By - 12/14/15 - 4:51 pm

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.

By - 12/14/15 - 8:34 am
Daisy Obi

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.

By - 12/10/15 - 8:48 pm
Somerville: Nexus of terrorism?

The banner atop a Somerville News story.

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").

By - 12/10/15 - 11:40 am

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.

By - 12/9/15 - 6:21 pm

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.

By - 12/3/15 - 8:43 am

Lisa shows us the denial about this online post from McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square.

By - 12/1/15 - 7:32 am

WBUR breaks it down and explains how the main contractor on the project learned to use the system to maximize its profits. Jon Keller notes that contractor was also involved in our other favorite bloated infrastructure project.

By - 11/29/15 - 5:53 pm

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.

By - 11/24/15 - 5:49 pm

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. There’s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.

After seven years it’s time to draw the curtains and head off to a new adventure. A poorly drawn grain of barley called Jack D’Or made this whole thing possible. He’ll be coming with us.

Cheers to you all.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

By - 11/22/15 - 3:22 pm
I-93 car fire

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.

By - 11/13/15 - 9:35 am

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.

Complete Toyota complaint.

By - 11/12/15 - 10:38 pm

Fans of the Long Now Foundation, which looks at projects that could last 10,000 years, are holding a get together at the Burren in Davis Square next week, to see if there's enough interest to start a local chapter.

By - 11/4/15 - 3:49 pm

Erin Butcher, artistic director of Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company explains why performing in Somerville's Powder House Park means she will never do all-female outdoor performances again:

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 didn’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 there… so it would be fine….

It was not fine. ...

By - 11/3/15 - 8:43 am
White pants and no shoes at Davis Square on the Red Line

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.

By - 10/21/15 - 10:48 am

Makezine interviews Tom Sanfilippo on his acquisition of a broken-down old electron microscope from Harvard and his journey to getting it to work again. One of the first problems: All the manuals were in German.

Via Jon Ghostian.

By - 10/11/15 - 11:45 pm

Greg Cook took in the tenth annual Honk festival, both yesterday.

Mark watched today's parade: Read more.

By - 10/9/15 - 12:21 pm

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.

By - 9/23/15 - 11:16 am
Hawk in Somerville

Aram Boghosian reports he opened his window in East Somerville this morning to find a rather large bird staring back at him.

By - 9/20/15 - 5:11 pm
Turkey at gas station in Somerville

Claire Blechman reports spotting this turkey apparently seeking an inspection today at a gas station on Beacon Street in Somerville, heading towards Inman Square.

By - 9/20/15 - 11:25 am
Preying mantis in Somerville

LadyLazerJ couldn't help but notice this praying mantis on her Somerville porch railing yesterday.

Among her tags for the photo: Read more.