Harvard University Police report a woman was raped in the Yard around 3:15 a.m. today.
The victim was grabbed as she entered the Yard through the Johnston Gate and was pulled behind Massachusetts Hall and attacked.
The victim described the offender as a very tanned, possible Hispanic male, mid-twenties, 5'7" in height, medium build, dark hair, wearing a white shirt.
The Harvard University police log has the following entry for July 18:
Officer dispatched to take a report of a stolen unattended and unsecured pair of fruit of the Loom underwear valued at $5.00.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that four men convicted of first-degree murder for the beating and stabbing death of Io Nachtwey in 2001 got a fair trial.
The ruling means the four men - all frequent visitors to the area behind the Harvard Square T stop, as was their victim - will spend the rest of their lives in prison for murdering Nachtwey on the train bridge across the Charles by the BU Bridge. Two other Pit habitues received reduced sentences in exchange for their testimony against the four.
Left Bank of the Charles reports.
Oh, Harvard: The Crimson reports a construction company doing work on campus has taken down a sign asking workers to "show respect for Harvard" and refrain from swearing, drinking and drug use while on the job, after future 1%ers protested that the sign was just so patronizing and patriarchal.
Avinaash Subramaniam '14 said that he was "shocked" by the sign and that it held workers to a different standard than Harvard students.
Around 8:15 p.m. yesterday, Rachel Zarrell spotted Sob Story Guy getting on the Orange Line at Chinatown:
Needed money to get to Worcester to "treat his staph infection." Was pretty gross.
But by 11, he'd either gotten it looked at or had just become resigned to it. Colin Steele reported from the Red Line near Harvard:
No story this time, just "anybody? Anybody?"
AlertNewEngland reports a large pile of paper on Red Line tracks near Harvard Square burst into flames around 1:40 p.m., forcing a shutdown of train service so Cambridge firefighters could douse the fire. The T shut all service north of Harvard and terminated service on the other side at Park Street.
The tree that has served as Winnie the Pooh's home for many years is scheduled to be cut down tomorrow.
The Crimson reports on some ambitious plans for the land behind the Out of Town News stand and the T stop: A complete overhaul of the Pit that would feature patio tables and chairs, stadium seating around it, LED floor lights and a giant flat-screen TV. Bonus: The plan would turn the Out of Town News kiosk into "a glass-walled information center with interactive features."
Forbes interviews the Harvard Book Store's new owner, Jeff Mayersohn.
I respected his mission, even if I didnâ€™t quite believe in its future. So, Jeff shocked me a couple of weeks ago, when he told me with a certain amount of pride and pleasure that he has been seeing double digit sales growth month by month over the last year.
The Crimson reports on debates over the future of the school's libraries in this digital age, provides one professor's reason for preferring having to scoot around the university to do research:
Some of the books Staehli uses measure more than six feet in height, and the experience of handling these unique, highly-detailed books cannot be replicated on a computer screen, he says.
While it takes only a second to flip a page, it can sometimes take up to several hours to download a high-quality file, he noted.
J. Smith reports Curious George is festooned with "Now Open" banners.
Jason Mihalko recounts an unpleasant interaction with a Cambridge cop near Harvard Square yesterday:
"Officer can I ask you for some help?"
He responded "no" and proceeded to roll up the window of his cruiser and started to read the Kindle that was resting in his lap.
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Wicked Local Cambridge reports a Roslindale couple is working to re-open the shuttered kids' bookstore in the heart of the square. Reopening is sometime this spring.