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.
Cara Rubinsky asks:
Can anyone suggest a kid-friendly sushi place in/near Cambridge to take out-of-towners for lunch?
Cassie Grey-Sautelet watched the sun go down over the Charles this afternoon.
The New York Times gets all saucy with its coverage of their new mayor's shocking habit of eating pizza with a fork. The man himself blames his Italian heritage - he says that's just how people in Italy eat pizza - but the story ends with this coda:
Pressed on why a mayor who prides himself on populism would opt for such a technique,... Read more
Elise Ramsay looked up at the Sheraton Commander from the Cambridge Common tonight.
Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.
Devorah Klein reports seeing several people bicycling on the Charles River this evening:
The cyclists were right by MIT, near what looked like a crack in the ice.
The Cambridge Fire Department reports a broken water main in the basement of the YWCA on Temple Street forced the evacuation of the building this evening.
The American Red Cross reports 98 residents were forced out. It's setting up a shelter at the Frisoli Youth Center for the residents - and trucking in blankets, cots and 40 pizzas.... Read more