Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is â€ś2016, donâ€™t let the door hit you on the way out.â€ť 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.
On March 14, 2013, when Tom Menino was still mayor, a resident filed a complaint with the city about five feet of sidewalk caving in on Chandler Street in the South End. This morning, a city engineer marked the case closed:
This location has been inspected and all repairs appear to have been made.
Patrick McMahon spotted one of the fabled white West End squirrels today.
The Globe reports the driver of that Duck Boat that had its roof peeled back like a can of Norwegian sardines yesterday was on Storrow Drive because traffic was being diverted around the State House due to a protest by MBTA janitors, many of whom are getting laid off. State Police fined the driver $100.
Shortly before 7 p.m. the driver of a Duck Boat learned first hand why Storrow Drive has those CARS ONLY sign, on the eastbound side, near Mass. Eye and Ear.
WBZ reports none of the 20 tourists on board was injured.
A fed-up citizen complains:
Every day at rush hour, the good drivers wait in the right lane to go onto Storrow. The bad drivers go in the middle lane right until the bridge then try and merge into the right lane. This causes so must traffic, causing the traffic from one end of the museum to the other to take 25 minutes. Please spend some time thinking how to resolve. Signage is clear, people are just being greedy drivers. Perhaps cones dividing the right lane from the center so they can not merge so late? Sincerely, a good driver who just wants to get home without becoming a bad driver.
A sleepless citizen complains:
Lights in the Nashua Street Jail basketball courts stay on from dusk to dawn and interfere with my sleep. Please get the jail to turn off all the lights when the courts are vacant. Thanks.
Kylejemge watched the driver of an outbound Red Line train get out of the train and put a fire extinguisher to good use just before Charles/MGH this afternoon:
Climbed back in and kept going.
Nicole Levay noticed this sign outside Old West Church on Cambridge Street today.
Around 10:20 a.m. on the third floor of the garage off Cambridge and North Anderson streets. Firefighters quickly doused the flames.
Mass. General's Center for Global Health is hosting a hackathon next month to try to develop products and techniques to slow the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus:
Attention designers, engineers, clinicians and all innovators! We need your knowledge and expertise for a 48-hour hack-a-thon to create new product concepts, design novel personal protective equipment and develop new methods for local vector control that will help bend the curve of the Zika epidemic and similar outbreaks.
Tinker Ready extracts the relevant passage from a Times story about gun-toting security guards at hospitals in the rest of the country. At Mass. General, they're not even sure the guards should wear uniforms.
The BRA board yesterday approved a 44-story apartment building behind the Boston Garden over the objection of neighboring residents worried about traffic. Read more.
The Globe takes a detailed look at the practice in the orthopedic surgery department at Mass. General: The hospital says it's safe, lets surgeons in training gain valuable experience and, oh, yeah, brings in more revenue. Other Boston hospitals don't allow it except in emergencies.
The US Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a jury verdict dismissing a young surgeon's sex-discrimination suit against Mass. General, ruling that it saw nothing wrong in the jury's decision or in a judge's decision to bar some of her claims because she waited to long to sue under the federal statute of limitations. Read more.
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