Cambridge officials announced today the city has hired Roderick Ireland, retired chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, to conduct an independent review of how Cambridge police officers arrested a 21-year-old Harvard student standing naked on a Massachusetts Avenue traffic island on April 13. Read more.
A Swampscott man was ordered held in lieu of bail today on charges he picked up two prostitutes in separate incidents along Massachusetts Avenue in the Newmarket Square area and raped them, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Paula Tennyson watched workers racing to finish the new Mass. Ave. bridge over Comm. Ave. this morning. MassDOT announced tonight it's hoping to have the two roads open to traffic in time for the Monday morning rush - a day ahead of schedule.
Boston Police report arresting a 29-year-old Winthrop woman after they say officers watched her buy some heroin at a Dorchester Kentucky Fried Chicken - and her 70-year-old companion, whom they say was packing a loaded gun and driving an SUV equipped with an "AR-15 style" rifle, ten clips for it and body armor. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a woman's conviction for beating the co-owner of a Cambridge chicken place after she was refused permission to use its restroom after closing time. Read more.
Massachusetts Avenue is shut at Commonwealth Avenue for some bridge work today and tomorrow, so find another way to get around the area, MassDOT advises.
JP Shipley was boxed in this morning on Mass. Ave. in Harvard Square by a trio of turkey toughs, one of which turned to give a look that said "you wanna piece of me?"
Oh, Reddit: There's an entire Reddit "subreddit" dedicated to drawing subway maps of cities, only instead of connecting subway stations, they connect Subway sandwich shops. Because, of course.
H/t Welcome to Dot.
MassBike takes another look at the the 2015 crash at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street that killed Dr. Anita Kurmann. The driver of the truck was not charged; the Globe reports authorities stand by their conclusion he did nothing wrong.
Ed. note: The video includes footage of Kurmann's death.
A guy put a gun to a man's chest to make him hand over his wallet, phone and backpack around 8:40 p.m. outside 410 Mass. Ave., kitty-corner from the Orange Line station. Read more.
Time was, wheel thieves would use cinder blocks to prop up the cars they were taking the tires off of. But LaTasha Martin noticed this morning that somebody used a plastic milk crate while removing the wheels from an Accord on Mass. Ave. in the South End (so maybe police should check with BMC to see if anybody came into the ER with a crushed hand).
MassDOT announced today that it's installing specialized traffic signal systems along Beacon Street in Brookline, and Comm. Ave. and Huntington Ave. in Boston that will switch to green lights for approaching trolleys. Mass. Ave. in Cambridge will get similar treatment for buses. Read more.