The T just issued a "severe delays" alert for southbound trains due to track issues at Assembly Square.
Police and the owners of Cleopatra and Caesar are pleading for their return after they were taken from a home on Summer Street Tuesday evening.
Their owners write: Read more.
The State House News Service reports state Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville) is sponsoring a bill to fine Globe Direct and other direct marketers up to $1,500 if they keep sending their stuff to people who ask them to stop.
[Provost] unloaded a heap of Globe Direct mailers before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, saying they had accrued around her doorstep after she attempted to be removed from the distribution list.
The Globe recently began switching Globe Direct from private deliverers to the postal service.
CommonWealth reports on the report, which says T officials should have known in 2013 the costs for the stalled project were out of control:
The transit agency had no in-house expertise to rein in the out-of-control costs and relied too heavily on an inexperienced private sector project manager for estimates that were constantly and significantly below the contractorâ€™s estimates.
A place in Davis Square might be able to help.
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.
We only get one Big Dig, state declares: MassDOT and the board that now runs the T agreed today that they're not going to pay any more for the Green Line Extension than the state's already committed to, so if the project's costs can't be shrunk by a billion dollars or so, it's dead, unless "other sources" come up with the extra money, and by "other sources" they mean cities that really want the thing (both of them), landowners and developers that would benefit from being right on the proposed line.
The Supreme Judicial Court next month hears arguments on a case involving a Somerville landlord - and pastor at a local church - convicted of pushing a Muslim tenant down the stairs, several weeks after the landlord had screamed at the woman and her kids about how Muslims were wicked and would burn in hell. Read more.
The Somerville News Weekly reports on an apparent plot by at least one middle-school kid to buy guns and festoons its story with the above banner that relocates Somerville to somewhere in Europe. The Somerville Times posts a copy of a School Department alert that denies there's a terror threat in the city. The News retorts by charging the school superintendent has some "Gaul" to deny an impending massacre threat (yes, "Gaul").
The state announced today it's canceling all its contracts with the major contractors on the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford and will try to re-bid the project.
The project is not completely dead yet, however: Some construction work will continue and the emergency board that now runs the T is appointing an interim project manager to try to pick up the pieces and get the Green Line to somehow run north of Lechmere one of these years. Read more.
Boston Magazine reports on a meeting today of the MassDOT and MBTA fiscal control boards at which consultants urged officials to toss the current bid, which has ballooned in cost and seek new bids for a system with smaller stations, a more modest trolley-repair facility and a different track alignment.
Mark Novak reports seeing a meteor flash from west to east north of Davis Square shortly before 5:30 p.m.
He adds it was white, so we can go to sleep tonight without worrying about going blind and getting attacked by ravenous walking plants.
The local craft brewers are calling it a day, with their last beer to ship in a couple weeks:
We hope our beers brought you joy and brought you closer together. Thereâ€™s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.
After seven years itâ€™s time to draw the curtains and head off to a new adventure. A poorly drawn grain of barley called Jack Dâ€™Or made this whole thing possible. Heâ€™ll be coming with us.
Cheers to you all.