Well, seems Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in town today. And as befits somebody of his august position, naturally, he stayed at the Ritz and got a motorcade full of Escalades that, of course, got a full police escort and had Storrow Drive blocked at rush hour?
Wicked Local Cambridge reports on the second arrest of Roman Torgovitsky for trespassing related to his protests against Vladimir Putin, but mostly on how two Pussy Riot members at Harvard for a discussion on Russian politics went down to CPD with some other protesters to insist on his release - they actually got to the station before Torgovitsky.... Read more
Seems the president of Venezuela doesn't like being called corrupt, so he went on national TV to threaten legal action against the Harvard professor who called him that. The professor, Kennedy School of Government professor Ricardo Hausmann, himself a pre-Chavez Venezuelan official, isn't too worried, the Crimson reports:
"I have the protection of the U.S.. I have the protection of Harvard. I feel a... Read more
Harvard bans smoking in Harvard Yard.
Jim Romenesko notes a Harvard Crimson article that criticized a proposed Thai program at Harvard as a potential propaganda mill for the country's military junta was taken offline "due to concerns about the personal safety of the author" - in the form of a rather specific threat from a Thai microbiologist at UCLA.
JB Parrett reports from Harvard Square this afternoon:
The boy won first two games, resigned the third. Impressive.
RoadTrip New England was there.
UPDATE: At 1:15 p.m., Harvard reported the campus re-opened. See the comments for Cambridge PD statement.
Focus centers on the Science Center and Prescott Street, where a caller claimed to have put a bomb, Matthew George reports.
At 10:11, Nina Khosrowsalafi reported:
Just got evacuated from Harvard Yard due to bomb threat. Lots of police with guns out.
Transit Police chalked up another victory for their "See Something, Say Something" campaign yesterday when an alert rider alerted them to a busker at Harvard who urinated in a cup, dumped the contents onto the tracks, then went right back to playing his music and soliciting donations.
Police say the musician (no, don't worry, not everybody's favorite fur-lined busker) did turn his back to... Read more
Transit Police report officers arrested a homeless Boston man at the Harvard Square T stop around 8 p.m. yesterday after pulling him away from the teen, whom they say he was indecently assaulting.
The victim, an 18 year old autistic male, was not a willing participant and attempted to pull away from [the man].
Thomas Dabrikas, 60, was convicted of rape and abuse of... Read more
The Crimson reports Jill Abramson will teach narrative non-fiction this fall. She's no stranger to Harvard, having graduated there in 1976.
The Globe reports Harvard President Drew Faust will let the extension school host a black mass tonight despite protests from Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
UPDATE: The Crimson reports the club bringing the publicity-seeking New Yorkers up here for the demon-stration decided late Monday to move the event off campus. Where, however, is unknown. They originally said the Middle East, but the Middle East says... Read more
Peter Muise takes us back to the 1640s, when some Harvard men decided to take advantage of President Henry Dunster's trip to Concord to raise some hell:
The students did succeed in raising Satan, but unfortunately were not able to control him. The Evil One proceeded to run amok on campus. In a panic, the students sent a message to Dunster that he needed... Read more
A Boston man was arrested yesterday for allegedly exposing his genitals to a woman on a Red Line train around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Transit Police report.
According to police, Henry Rojas, 59, aired his junk out in the direction of a woman on an outbound train heading into Harvard. She exited the train there, he stayed on, police say.
Innocent, etc.... Read more
Boston Magazine reports on a Red Line bar crawl tomorrow sponsored by Future Boston to promote late-night T service. Well, to be exact, they'll start in a bar on Savin Hill, present CharlieCards for a ride to a bar downtown and then finish up with sushi in Harvard Square.
Ed. note: What would an Orange Line equivalent be? Start at Forest Hills, where the... Read more
In early spring, of course, the Boston area becomes a land of contrast, where you'll see people in shorts and flip flops walking past people still prepared for a sudden polar vortex. Ed Hatfield photographed a woman determined to enjoy the fresh air in Harvard Square the other day.
Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?
According to Gobaud and Lin, the system appears to have a large market since many want to avoid grammar errors and reply-all disasters. They also noted, however, that the system may benefit corporations looking to improve their email protection policies by automatically deleting old... Read more
A Harvard student recounts events after what she writes was a sexual assault by another student in her Harvard residence.