By - 3/25/16 - 9:00 am

The Crimson reports a total of 16 confirmed mumps cases at Harvard, with some cases now also reported at Tufts and BU.

By - 3/24/16 - 5:59 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting a man they say fired blank rounds from a gun several times in the area of Broadway and Windsor Street last month. Read more.

By - 3/24/16 - 7:46 am
Red Line at Park Street: Where's the train?

The Red Line switches to turtle time. Photo by Mike Slafsky.

It's severe-delay time on both sides of the Red Line as a switch at Alewife has forgotten the one job it has.

Rose pleads:

HELP send coffee & bagels to Harvard @MBTA!

By - 3/22/16 - 10:14 pm
Mt. Auburn crime scene

Mt. Auburn Street crime scene. Photo by Tom Stohlman.

UPDATE: One of the two men died.

Shortly before 10 p.m., two men were shot on Mt. Auburn Street at Longfellow Road, right outside Mt. Auburn Hospital. Read more.

By - 3/22/16 - 9:30 am
Turkey in Central Square

In Cambridge, Central Square Florist had a pair of turkeys walk by this morning.

In West Roxbury, Terry Klein spotted a bunch of turkeys on Redlands Road: Read more.

By - 3/18/16 - 11:44 am

Next City takes a look at how Cambridge is trying to increase public participation in land-use and planning discussions. Among the tools the citiy is using: A "mobile engagement station" - a wooden table carved into the shape of the city, with a map on its surface that residents sitting around it on their neighborhood-shaped chairs can draw on as they consider the issue at hand:

"We take a photo of the table, redraw it in an online GIS application, and then we have a file where we can turn [layers] on and off. We'll use [the table] to collect and scrutinize and analyze," explains D'Oca.

By - 3/18/16 - 8:03 am

Signal problems between Alewife and Harvard mean "moderate" delays, the T says. At 7:57, Kris Kream tweeted:

Nothing coming or going northbound Braintree. Stuck at North Quincy 15+ minutes.

By - 3/16/16 - 5:09 pm

M.L. reports seeing a weird, teensy-tiny little purple car on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge today, headed towards MIT (of course). Corinne replies with the above photo. Anybody know more about it?

By - 3/16/16 - 11:20 am
Firefighters going down to Alewife station

Firefighters descend to platform. Photo by Patrick Peralta.

UPDATE: NECN reports a body was found on the tracks.

Station was shut around 10:45 a.m. due to a "medical emergency;" now it's full of police, firefighters and EMTs.

Peralta reports:

Not a good sign when you arrive to an awful smell and these guys heading to the tracks.

By - 3/15/16 - 6:19 pm

Dorothy Steele, 77, of Cambridge, who was in her wheelchair on Columbia Street when hit head on by a car on Feb. 2, has died of injuries from the crash, Cambridge Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office report.

Police identified the driver of the car a few days later as Henry Park, 62, of Somerville. Authorities say he will now be charged with leaving the scene of a personal-injury crash causing death. An arraignment date has not been set.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/13/16 - 10:11 pm

Cambridge Police report recovering three blank shell casings at Broadway and Windsor Street this evening - after getting a 911 call and and anonymous text tip about gunfire there around 6:40 p.m. Read more.

By - 3/9/16 - 5:19 pm

Cambridge Police report somebody fired repeatedly at a parked car at Washington and Pine streets around 2:55 p.m. Read more.

By - 3/9/16 - 1:48 pm
Now open for winter in Kendall Square

David Weininger spotted this sign outside MexiCali Burrito in Kendall Square today.

By - 3/7/16 - 7:59 am

The Boston Business Journal remembers Ray Tomlinson, who gave us both e-mail and the use of the @ symbol in 1971, as an engineer for what was then Bolt, Beranek and Newman in Cambridge.

By - 3/4/16 - 9:25 am

The Guardian reports some AI researchers at MIT have developed a Twitterbot that spits out things Donald Trump might one day say, using a "recurrent neural network" fed transcripts of his speeches and debate statements.

By - 3/3/16 - 8:13 pm

We have no idea, but one broker says that if the Buddha got a job at Google and moved to Cambridge, he'd snap up the house at 10 Avon Pl., what with its merging of "clean, contemporary design with the rustic warmth of reclaimed barn floors, exposed beams and shelving," not to mention Nest thermostats throughout. And while it does not have a Bodhi tree, it does have a "tucked away office [that] provides a quiet retreat" for contemplating life and awakening and stuff - and the $2.3-million price tag.

H/t John Overholt for keeping up with ascetic Cambridge real-estate listings.

By - 3/3/16 - 7:50 pm

This just in on the hit-and-run crash that put a 77-year-old woman in the hospital early Sunday:

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas have announced that they have located the suspect vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run crash involving an individual in a wheelchair early Sunday morning at approximately 4:40 a.m. They have also identified a Somerville resident as the driver of the car. This remains an open and active investigation and no charges have yet been filed.

By - 3/3/16 - 8:07 am

In addition to the six cases confirmed as mumps, Harvard has another 14 suspected cases of the viral infection, according to Dr. Philip Lederer, who adds:

The six confirmed cases have documentation of two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and the majority of the suspected cases are believed to have had two doses of MMR.