Today, it was Everett High School gettting the all-hands-on-deck media treatment.
Perhaps Cambridge Rindge and Latin administrators could explain what they're doing differently. According to Cambridge Police, back on 12/7:
State Police Dispatch Center received a call that there was a bomb at Cambridge Rindge and Latin and Somerville High. The school was evacuated and checked out and nothing was found. Students were out of class for only about 15 minutes.
The Outraged Liberal wonders how the editors of a paper called BostonNow decided to lead with the Omaha shooting rather than the fireball that incinerated an Everett rotary:
... Memo to staff: Everett is a working class community in the Boston area. Omaha is in Nebraska. Nebraska is not Massachusetts. ...
BostonNow editors did discuss the Everett story at their Wednesday story conference, at least.
QUICK: Which paper is from Boston?
Aunty RaRa reports:
I just found out through my sister Debbi that my [sister-in-laws]'s niece and her boyfriend and family were one of the houses affected by this disaster. ... What my sister and I are asking is if there is anyone out there willing to knit up some 9x9 squares so that we can show Laura and Chris that people care. If you can that would be very much appreciated. I know alot of you have holiday knitting to do but anything would help. If you are willing to help you can send them to us by Jan 5. Then my sister and I will put them together. ...
More general donations can go to:
Main Street Fire Relief Fund
c/o Eagle Bank
Everett, MA 02149
Madame Petit Gateau, who lives in Everett, reports she head the explosions:
... First there was a giant boom followed by several very loud pops. ... I laid back down in bed, and there were helicopters flying directly over the house making it feel like we were in a warzone.
I agree with Dan Kennedy: local media outlets did a great job, especially online, with their coverage of the rolled-over tanker truck (well, except for the Everett Independent and the Everett Advocate, which should take down their Web sites in shame). Unlike with the Danvers explosion a year ago, there hasn't been a ton of coverage from local residents (stupid self-obsessed side note: I need to stop using "[Name of town] goes boom" as a headline on posts about big explosions).
Angela works at a newspaper in Everett, on the street where the tanker blew up. She posts photos her boss took and notes:
... All I can think of is I hope the gas company that employed the tanker driver has some really good insurance because I got three new ads this morning from lawyers addressed at the fire victims. I think that's a good indication that it's not going to be pretty. ...
People are talking about the fire on Everett Average Citizen:
... Just got back from the Everett Co-operative bank where I had to make a deposit and there was a Bowl set up for donations for the victims. I agree with Sally, it made me smile to see that people do care about each other. And, YES, I did make a contribution! ...
Maybe Tom Menino was right about those LNG tankers after all.
200 people evacuated from homes; dozens of cars catch fire as gas tanker tips over at Sweetser Circle (routes 16 and 99) early this morning:
The Everett Mirror thanks the Everett Fire Department:
... This fire could have been so much worse than it was, particularly given the density of housing and parking in the area. It's amazing that no one was killed or seriously injured. Hats off to all of Everett's responders.
The Web site for Britney Place, an Everett condo project, claims it is:
4 minutes by car to Boston's North End neighborhood of restaurants, cafes, shops
Some Assembly Required, who lives right near the project, begs to differ:
... I can absolutely guarantee you that it is completely impossible to drive from Britney Place to the North End in four minutes, even under totally ideal road conditions. ... I'm fairly confident that you could drive from Britney Place to the Gateway Plaza (Target, Costco, Home Depot, lots of other fun stuff) on Route 16 in four minutes, but I guess that wouldn't have seemed as comparably glamorous a selling point as the North End. ...
The Dairy King moved out and wound up living in Chelsea:
If only the queen hadn't caught him dipping his cone at:
Some Everett high-school students learned yesterday what happens when you toss French fries into a busy street when seagulls are around: The seagulls swoop down to eat them, then get run over by a Masshole. Angela posts the grim photo:
... In total, four seagulls were hit, three of them obliterated by the car. The one surviving seagull wouldn't wait for wildlife services to get there. He ran across the street and was hit by another car. ...
Michael Bilica counts the ways the Everett Public Schools are annoying him - and his kid isn't even in pre-school yet.
While many of us seem fascinated with the Fort Point Channel meth lab (Universal Hub's traffic is up significantly today, thanks to people doing Technorati and Google Blogsearch searches on variations of "Boston meth"), Michael wonders why news of a Sunday home invasion and rape in Everett is so hard to come by:
... I have been having a hard time discovering details about the case. Of course, it is "all over" Fox 25, but their website doesn't mention it, nor did today's or yesterday's Globe or Herald, nor does WBUR, the ABC, NBC, or CBS websites. I don't generally watch television news, but I was surprised to see that TV was the only media outlet to cover the story. I personally considered it to be a horrific event and very newsworthy at least. ...