Norm Vigeant posted a photo of three MBTA locomotives and a commuter-rail coach crossing a causeway at the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston on Saturday.
Normally, the T would use the Grand Junction bridge (the train bridge under the BU Bridge) to move cars from its repair facility in Somerville to points south, but the bridge was shut last Wednesday for some emergency repairs,... Read more
A.P. Blake reports a key part of the proposed route - the Grand Junction Bridge that spans the Charles under the BU Bridge - has had speed and weight limits put on it that are so severe the freight train that normally delivers produce to Chelsea couldn't go across it.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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.... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.... Read more
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.
Somebody, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley... Read more