So we just have to content ourselves with the thought that there were plenty of red faces at whatever data-destruction company South Shore Hospital hired to destroy records on 800,0000 people when they instead had to report they lost the files.
Some major hail on the South Shore this afternoon. Also, lightning hit a house on Central Avenue in Braintree, sparking a huge fire that brought in fire crews from surrounding communities, including Boston.
Via Channel 5.
Jeff Cutler happened upon this accident at Crow Point Lane and Rte. 3A in Hingham around 7 a.m. today. He reports the van driver had to be cut out of the vehicle, but that the other drivers seemed OK.
Photo copyright Jeff Cutler.
Because they're both divorced and remarried, right? No, no, of course not. Jeff Cutler, who lives in Hingham, discusses St. Paul School, which objects to the fact that one third grader's parents are both women:
... I'm just wondering if St. Paul's is teaching this boy the hard lesson that even religious organizations can lie and go back on their word, what sort of lessons should we worry they're teaching the children already enrolled there?
The MBTA will have to replace thousands of concrete ties on the Old Colony lines out of South Station, leading to two years of mid-day bustitution and no weekend service at all, the Globe reports. The T wants the company that made the ties, which were supposed to last several decades, to pay for the $91-million repairs; the company says, oh, yeah, try and make us pay, we'll just declare bankruptcy.
MassBeacon.com introduces us to James Kennedy, yet another one of those Kennedys who isn't one of those Kennedys, running for the 10th District seat being vacated by Bill Delahunt. As a Democrat, of course. Now, this Kennedy actually lives in South Boston, which is Steve Lynch's district, but as a lawyer, he knows you don't have to live in a congressional district to run there.
The Patriot Ledger reports a Boston teen attempting to steal some jewelry from a pushcart at the South Shore Plaza got distracted when a text message came in, which delayed him long enough that a Braintree cop was able to spot him and give chase.
So who do you think this guy was talking to while he robbed the TD Bank on Granite Street in Braintree Sunday afternoon? And did he have to tell the person to hold on a second while he told the teller to "get it all out now?"
He's described as a skinny white male, about 5'10", with a scruffy beard and "very dark red circles under his eyes."
Det. Stephen Wallace of the Braintree PD would love to chat. 781-794-8601, ext. 8729.
The Globe reports Bill Delahunt won't be running for re-election in the Tenth District.
The Sheraton, the South Shore's only crenellated hotel, has closed, the Boston Business Journal reports.
Braintree Police report they're looking for a guy who walked out of the Burlington Coat Factory store last week with a shopping cart full of new clothes and then threatened workers who tried to stop him:
Suspect had a visible prosthetic left leg and walked with a visible limp.
Steve Garfield has live video of the view outside his Jamaica Plain house. Jeff Cutler has live video of the scene in Hingham. Charles is livestreaming the snow in Swampscott. And the state's traffic-camera network is beaming out tons of snow photos.
If you take snow pictures and put them on Flickr, tag them as universalhub and I'll post here.
We're still waiting for the day when a reporter is swept out to sea, though:
Via Jessica Heslam.
Both at the South Shore Plaza, at least as of a couple hours ago. Both are on the first floor; one's a full-service restaurant, the other's a smaller ice-cream only place. Both now only take cash.