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Green Line C Branch To Be Closed Temporarily

On something of a whim I decided to check out the MBTA’s service alerts and advisories page. When I got there and saw advisories for the green line, I couldn’t help taking a look. I’m glad I did, because I take the C every day. So, my fellow T riders, be prepared. Friday June 27, 20088 starting at 10pm the C trains will stop. They say a shuttle bus will run the whole line in both directions. It looks like it will stop at St. Mary’s, so there will probably be trains to pick us up and drop us off there. This would be a smart move on the MBTA’s part; packing Kenmore would not be a good idea. To give the MBTA even more credit (I can’t believe I just said that), next week all Sox games are away so traffic should be light.

The reason for this service outage is work in Coolidge Corner. Hopefully the workers are fast!

Ted Kennedy’s America

The Atlantic: Ted Kennedy’s America.

Harvard Book Store for Sale

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Around the Metblogs

LA: JFK Swims Santa Monica
Vancouver: The Boxer, Modest Mouse, and R.E.M.
San Francisco: Michael Chabon and Matters Literary
New Orleans: Sissy Bounce

Previously: April 4th, March 28th, Nov. 10th (2006)

Prop 2 1/2 News

At least one Beverly school saved:

The Beverly School Committee has approved a last-minute plan by Mayor William Scanlon to keep open one of two elementary schools recommended for closure by School Superintendent James Hayes as a deficit-reduction measure.

Scanlon’s plan, adopted on a 5-2 vote Tuesday, would close the McKeown Elementary School but leave open the Cove Elementary School.

“I’m not happy in any sense here. I really wish I could save both schools, but I can’t do that,” Scanlon said, adding of his plan, “I think it’s a better decision than closing both schools.”

But the district could avoid either school closure if voters approve a proposed $2.5 million override at a June 3 special election.

Ipswich OK’s Override:

Buoyed by a parent-led campaign, the largest voter turnout in eight years Tuesday approved a $1,491,000 Proposition 2 1/2 override for the Ipswich schools’ operating budget.
more stories like this

“If you’re going to ask for an override, it’s good if there’s a high voter turnout,” said former selectman Jim Engel. “That way, whether it’s positive or negative, it is the community that has spoken, not just a special interest group.”

Previously: Andover, Holbrook/Chelmsford/Harvard/Holland/Sudbury, Canton/Brookline/Newton/Swampscott/Randolph

Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor

More from the Globe.


What wikipedia has to say about gliomas.


Times Profile.


Mass. General Statement


Statements: John Boehner, McCain, Josh Marshall, Obama, Clinton, Bill Richardson, Kerry, and The Hill.


The blogs: Universal Hub, Bostonist, his work on gay rights.

Red Tide

The red tide has hit Massachusetts. What a bummer! It’s basically a kind of algae that makes shellfish poisonous. Clam and mussels are affected, but according to The Globe’s write-up crab, lobster, and shrimp are still safe. They also mention fish, incase you didn’t realize that shellfish means only fish with shells. I hope you did.

Looks like I dodged a bullet – I had clam chowder yesterday.

Early Morning Heat

Harvard Square Fire.

(h/t Universal Hub)

Did You Know?

Boston is one of the greener cities in the U.S. It was named the 7th greenest city by SustainLane for its 12% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, a 25-33% reduction of noise in surrounding neighborhoods and the addition of 320 acres of new parkland. This new energy initiative could really put Boston at the top of the nation’s greenest cities.


And that:

Boston is planning a unique composting center that would help with some of the city’s energy needs.

A proposed multimillion-dollar indoor urban composting facility would capture methane gas that rotting leaves give off and burn it to generate electricity for 1,500 homes, as well as to run on-site, year-round greenhouses. The city has not pinpointed a location for the indoor center, but it would be within city limits.

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