State Police are investigating how the body of an older white male came to be by the Hatch Shell early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The office adds that the body, spotted by a passerby around 4:45 a.m., shows no outward signs of trauma or foul play.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters pulled two guys out of the middle of the river by the Mass. Ave. Bridge early this morning. After rescuers put life rings around them both and got them out of the water, they were taken to the MIT boathouse for evaluation by EMTs.
The Tech reports on the quiet end to the suit by two volunteers cleaning up the Charles who received some nasty burns when they dragged up a block of sodium that then exploded in 2007 (three other volunteers were also burned). Dropping sodium blocks in the Charles had been a big fave among MIT student who like watching things explode.... Read more
ForLeft considers two alternates for a rebuilt Longfellow - one of which has only one traffic lane in each direction:
... I love the idea of cutting down on car traffic and [putting] benches on the walks. This is a chance to really change the urban environment. ...
As they approach the dock I can kind of tell that the captain, or acting captain of the vessel, is not the sharpest sailor on the sea. He misses his approach and is forced to place the vessel in reverse(missing the 30 feet of dock before him). It was not a terribly embarrassing moment- though you would never be able to tell from the apparent"spouse's"... Read more
Channel 4 reports.
Derrick Jackson at the Boston Globe notices how the Charles River is so nice and clean, these days:
On the Fourth of July, the Charles River retreats to a backdrop for the majestic music of the Pops and the magic of fireworks. On closer look, we have much more to celebrate, as we have granted these once-horribly... Read more
Mike the Mad Biologist reports on a proposal to do that - back in 1907. Beacon Hill nobs, concerned about the view, put the kibosh on the idea.
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:
State Police Lieutenant Paul... Read more
UPDATE: The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will lower the level of the Charles at the dam by three feet Sunday night to allow for inspection of the dam's catwalk and flashboards, which are showing "significant deterioration of structural components." The dam itself is fine, the state says. The extra water will be diverted into the Mother Brook in Dedham. Read more.
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In the 1970s, the Corps abandoned plans for a massive series of levees and flood-control dams along the Charles... Read more