West of 495

By - 8/15/15 - 11:42 am
Land shark on a Massachusetts highway

State Police report a trooper dispatched to investigate a report of metal debris on I-190 didn't find any metal, but: Read more.

By - 8/3/15 - 10:50 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a pitcher for Milford High School injured in a badly designed bullpen at a Hudson baseball field can sue Hudson for damages.

Hudson had argued that because the game between Milford and Hudson was in a town park, it was protected from legal action by a state law that limits liability in spaces open to the public at no charge. A lower-court judge agreed and summarily dismissed the lawsuit by the pitcher, who, on warming up, struck his knee on a timber in the narrow bullpen, causing an injury that required two operations to fix. Read more.

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 www.ria.ie/library/contact, 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 - 5/28/15 - 11:07 am

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, a recent graduate of UMass Amherst - he studied English and economics - was coronated maharajah of Mysore today, giving him domain over some 1,500 acres in southern India.

By - 4/9/15 - 6:57 pm

The Worcester Police Department reports it has charged one of its officers with assault and battery for an incident Dec. 1 involving a man awaiting a court appearance:

The complainant and witness alleged that during the prisoner release process, the officer made a disparaging remark with respect to the complainant’s “black” skin.

By - 1/20/15 - 10:28 am

MassLive reports a group of legislators from the western part of the state want MassDOT to study the idea of a high-speed rail link from Boston to Springfield.

Via Adam Castiglioni.

By - 1/19/15 - 9:46 pm

Today, in addition to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the states of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi celebrate Robert E Lee Day. He is "best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865.."

The Confederate States of America was a secessionist state existing from 1861–65. It was originally formed by seven slave states in the Lower South region of the United States.

By - 1/3/15 - 5:47 pm
Stuck truck in Westboro

The Westboro Fire Department reminds us Storrowing's not just a game Bostonians can play.

H/t Rick.

By - 12/2/14 - 11:11 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a man cannot be charged with selling marijuana within 100 feet of a "public park or playground" because the playground in question was on privately owned land.

The ruling means that Christopher Gopaul will now only face 13 drug charges instead of 14 when he comes to trial for allegedly selling pot to an undercover cop at the the Windsor Meadows Apartment Complex in Marlborough in 2011.

Prosecutors had argued that word "public" in the phrase applied only to the word "park," and so it shouldn't matter if the playground was on private land or not, but the court disagreed:

By - 10/29/14 - 4:44 am

This is a breaking story. Updates will be posted in the comments.

By - 10/29/14 - 4:44 am
By - 10/3/14 - 11:42 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned the OUI and motor-vehicle convictions of a Pittsfield man because the state trooper who testified that possible software problems with his car's steering system could not have made him swerve into the path of another car didn't have the expertise to make that determination.

By - 9/24/14 - 8:13 am

Runner's World introduces us to a Bellingham High cross-country runner whose last name is Strong and whose first name is Boston. His father, a big Celtics fan, initially wanted to name him Larry Bird Strong, but his mother refused and suggested Boston instead.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.

We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.

By - 9/2/14 - 7:48 pm
Fake license plate

State Police report a woman out west wasn't going to let his lack of a license plate stop her from hitting the road. Seems the state wouldn't give her one on account of his license and registration being revoked. Now she faces new charges.

By - 9/2/14 - 4:29 pm

Playboy interviews the people pulling a Black Thursday outside LA's first Dunk's. No surprise: They all seem to be from the part of America that really does run on Dunkin:

Greg and Arielle even held Johnny’s place when he had to go to the bathroom. The trip was inevitable, considering Hoops had been in line for almost 24 hours. But where did he venture when nature called?

“Shhhh, don’t tell anybody,” Johnny replied. “But we go to the Starbucks a block away.”

By - 8/3/14 - 12:51 pm

Raw Story:
Stephen Perrotti, a 26 year-old Lawrence, MA man with ‘mindset of genius’ threatens to kill President Obama ‘even if it takes a lifetime.’

CBS Boston:
Secret Service agents and police officers found an AR-15 assault rifle, three scopes and four high-capacity magazines and ammunition at his Lawrence home.

By - 7/8/14 - 11:16 am
Twisting clouds over Bolton, Mass.

Such as this twisting cloud that Rich Beaubien photographed over Bolton? Don't worry: The National Weather Service says:


By - 6/21/14 - 12:08 am

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld Worcester regulations to ban "aggressive" panhandling, saying the city was not trying to squelch anybody's free speech but rather protect the public from panhandlers getting up in the grills of motorists and pedestrians.

Boston has similar regulations against in-your-face solicitation.

By - 4/7/14 - 4:59 pm
Ronald McDonald of Worcester

You may have seen the recent Taco Bell ad in which a bunch of guys named Ronald McDonald swear their undying allegiance to some new taco/egg/hash-brown wrap thing (we haven't paid that much attention since there may only be one Taco Bell left in the whole city of Boston and, well, we've got much better taco options down here in the Parkway region).

In any case, alert viewer Stuart Goldman noticed that one of the Ronald McDonalds is from Worcester, which is all well and good except a) Where is there a farm in Worcester? And b) Where are there mountains in Worcester?