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.
Greg Cook takes us on a tour of the museums, which plan to re-open on Nov. 16.
The Crimson reports Harvard, Cambridge and State Police will be patrolling the areas around Harvard upperclass residences next Wednesday to keep freshmen from getting bombed as part of the annual celebration of housing assignments:
Dingman cited safety as a primary motivation for the increased security, recalling dangerous acts performed by intoxicated students in recent years. He further criticized the role River Run plays in... Read more
Signal problems mean the dreaded "severe" delays on the Red Line between Harvard and JFK/UMass this morning.
That has to be a new record... Took 45 minutes to get from Davis Square to Kendall Square.
WBUR reports on a gubernatorial forum at Harvard.
Ed Hatfield provides the context for the photo he took before the storm started near Harvard Square today:
The elderly gentleman was having a tough time walking on the ice when the woman walked past him. After a few steps she stopped, turned around and offered her help which he quickly accepted.
UPDATE: Marilyn Hausammann, VP for human resources, sent out a new memo to staffers today: Harvard will reimburse them for excess 2009 and 2010 taxes, with interest, and pay for tax-prep help for filing amended returns for later years. Her memo is attached.
Harvard recently notified 11,000 current and former employees that a mistake in the way it calculated the value of supplemental life insurance... Read more
Around 1 a.m., Rebecca Peterson wondered:
Is something happening in Harvard/Cambridge? Heard some big booms just now.
Erin Hill reported "three loud booms."
April added they sounded like a cannon or "huge things being dropped."
Chris Peterson writes a friend heard them along Mem. Drive.
Apparently the 1,000-year lease on the Arnold Arboretum wasn't enough. The Herald reports Harvard owns nearly 90,000 acres of forestland in Romania and now the guy who sold Harvard some of that land has been implicated in a probe of whether he got the World's Smartest University to pay inflated prices in exchange for cash, a vacation and a Chrysler Sebring.... Read more
Elise Ramsay looked up at the Sheraton Commander from the Cambridge Common tonight.
Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.