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.
So how cold is it? It's so cold even the birds are flocking inside to stay warm, as Eric Maki discovered in the Harvard Square CVS.
A Harvard sophomore allegedly got his wish: He didn't have to take finals yesterday. But Eldo Kim might be facing a sterner test: He's been charged with calling in the bomb threats that shut four Harvard buildings where finals were being given.
According to one profile of him, from last term, Kim was helping a professor analyze taunting:
Eldo Kim is a freshman... Read more
Harvard University sent out an alert around 9:10 a.m.:
Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now.
No, not Lake Woebegon, but Harvard, where the Crimson reports the median undergraduate grade is A-, and:
The most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon, supporting suspicions that the College employs a softer grading standard than many of its peer institutions.... Read more
Bobbi Fox reports a turkey was perched outside the Dunkin' Donuts at Eliot and JFK this morning.
And the building best known for the Au Bon Pain and the outside chess tables will get an extensive, if unspecified, remake.
Cambridge Police report they are investigating 20 housebreaks in apartment buildings along Mass. Ave.:
In a high percentage of these incidents the point of entry has been through an unlocked window between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Cambridge Day reports on the downstairs neighbor of Upstairs on the Square in Harvard Square, which is moving out.