Around 4:40 p.m., Ben Johnson entered the upper busway at Harvard Square T stop to this scene.
Actually, we have no idea why this guy is just standing in Harvard Square, but we suspect his name isn't Clarence and he's not looking for George Bailey, so a lost bet makes sense to us. Nikki, who snapped his photo at 2:30 p.m., reports:
Won't say what he's up to but hasn't moved in at least 20 mins.
The Crimson reports on a faculty meeting got a little testy when professors wanted to know why the world's greatest university was surveilling them and students. A muckymuck said it was part of a study by one group of researchers on student class attendance.
Prior to beginning the study, Bol said, he was given approval by Harvard’s Institutional Review Board, a federally mandated body that assesses academic research. According to Bol, members of that committee said that his work “did not constitute human subjects research,” and, as such, did not require notification or permission of those involved.
Right outside the CVS. Medical examiner and police, who covered the body with a sheet, now on scene.
UPDATE: Cambridge Police report the state medical examiner is now investigating the "sudden death" of the woman whose body was found there.
Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge resident on charges he started an unprovoked attack on a man on a Red Line train, then followed him out of the train into Harvard Square station and punched him in the head.
Christopher Hicks, 26, is scheduled for arraignment today in Cambridge District Court on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - a shod foot - police say.
The Crimson provides an overview of what's going on with all the buildings that Gerald Chan has snapped up of late.
The Crimson reports on the connection between the weekend death threats and months' worth of more peaceful - but equally ungrammatical - requests for Facebook followers.
The Crimson reports.
Every year, students in a Harvard archaeology class participate in an excavation at the campus:
Staff accompanied students who were joined by Native American community leaders, each bringing a unique perspective to the 10th annual Yard dig. All in attendance were focused on filling in the history of Harvard’s Indian College, established in 1665 with the mission of educating Native American students alongside Puritan students.
Mariel Teves, 24, of Revere, was arraigned today on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after police found her boyfriend lying in the Old Burial Ground at Mass. Ave. and Garden Street early Saturday, bleeding from two stab wounds to the leg.
Police say the victim, a Medford resident, was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
Teves had bail set at $5,000 in Cambridge District Court.
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?
His public schedule.notes he and his entourage will do it all again tomorrow, starting at Harvard at 9 and then across the Charles back into Boston for an 11 a.m. grip-and-grin with Tom Menino and a bunch of college presidents at BU. River-road motorists take note.
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.
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 free man," Hausmann said.
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.