MIT campus alert just sent notification of a suspicious package at 500 Memorial Drive (aka Next house)
My phone has been going off with alerts all night.
If any of the bombing or shooting was related to Aaron Swartz, I will feel VERY annoyed.
UPDATE: At 12:07 a.m, Cambridge Police tweeted the officer died.
Around 10:50 p.m. at 32 Vassar St. The suspect, who fired six shots, is described as a Hispanic male in a cowboy hat, might have the officer's blood on him. The officer was rushed to Mass. General.
Bomb threat at the federal courthouse, following wrong reports about an arrest. Suspicious vehicles checked at Brigham and Women's and in Maverick Square. Sirens all over. After somebody went on Twitter to warn people to stay away from Harvard Square, Cambridge Police had to tweet:
The area is SAFE
On the return-to-normalcy side, people are returning to Twitter to complain about the T, stuff... Read more
Some local Boston running groups are getting together to remember those that were hurt or lost their lives in yesterday's tragedy. The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners have weekly Tuesday night runs from Courtside Karaoke in Cambridge. They decided to gather and raise money for the victims and their families, and to show that Boston is a strong city, and will keep running.
Donations will... Read more
Paula Soto, who shows documentaries in the community room of her apartment building, yesterday filed suit against the city of Cambridge, which she says is infringing her First Amendment rights by threatening to fine her for the leaflets she used to put on hundreds of car windshields each month.
In her suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Soto charges Cambridge is the only... Read more
Amanda Fakhreddine snaps a Zipcar ad on the Red Line that promotes the company's utility for booty calls:
Kid sitting next to me asked his mom what that meant #keepitclassy #adfail
Eater Boston reports some guy is setting up our very first sports bar dedicated to cricket. OK, in Inman Square, but that's right across the river.
Drivers this morning were not prepared for yesterday's shutdown of the overpass on the Cambridge side of the BU Bridge - although they'll now have six months to get used to it.
Driver of the CT2 is freaking out screaming obscenities at... Read more
The state Department of Transportation says it's shutting the overpass on the Cambridge side of the BU Bridge on Sunday for some major repairs:
All vehicles will be diverted to the surface roadways and through the BU Bridge/Brookline Street rotary, and back on to Memorial Drive.
WBUR interviews a guy who just finished photographing "the intersections of each longitudinal line and the 40th line of latitude."
Mind's Eye Yarns in Porter Square is up for sale; if nobody wants to buy it and keep it open, it'll shut down later this spring.
H/t Cara.... Read more
The folks at Railroad.net report the Grand Junction bridge over the Charles River - which connects rail lines north and south of the city - has had to be shut again, only three months after it was re-opened following extensive repairs.
The bridge is used for produce shipments to the Chelsea market and lets Amtrak and MBCR ferry trains to repair facilities on... Read more
Tony Maws at Craigie on Main explains it goes back to his grandmother:
In Baba Hannah's kitchen I whipped egg whites for meringue frostings on her lemon sponge cake and helped shape the matzo balls for Passover Seder. I remember the taste of her split pea soup and the smell of her brisket. It was awesome and I still crave them. Nothing Baba Hannah... Read more
Eater Boston reports on the Jewish-style barbecue place planned for Central Square.
Transit Police are looking for this guy for an incident around 6 p.m. last Tuesday:
On Tuesday, 03/19/13, at approximately 6:05 PM, on an inbound Red Line train from Alewife MBTA Station, the male depicted within was photographed after attempting to initiate conversation with women while committing... Read more
Cambridge Day reports on a recent Cambridge City Council meeting about MIT and Kendall Square - scroll down for the interchange between councilors Kenneth Reeves and Marjorie Decker after Reeves described three Kendall Square buildings as having been "raped" because their original facades were removed. When Decker said "stripped" would have been a better word, Reeves retorted "stripped" was a "gruesome" word as well... Read more