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.
Cara and Christopher report a car fire on I-93 northbound at the Charlestown/Somerville line that can be smelled from the Community College T stop and which now has traffic backed to the tunnel.
Toyota, which makes Lexus cars, is suing a Somerville wedding photographer using the name Lexus Studios, alleging that is causing the auto giant "irreparable injury" and demanding he rip up all his business cards and signs and pay damages and lawyers' fees.
Toyota's suit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, says the company has been trying since 2012 to get Paolo Pacheco to change the name of his business because people might think the studio has something to do with Lexus cars.
Vaguely, in the back of my head I must have known that a few homeless fellows would populate a public park in summer every now and then. But I really didnâ€™t think much of it. I would be there every day anyway if there were any problems, and I had very rarely ever been approached by any homeless people in Somerville in my 4 years of living thereâ€¦ so it would be fineâ€¦.
It was not fine. ...
Slam reports this guy with no shoes - and white pants after Labor Day - got on the Red Line with him at Davis Square this morning.
Still on our train at Charles MGH... Bold to say the least.
Jeff Kaufman reports on what is turning into a $50,000 decontamination project thanks to some clueless workers who removed an ancient Honeywell heating system and let the mercury that it used to help pressurize the water just spill all over the place, well before he bought the place.
On July 1st I discovered a puddle of liquid mercury in our house. It was the evening before the holiday weekend and I was preparing to do some more demolition for the bathroom I've been working on.
Aram Boghosian reports he opened his window in East Somerville this morning to find a rather large bird staring back at him.
Claire Blechman reports spotting this turkey apparently seeking an inspection today at a gas station on Beacon Street in Somerville, heading towards Inman Square.