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.
A tree's come down on the overhead wires at Woodland, causing "severe" delays on the Riverside Line.
A "power problem" between Newton Centre and Chestnut Hill means "moderate" delays, the T advises.
The T is busing Green Line passengers between Reservoir and Newton Highlands due to a "track problem" at Newton Highlands.
The Riverside Line has degraded to "moderate" delays due to a trolley mistaking its tracks for the River Styx.
Five Boston-area men face arraignment in federal court today on charges related to the gambling ring they allegedly ran - and the tough-guy ways they supposedly used to get people to pay their debts - the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Among the men: Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, released in 2012 after serving 17 years in federal prison on a sentence for racketeering, money laundering, loansharking and illegal gambling - much of it in connection with Bulger's Winter Hill gang. Read more.
Riverside Line riders are being herded onto buses this morning as T workers try to repair the damage from the tree that fell on the wires at Chestnut Hill this morning. Several bus lines are now running delayed, even aside from the snow, due to buses being diverted to the impromptu D shuttle.
The T is running new announcements on the Green Line, at least at above-ground stops: "Pay your fare! It's only fair!"
As Boston Dog kvetches:
Oh my God. The "Pay your Fare!" announcements on the Green Line got obnoxious after three stops.
Pict Liberation Army adds:
Particularly when its playing over drivers flagging people past farebox.
In a statement today, Catholic Memorial School says it's taking several steps to deal with the repercussions of Friday's anti-Semitic chanting by fans before a basketball game against Newton North, including banning students from tonight's MIAA Division 1 semifinal against Cambridge at the Garden.
The team itself, which had nothing to do with the chants, will be allowed to play, the school says: Read more.
The Washington Post (!) reports Catholic Memorial fans really showed that old school spirit at a basketball game in heavily Jewish Newton last night in a game against Newton North (played at Newton South):
[A]n estimated 100 young men sitting in the student section cheering for Catholic Memorial shouted, “You killed Jesus, you killed Jesus,” according to several witnesses who asked not to be identified. Most of those chanting fans wore red shirts as a display of support for their team. Some of the witnesses, who were Jewish, said they found the chant alarming.
Their outburst came the night after Cardinal O'Malley went to a Newton temple to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a Vatican statement saying Jews were not responsible for killing Jesus.
WCVB reports two people inside Sweet Tomatoes, 1279 Washington St., in West Newton, died when an SUV crashed into the restaurant tonight - and that seven other people were injured.