Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, Anthony Corso, 51, of Cambridge, and Michael Burke, 45, of Winthrop, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges that they ran an illegal gambling and extortion ring for a year, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.
Streetcar service thanks to a fallen tree.**
Just got this alert from the T:
Green Line D branch experiencing severe delays due to a fallen tree on the overhead wire at Newton Centre.
**with apologies to Joyce Kilmer
Jennie shows us the tree near Newton Centre responsible for the dreaded "severe" delays on the Riverside Line.
Village 14 reports on how a new group, which claims it has nothing to do with old Newton-school hater Charles Jacobs, is trying to enlist Newton North students for an "essay contest" on Israeli/Palestinian relations in which they have to cite their sources, in a supposed attempt to see just what materials the school is using to teach about the Middle East.
The Herald reports Setti Warren, who announced this week he won't be running for reelection as Newton mayor, might be considering running for governor in 2018 instead.
Village 14 has a copy of the e-mail Newton North High School's principal sent to parents yesterday after some of Newton's best and brightest decided it would be a good idea to drive around the school waving a Confederate flag out the window. "We are taking appropriate action," the not at all amused principal writes.
Transit Police report a teen was hit by an inbound Worcester Line train around 8:45 p.m. in Newtonville.
Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office are investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected, police say.
WCVB reports on his indictment several months after the Sweet Tomatoes crash.
The instant she heard there was Moldovan food in the Boston area, the kidlet began campaigning to check it out. Moldova's just not a place that comes up often.
So on a recent Saturday, we trekked over to the Moldova Restaurant, 344 Watertown St. in Newton, to find out more about Moldovan cuisine. Read more.
Suzannishly spotted this tricked-out Smart Car outside the Chestnut Hill Wegmans this morning.
State Police report an Allston man died after his Jeep rolled over onto the median on 128 north near Grove Street around 2:15 a.m. today.
Jack Jardin, 21, was rushed to Mass. General, where he died, State Police say, adding they are still trying to determine why he lost control of the vehicle.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that two Newton homeowners can't reclaim land once used for a rail line behind their houses because the federal government never formally declared the line "abandoned," even though it hasn't seen a train since 1972 - in part because the railroad tore out the rails in 1976. Read more.
Rachel Platten, who wrote "Fight Song," the song Hillary Clinton walked across the stage to, grew up in Newton and went to Buckingham Browne and Nichols.
A North Carolina photographer wants the Gavel to pay him up to $150,000 because, he says, it used one of his photos without permission back in 2013.
Watertown News reports.