A man determined to torment a former roommate in Watertown used skills gained as a computer-science major and a professional software writer - along with some basic human engineering - to repeatedly target the woman, her family, her friends and her colleagues with sexually explicit messages, bomb threats to institutions in Waltham and Chelmsford made in their names, for some 18 months until his arrest last week, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case. Read more.
Jeff Behn shows us the fire on Williams Street.
And you know the rejectiest of the rejects, in the back there, really wants to take care of some business. Kevin C reports:
This is not your father's Arsenal Mall.
Pia Owens reports on an attempt to find the best donuts "from every local shop we could find within a 10-mile radius of our home in Watertown, Massachusetts, plus Dunkin’ Donuts as a control group."
Watertown News reports (last item) that a member of the local constabulary will be having a chat with a guy who keeps calling the local historical society and leaving lengthy voice messages about how "the Historical Society misrepresents historical facts."
A Tufts Health Plan member-services clerk who handed over information on several thousand plan members so her brother and a pal of his could defraud Social Security and the IRS was sentenced yesterday to three months in federal prison, followed by nine months of home confinement, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Watertown News reports on an April 14 incident at the Watertown Mall in which a father dissatisfied with the quality of a photo with his kids and the Easter bunny turned into a shoving match that ended when the bunny's chair broke and he plummeted to the ground.
Watertown News reports an Everett guy who led police on a car chase, jumped out of his car and into the Charles River last night, but proved unable to elude state troopers, local police, a helicopter and search dog. He's scheduled for arraignment this morning in Waltham District Court.
Watertown News reports the city's newest Dunkin' Donuts will soon open at 640 Arsenal St., great news for people currently forced to travel all the way across the Charles River to get to the Dunkin' Donuts at Market and North Beacon in Brighton.
The next-gen Double-D's will feature an area where the franchisee promised people could " 'plug in' and do some work."
In Marc Hurwitz's Friends of Boston Hidden Restaurants Facebook group, Bobby O'Neill asked this afternoon:
I feel like restaurants and shops owned by members of the Iraqi, Iranian, Sudanese, Yemeni, Libyan, Somali, and Syrian communities could use our support. Any recommendations?
Here's the list folks have come up with so far (additions welcome, of course): Read more.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
The owners of the Arsenal Mall, um, Project, today announced plans for a major revamp that will turn the old Army complex turned shopping mall into one of those new mixed-use residential/commercial/office complexes that are all the rage these days.
Sean Graham has been a bostonglobe.com digital subscriber for years. His wife decided she wanted to start getting the actual Sunday paper. You'd think that would be easy. You'd think wrong. Graham describes, in excruciating detail what happened this past week, in the course of numerous phone calls and online chats with Globe reps: They cut off his digital subscription, reactivated it, then then gave it to somebody in Wellesley, then they didn't deliver his Sunday paper today. And they still haven't gotten his delivery address right.
WBZ reports Eversource is blaming a squirrel that "came into contact" with some of its equipment for a power outage this morning. The power, if not the squirrel, came back in about an hour.
Wicked Local Watertown reports the helicopter that buzzed the town awake early yesterday was hired by the production company making Marky Mark's Marathon-bombing movie. Back in February, the town asked the film company to find some other place to recreate the Watertown manhunt because it was just too soon.
Kat Powers reports a low-flying chopper, with one of those large video thingees mounted on the front, began buzzing Watertown awake before 6 a.m. today.
At least she's in touch with local lore, though, adding:
If I pull a Gidget on the #lowFlyCopter, how #Boston is that?
The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected Lexus of Watertown's claim that a jury was wrong to award a female manager a settlement in a sexual-harassment suit because there was no evidence her work output suffered during months of unwanted, sexually explicit remarks and actions by her supervisor. Read more.
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