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.

By - 3/2/16 - 6:07 pm

Harvard now has a total of six mumps cases, the university reported in a memo to the campus community. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 3:36 pm
Car sought for hit and run in Cambridge

Surveillance photo via CPD.

Cambridge Police are looking for the driver of a car that hit a 77-year-old woman in a wheelchair early Sunday on Columbia Street near Lincoln Street, then drove off, leaving her with critical injuries for which she is still hospitalized. Read more.

By - 3/1/16 - 7:29 am

The Crimson reports Panera's Boston-area retrenchment claimed another victim yesterday:

Michael A. Kikukawa '17 was unaware of Panera’s closing when he ordered dinner through the restaurant’s mobile app. Only after completing his order did Kikukawa realize that it was being fulfilled at Panera’s Porter Square location.

“I was horrified,” Kikukawa said.

By - 2/29/16 - 10:29 pm

Harvard University alerted students and staffers tonight that an undergraduate student and a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School have confirmed cases of mumps.

In a memo, Dr. Paul J. Barreira, director of Harvard University Health Services, said the school is working with city and state public-health officials "to identify the cause and scope of the infection." Read more.

By - 2/26/16 - 12:18 pm
Dive boat in Charles River

Aly watched a diver go into the Charles near North Point Park on the Cambridge side of the Charles this morning, near one of two areas pointed to by a search dog. Searchers have focused on the area around the train bridge just past North Station as they look for Zachary Marr, last seen outside the Bell in Hand downtown on Feb. 13.

By - 2/24/16 - 6:48 pm

More signal problems, this time at Alewife. J Patience reports:

I boarded at Park between 6 - 6:05. Now starting to stand by at Harvard. 6:47.

By - 2/24/16 - 4:43 pm

Cambridge Police report Ryan Callinan, a CPD officer, has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and operating to endanger following an incident Sunday night at Broadway and Portland Street. Read more.

By - 2/22/16 - 11:43 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports Cambridge Police have brought in State Police and the DA's office to investigate a crash involving an off-duty officer who may have hit a woman on a bicycle Sunday evening at Broadway and Portland Street, then drove off.

By - 2/22/16 - 7:29 am
Books under the Longfellow Bridge

Mark Novak shows us the Boston under the Bridge Bookstore somebody's set up under the Cambridge side of the Longfellow Bridge.

UPDATE: The Globe reports state officials ordered it boarded up today because reasons.

By - 2/17/16 - 9:56 am

A woman who graduated Harvard last year says the university violated a federal equal education law by not educating students about sexual assault and harassment - and by failing to protect her after she complained about the actions of a former boyfriend who also attended the school. Read more.