The State Police sent out an alert this morning that a body - which would have been the third this week - was found in the Charles near Boston University. They quickly followed up with this correction:
At this time the Massachusetts State Police has experienced an internal issue with its email system. An older email, possibly stored in the system for delivery, was sent out as a new advisory. There was no new body found in the Charles River. We apologize as this appeared as a new advisory.
Investigators have positively identified the body pulled out of the Charles River near the BU Bridge this morning as that of Jonathan Dailey, a Boston Architectural College student who went missing last week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Confirmation came through his dental records, the DA's office says.
The facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Dailey's death remain under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA's office. We rule out no possibility and we promise Mr. Dailey’s family a thorough, comprehensive search for the truth as we investigate his death.
The Globe reported this morning the body had been weighed down with chains and a cinder block.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports another body was found this morning, near where a middle-aged man's body was found floating yesterday. No ID yet.
The Globe reports the body found today was bound with chains attached to a cinderblock.
Stanley Stacos reports the body was found floating under the BU Bridge around 8:30 a.m.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that while investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the body, it does not appear to be that of missing student Jonathan Dailey - the body was that of a middle-aged and bald man.
The Charles River Conservancy and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold two public hearings - Sept. 19 and Oct. 10 - on current plans for the fabled North Point skatepark, which has been promised for land near the Zakim for longer than some skateboarders have probably been alive.
The people actually designing the skatepark - who have designed other skate areas across the country - will attend to hear comments and suggestions on the proposed design.
Both hearings start at 6 p.m. in the Mezzanine Room at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
Of course, the conservancy and DCR have made similar optimistic statements in the past - repeatedly.
OK, so the Segway guy is finally keeping his tours off the Greenway, if not off Long Wharf, but now he's taken to directing his tours across the Charles River, by way of the gangplanks over the locks at the Charles River Dam.
What is up with Segways on the Charlestown Locks lately?! Dangerous to walkers and riders alike.
Tonight, DCR agreed:
They are not allowed on the locks! Please stay clear of them and be safe.
The Charles River Watershed Association is warning people to stay out of the water in the Lakes District portion of the river in Newton, Waltham and Weston, due to a bloom of blue-green algae. The group says this is the first time that's ever been spotted in that part of the river:
Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, are aquatic bacteria that can produce toxins which are harmful to humans, dogs and other mammals. If you see water that looks bright green or contains bright green strands avoid contact with the water as much as possible and wash contacted areas after exposure. Common reactions to the toxins include rashes, eye irritation, and possible gastrointestinal distress.
The Library of Congress has a copy of a short movie taken on July 21, 1904 by Edwin S. Porter, a cameraman working for Thomas Edison:
About fifty canoes filled with people on an outing in the summertime were photographed from a single camera position from a bridge overlooking the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.
State troopers recovered the body of a Boston man around 9 a.m. from the river on the Museum of Science side of the Longfellow Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The man was 36, according to the DA's office, which declined further details. An autopsy will be performed to try to find out how he died.
Authorities are looking for any joggers or dog walkers who may have seen discussions or arguments on the fishing pier by the Charles River dam the afternoon or evening of Sunday, May 20.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports somebody's gotten permission to shoot off fireworks over the Charles by the Museum of Science for about 10 minutes tonight, starting around 9:30 p.m.
MassBike reports MassDOT has picked a design for the renovation of the Longfellow that features just one vehicle lane outbound and wider lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians in both directions.
A fourth suspect remains at large, police say.
According to police, the four approached the man, showed a knife, pulled his hood over his face and then pushed him to the ground. They removed his wallet and cellphone from his pockets, then ran through Charlesgate and down Bay State Road, police say. Officers scouring the area noticed three of the men running across the footbridge from Silber Way to the Esplanade:
Bonnie Sashin reports this is the time of year when she starts getting itchy to get back on the Charles in her red racing shell:
Ivve had fantasies of defying the Rowing Committee’s edict that no boats go out until further notice. Do I respect their concerns about danger and liability surrounding an over-exuberant rower's death by flipping into icy cold water? Of course, because every rower, including yours truly, has had the experience of tipping out of her boat, and usually or more than one occasion.
The Globe reports a rare sturgeon's been spotted swimming up the Charles.
The Globe and the Herald report on a plan for the Esplandade that calls for better access across Storrow Drive, a cafe next to the Hatch Shell, doing more with the Charles River dam and the Muddy River and just generally sprucing up the existing facilities after decades of neglect. Another idea would be a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel by the Museum of Science. Of course, this would take some money.
Down by JFK Street, numerous people report. Anyone?