Longwood Medical Area
They're bad enough downtown, but now they've invaded the Longwood Medical Area, a concerned citizen complains:
Please do something about these "fundraisers" who harass everyone who walks by. It is obnoxious and invasive. It's particularly upsetting because many of the victims are people who are just trying to get their child to the hospital. These solicitors should not be allowed to do this. They step out in front of you and try to cut you off/body block. It makes me extremely uncomfortable. This is a near-daily occurrence.
What? It's just a myth? Explain the storks that still adorn the exterior of the old Boston Lying-In Hospital on Longwood Avenue (part of Brigham and Women's Hospital since 1980).
The storks were there in 1927, when Thomas Marr photographed the hospital.
UPDATE: Suspicious package found at Harvard Medical School building; partial evacuation called around 12:45 p.m.
Police emptied MCPHS University and MassArt buildings at Longwood Avenue near Huntington and put the nearby Boston Latin School in "safe mode" around 11:30 a.m. as the bomb squad investigated a suspicious package inside.
Shortly after 11:50 a.m., bomb technicians determined the package was not harmful. The university began letting students back in and Boston Latin came out of safe mode.
The scene on Palace Road (photo by Kyle): Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports on a hearing by the Department of Public Health on Children's proposal for a $1-billion expansion that would include building atop what is now Prouty Garden:
Advocates for the Prouty Garden, which included several Childrenâ€™s doctors, protested against any plans that would supplant the space, citing the ashes of children who died that have been scattered in the garden or parents who brought their children there for healing.
The Crimson and the Bangkok Post report the issue is a Thai dentist who got a government loan for postgraduate work at Harvard Dental School on condition she return to Thailand to teach afterwards and then just stayed in the Boston area.
[T]housands of Facebook users in Thailand have repeatedly given Harvard one-star ratings and authored scathing criticisms of the Universityâ€™s administration for allowing Jumlongras to remain at Harvard. Since Poonwithayakijâ€™s Facebook post, Harvardâ€™s Facebook rating has dropped to 2.3 stars. Several months ago, it was more than 4 stars, according to retrieved screenshots of the page.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m. Suspicious bag turned out to be full of harmless wires. Streets re-opened.
Francis Street is shut between Brookline Avenue and Binney Street to await the arrival of the bomb squad. Ambulances are being diverted to other hospitals.
Emmanuel College has filed plans with the BRA for a 19-story, 691-bed dorm on its Longwood Medical Area campus.
The proposal replaces earlier plans, approved by the BRA in 2012, for a shorter dorm with more beds. Read more.
Harvard reminds us that among the oddities at the Warren Anatomical Museum at the medical school is the skull of Phineas Gage - and the 17-inch, 13Â˝-pound iron bar driven through his head while he was working on the railroad in 1848.
Flu-fighting staffers at Beth Israel get down to this. sick. beat.
H/t Nick McNulty.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is suing a Japanese researcher it says patented a promising method for battling cancer that is based on work by researchers at Dana-Farber and Genetics Institute in Cambridge. A Japanese drug company and Bristol-Myers Squibb are also named. Read more.
Children's Hospital says a pedestrian bridge over Longwood Avenue would not only help "physically challenged patients and families with young children" avoid the cold, rain and Boston drivers, it would improve traffic on the narrow, crowded street. Read more.
Children's Hospital this week sued a Seattle-based software company to get it to back off from claims the hospital owes $925,000 for "terminal emulator" software the hospital last used in 2004. Read more.
Huran Delismail, 22, was charged today with smashing into a pole early this morning at the Riverway and Brookline Avenue and sending his three passengers to local ERs - one with injures that were considered life threatening - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
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