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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.
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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.

By adamg - 4/21/22 - 9:14 am

Tufts Daily reports the university says masks can come off when the campus Covid-19 rates shrinks, but right now 6% of tested undergraduates are positive for the virus, so the mandate stays in place, no matter how many undergrads sign a petition to remove the mask mandate like other nearby schools have done.

By adamg - 4/1/22 - 9:59 am

A Hayward, CA man with a long history of making threatening phone calls to women police officers across two continents was arrested yesterday on a charge that he made a series of calls to Tufts University officers last year that sparked an hours-long room-by-room search of several dormitories, by both officers and dogs, for a supposed woman being held hostage by an ex-special services specialist with a taser. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/22 - 11:52 am
Bad driver in Medford

MrsRoyKent posts some dashcam video of the result of some bad driving decisions in Medford this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/22 - 1:34 pm
Burning trees to kill moths

In the 1890s, Massachusetts residents fought the caterpillars in part by burning infested trees.

The Entomological Society of America has decided to rename the tree-munching menace formerly known as "gypsy moths" as "spongy moths."

By adamg - 1/5/22 - 9:58 pm

An Arkansas woman who claims she's one of the Moorish owners of what is called the US is suing Massachusetts state troopers for the "genocide" they committed when they seized a gun and ammunition from her car parked outside a Middlesex County courthouse to which she drove 1,500 miles to show support for the Rise of the Moors men arrested after an armed standoff on Rte. 128 last July. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 8:45 pm

Tufts Daily reports the university had ordered all remaining finals be held online only - and is urging students to leave as soon as they can. Read more.

By adamg - 12/6/21 - 9:23 am

Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has posted an apology for a City Hall Chanukah display that included an explanation that discussed the holiday in Christian terms and referred to "the sins of Israel," WBZ reports.

By adamg - 12/1/21 - 9:21 am

But the plentiful restrooms at the Joyce Cummings Center don't have enough sinks and they are "extremely repetitive," the reviewer concludes.

By adamg - 11/29/21 - 3:34 pm

WBZ reports on the arraignment of Brady McCue, charged with smashing a woman in the head with a rock and repeatedly raping her on a trail in the Middlesex Fells last week. Police were led to him in part by a coffee cup left at the scene.

By adamg - 11/28/21 - 3:51 pm
Pressure cookers in police custody

We're still very touchy about unattended pressure cookers, for obvious reasons. So if you were shopping at or near the Medford Whole Foods today and suddenly realized, "oh, damn!" you left your pressure cookers on the pavement as you loaded groceries into your car, Medford Police would like to have a chat with you. Julia reports police taped off the parking lot after the discovery of two pressure cookers in bags just sitting there, menacingly. They were empty, she reports.

By adamg - 10/20/21 - 12:03 pm

At Northeastern University, somebody vandalized a mezuzah at the entrance to the campus chapter of the Jewish organization Hillel, while at Tufts, two of the small cases, which contain parchment from the Torah and which are mounted at doorways, were stolen from dorms last month. Read more

By adamg - 9/28/21 - 10:05 am

A lightning strike at Wellington means signal problems on the Orange Line and that, of course, means delays, serious enough to just have trains sit at stations.

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