State Police report that a couple of tires flew off an 18-wheeler's trailer on the southbound side of 128 in Needham this morning, flying across the road and slamming into at least two cars on the northbound side. Amazingly, there were no injuries.
Blackstone, a New York investment firm, announced today it's buying International Data Group from the Chinese company that had acquired it in 2017. IDG runs a market consulting service and a variety of Web sites focused on IT buyers and sellers, both in the US and abroad.
The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.
Update, 9/18: A federal judge ruled today this is not a federal matter and sent it back down to state court.
A Cambridge lawyer is suing Netflix, the producers of its "Dirty Money" series, the Boston Broadside and an Essex County attorney for allegedly ruining his life by portraying him as an evil money grubber out to defraud an elderly Needham man who owned five derelict properties in Needham that the town had been trying to get cleaned up for 20 years. Read more.
The FBI today announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever tried - and failed - three times to set Chabad centers in Arlington and Needham on fire. Read more.
MassDOT reports people who normally ride the Needham Line on Saturdays will have to find another way to get around between Aug. 3 and Oct. 12 to let workers install a "positive train control" system that will make the line safer by keeping trains from going too fast and reducing the odds they might crash into each other.
Preparation for the new system has included cutting down trees along the right of way in recent months.
A total of $21,000 in reward money is now up for anybody who provides information that leads to the arrest of the suspected arsonists to blame for fires at rabbis' homes in Arlington and Needham. Read more.
Chanie Krinsky, who runs the Needham Chabad center with her husband, Rabbi Mendy Krinsky, reports somebody tried to set their house on fire - not long after a second suspicious fire at a Chabad rabbi's home in Arlington: Read more.
State Police report a Roslindale man whose engine was overheating as he drove south on 128 near Highland Avenue around 10 p.m. on Friday pulled into the breakdown lane and got out of the car - only to be hit by another vehicle, the driver of which then just kept on going. Read more.
When the heat gets too hot, Worcester and Needham Line trains have to go extra slow because, of course, the tracks weren't designed to handle regular-speed trains in the heat. Or as Goodband-C puts it when talking about what is normally 33-minute ride on the Needham Line:
Crawling into South Station a quick 80 minute trip from Hersey.