Over the past month, most of Greater Boston’s largest Universities have made announcements that they plan to significantly scale down remote learning for the Fall 2021 semester. The much anticipated news was greeted with a collective sigh of relief from thousands of Boston professors and college students, most of whom have been struggling with remote learning. The announcements also bodes well for the off-campus housing market in Boston and the thousands of businesses that rely on the student population for business.
Cambridge Police report the TD Bank branch at 1270 Massachusetts Ave. in Harvard Square was held up around 4 p.m. on Monday, by a man who showed a note and then fled even further into the square. Read more.
Transit Police report an officer on patrol at the Harvard Square Red Line station last night spotted a guy push his way through a fare gate and when the officer came after him, the man rushed upstairs and into Harvard Yard - where he tried to hide a gun in a pile of leaves. Read more.
Peter Brand, 67, of Cambridge, and Jie "Jack" Zhao, 61, of Potomac, MD, were arrested by federal agents today on a charge of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery over bribes Zhao allegedly paid Brand and charities he controlled to get Zhao's sons accepted to Harvard. Read more.
The Crimson reports the presidents of the eight Ivy League schools have called off all winter sporting events due to escalating Covid-19 numbers, that the fall season will not be rescheduled for the spring and that spring events, if they happen at all, will not start until the end of February.
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.
A federal judge yesterday dismissed Eric Clopper's libel suit against the Harvard Crimson over the way it covered the controversy surrounding his one-day performance at Sanders Theatre over the evils of circumcision. Read more.
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Harvard University was within its rights to turn up the lights in Sanders Theater and end an employee's performance while he was nude and having intercourse with a sex doll on stage and a video played showing him ejaculating in the doll's mouth, all somehow connected to his argument that Jewish circumcision is evil. Read more.
The Crimson reports the three freshmen were ordered to leave their on-campus dorms after hosting a gathering with three other people despite Harvard rules against such things in an age of pandemic. The move means they're still enrolled, but have to take all their classes remotely.