Waltham

By - 8/16/17 - 11:43 pm

Dezeen reports that NanoLab, which develops products based on carbon nanotubes, has developed a paint that could be one of the blackest paints ever produced.

All interesting as it goes, but NanoLab says it will sell its pigment to anybody, unlike rival NanoSystems, which granted exclusive rights to its blackest-black paint to a British artist - which sparked one of his rivals to come out with a pink paint that he would sell to anybody who signed a contract agreeing they were not that guy and would not give him any of that paint.

By - 8/10/17 - 2:42 pm

NBC Boston reports fire officials today labeled a July 23 fire that did an estimated $110 million in damage to a nearly completed apartment complex as arson. The developer is offering a $100,000 reward for information.

By - 7/23/17 - 9:30 am

NBC Boston reports five buildings under construction at Cooper and Elm streets went up in flames around 4 a.m. [Photos].

This is the third major fire to erupt in large wood-frame buildings under construction in the Boston area over the past couple of months. Read more.

By - 7/10/17 - 1:01 pm

KENNEDY-ERA NEWS CAPSULE: 4/11/61 (WMEX-RADIO; BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS)

The current owner of WMEX, one of Boston's oldest call signs, reports to the FCC that it wants to put the 1510 AM station back on the air after its June 30 shutdown. In an FCC filing, Daily XXL Communications of Wilmington, NC reports: Read more.

By - 5/22/17 - 11:55 pm
Missing man

State Police report they are looking for a man who walked out of the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in the South End.

Matthew Cooperstein, 37, has connections to Waltham and may be headed there.

If you see him, contact DMH Police at 617-626-8888 or State Police at 617-740-7710.

By - 5/6/17 - 9:30 pm
Rainbow over Waltham

Melissa looked up around 7:50 this evening.

By - 4/19/17 - 9:40 am

Watertown News reports an Everett guy who led police on a car chase, jumped out of his car and into the Charles River last night, but proved unable to elude state troopers, local police, a helicopter and search dog. He's scheduled for arraignment this morning in Waltham District Court.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/14/16 - 9:59 pm

Brandeis Now posts the list, although looks like they need to do some more research: They list Gates "Dr. Crusher" McFadden but not her classmate, Louise "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" Lasser (nor the Lasser-inspired mention of Brandeis in "Annie Hall"). And where's movie producer and writer (and, OK, convicted felon) Jack Abramoff?

H/t fellow Brandeis alum Martin Leiberman.

By - 11/4/16 - 9:03 am

State Police report somebody walking in one of the southbound lanes of Rte. 128 in Waltham died after being hit by several vehicles shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday. State Police say they are trying to determine, among other things, why the person was walking on the highway.

By - 9/22/16 - 5:12 pm

WBZ reports Eversource is blaming a squirrel that "came into contact" with some of its equipment for a power outage this morning. The power, if not the squirrel, came back in about an hour.

By - 7/21/16 - 10:27 am
Smoky MBTA bus

This was Dani B's 70 bus just after it pulled into Central Square in Waltham around 8:30 a.m. Discretion proved the better part of valor for riders.

By - 7/15/16 - 10:48 pm

State Police report they've arrested a Waltham man on charges he exposed himself to women along the Charles River in Waltham - and that they're now investigating his possible link to similar instances along the River Walk, which runs along the river from Brighton to Watertown. Read more.

By - 4/10/16 - 2:24 pm
Old train semaphores in Waltham

Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.

The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.

By - 3/27/16 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Johnson gets the scoop: On Friday, Pizzi Farm will open its ice cream season with a one-day special: Cones made out of donuts, filled with ice cream.

By - 3/17/16 - 12:22 pm
Brian Hurley

Waltham Police report they are looking for Brian Hurley, 34, of Somerville, for the armed robbery of Kev's Kwik Mart, 909 Main St., on Monday; he used a butcher knife.

Police say Hurley, 5'10" and 160 lbs., could be on foot or maybe public transportation somewhere in Waltham, Belmont or Somerville. They add: Read more.

By - 3/12/16 - 8:23 pm

State Police report two cars were hit when the rear wheels fell off a dump truck going south near exit 26 in Waltham around 11:10 a.m. Read more.

By - 2/28/16 - 12:13 pm

Boston Dynamics - Auralnauts Horror Edition

Boston Dynamics is not winning fans with the way it manhandled poor Atlas the robot.

Also see:

Boston Dynamics robot is a typical Masshole (NSFW): Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 8:56 am

Atlas, The Next Generation

Boston Dynamics posted this video to show off the abilities of its newest robot, but if you watch the whole thing, you'll see the poor automaton get tormented by some jerk with a hockey stick who winds up kicking it to the ground. A robot dog fares no better.

By - 1/25/16 - 8:26 pm
Usen Castle at Brandeis University

Brandeis University says it's time to tear down the bulk of a historic building that is the only one left from its 1948 founding.

In fact, Usen Castle predates Brandeis and was originally part of the campus for a failed medical school that Brandeis's organizers bought for the Jewish-sponsored but secular college. Read more.