A power cable that caught fire at Charles/MGH around 1:40 a.m. meant no service between Kendall Square and Park Street first thing this morning. The T announced around 7 a.m. that repairs had been finished and service was resuming, but with "residual" delays.
Wicked Local Cambridge reports on MIT's plans for new residences and retail space on what are now parking lots; will that be enough to transform the soulless collection of buildings into a neighborhood?
Josh Wardell watched in amazement this morning as the warning lights came on where the train tracks cross Main Street in Cambridge and drivers said "screw that" and just kept on going.
Updated, 1 p.m.
Authorities say a 70-year-old Framingham man fired from his job at a Cambridge health insurer returned around 7:45 this morning and began shooting at the man he blamed for his firing when he spotted the man outside.
But Kermit Hooks Jr.'s intended victim used his suitcase to shield himself outside Senior Whole Health, 58 Charles St.; he is expected to survive getting facial injuries, Cambridge Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office say.
After shooting his victim, 58, Hooks turned his gun on himself and fatally shot himself, police and the DA's office report.
The Boston Cyclists Union did this video today on the first day the new sidewalk was open to bicycles on the Longfellow.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem between Kendall Square and Charles/MGH (which would be, what, the Longfellow?).
UPDATE: At 8:20, the T reported delays southbound due to a train that met its maker at Alewife.
Well, that would be something, wouldn't it? Instead, the state gave IBM a $2.5 million tax break to rent office space in Kendall Square. Kendall. Frickin'. Square.
Cambridge Police report somebody was shot as the Caribbean parade wound down in Kendall Square this afternoon.
The victim, a 25-year-old woman from Roxbury, was shot in the leg but is expected to survive, police say. Read more.
Cambridge firefighters are at Flat Top Johnny's in Kendall Square for what is now a two-alarm fire, Joe Brown reports.
Richard Rininger shows us the scene at Kendall around 7:40 a.m., when a Braintree train gasped its last:
Train broken at Kendall, everyone told to get off.
Cambridge Police report a woman exiting the Kendall Square Red Line station around 7:20 a.m. yesterday was approached by a man who, after a brief conversation, "grabbed the woman's buttocks."
The female yelled then punched the suspect in the face. This seemed to startle the male who then walked away.
He's described as black, medium build with dreadlocks and wearing a red shirt and black pants.
JB Parrett shows us a kayak reflected in the water at Kendall Square.
Around 3:45 p.m. on an inbound train at Kendall. The spitter will face a charge of assault and battery if found.
N. Anthony Coles, who recently returned to head up a biotech startup (based on work at MIT, natch), writes about the area's emergence as the world's leading innovation center in the field:
It has become an almost utopian community, where intellect knows no bounds, and science always trumps difficult disease treatment problems, cracking code after code to derive new state-of-the-art therapies with space-age technologies.
The Boston Business Journal reports on Councilor Leland Cheung's idea to let a developer put a 1,000-foot tower on the land now occupied by the comparatively puny Volpe transportation building.
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