Salem Patch reports Witch City's city council met until 2:30 a.m. the other day - and voted 300 times - in an attempt to elect a new city-council president.
Salem holds its annual Christmas-tree bonfire this Friday at Dead Horse Beach - residents can show up with a tree and watch it go up in flames.
Kerr Leathers, which suffered a warehouse fire in 2010, says two insurance companies re-sold the damaged helmets they took as new - potentially endangering customers and competing against the company with its own products.
In a multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, Kerr alleges that while it gave permission to Zurich North America and Farmers Insurance to take possession of the helmets as "salvage" and to resell them, they did so only on condition buyers know their provenance.
UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Gas shut off, residents to be allowed back home, stores to reopen.
The New Yorker recounts the saga of the evacuation of the NYU hospital through the lens of a North Shore teen who was there for epilepsy surgery but who had to be driven to another hospital all the way uptown when the power went. Her mother says:
Everyone's been just so great to us. I'm from Boston, but New York - they've been amazing.
MBTA Transit Police report they are looking for a man who allegedly slapped and spit at a bus driver for passing him by.
Police report the route-428 driver was attacked around 6:30 p.m. yesterday at Main and Forest streets in Malden. They provide this account:
Steve Garfield reports.
Saugus Police report they are looking for a guy who robbed a Sovereign Bank branch on Wednesday:
Suspect used false mustache, goatee and discolor teeth as disguise.
A Boston Reddit user in Salem reports a bright, greenish-blue shooting star, moving southeast, around 9:10 p.m.:
I was thinking maybe a plane was crashing but it was glowing greenish and moving extremely fast. The strange thing is it did not look like it burned up completely in re entry if it was a shooting star. ... I have been stargazing for a while and have seen some amazing things in my time , but never anything like this.
Not Jackie Jensen spotted this SUV today.
An Everett man was arrested last night after he allegedly beat and kicked an MBTA bus driver in a fit of anger over being left behind at Wonderland station, MBTA Transit Police say.
According to a police report, the driver had pulled his 455 bus into the Lynn commuter-rail station in Central Square last night when Paul Kouroyen got on, asked if he were the driver who had left him at Wonderland station and when the driver said yes, brutally attacked him:
WBUR explains the delays on the Newburyport/Rockport line this morning.
On a trip through Lynn today, we spotted this sign on the Salvation Army building downtown.
The Lynn Daily Item reports the city is spending $20,000 for an ad - narrated by Terry Bradshaw - to extol its virtues on cable networks. The Globe elaborates and says the campaign is meant in part to get people to stop thinking of that darned poem. Yes, that one:
Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin
You never come out the way you came in
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Saugus could charge a developer a special fee to connect to its sewer system.
At issue was whether the required payment was a fee, which towns can charge, or a tax, which they cannot, at least not without permission from the legislature.