Laurie Beth Brunner was in the Twin City Plaza McDonald's yesterday when a car parked right outside went up in flames. She captured the transition from ride home to burned out hulk, which took just a few minutes. She reports Somerville firefighters arrived quickly and that the driver got out of the car safely.
Eater Boston reports plans for a place that would sell both donuts and bagels in Davis Square have fallen through. No word if a Swiss-cheese emporium will take its place.
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
— 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.