UPDATE: The DA's office reports the victim was a 33-year-old Brighton man and that his death was declared "a non-homicide" after an autopsy and investigation.
State Police report recovering a man's body from the Charles River, between the Hatch Shell and the Harvard Bridge this morning.
Although the man's exact identity remains unknown, the body was probably not that of missing Brown student Sunil Tripathi, because it appears to have been in the water longer than he has been missing, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding an autopsy is planned to determine the cause of his death.
The DA's office adds the body was discovered around 8 a.m. by a Boston University rowing team.
Shortly before 7 a.m., a driver managed to firmly wedge his box truck into the underpass eastbound at the Harvard Bridge, causing a nice little blockage just as rush hour was getting underway. He tried moving the truck back, but all he did was set of a shower of sparks from where his truck's roof scraped against the top of the underpass.
UPDATE: After working on the truck for around 45 minutes without success, the Cambridge Fire Department ordered an electric saw to the scene to cut the top of the fool thing off.
Complaints about traffic in Boston are nothing new. Even in the 1920s, news photographer Leslie Jones was capturing local traffic jams - and the accidents that often caused them. Here are some from the Boston Public Library's Leslie Jones collection (click on photos to see larger versions).
In 1924, the SS Leviathan moored at a South Boston pier. People flocked to see it; Jones reported "an angry crowd" of jammed motorists:
UPDATE: Authorities make ID.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office has released photos of jewelery removed from the body of a woman found in the Charles River yesterday after she jumped off the Harvard Bridge. Officials say she had no identification with her and are hoping somebody recognizes the ring and pendant. If you do, contact Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817. She's described as a young black woman, about 5'4" and 110 lbs, with hair shaved on the sides and a longer tuft of hair at the top front.
Authorities hope jewelry, clothing and hair details lead them to identity of woman who jumped off bridgeBy adamg - 10/20/11 - 5:55 pm
With no identifying documents to go on, authorities have released some information about the woman whose body was pulled out of the Charles River this morning after witnesses watched her jump off the Harvard Bridge, in the hopes somebody recognizes her. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:
The woman is described as a black female of indeterminate – but apparently young – age. She stood about 5'4" tall and weighed just under 110 lbs. Her hair was shaved on the sides, with a longer tuft of hair at the top front. Her fingernails and toenails appeared to be well cared for and she did not appear homeless.
She had a tattoo depicting musical notes on her left upper chest. She was wearing a gold ring on her right middle finger inscribed with "1987 AS Newbury" on the outside and the letters "MJ" on the inside. She was also wearing a necklace with a heart-shaped ornament with diamonds or diamond-like decorations. When pulled from the water, she was wearing a black leather jacket, a black T-shirt, black sweatpants or fleece pants, and black tennis shoes.
On April 30, 1908, Harry Houdini walked from a nearby hotel to the Harvard Bridge, where he had himself chained up before he jumped into the still frigid Charles River. From The Amazing Harry Houdini:
"But aren't you even afraid, Mr. Houdini?" one of the reporters shouted to him. "Afraid?" Houdini asked with a loud laugh. "What do I have to fear? I am the King of Handcuffs. Nothing can hold me!"
And, of course, he eventually surfaced - after the assembled throng of some 10,000 began to fear he had drowned. That night, he appeared as scheduled at Keith's Theatre on Washington Street.
The photo is the first in a series of four in the Library of Congress's American Memory collection. The last shows Houdini bobbing at the surface after he unshackled himself.
Firefighters, troopers rescue one person, recover one body from the Charles at the Mass. Ave. bridgeBy bostonzest - 5/18/10 - 11:12 pm
Story updated at 8 a.m.
The Boston Fire Department and State Police report two men jumped into the Charles River from the Mass. Ave. bridge around 11 p.m. last night.
Boston firefighters and state troopers arrived at the middle of the bridge in time to spot one person in the river "barely treading water." In a statement, State Police say:
Miss MP reports:
Last night, we crossed the Harvard Bridge as "Don't Worry Desmond Dekker" played on the radio, and the MIT dome was lit up in front of us and Beacon Hill and the Financial District were across the river to our right, and I thought, GodDAMN, I love this city. And that pretty much sums up my feelings on the Mighty Mighty Bosstones: they're the embodiment of everything I love about my home city--loyalty, attitude, self-deprecation, idealism, work ethic, and a gruff exterior masking a marshmallowy center. ...