The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned a man's conviction for operating under the influence of a controlled substance because the difluoroethane in the can of compressed air he was observed huffing while in his running car in Malden is not on a state list of prohibited substances. Read more.
The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at www.ria.ie/library/contact, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."
If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.
Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.
You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.
A morning power failure that hit parts of Medford and Malden (and at least one Dunkin' Donuts in Everett) also brought the Orange Line to a crawl, with the T announcing the dreaded "severe" delays. While the trains run off the T's very own power supply, the signals that control the trains get their juice from National Grid.
Anybody recognize this kid on his bar-mitzvah day? Scooter reports:
I bought this photo at Urban Renewals in Allston because I couldn't resist this guy's fashion sense (polka dots, bow tie, plaid? YES)! The frame says it's from Malden. Does anyone recognize this stylin' bar mitzvah dude?
See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.
On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta spotted at JFK/UMass for the ride to Quincy and Braintree:
Rich got to Oak Grove around 6:30 a.m., just in time to see tracks remain unshoveled, which is one of the reasons the T is still just running that single shuttle train up and down that one track between Oak Grove and Wellington, causing grief for commuters like Beth Chaplin at Malden:
At Malden Sta at 7:15am; SB "shuttle" train too full to get on. Now heading NB to OG so I can circle back to Wellington.
Melrose Police report arresting a Melrose man early this morning after, they say, he led officers on a careening chase that ended at the Malden River, where he drove into the water - on the rims that were all that were supporting his pickup - then got out and swam away, all the while taunting the firefighters trying to save his alleged drunk ass.
Just at the start of rush hour, a train just outside Malden Center proved worse off than a doorknob. The Malden Fire Department had to be called into to evacuate the packed train, which means the T had to shut off power in both directions between Malden and Wellington. Shuttle buses were bruited about.
JulesB captured the scene outside Oak Grove station early this morning.
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Transit Police report they want to talk to this guy about a series of bogus phone calls to 911 about alleged crimes in the Malden Center T station.
Over the past month Transit and Malden Police have received several 911 emergency calls alleging various crimes in progress at the MBTA's Malden Center station. The calls originate from within the station. Subsequent to a joint investigation amongst Transit and Malden Police has determined these calls to be intentionally false.
Wayne Dutch asks:
Any suggestions for good breakfast places north of Boston? (Malden, Saugus, Revere, Lynn)
Kristin MacDougall reports an amok truck got stuck tonight at Pleasant and West streets in Malden.