Paul McMorrow explains the rock and the hard place: On the one hand, the T is legally required to extend the Green Line to Somerville and Medford, at a cost now approaching $1 billion. On the other hand, shaky finances and any construction delays could jeopardize $760 million in federal funding for the project, leaving the state to figure out how to make up... Read more
Medford Patch reports on a city-council debate over texting while legislating. One city councilor verbed against those newfangled "texting machines:"
I have the brain that God gave me. No one is going to computer me to tell me what to say or do, or advise me.
Jeffrey Smith, 46, of Medford, pleaded guilty today to charges he sent threatening letters to 7 churches and 4 NAACP offices under the name of a work supervisor he didn't like, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Smith faces up to ten years in federal prison on each of the 11 counts when sentenced in July for his written hate campaign, which started... Read more
The man, described as Hispanic, in his 20s, with a bushy ponytail and thin goatee, stuck up the 7-Eleven at 722 Huntington Ave. around 2:15 yesterday morning and then,... Read more
Tufts Daily reports on a dorm-room standoff over whether a light should be kept on around 3 a.m. on March 16:
Following the intervention of two TUPD officers, the roommate agreed to turn the light off.
InsideMedford.com reports Sonic is seeking city approval to tear down the old Kiss 108 building on Rte. 16 to replace it with one of its burger joints.
MBTA Transit Police tweet passengers on an Orange Line train outside Wellington had to be evacuated this afternoon after several track fires broke out near the station.
The Tufts Daily reports on a protest against the school's decision to squash the annual nude run across campus.
School ends support for naked student run; cites risk of death.
The Somerville Transportation Equity Project reports on the contract expected to be awarded tomorrow.
Tufts Daily reports it took five campus cops to remove a 65-year-old Andover man standing in the middle of the Jewish organization's center yelling about Jews, the university president and the university president's wife.
The Orange Line was briefly knocked out of commission this morning when a truck ran into a bridge over Medford Street. An inspection around 10:30 found no major structural issues and service was to resume.
The Mystic River Watershed Association alerts us:
Be on the lookout for bald eagles at the Mystic Lakes (in Arlington, Medford, Winchester).
Tufts Daily reports it was not all fun and games at the school's annual running of the naked students on Friday:
In one instance, according to witnesses, officers pinned a naked male student to the ground; Reitman said the individual "had punched an officer in the face." When the officers were not paying attention, the student ran away, witnesses said.... Read more
KDKA in Pittsburgh may have received the U.S.'s first commercial broadcast license, but Tufts University boasts its 1XE station was on the air and doing daily broadcasts before the Pennsylvania upstarts. Also:
Tufts has clear title to the claim of first commercial station in greater Boston, and remained one of the few area broadcasters in the 1920s. The station offered a smorgasbord of programming,... Read more
Amherst police arrested a Medford man Friday who they believe is responsible for an incident in September in which two men suffered head injuries after being beaten with a baseball bat.
Medford man arrested in baseball bat beating by Scott Merzbach and Ben Storrow, Amherst Bulletin
Ever wonder how much money that bodega is making off food stamps? You know, the one where the healthiest thing is a hot dog covered in chili? Or ever debate with a friend whether Whole Foods is reaping the rewards of the economic downturn with all the overeducated hipsters needing to get their organic salmon fix?