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By adamg - 12/3/19 - 10:49 am

The MBTA reports that Train 514 out of Worcester has no delays but due to a problem with a locomotive generator, it's operating with minimum lighting and without heat "

By adamg - 12/3/19 - 9:27 am

The T started with a general warning around 8:30 a.m. that Fitchburg Line riders could expect delays "due to a combination of minor train defects, switch failure & Freight train," but now they're up to delays of 50 to 60 minutes, at least on one Boston-bound train.

By adamg - 12/2/19 - 11:49 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that a player on a Pennsylvania teen hockey team owes nothing to a Massachusetts player he accidentally slashed in the wrist with one of his blades while checking him during a 2013 match in Marlboro - because checking's an integral part of the game and accidents happen, even if they sometimes mean the permanent loss of function in one hand. Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/19 - 5:23 pm
Channel 5 reporter with a snowball

UPDATE, 5:34 p.m. Castiglione reports the Worcester snow is now good snowball snow.

Shortly after 5 p.m., WCVB's Duke Castiglione went live with a handful of snow, which he declared not really snowball-worthy, so he didn't throw it at the camera.

He was one of just five reporters and weatherpeople to flash on screen at 5 p.m, as Channel 5 warms up for the season: Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 9:03 am

Delays on the Providence Line yesterday are being repeated this morning, if not quite as astoundingly. An hour delay on a train out of Wickford Junction yesterday has found a shadow in today's 810 out of Providence, which developed some of those "mechanical problems" and was more than 30 minutes late.

Signal problems on the Worcester Line, meanwhile, mean delays of up to 40 minutes on trains between Auburndale and South Station.

By adamg - 11/10/19 - 12:59 pm

No, we're not talking about fever dreams about high-speed rail between Basketballville and the Hub, but about the estimated 10,000 people who already commute from the western part of the state to jobs in the Boston area. MassLive.com interviews one guy who spends $230 a week in tolls and gas to commute from Springfield to downtown Boston - 25% of his take-home pay.

By adamg - 10/15/19 - 9:20 am
Emu in Franklin

Photo by Franklin PD.

Franklin Police report having to corral an emu yesterday.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 2:55 pm

A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that crossing the "fog line" that separates a road from its shoulder, even if just for a couple seconds, is a marked-lane violation that a cop driving behind you can use as justification to pull you over. Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/19 - 1:01 pm

Around 11:10 a.m. by an inbound train, Transit Police reports. Mark Allen is on the train and reports:

Very somber feeling in the coach. A prayer for the victim and his family, and additionally, prayers for the crew of the train who are the first responders to these types of incidents.

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 1:21 pm

H/t Shamus Moynihan.

By adamg - 5/12/19 - 1:54 pm
Snow in western Massachusetts

Ellen Berlin shows us the snow falling on the turnpike out in Westfield, on the other side of the Connecticut River, shortly before 1 p.m.

By adamg - 5/1/19 - 1:32 pm

The Boston City Council today endorsed the idea of high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield, saying it could become something that transforms the state. Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/18 - 4:17 pm

But the Commonwealth's Flagship Campus would prefer it if students express their hatred for Nazis in ways that do not include the use of profanity if at all possible. Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/18 - 12:47 pm

At 10:45 this morning, Leicester Police reported:

Cultivate's parking lot is currently full with a long waiting line to get into the lot. Plan accordingly.

By adamg - 11/20/18 - 9:09 am

OK, OK, but they also have peanut butter. Oh, and 42 mg of marijuana baked in. NBC Boston reports on the first legal sales of recreational marijuana this morning, in Leicester and Northampton. Read more.

By adamg - 11/17/18 - 10:22 am

MassLive.com takes us on a tour of the CRRC plant now busy putting together those new Orange Line cars.

By adamg - 11/9/18 - 10:49 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking his young daughter in the chest hard enough to send her flying to the floor in a drugstore. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/18 - 1:53 pm

A federal judge ruled today that organizers of a Senate debate this Sunday can exclude independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai because published polls show him garnering less than 10% of the vote. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/18 - 3:39 pm
Why Not Art?

On the way back from picking the kidlet up at school in western Mass., we detoured a bit up to Brattleboro, VT - a very interesting place, a bit like Northampton, only with more Subarus, and a bridge that lets you walk into New Hampshire. And we noticed we weren't the only Bostonians to have ever visited. The Not Art guy had been up there at some point and left some of his handiwork. But as you can see, a Brattleboro burgher was having none of it.

By adamg - 5/3/18 - 12:59 pm

The report released yesterday on Stanley Rosenberg and his now estranged husband left him little choice. His resignation letter.

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