Prairie Rose Clayton bids us a Merry Inman Square Christmas and a happy New Chair.
For the past several days, Cantabrigians have been complaining about motorcades of black vehicles screaming around town. Or as Monica Anne Higgins put it today:
Why is a police motorcade screaming back and forth on Broadway/Cambridge? & Creepy SUV of men lunging out windows with rifles?
Or maybe it's just move-in week at Harvard.... Read more
Philip Greenspun wonders.
Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor who developed the Creative Commons alternative to traditional copyright, yesterday sued an Australian music company that got YouTube to block a video of a lecture he gave because it included five seconds of music from one of its artists.
Why, yes, of course, the up escalator at Porter Square on the Red Line isn't working this week, giving riders a chance to see just how fast they can climb from the platform 105 feet (10 stories) below street level. Melissa Leach paused before her... Read more
Cambridge Police report on an incident Tuesday afternoon down by the water behind Cambridgeside Galleria:
Man stated that he was walking and reading his mail on his iPhone 5 when another man snatched the phone from his hand and shoved him. The man stated that he yelled and ran after the man who then threw his phone at a wall, smashing it, before fleeing.... Read more
Some MIT students (natch) say they've figured out how to build the guts of CharlieCards into stylish rings, which would let anyone,... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court said today a developer can proceed with plans for a mixed-use development next to St. James Episcopal Church at Massachusetts Avenue and Beech Street that will involve destruction of a historic garden but which will provide money for renovating the "fragile" church.
The Cambridge Historical Commission designated the Romanesque-revival church as "historic" in 2010 as part of an agreement to allow... Read more
Cambridge Police report a plainclothes officer spotted a man appearing to be packing a gun around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. When the officer noticed the man and another man engage in a street transaction of some kind on Mass.... Read more
Literally: The power at the station went out around 9:45 p.m. At least one person is stuck in an elevator; the T is readying some bustitution.
Current NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is, of course, from Medford. One of the candidates to replace him (and the one who seems to have benefited the most from the Weiner wiener) is Bill de Blasio, a Cambridge native who is now the city's elected public advocate (before which he was a Brooklyn city councilor).
Cambridge gets a jump on the festivities, Slums of Harvard shows us.
Cambridge Police report a Holmes Street resident who has repeatedly had decapitated rabbits and internal organs dumped on his front porch woke up to more rabbit guts on Monday:
An unknown person left the hind quarters and internal organs of a small rabbit on his front porch.
Earlier, police said they likely culprit wasn't unknown - he was some guy from East Boston.... Read more
In the 1990s, an MIT team experimented with large tubes with the air sucked out as a potential way to speed trains between here, there and everywhere. Last year, the BBC talked to now retired professor Ernst G. Frankel about the proposed "vactrains," which could cut travel from Boston to New York down to 40 minutes:
"We built a half mile long tube at... Read more
Daniel Guzman asks:
Any recommendations on a good pollo a la brasa/Peruvian chicken place in Boston (or Cambridge)?
UPDATE: Wicked Local Cambridge reports police have their eye on an East Boston man, rather than a neighborhood hawk or cat, as a suspect.
The following are some recent entries from the Cambridge Police log:
[7/28] A Holmes Street resident reports that sometime between 9pm on 7/27/13 and 8am this date some unknown person left the internal organs of a small animal... Read more