By - 10/4/15 - 12:12 pm
Rambo and Richard in Medford

Gordon Hallett watched Richard and Rambo whiz by on Middlesex Avenue in Medford yesterday.

By - 9/26/15 - 8:19 am

Jennifer Kerwood of Medford this week joined at least two other Massachusetts VW/Audi buyers in suing Volkswagen Group of America over the diesel fraud. Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 8:02 am

And, yes, they're locally sourced, WBUR reports.

The news gets Lucy Fitzgerald's Rozzie up:

Fornax in Rozzie did it first. Best breakfast sammy in the area hands down.

By - 9/3/15 - 8:58 pm

A video of the old "horizontal elevator" that used to run at Wellington until the developer of the apartment/retail complex near the station finally gave up on paying to constantly repair the thing.

Via Boston Reddit, which has more on the people mover's history.

By - 7/27/15 - 11:16 am

Including a threat about how he could "put a hole right through your head" after stopping somebody making a wrong turn in a rotary, WCVB reports.

By - 7/18/15 - 8:11 pm
Stolen car and dog in Medford

UPDATE, Sunday, noon: Dog recovered safe by Lynn PD.

Clementine reports her car and her dog were stolen this morning in Medford. If you see the car, Mass. registration 395-YK1, contact police.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:52 am
Snow at Oak Grove in February

We've had quite enough of this, thank you very much. Feb. photo by Rich.

Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.

You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.

By - 6/19/15 - 10:50 am

The Mystic River Watershed Association ponders all the dead fish floating to the top of the Mystic of late, concludes it's probably a natural phenomenon, unrelated to either possible oil spills or low amounts of oxygen in the water: Read more.

By - 6/17/15 - 6:27 pm
Dead fish in the Mystic River

Michael Marshall went out for his usual afternoon jog in the Mystic River Reservation just upriver from Assembly Row - and was struck by the sight of "dozens, if not hundreds, of these large fish. All dead."

He says he reported the fish kill to DCR, adds: "There was also this strange orange boat with wheels churning the water. I wondered if that had anything to do with it." Read more.

By - 5/31/15 - 6:56 am

Somerville Police report finding two men stabbed in the neck shortly before 4 a.m. inside the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at 98 Presidents Row in Medford. Read more.

By - 5/29/15 - 7:36 am

A morning power failure that hit parts of Medford and Malden (and at least one Dunkin' Donuts in Everett) also brought the Orange Line to a crawl, with the T announcing the dreaded "severe" delays. While the trains run off the T's very own power supply, the signals that control the trains get their juice from National Grid.

By - 4/28/15 - 5:42 pm

You may have heard how police in Baltimore announced a "credible threat" by gangs to attack officers. Seems they put a bulletin to that effect up on a network used by police departments across the country. Patch, the former AOL hyperlocal network, immediately posted stories on its sites across eastern Massachusetts with headlines blaring:

'Credible threat' warning issued that gangs might target [name of town] police

For example,

'Credible threat' warning issued that gangs might target Medford police


By - 4/9/15 - 11:54 am

Tufts installed a new Jumbo the Elephant today. The original, actual Jumbo, a gift of P.T. Barnum himself, went up in flames in 1975.

By - 2/20/15 - 11:01 am
Snow tunnel at Wellington station on the Orange Line.

Boston Bike Party show us the tunnel a determined group of bicyclists with shovels dug out of a snow mound at the Wellington T stop - where the T dumped snow right on a bike path.

By - 2/16/15 - 12:38 pm
Optimistic sign in Medford

Stina spotted some wishful thinking in Medford today.

By - 1/15/15 - 2:24 pm

State Police report a total of 27 arrests at this morning's protests on I-93 south at Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford and I-93 north in East Milton Square.

Meanwhile, Easton firefighters report an ambulance carrying a trauma patient to a Boston hospital had to be diverted to another facility because of the blockage in Milton.

By - 1/15/15 - 8:02 am
Protester on I-93 in Milton

Protester chained to a barrel on I-93 in Milton. Photo by Curmudgeon Prophet.

After weeks of trying to evade police lines at highway ramps downtown and in the Back Bay in nighttime attempts to shut down a road, Black Lives Matter protesters managed to shut down I-93 this morning in East Milton Square and at Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford.

By - 1/1/15 - 10:47 am
Bags of Utz products

From the complaint: Just look at those bags!

In its latest product-labeling lawsuit, Boston law firm Mirabella Law has found a pair of area consumers who claim they never would have eaten "all natural" Utz potato chips if they'd known the snacks were made with oils based on genetically-modified vegetables and with such "unnatural" ingredients as maltodextrin and citric acid.

By - 12/2/14 - 10:36 am

Well, the current estimated cost, at any rate. Boston Magazine reports on the billion-dollar federal commitment.