Channel 4 reports; doesn't say if Gates and Crowley had a beer as they talked at River Gods for an hour.
"It is often noted that Harvard plans decades or even a century into the future," writes the broadsheet in a mind-blowing editorial this morning. "Allston residents, however, aren’t in a position to look that far down the pike." And just think of the terrible consequences for Harvard of its predilection for thinking of the future - if only it had chosen instead to think... Read more
Floon finally realizes there are better backdrops for press conferences than City Hall, travels to the Brighton Mills Shopping Center this morning to denounce the way the BRA "steamrolls" neighborhoods.
Reacting to some insulting BRA e-mails about Allston/Brighton activists, Flaherty and Yoon will hook up with Allston/Brighton council candidate Alex Selvig and community activist Harry Mattison at the Harvard-owned mall, specifically in... Read more
Some Allston residents (including blogger Harry Mattison) have taken to picketing wherever they think politicians would show up (such as last night's at-large council forum in Brighton), to protest the way Harvard bought up much of the neighborhood and now is just letting it lie fallow.
Harry Mattison posts copies of BRA correspondence related to the Charlesview project that he got under a public-records request. As is usual with such stuff, the BRA gave him photocopies of printouts of the e-mail, rather than, oh, a CD with text.
Just in the first couple of pages, it's interesting to see BRA hostility toward a neighborhood group.... Read more
Faculty Meeting Lacks Usual Cookies (no, that is not an Onion headline):
The first Faculty meeting of the year kicked off without a regular staple: cookies to complement professors' tea and coffee.
"This is the first time in modern times with no cookies," Faculty Council member Harry R. Lewis '68 said as he held a white mug of tea. "We are sharing the pain... Read more
Capt. James Claiborne, who currently heads up Boston Police's B-3 district (Mattapan and parts of Dorchester and Roxbury), is retiring at the end of the month - and will take a job as deputy chief of the Harvard University Police Department.
The Crimson reports the Sox co-owner is co-teaching a course at Harvard Law with Alan Dershowitz this semester. One of the classes took place during Tuesday night's game in Lucchino's box at Fenway:
... "It was a great opportunity to see the real world applications of what we're learning in law school," said Zucker, a "diehard" Sox fan. ...
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You may recall how, in a fit of pique, city lawyers last Friday dumped a shopping-cart worth of paper copies of e-mail on a desk and told reporters to have at it for a few minutes.
There's a wonderful headline in the Crimson today: Harvard Students Remain Largely Unaware of a String of Violent Crimes in Boston:
... [A]nother student, Elizabeth H. Thompson '12, when informed of the incidents, said, "I've walked into Boston at night once or twice and I probably wouldn't do that anymore." ...
Lesley Schoenfeld, a librarian at Harvard, reports on an interesting find: An account by James Rodney Wood, a Boston police chief who founded New England's first detective agency, of post-War (post Civil War, that is) activity on North Street in the North End, home to 25 bars, 13 dance halls and 30 to 50 brothels:
There were frequent delegations of students from Harvard... Read more
Bloomberg writes about the growing consternation among people in Allston about the "slowing" of Harvard's activity there, which looks more and more like stagnation.
The Crimson reports on the religion professor taking advantage of a centuries-old clause in his contract to graze a cow on Harvard land.
The boys are back in town. Wicked Local Cambridge reports on an alleged run-in between some Harvard lads and the local constabulary.
The Crimson accepted money to run a week's worth of Holocaust denial ads, but pulled them after the frist day because of protests from, among others, students whose grandparents were killed in the Holocaust. The paper's president said the ad wasn't supposed to run and apologized.
The Crimson reports Harvard's IT department is getting rid of a dial-up modem pool that a few professors and staff members still used to access online university resources, such as e-mail. The savings are "substantial," the paper reports.
... Readings cover the best (and worst) of political, art, lifestyle, and personal blogs, and students practice writing in each of these genres. Students learn the ins and outs of the technical side of blogging including graphics and layout, interpreting traffic data, selling advertising, and building an audience. This... Read more