A Qatari couple who brought their Filipino maid with them when they took up residence in Cambridge had to pay a $3,000 fine for not realizing that in the United States, you're not supposed to withhold a worker's wages or passport when she says she wants to quit, let alone threaten to ship her back to your home country and deal with her there, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. Read more.
Scotirish gives us an overview of the day's festivities along the Charles.
One cannot help but also be impressed by the number of portable toilets (although they were probably there for the Walk for Hunger).
Mark Novak had a little face time with a turkey in Mt. Auburn Cemetery today.
Cambridge Day takes note of the increasingly stern measures the council is taking to maintain decorum, even at the risk of ignoring that pesky First Amendment.
Cambridge Police report a man is under arrest for an incident around 8 a.m. that started as a fight in Central Square and ended with one combatant pistol whipped and his fellow fighter dragged behind a car for several blocks. Read more.
Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge City Council approved the rezoning required for a dispensary; the proposal still needs approval from the Planning Board and state regulators.
The Crimson reports, quotes the head of health services as saying he's more concerned than ever now, and that he blames irresponsible students for the continuing spread.
Caroline watched the smoke rise from a transformer fire behind the Fresh Pond Mall, 160 Alewife Brook Parkway, this morning.
Cambridge Police report an investigation into recent gunfire incidents led them to Dwayne Cassama, 22, of Newtowne Court, who was arrested yesterday. Read more.
Cambridge Police report two robbery attempts overnight in Cambridgeport and the Port (formerly Area IV). Read more.
Kelly and Jeff report this turkey on Dana Street near Mass. Ave. in Cambridge was showing absolutely no fear of people this morning.
The Crimson reports that not only did Charlie Storey resign his post as graduate president of the Porcellian Club, he apologized for his initial apology, saying his original comments about women maybe getting sexually attacked if they were admitted to the club were just wrong and he feels terrible he ever wrote them.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports a new team is getting ready to re-open East Coast Grill.
Five Boston-area men face arraignment in federal court today on charges related to the gambling ring they allegedly ran - and the tough-guy ways they supposedly used to get people to pay their debts - the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Among the men: Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, released in 2012 after serving 17 years in federal prison on a sentence for racketeering, money laundering, loansharking and illegal gambling - much of it in connection with Bulger's Winter Hill gang. Read more.
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.