down rivers or canals.

H/t Alice for the link to the explanation.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/13/16 - 7:31 am

State public-health officials have released the itinerary of a European visitor to the Boston area earlier this month and say anybody who might have been in the same area at the same time as this person might want to check with their health-care provider because that person came down with measles.

The locations include the Cambridgeside Galleria on the afternoon of May 1, the 1 bus that morning and the Green Line later that afternoon and the Star Market at the Pru and the Nespresso on Newbury Street on the afternoon of May 4. Read more.

By - 5/12/16 - 3:57 pm

The T is announcing "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train that's fallen and can't get up at Alewife.

By - 5/12/16 - 1:24 pm
Bicycle and truck crash in Cambridge

Pat Miguel Tomaino photographed the remains of a crash at Mass. Ave. and Sidney Street this morning between the driver of a beer truck turning right and a woman on a bicycle. The Globe reports the woman suffered leg injuries.

By - 5/11/16 - 11:38 am

The Guardian interviews Tim and Alex Foley, who didn't know their parents were both Russian spies until June 27, 2010, when heavily armed FBI agents showed up at their door with a search warrant - and a battering ram.

By - 5/9/16 - 1:12 pm
Ball Square proposed Green Line station

Ball Square proposal, then and now. See it larger.

MBTA and MassDOT staff today presented plans for a $2.3-billion Green Line Extension that would keep the originally planned seven stations but would eliminate amenities such as fully enclosed waiting rooms, escalators and, at several stations, elevators and stairs. Read more.

By - 5/9/16 - 12:44 pm
Bank robbery suspect led out of Central Square

Suspect being led out of Central Square T stop. Photo by MBTA.

A man who robbed the Cambridge Savings Bank at 630 Mass. Ave. in Central Square around noon tried escaping on the Red Line.

That was a mistake, police say. Read more.

By - 5/9/16 - 7:19 am

The Cambridge City Council today considers a proposal "advising" drivers to go no more than 25 in residential areas. Read more.

By - 5/7/16 - 8:37 pm
Oliver Smoot in parade on the Massachusetts Avenue bridge

Oliver Smoot, the man who became a unit of measurement, was back in town today to serve as grand marshal of the 100th anniversary of MIT's moving day - the celebration of the school's moving from the Back Bay to Cambridge.

RoadTrip New England snapped him as he rode past the markers bearing his name on the bridge.

Curt Nickish caught him being measured to make sure he still had an ear (the bridge being, of course, 364.4 smoots long, plus or minus an ear): Read more.

By - 5/7/16 - 5:59 pm

Juliana Hatfield shares her inner monologue about making ends meet through a note from Cobain.

By - 5/6/16 - 11:22 pm

Paula Tennyson captured some of the lights beamed upward by MIT tonight, part of its Moving Day festivities.

By - 5/6/16 - 1:20 pm

The Crimson reports on new Harvard policies aimed at making off-campus clubs and Greek organizations accept members of the opposite sex. Starting with the class of 2021, anybody who signs up for one will be blocked from becoming captain of a sports team, a leader of any student organization or getting a college endorsement for any scholarships, including the Rhodes.

By - 5/5/16 - 11:19 pm

The Cambridge Civic Journal has the statement from Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi for a pledge of $75 million - $50 million from Somerville and $25 million from Cambridge - toward the cost of building the Green Line Extension from Lechmere towards Medford: Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 1:43 pm

An inbound Red Line train is being held at Central so police can look for a guy who other riders reported might be holding a sword - even if he's not apparently doing anything threatening with it. The result for other riders is "moderate" delays.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: The sword was plastic. Police told him to be more careful with his toys in the future and Red Line service was set to resume.