West of 495

By - 1/4/13 - 7:17 am

Maureen Rogers reviews the dismal attendance at Gillette Stadium for UMass football games - and the $5 million the state school is paying in rent:

What's wrong with having a nice little local program? Play the other New England state universities, and schools like Holy Cross? Why not keep it on campus, where students can attend more easily? What's wrong with 13,000 people watching

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By - 11/14/12 - 7:43 am

You know it's bad, Lee Ann Hooley tweets this morning, when the conductor announces "If you do need to get into town quickly, I suggest you drive."

Hooley and AsianKerr were among the hostages this morning on the Fitchburg Line, where yet another choo-choo went bye-bye, forcing commuters to wait for another train to come up and get hitched to their train for... Read more

By - 9/29/12 - 9:38 am

Green Line trolley on the turnpike

Roving UHub photographer Will Bussiere was roving all the way out in Charlton yesterday when he spotted a Green Line trolley on the back of a flatbed on the turnpike. No clue why.

Earlier:

By - 9/12/12 - 8:21 pm

Massachusetts officials say an emerald ash borer was found in Dalton in the western part of the state on Aug. 31, the first time the destructive pest has been detected in the state.

The bug, named for its color and the way it bores into ash trees, is a potential threat to the vast numbers of ash trees in both western and eastern Massachusetts.... Read more

By - 9/11/12 - 6:55 am

Davis looks at a coach in Korea. Photo via MBTA.Davis looks at unfinished coach in Korea. Photo via MBTA.

Acting MBTA General Manager is in Korea this week, trying to find out why the new commuter-rail coaches riders were supposed to enjoying now... Read more

By - 9/5/12 - 7:46 pm

Autism Intervention Specialists of Worcester and principal Nassim Aoude today filed a federal libel suit against a New Hampshire man who says it peddles "horseshit" because it refuses to accept his theory that autism is caused by mercury in vaccines.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Autism Intervention Specialists wants John Best's blog posts about it replaced with retractions and... Read more

By - 7/25/12 - 1:59 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a state law on bank embezzlement should not have been used to prosecute a Worcester couple convicted of staging a fake robbery so that they could make off with money from the credit union where the wife worked.

The court said state law specifically refers to banks, not federal credit unions, such as the Wyman-Gordon Federal Credit Union where... Read more

By - 6/15/12 - 11:35 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned the involuntary-manslaughter conviction of a Milford woman who didn't seek medical help when giving birth to a baby in the breech position at home.

The state's highest court ruled the state failed to prove the baby would have been born alive or could have been saved even if Alissa Pugh had sought help and that the judge also erred... Read more

By - 2/29/12 - 5:06 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld a North Grafton man's nine-year prison sentence for possession and distribution of child pornography over the Internet.

T. Patrick Kearney argued FBI agents didn't have probable cause for a search warrant of his house - which resulted in the seizure of computers with images of children engaged in sexual acts - because his Internet service provider assigned him a... Read more

By - 2/24/12 - 7:24 pm

Grabauskas has a lei-away plan.

Honolulu is building an el (a $5.3-billion el) and the people in charge want to hire our own Dan Grabauskas to oversee it. Wonder if he gets an SUV out of the deal.

His current boss, at the Bronner Group, couldn't be more thrilled:

It is only fitting that America's most exciting mass transit project - in Honolulu - should have

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By - 1/9/12 - 9:35 am

J.L. Bell reports that while the widow of Benedict Arnold died in Uxbridge, she was not the widow of that Benedict Arnold. Seems Benedict was a popular name back then.

By - 1/3/12 - 3:51 pm

The Globe reports twas falling asleep at the wheel while doing 75 m.p.h. - and then accelerating past 100 m.p.h. - that led to the wreck of the state-owned Murraymobile.

By - 12/23/11 - 7:55 pm

Bolton rainbow at sunset

Richard Beaubien went outside at sunset in Bolton tonight.

Copyright Richard Beaubien. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 12/19/11 - 9:36 am

A Worcester Line train died this morning in Natick; commuters on that train and the one behind it, which wound up pushing it into town, were, of course, seriously late.

Some trains into North Station were delayed by the ever popular switch problems. At least one Greenbush train was also late because, well, who knows?... Read more

By - 12/17/11 - 12:33 pm

Envisn, a company that makes software for managing Cognos "business intelligence" systems, yesterday sued its former support manager, charging she spent a couple of hours downloading all of the company's software and customer records and then quit.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, the Harvard-based company seeks an injunction against Kathleen Davis doing anything with the data she has and... Read more

By - 12/8/11 - 7:10 am

Channel 7 reports a firefighter pulled from the wreckage of a collapsed triple decker has died. Two other firefighters were also injured. Channel 5 has video of the fire.

The fire comes just a few days after the anniversary of the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that claimed the lives of six firefighters.... Read more

By - 11/24/11 - 12:00 am

Channel 4 reports a turkey flew into a Bellingham man's living-room window. It died, but he buried it instead of saving it for Thanksgiving.

By - 11/11/11 - 8:20 am

Franklin Matters reports the Franklin Federated Church was trying to collect all those boxes for a program at Boston Medical Center for little kids who need extra nutritional help.

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