The T is warning of the dreaded "severe" delays on the Orange Line inbound from Oak Grove due to a train that needs to be taken out back and shot at Assembly Square. It's so bad, the T is telling people to take the Green Line between North Station and Back Bay, assuming they can get to North Station to begin with, that is.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that La Hacienda on Medford Street has closed for good.
Matthew Yglesias reports that of all the residential buildings in Somerville, a city of 80,000 people, only 22 comply with current zoning codes.
The MBTA says service on the Orange Line is back to normal after the "severe" delays caused by a train that acted like a cat that had already gone through nine lives at Assembly Square.
It's no joke when a train begins to smoke.
Federal approval is vital since without it, we'll lose roughly $1 billion in money for the extension. Of course, the state is still playing the Dread Pirate Roberts role - "Good night, Green Line Extension, good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning."
First time seeing this in my neighborhood in Somerville. Bummer. pic.twitter.com/VsgdDprG6a
â€” Kelsey Graham (@woolcarderbee) May 12, 2016
UPDATE/CORRECTION: The trees are only at risk; none of the bugs have actually been found in Somerville.
Somerville officials have marked 155 trees across the city for destruction because they're at risk for infestation bye the emerald ash borer, an insect originally from China that kills trees by, well, boring through them. Read more.
MBTA and MassDOT staff today presented plans for a $2.3-billion Green Line Extension that would keep the originally planned seven stations but would eliminate amenities such as fully enclosed waiting rooms, escalators and, at several stations, elevators and stairs. Read more.
The Cambridge Civic Journal has the statement from Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi for a pledge of $75 million - $50 million from Somerville and $25 million from Cambridge - toward the cost of building the Green Line Extension from Lechmere towards Medford: Read more.
The Crimson reports a total of 16 confirmed mumps cases at Harvard, with some cases now also reported at Tufts and BU.
Andrew Ferreira came upon this scene at Davis Square, the morning after the last late-night subway trains ran.
Police say Hurley, 5'10" and 160 lbs., could be on foot or maybe public transportation somewhere in Waltham, Belmont or Somerville. They add: Read more.
Boston Hassle's telethon goes live at 10 a.m. on March 4 on the Somerville cable-access channel and runs through 10 a.m. the next day.
Backers hope to use funds raised from the 24 hours of "science experiments, poetry, sketch comedy, presentations, demonstrations, live music, music videos, childrenâ€™s reading time, magicians, sad pet tricks, puppets [and] drag" to secure "an independent art space/venue somewhere in the city."
People without access to Somerville cable TV will be able to listen online.
Wynn said it's put is $1.7-billion Everett casino on hold until after state officials rule on environmental objections filed by the city of Somerville.
This includes canceling plans for hiring 4,000 construction workers and a formal April groundbreaking, Wynn says.
The company took no similar actions while fighting the city of Boston's federal lawsuit, which, granted grew increasingly unlikely to succeed the more a judge read Boston's legal pleadings.
Wicked Local Somerville reports the city of Somerville is planning on spending $25,000 to $35,000 to hire a PR company to push back against the nay-saying nellies at the state:
As state officials consider cutting the Green Line Extension, Somerville is hiring a PR firm to promote the project via placed interviews and op-eds, Reddit Ask Me Anything forums and "memes."