First responders from both Cambridge and Boston and divers from Boston rushed to the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge around 6:30 p.m. on what appeared to be a report that two people might be in the river. Read more.
UPDATE, 7 p.m. A thermal scanner mounted on a State Police helicopter found no evidence of a body; firefighters began packing up to leave.
Around 6:15 p.m., based on a phone call. Police and firefighters from both Boston and Cambridge are on scene and searching the Charles River.
Cambridge Police report the arrest of a New York City man on a variety of charges related to the high life he allegedly tried to settle into for a couple months at a Third Street apartment complex that included draining $70,000 from a local design company's coffers and using some of the funds to lease a BMW SUV across the river in Boston. Read more.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem between Kendall Square and Charles/MGH (which would be, what, the Longfellow?).
UPDATE: At 8:20, the T reported delays southbound due to a train that met its maker at Alewife.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to signal problems at Central Square. Dave translates the T's "moderate" into English:
Red line is in rough shape. Been sitting between Kendall and Central for at least 10 mins.
Equally intrepid Red Line regular Jake Wark reports from Downtown Crossing that as his Alewife train just sat there, the driver informed people rushing to the train: Read more.
Transit Police have released photos of a man they say "engaged in an a lewd act" on a Red Line train between Alewife and Davis around 8:50 p.m. on Dec. 30.
He's described as white, 25 to 35, clean shaven and 5'10" to 6' with a medium build.
If you know a guy who can't keep it zipped, contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous tip to 873873.
The T advises there are "moderate" delays on the Red Line towards Alewife due to an unspecified track issue at Central.
Nate Russell snapped this visitor today on a little ledge outside his company's offices on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. "We've seen him before in the trees but never this close," he reports.
OK, to be accurate: 900,000 photos of the Boston skyline, and another 150,000 of the Cambridge skyline, all taken from the same spot in Cambridge over a five-year period.
Nick Cosky walked along the Charles at sunrise (such as it was) this morning.
A travelogue of sorts from 1970, narrated by Edwin Land himself, that concludes with him walking us around the plans for a new Polaroid factory in Norwood. Around 12:00, he discusses the future of photography, including cameras that would fit in a pocket, "something like a telephone, that you would use all day long. ... a camera that you would use as often as a pencil, or your eyeglasses" (but still one that spits out everything on film).
Via Boston Reddit.
Ari Ofsevit reports he felt a lot safer around these Cambridgeport chickens than he would around some Brookline turkeys.
Shannon Dooling watched some rowers on the Charles River this morning.
And, of course, this being the Boston area, she also offered free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts, the Globe reports.
The Harvard Gazette reports researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed "a model of human intestinal inflammation and bacterial overgrowth in a human-gut-on-a-chip" that should make it easier to figure out and develop possible remedies for such ailments as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
An Alewife-bound Red Line train developed some electrical issues shortly after 6 p.m. and that meant smoke at Central Square, so the train was taken out of service.
Around the same time, some young women got into a bit of a fight on the outbound platform at Chinatown just as a train was pulling in. The train was halted so police could clear up the affray, but, of course, that halted all the trains behind it.
Look at this sign some poor Cambridgeport resident thinks will stop the plague that is unwanted bags of ad fliers.
Ed. note: What finally worked for us was a BBB complaint. Start the complaint process here (linked because you won't find Globe Direct at the Boston BBB site, because they're officially located in Millbury).