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By adamg - 6/23/22 - 3:07 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a woman who sued Harvard University both to gain possession of four daguerreotypes of two of her ancestors ordered stripped half naked in 1850 by professor Louis Agassiz, whose contributions to geology were matched by the depths of his racism, has no right to the images, but that she does have the right to try to convince a jury that Harvard committed "negligent and indeed reckless infliction of emotional distress" by continuing to use the images for its own purposes even after she objected. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/22 - 9:44 am

The Harvard Gazette reports a global shortage of helium, caused in large part by sanctions on Russia, which ships much of the world's supply, is beginning to affect research in physics, engineering, chemistry, biology and medical research, all of which use the gas to cool things down to temperatures way, way below freezing. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/22 - 4:46 pm
Jamall Copeland at work

From FBI affidavit.

A Boston man arrested for holding up a TD Bank branch in Harvard Square in April was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of bank robbery, which could mean a 20-year prison sentence if he's convicted. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/22 - 6:07 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting a Boston man who robbed the TD Bank branch at 1270 Massachusetts Ave. - before he could get into a taxi at the cab stand near Harvard's Smith Center to try to flee the area. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/22 - 12:04 pm
Stuffed capybara at Harvard museum

Unfortunately, it looks like Chuckie won't be roaming the streets of Charlestown anymore, since he's been stuffed and mounted in a display case at Harvard's Museum of Natural History, as Cycle Happiness discovered.

By adamg - 4/26/22 - 2:18 pm

In a new report out today, Harvard University acknowledges a history that included being run by slaveholders right from the start: Read more.

By adamg - 2/25/22 - 12:23 pm

The Harvard Crimson reports campus police are investigating two slur-filled signs posted on the Adams House door of the Asian-American president of the undergraduate council. Separately, the Crimson reports "ongoing graffiti and offensive notes left in the elevator and on bulletin boards, windowsills, and walls," some of it racist, at Quincy House.

By adamg - 2/14/22 - 10:21 am
Harvard Square mammoth

Matt met Michelle the Mammoth in Harvard Square yesterday. OK, she's actually Michelle the Blue Elephant, but she seemed more mammothy in the snow yesterday.

By adamg - 2/9/22 - 3:01 pm
Bank robber

Cambridge Police report they are looking for a guy who held up a bank in Brattle Square shortly after 1 p.m. today.
Read more.

By adamg - 2/9/22 - 10:18 am

WCVB reports on the lawsuit, which focuses on actions of Professor John Comaroff.

Read the whole complaint: Read more.

By adamg - 1/30/22 - 6:32 pm

Update: Transit Police say the person jumped in front of the train and died.

The MBTA reported the incident at 5:23 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/22 - 3:10 pm
Happy greetings at Harvard Square

John Overholt shows us the pillar of happiness at the Harvard Square T stop this morning.

By adamg - 12/27/21 - 2:34 pm

The Brattle Square Florist, open for more than 100 years, will close next month.

Owner Randy Ricker, who bought the Brattle Street shop nine years ago, says he's reached a business and personal breaking point, with a pandemic on top of everything: Read more.

By adamg - 12/26/21 - 11:12 pm

The Crimson won't be playing in Kansas on Wednesay because of what the team calls "COVID-19 concerns and safety protocols within the Harvard men's basketball program."

By adamg - 12/17/21 - 7:42 pm

Harvard Book Store owners Jeff Mayersohn and Linda Seamonson told customers today that Red Sox and Globe owner John Henry "will be making a series of investments" in the Harvard Square institution. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 4:42 pm

Harvard officials today notified students and staff that the school will require them to show proof of a Covid-19 booster for the spring semester. Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/21 - 10:24 am

A Red Line train is experiencing the dreaded "mechanical" problems at Harvard Square, so bad that all the other trains might be asked to "stand by at stations," the MBTA reports.

By adamg - 11/12/21 - 12:37 pm

Nobody evah said anything about not drunkenly driving yah pickup theyah. The Crimson reports.

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