By - 4/30/09 - 4:15 pm

Haven't found a link just yet, but right outside of my office, an 18-wheeler lodged itself under the pedestrian bridge just west of BU Bridge on Memorial Drive. It seems that he was heading from the Allston-Brighton tolls to Microcenter and inexplicably missed the left turn into their parking lot, missed the warning signs for low height at the Shell station, and ended up 70% of the way under the pedestrian bridge before coming to a complete stop.

EDIT: Channel 5 has more details and video/pictures. Thanks, J258.

By - 4/30/09 - 4:04 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports on the arrest of man who allegedly stole bikes, then locked them to street signs and parking meters.

By - 4/30/09 - 9:19 am

Wicked Local Cambridge reports on yesterday's incidents.

By - 4/28/09 - 11:32 am

Matthew Webster reports on a pollster who called his house the other night:

Beginning with questions to determine my age, party affiliation, assessment of Governor Patrick’s performance to date, and that I was not employed in newspaper or radio media (God forbid!), the caller read an excessively worded introduction to Charlie Baker’s career in business, his political appointment under former Governor Weld, and even where he went to college (Northwestern). ...

Via David Harris.

By - 4/27/09 - 1:54 pm

Tufts researchers used ethnographic research methods to document the impact of the recession on small businesses in the area; one student focused on bakeries and cafes in Harvard, Porter and Davis squares, Tufts Daily reports:

... "Going into the project, based on what the media was originally projecting, I had assumed that these small businesses would really be hurt by the recession; however, I could almost immediately see that this was not the case as I began to spend time in these locations. They were all bustling," Kuross said in an e-mail to the Daily.

Kuross explained that the primary customer bases sustaining the squares' cafés consist mainly of students, already on constricted budgets and therefore "insulated," and upper-middle-class local residents, securely employed and financially stable. ...

Via Wicked Local Somerville.

By - 4/27/09 - 10:25 am
Patriot and puzzled guy

16WadeSt captured a run-in between old and new in Cambridge on Patriots Day last week.

Copyright 16WadeSt. Posted in the Universal Hub Flickr pool.

By - 4/27/09 - 9:25 am

Well, maybe "atop" is too strong a word, since it's not actually at the very top, but, still, it's not every day you see a Red Line car that far off the ground.

By - 4/24/09 - 8:50 pm

The Tech reports a dorm's attempt to drum up publicity for a party by leaving a large concrete "bomb" on a lawn outside resulted in a visit from the actual Cambridge bomb squad:

On Friday morning, students watched as bomb squad members sent a robot to inspect the concrete block, which was painted black with "DTYD" written in orange letters. A man in a protective suit inspected the block up close. A small explosive charge was detonated near the block.

By - 4/24/09 - 9:17 am

Jillian York posts photos from a march through Harvard Square yesterday calling on Turkey to admit it committed genocide against Armenians.

By - 4/24/09 - 9:14 am

The Crimson reports a grad student was smacked in the head by a guy with a gun during a robbery on Putnam Avenue in Cambridge around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

This comes one day after another student was hit with a metal pipe during a robbery.

By - 4/24/09 - 9:13 am

The Crimson reports on preparations for faculty buyout offers at Harvard.

By - 4/23/09 - 8:45 am

FWC couldn't get out of the All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square fast enough: Tasteless food coupled with "lousy, lousy, lousy" service.

By - 4/21/09 - 10:34 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports that General Petraeus was met with a standing ovation at his talk at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and with a small protest outside.

By - 4/18/09 - 9:53 pm

During the day, Adam Foss works as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, where one of his cases is arch-wheatpaster Shepard Fairey.

Big Red and Shiny reports that, at night, Foss monlights as a bartender at the new Tory Row in Harvard Square, where Fairey's work hangs in prominent positions on the walls.

By - 4/18/09 - 11:13 am

This was originally a link to a cool photo of a pedestrian ramp on the Mass. Ave. bridge, but the photographer took the photo down. Oh, well, but it was cool.

By - 4/17/09 - 5:43 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports somebody called Cambridge Police to express concern about a woman covered in gold and silver foil just standing motionless in Harvard Square.

By - 4/17/09 - 12:08 pm
Smoke column

Chris Devers reports thick black smoke; posts the above photo from the 12th floor of Beth Israel Deaconness (where his wife gave birth earlier this week).

Justinide reports it's a large brush fire in Cambridge near BB&N.

Photo used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/17/09 - 9:41 am

Today's shocker: Faculty Club opens doors to students:

Women gained entry to the Faculty Club's main dining rooms in 1968. And now, students, too, will join the ranks of Club diners.

By - 4/14/09 - 11:03 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today upheld the conviction of a Cambridge man for trying to choke his ex-wife, basically because he wouldn't shut up about how he couldn't have done that because he was too peaceful a soul.