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By adamg - 2/9/23 - 9:25 am

WBUR reports the Freerange Market in Medford, which sells Turkish products, is collecting donations for earthquake relief. The Turkish Cultural Center, Boston Dialogue Foundation and the Peace Islands Institute of Boston have set up a GoFundMe page.

By adamg - 12/24/22 - 12:58 pm

The Tufts Daily tallies up the bomb threats over the past couple of weeks, some of which referenced Tufts's diversity efforts, the murders of four college students in Idaho and the assumption ATF agents have forfeited their lives. Towards the end, after police repeatedly shut various buildings for searches, police concluded the threats were all fake and didn't evacuate anybody the last couple of times.

By adamg - 12/21/22 - 9:53 am

The Tufts Daily reports on the sixth bomb threat over the past week directed at Tufts University's main campus, sent this morning: "No buildings on the Medford/Somerville campus have been evacuated or closed in response." The Daily adds a copy of the threat was also sent to the Boston-area ATF office.

By adamg - 12/19/22 - 1:43 pm

Tufts University got another bomb threat today, for the fourth straight weekday. And once again, no actual bomb found.

By adamg - 12/16/22 - 10:23 am

For the third day in a row, Tufts University Police are reporting a "security threat."

It all started with a White nationalist bomb threat on Wednesday.

By hrose - 12/15/22 - 9:18 am

After the bomb threat of December 14, another notification was sent to the Tufts community on Thursday December 15 to evacuate.

By adamg - 12/14/22 - 3:47 pm

A bomb threat over alleged mistreatment of white people forced Tufts University to evacuate several buildings on its main campus this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 12/13/22 - 2:59 pm
Cover of a book about Jumbo

When the first Green Line train pulled out of Medford/Tufts early yesterday morning, somebody dressed in a furry elephant suit was onboard. Read more.

By adamg - 12/12/22 - 9:42 am
On the first Green Line train out of Medford/Tufts

Emily Wean reports she managed to get on the first ever Green Line train out of Medford/Tufts at Ball Square shortly after 4:45 a.m., even though the train was crowded. Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/22 - 1:21 pm

WBUR recounts 32 years of effort to get the Green Line Extension built.

By adamg - 11/23/22 - 12:05 pm

The Japanese consulate has organized a ramen crawl for Friday - get ramen at the listed noodle joints in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Medford and collect stamps - when you get five, that's enough to get a T-shirt proving that the day after Thanksgiving, you ate a lot of ramen.

By adamg - 11/17/22 - 10:35 am

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak announced this morning that the Medford branch of the Green Line Extension, the long one, the one with more than one stop, will start taking passengers on Dec. 12. In recent days, the T has been running test trolleys up and down the line.

By adamg - 9/22/22 - 9:55 am
Old Orange Lne car leaves Wellington

Was that Taps playing softly in the distance? Photo by MBTA.

WBZ reports on and photographs the first of the old Orange Line trains to be trucked out of the Wellington Yards for the trip to a Middleboro scrapping facility owned by Costello Dismantling Co., whose logo consists of a preying mantis.
Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/22 - 2:37 pm
Shuttle bus outside Wellington station

Although the T will be paying Yankee Line of South Boston up to $37 million for a month's worth of coach buses to replace the Orange Line and some Green Line service, the company doesn't have enough of its own bright-yellow buses to meet the demand, so has been shipping in a variety of buses from across the East Coast, including this bus from North Carolina, sitting outside Wellington before a test run this afternoon.

By adamg - 8/16/22 - 12:37 pm

Updated: "Normal" service has resumed, the T says.

The MBTA is reporting that a "power problem" at Wellington is causing delays bad enough that trains might just have to sit at stations, helpless.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 11:15 am

The MBTA announced today that it hopes to finally, actually, really, no kidding, open the Green Line Extension all the way into Medford by "late November," just in time for you to go over the river and through the woods to visit the Medford house where Lydia Maria Child's grandparents lived, prompting her to write the famous Thanksgiving song. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 2:56 pm

WBZ talked to the woman who jumped from the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River after she got out of the train when its first car began flaming and smoking after a metal panel came lose and created a short circuit with the third rail.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 1:20 pm

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said today's Orange Line fire was caused by a roughly one-foot-by-six-foot metal strip that separated from the rest of its car and came into contact with the third rail - "sparking smoke and some fire and limited ignition on the underside" of the car. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 8:03 am
Orange Line train on fire

As passengers stand on bridge, train keeps smoking. Photo by Jay Bernard.

Update: MBTA says metal strip came loose from train and then into contact with the third rail.

The first car of an older inbound Orange Line train suffered an explosion, then burst into flames on the bridge over the Mystic River just before Assembly this morning, sending panicked riders onto the bridge while the third rail was still live. One rider jumped into the river; came out OK. Read more.

By Neal - 4/22/22 - 8:43 pm

No, not that Big Dig, an earlier one one. This one, described by some as The Incredible Ditch was completed a long, long time ago. Of course you don't remember it, no one today does, so Burlington Retro's Rob Fahey fills us in on the history of the Middlesex Canal.

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