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Make Way for Nazis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:50:16 +0000

WFXT reports the Swan Boats in the Public Garden will be locked down Saturday as a precaution during the planned white-supremacist rally across the street on the Common.

No word yet on whether the Make Way for Ducklings statues will also be sealed off, but the mayor has a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday (ed. note: Although, to be honest, if they're shutting down the Frog Pond and the Swan Boats, you might not want to bring little kids anywhere near either park on Saturday).

The racists have also forced the shutdown of Frog Pond and the evacuation of the vendors who sell food and clothes on the Common.

H/t Spitbull for the headline.

14-year-old with crowbar was up to no good inside a Dorchester Dunkin' Donuts at 1:55 a.m., police say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:46:28 +0000

Boston Police report arresting a young teen inside the Dunkin' Donuts at Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street in Lower Mills early Tuesday after he'd allegedly smashed open the door and was attempting to use a yellow crow bar to pry open an ATM inside the closed donut shop.

Upon seeing the officers, the suspect exited the building and fled on foot but was placed in custody without further incident after a brief pursuit.

The kind was charged with being delinquent for breaking and entering, willful and malicious destruction of property and, naturally, possession of burglarious tools.

MIT loses Noam Chomsky to Arizona

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:37:39 +0000

The Tucson Sentinel reports the University of Arizona has signed up longtime MIT linguistics professor (now emeritus) Noam Chomsky to teach there.

Chomsky will arrive on the Tuscon campus this month and will teach starting in the spring semester.

Chomsky is quoted as saying he's looking forward to teaching undergraduates again - and to the balmier Tucson weather.

The Orange Line was hell when one train got a death knell

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:32:03 +0000

Tim Hanafin shows us the sitch at Community College around 6:50 p.m., after a train dumped him and everybody off there, leaving them stranded, waiting for a shuttle bus or a sign from God or something.

Yet again, another effort by the MBTA

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:16:41 +0000

What's now missing here?

to "maximize " non fare revenue has apparently failed. Waiting at North Station tonight, I noted that the overhead LED billboards have been removed, and that the backlit post-mounted ones have had the ads removed and are shut off.

Wonder if the new GM has already figured out it's a futile effort to hire a contractor that sells ad space to companies (Qualcomm and Shire) to promote products that your patrons can't directly buy.

Or perhaps he knows that selling your ad space through a third party is not the way to maximize revenue. Hope he takes a hard look at the leases with Clear Channel for using the T's land in Somerville then.

Descendant of one of the Southerners who died on Georges Island says tear that Confederate memorial down

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:23:16 +0000

A Floridian who spent some time in Boston in the 1980s discovered one of her ancestors was a coal shoveler on a Confederate steamer who was captured and sent to Fort Warren on Georges Island, where he died. She writes today why she thinks the now covered-up memorial to him and 12 other rebels should be taken down:

For starters, it was put up under the auspices of the Daughters of the Confederacy, and the less you have to do with those myth-making coots, the better.

But more importantly, the monument is injected with the same poison that blights our fate as a country — the conceit that God had any part in the foul business of the Confederacy, and the insinuation that there was anything remotely honorable or noble about “the cause” it represented.

So take it down, Massachusetts. You have the blessing and encouragement of this descendant of the dead. But more importantly, you have the moral imperative of the living, and a responsibility to those yet to be born.

When life gives you Nazi lemons, make lemonade

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:12:54 +0000

Local man Chris Lang reports:

For each and every vile Nazi and white nationalist who marches in Boston on Saturday, I'm donating $1 to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help fight hate. Have at it, you racists, the more the better, and thanks so much for your help!

Racists force shutdown of Frog Pond on Saturday

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:31:47 +0000

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will be shut on Saturday as part of the security arrangements for the white-supremacist rally on the Common. The city has also ordered the pushcart vendors who normally sell food and clothing on the Common to find some other place to be on Saturday.

Full steam ahead on the Riverside Line this weekend

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:11:20 +0000

The MBTA says it's postponed a shutdown of the Riverside Line this weekend and will instead run trolleys as usual. Instead:

Buses will replace Green Line D branch trolleys between Reservoir and Riverside Stations in both directions next weekend, Saturday, August 26, and Sunday, August 27, as scheduled.