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By adamg - 5/11/24 - 1:12 am
Aurora over Needham radio and TV towers

Kevin Jordan shows us the lights over the Needham towers - just a month after he watched the total eclipse.

"I’m not even sure how to wrap my mind around this," he says. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/24 - 3:41 pm

State Police report a Salem woman this morning led police from the North Shore into Boston on a wild chase full of crashed cars and gates - at the Coast Guard base in the North End and at Fenway Park, both of which police say she rammed into with her 2024 Honda Accord. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/24 - 10:09 pm
Surveillance photo of suspect throwing a pipe bomb

Surveillance photo of suspect throwing lit pipe bomb.

An alleged Christian who prefers Old Testament nomenclature was arrested in Oklahoma today on charges he tossed an IED at the headquarters of the Satanic Temple in Salem on April 8. Read more.

By Sasha Patkin - 8/16/23 - 2:29 pm
Detail from one of Gu Wenda's pieces on display

Detail from one of Gu Wenda's pieces on display. See it larger.

Ed. note: Starting today, UHub will be posting Boston-area reviews of local cultural happenings and restaurants by Sasha Patkin of the Independent Review Crew, a new initiative of the nonprofit Online Journalism Project. Let us know what you think!

The introductory video to Gu Wenda's "United Nations" exhibit, currently on display in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, states that a single strand of hair contains enough DNA to identify one of us from a billion of us. When the Chinese-born artist creates his pieces from the combined hair of thousands of people, therefore, his work becomes a collective portrait that both transcends and unites the singular human experience.

By adamg - 6/14/23 - 5:53 pm
Kat and her creepy creations

Kat and some of her creepy creations.

The mortuary manager at Harvard Medical School and his wife, along with the owner of Kat's Creepy Creations in Peabody and a Pennsylvania man were indicted yesterday on charges they ran a ring that stole and sold parts from bodies donated to the school for use by doctors in training - with at least some skin getting tanned into leather. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/23 - 11:35 am

The MBTA says you can ride the Blue Line for free between July 5 and Aug. 31 - as part of efforts to reduce traffic due to the Sumner Tunnel being shut for repairs then. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/23 - 3:55 pm

Salem Police report arresting a Florida Man, who goes by the name of Rocket Power (since they're polite, police referred to him as Mr. Rocket Power), for toodling around Witch City shooting people with an Orbeez gel-ball gun. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/23 - 2:50 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports, via the Salem News, that Salem Lowe will be re-opening next month with new owners.

By adamg - 3/2/23 - 11:10 am

Somebody called in or texted another bomb threat about the Satanic Temple in Salem this morning. Just to be safe, Salem school officials evacuated the nearby Carlton K-5 school: Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/23 - 10:36 am

Dustin Luca of the Salem News reports somebody e-mailed messages to local law enforcement and various media outlets about an alleged bomb at the Satanic Temple's Salem headquarters, which has been evacuated.

Rightwing fanatics are all atwitter about the group's Satancon at the Marriott Copley Place at end of April.

By adamg - 12/29/22 - 12:42 pm

A former Salem-area man who is now a full-time Florida Man says the decision of the organizer of a Salem horror-movie series to ban most movies from Florida and Texas in protest over their LGBTQ laws and policies is a horrendous violation of his civil rights - and Constitutional protection of interstate commerce - so he's suing. Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/22 - 12:55 pm
Howe on trial

Totally unbiased rendering of Howe on trial, done long after she was dead. Source.

Jessica Shrey at the State Library of Massachusetts recounts the story of Elizabeth Howe of Ipswich, hanged as a witch on July 19, 1692, in large part based on the testimony of the Perely family, who owned the neighboring farm and who had feuded with Howe and her late husband for years. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/22 - 2:45 pm
A guinea pig

A guinea pig at the MSPCA.

The MSPCA in Jamaica Plain and the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem are holding an adopt-a-thon for guinea pigs and rabbits this weekend, in which they'll waive their normal adoption fees, because they are now stocked to the brim with them. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/22 - 10:30 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Salem Lowe at Salem Willows, which has served chop-suey sandwiches for 50 years, is closing forever next month.

By adamg - 2/11/22 - 11:23 am

The city of Salem reported today that losers who think they know who's Jewish have been threatening city public-health officials and employees over Covid-19 efforts. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/21 - 9:58 pm

Salem Police report arresting a couple of guys who just might be responsible for all the stenciling of Patriot Front advertising on area walls around town - in particular downtown - in recent months. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/21 - 12:17 pm
The Carusos and Johnson

Fatz, his mom and Yo Pesci in a fighting stance (from the affidavit).

Federal officials today charged four people with involvement in a north-of-Boston drug ring, including alleged ringleader Vincent "Fatz" Caruso and his mom, Laurie Caruso, who does not have a street nickname. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/21 - 3:17 pm

A federal judge today dismissed another suit against Gov. Baker's 2020 Covid-19 restrictions, this one by a company that runs supposedly spooky walking tours in Salem. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 11:22 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for exposing himself to an undercover cop, ruling that wearing a badge doesn't shield police officers from the same feelings of shock anyone else might experience when confronted close up with something unwelcome, such as a stranger's penis on a near-deserted street corner. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 9:59 am

Two companies that run walking tours of Salem are suing the state over Covid-19 orders that effectively limit the size of their gatherings to just a dozen people, saying that's an impermissible violation of their free-speech rights under the First Amendment. Read more.

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