In response, LadyLazerJ reports, somebody placed anguished memorial notes and candles on all the stumps. And as you can see from her photo, some people don't care about the destruction of the stately truffula trees, um, oaks.
Since the beginning of September, the MBTA has implemented a program at North Station called "Fare is Fair". In an attempt to control fare evasion on commuter trains (which of course they claim is "rampant") they now require all passengers to pass by "ticket verification agents" (yes, that's the MBTA's official term for these people) in a manner similar to the German tourists passing through the Brandenburg Gate in the early 1960s, showing their tickets as they pass, in order to board their train.
Here's the rub - At any given time, at least four platform entrances are staffed with six to seven of these "agents" EACH, even when NO trains are boarding. Yep, the agencies (MBTA and Keolis) that continually claim they cannot afford to hire people to properly staff and maintain the trains have somehow found the money to have 24 to 28 people hanging around doing NOTHING 85% of the time.
The best part of this farce is that, once you make your way past the "agents" and on to the train, the train crew then checks your ticket AGAIN. I believe this is known as the Department of Redundancy Department. Except that, when the Firesign Theater did it, it was much funnier. Here it's inexcusable.
Boston Police report arresting James Graham, 55, after he allegedly showed a clerk a knife and then grabbed a fistful of cash out of the register around 4:30 p.m. yesterday at the 7-Eleven next to the State Street entrance to the Aquarium T stop.