Cambridge, Mass. â Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higginsâ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productionsâ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8âJan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit www.thefriendsofeddiecoyle.com
It is the winter of â69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting to stay alive and out of jail among his âfriendsâ â cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddieâs making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.
George V. Higginsâ classic novel has been called the âbest crime novel ever writtenâ by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Bostonâs underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the â69-â70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.
In addition to evacuating the trolley station, police also got people out of the parking lot of the office building next to the station.
UPDATE: Carl Stevens at WBZ tweets:
Riverside MBTA stop closed because of a coffee maker.
The MBTA provided this photo of the Green Line between Chestnut Hill and Reservoir stations. More photos in the comments.
Dave reports an incident shortly before 8 a.m. at the West Newton commuter-rail stop:
Exciting AM - just did CPR on a commuter at west newton. We got to him just after he collapsed; started CPR.
And Newton EMS shocked him from vfib back to sinus rhythm ... He had a pulse when we put him on the ambulance.
Somebody at Wicked Local Newton should try to option out The Woman in the Mirror.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld a Newton man's conviction for pushing two Jehovah's Witnesses who'd rung his door - sending one to the hospital with a broken shoulder and arm after she lost her balance and fell.
Neal Farber was arrested on Aug. 13, 2008 after allegedly pushing the two 60-something women away from his house after first screaming at them that he was tired of them and their religion.
Farber acknowledged yelling at the women, but said he didn't push them; both, he said, tripped on his crappy front walkway, in bad need of repair.
Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.
The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.
The Herald summarizes the song if you don't want to watch the video, which ends in a suicide.
State Police report that Ronald Snee, 50, died early Sunday in Quincy, when a Plymouth man crossed the median strip on Quincy Shore Drive and hit Snee's Explorer head on. The Plymouth man was charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence.
A roving Universal Hub reporter filed this report from Woodland this afternoon:
From first hand experience (I was there), a 2-car train (cars no. 3645 and 3843) had their pantographs damaged when entering Woodland station, possibly due to an issue with the overhead wire there. They sent a team over there pretty quick and they tied down the pantographs and shut down the cars. Shuttle buses showed up at Woodland around 45 minutes later.
And that's why there was shuttle-bus service along the D line today.
An explosion in a basement chemistry lab at Boston College around 10:45 a.m. forced the evacuation of the building and the shutdown of Beacon Street.
The Boston Fire Department reports the explosion was in the Merkert Chemistry Center. The student who apparently caused the explosion fled to her apartment on Faneuil Street in Brighton, where EMS and BFD decontamination units responded to treat and decontaminate her. She had been working with thionyl chloride, "a reactive compound that can explosively release dangerous gases upon contact with water and other reagents."
After she was decontaminated, EMTs brought her to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for treatment of cuts and minor burns, the department reports. There were no other injuries and damage was confined to the basement of the chemistry building.
Wicked Local Newton reports a Watertown woman is charged with wasting a perfectly good iced coffee she'd just bought at the Beacon Street Dunkin' Donuts by throwing it at another woman - after which she allegedly told the now drenched victim to stay away from her man.
You want Haynes Management of Wellesley. The Boston Business Journal reports the Newton company, which does health-care consulting, is the subject of hate mail that should have been targeted at the Wellesley company, a real-estate concern.
A real clown, on a clown bike, who began yelling and making threatening gestures at a woman who didn't respond when he asked how to get to Waltham.