Wicked Local Newton reports on the search for Karen Douglas, 18, a Newton North student who has not been seen since yesterday afternoon.
The Newton Fire Department reports it evacuated part of the Street mall on Rte. 9 after workers hit a gas main in front of the Container Store around 10 a.m. About 35 minutes later, National Grid managed to shut the gas off, freeing mall workers to return to their jobs.
Boston College is expected to shoot off fireworks at the end of the Eagles game against Wake Forest tonight, which could be sometime around 11 p.m.
A Newton man and his fiancee, who lives in New York, want UPS to reimburse them for the cost of a ring they used UPS to return to a Florida jeweler because it turned out to have the wrong type of diamond.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Aanachal Sharma of Newton and Bhuwan Chawla say the diamond was in the box Chawla paid $250.05 to insure at a UPS store in Staten Island, NY on June 23, 2012, but that it was not in the box when the jeweler opened it two days later in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Roving UHub photographer Charles Rosenberg forwards this photo from an encampment yesterday at the Jackson Homestead in Newton:
TechTarget of Newton says three former executives stole its proprietary information to build a competing business and filed suit yesterday to get them to knock it off. The executives, who now run a company called Prelytix, countered with their own suit, saying TechTarget is not all that, that they've built a new business based entirely on software they bought from another company and that a judge should order TechTarget to leave them alone.
Electrical wires, a strip-mail building and at least two cars all managed to catch fire in the same incident at 244 Needham St. today that resulted in a two-alarm response from the Newton, Needham and Boston fire departments. The Newton Fire Department reports that because of the presence of live wires, it couldn't do anything about the flaming autos until after NStar had shut off the electricity.
Transit Police report that when officers caught up with William Mitchell, 36, traipsing inbound along the Worcester Line tracks in West Newton shortly after noon yesterday, they asked him what the hell he thought he was doing.
Bravo, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, for defying national "standards" on what makes a good highway exit sign.
Seems 126 Lincoln St. in Newton was having a yard sale over the weekend, but some jerk who thought he was there actually stole a wading pool and air conditioner from 130 Lincoln. Keep the AC, those folks say, but bring back their kids' favorite wading pool:
To the person who took the air conditioner and the wading pool from the WRONG HOUSE!! The yard sale items were at 126 Lincoln NOT 130 Lincoln!!
Please, please return my children's pool! They are absolutely crushed.
Per Kate Merrill, tranquilizers this morning didn't work against the bear, in a tree on Eddy Street, overlooking the turnpike just west of the supermarket overpass. The westbound turnpike was briefly shut.
Kimball Megan reports her outbound Worcester Line train was briefly delayed around 7:45 a.m. because the bear was on the tracks.
Gradon Tripp managed to photograph the giant cloud of doom about to crash down on 128 north around 4:30 p.m.
Last month, the MBTA announced a contest in which anyone could design what could be the next MBTA map.
Wire problems mean bustitution between Riverside and Kenmore.
The MBTA is closed. Boston residents get emergency robo-calls from police warning them to stay inside. People in Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge also told to "shelter in place." Courts in Cambridge, Brighton, Newton and Waltham are closed. Businesses are urged to not open. Amtrak stopped service to and from Boston.
Also shut this morning: The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth: "UMass Dartmouth has learned that a person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been identified as a student registered at UMass Dartmouth."
Logan Airport, however, remains open. Also on the job: Cambridge garbage men. Also, their counterparts in Boston. Around 10 a.m., Boston Police let taxis resume service. Dunkin' Donuts, of course, remained open, even in Watertown, because we do have our limits.
Last November, I spotted a Lexus with an ironic Yiddish license plate. Turns out the owner, Ruth Shuman, saw the post. And she reports:
This useful bit of information is brought to us by the Herald, which informs us a state elevator inspector was suspended after he used his ID badge to "aggressively" make a driver in Newton Corner pull over for a reason tight-lipped state officials won't disclose.