WGBH reports that one of the little metal signs that lets T workers know where underground wires and stuff are came loose just as a train was passing by at the Medford/Malden line and came into contact with both the third rail and one of the train's electrical "shoes," causing a big spark that started a fire.
Manny Lim was among the growing horde stuck at Malden Center shortly after 7 a.m., what with firefighters on the tracks investigating the source of smoke rising from them. The T reports everything's back to normal now.
Around 6:30 a.m., the T advised riders they'd have to board shuttle buses between Wellington and Oak Grove due to smoke on the tracks in Malden. Finn reports some riders took the T at its word: Read more.
The MBTA has to reset its "It's been __ days since last T disaster" signs now that a track fire erupted under a train in Malden shortly after 3 p.m., forcing its passengers to evacuate on the tracks and shutting down the entire line from Community College to Oak Grove just as rush hour was about to start.
A roving UHub photographer captured the work on Exchange Street in Malden to create a mural of a hand releasing a rainbow into the sky, in honor of the release of "Spirit in the Sky." by Malden's own Norman Greenbaum, 50 years ago. Read more
Transit Police report arresting an Everett man on a charge of open and gross lewdness on the Malden Center commuter-rail platform after, they say, people waiting on the neighboring Orange Line platform turned to see where some grunting sounds were coming from around 7:25 p.m. yesterday. Read more.
Transit Police report arresting a Haverhill man they say would board a nearly empty Orange Line car, sit next to a woman and then expose and fondle himself while using a newspaper to hide what he was doing from the rest of the passengers. Read more.
Gordon Hallett shows us that yet another truck driver has learned a valuable lesson at the bridge that carries the Orange Line over Medford Street in Malden around noon today: That if a bridge has a sign reading 12'6", you better make sure your truck is a couple inches shorter than that, or you're going to get mocked mercilessly for storrowing a bridge. And a ticket.
Photos of the guy from before and after he snagged the backpack, via TPD.
Transit Police have released photos of a man they say made off with a backpack containing two laptops and other items from another person at the Oak Grove Orange Line station around 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.
The US Attorney's office this week announced the arrests of 14 people it said were some of the founders of a new Brazilian gang in the Boston area that was beginning to make a name for itself through gun and drug sales - and armed robberies, home invasions and kidnappings. Read more.
State Police report a search for a teen who'd been kidnapped and was calling 911 in Revere from the trunk of a moving car shortly before 6 p.m. ended after police realized it was the latest in a string of similar hoax calls. Read more.
Ethan H. spotted the past and the future of the Orange Line at Oak Grove today. The new cars, some of which were originally supposed to go into service in December, are now scheduled to begin carrying passengers this spring, maybe. Read more.
Richard Auffrey is a fan of Chinese soup dumplings, so he hied himself off to District Kitchen in Malden to try one of its super-sized soup dumplings - so large it comes with a straw to suck out the broth before you try to eat the thing. His conclusion: He's sticking to regular-sized dumplings.