Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is miffed that changes to Google buildings in Kendall Square have dramatically strayed from the designs board members had earlier approved.
Born said Wednesday that designs for the two-story connector building have "strayed further from the initial rendering that the council and CRA approved every time weâ€™ve seen it," with a grand staircase shrinking to a "piddly"... Read more
Wicked Local Cambridge reports a man who claims he lives at the Friend Street Hostel in Boston was arrested on charges that he responded to news that a Cambridge restaurant would not serve him because it was closed by repeatedly smacking the restaurant owner in the head with a guitar he happened to have with him.... Read more
MIT President L. Rafael Reif says he and MIT are standing behind students threatened by New Jersey with legal action if they don't turn over detailed information about a "proof of concept" project involving the online currency Bitcoin.
Ed Hatfield provides the context for the photo he took before the storm started near Harvard Square today:
The elderly gentleman was having a tough time walking on the ice when the woman walked past him. After a few steps she stopped, turned around and offered her help which he quickly accepted.
Galen Moore asks:
Anyone know why the north bank of the Charles won't freeze between the Longfellow and the Museum of Science? It's creepy.
The Cambridge City Council on Monday considers a proposal to have the city manager try to get the Globe to stop littering the streets with those Globe Direct circulars that many residents never asked for in the first place.
Melissa Jean captured this snowman in Inman Square.
UPDATE: Marilyn Hausammann, VP for human resources, sent out a new memo to staffers today: Harvard will reimburse them for excess 2009 and 2010 taxes, with interest, and pay for tax-prep help for filing amended returns for later years. Her memo is attached.
Harvard recently notified 11,000 current and former employees that a mistake in the way it calculated the value of supplemental life insurance... Read more
Pete Septoff was agahst to discover some "sociopath" simply dropped a cone in an unshoveled space in Cambridge today. So he took quick action:
The cone now pines for fjords.
WFXT reports a woman is in custody for the stabbing death of a man in an apartment at 396 Putnam Ave.
The Belly Wine Bar in Kendall Square will have its TVs tuned to something other than football tonight.
Brian MacLean watched the sun go down over Milton a couple days ago:
Around 1 a.m., Rebecca Peterson wondered:
Is something happening in Harvard/Cambridge? Heard some big booms just now.
Erin Hill reported "three loud booms."
April added they sounded like a cannon or "huge things being dropped."
Chris Peterson writes a friend heard them along Mem. Drive.
Apparently the 1,000-year lease on the Arnold Arboretum wasn't enough. The Herald reports Harvard owns nearly 90,000 acres of forestland in Romania and now the guy who sold Harvard some of that land has been implicated in a probe of whether he got the World's Smartest University to pay inflated prices in exchange for cash, a vacation and a Chrysler Sebring.... Read more
Roving UHub photographer Jonathan happened upon this quiet Cambridge street, about an hour into the storm:
No one had walked or driven down the street since it started, so it was pristine.