Traffic on the highway between Stoneham and Somerville will be rerouted tonight, kicking off a traffic plan that will be used on weekends this summer while 14 bridges on Interstate 93 north of Boston are replaced, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said.
The rerouting will begin tonight at 8 p.m., through Monday, June 6, at 5 a.m. The first bridge to be replaced is on I-93 north over Riverside Avenue.
The northbound side of I-93 between Stoneham and Somerville will be completely closed off. Instead, two lanes of northbound traffic will be switched over to the southbound side of the highway, which will also carry two lanes traveling south.
Northbound and southbound traffic will be separated by a movable “zipper line barrier.”
The DOT website with more details can be found here.
Medford firefighters are battling a three-alarm blaze at an apartment complex on Mystic Valley Parkway. One person has been taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment, the fire department said
At approximately 9:30 a.m., the department received a report of a fire at 3610 Mystic Valley Parkway. Firefighters from Malden, Everett, Somerville, Arlington, and Winchester also responded to the scene, but have since been dismissed, a fire dispatcher said.
No further information was immediately available.
Drivers might be wise to avoid Interstate 93 north of Boston tonight.
Traffic on the highway between Stoneham and Somerville will be rerouted tonight, in a rehearsal of the traffic plan that will be used on weekends this summer while 14 bridges on I-93 in Medford are replaced, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said.
The traffic rerouting will begin at 8 p.m. By 10 p.m., the northbound side will be completely closed off, said Adam Hurtubise, spokesman for the department. Instead, two lanes of northbound traffic will be switched over to the southbound side of the highway, which will also carry two lanes traveling south, he said.
More than 27,800 National Grid Customers in Everett, Malden, and Medford were without power this morning for nearly 90 minutes, the company said.
Power was restored about 9:25 a.m., said Amy Zorich, a company spokeswoman.
The outage was caused by a contractor working at the utility's Everett substation who accidentally came into contact with a guide wire connected to high voltage lines that service the area, Zorich said in a phone interview.
About 19,000 of the customers' power was restored within about a half hour. No one was injured in the mishap, Zorich said.
Two state troopers working a detail on I-93 n Medford early this morning were shot at by a passing vehicle, State Police said.
The troopers were working on the northbound side of the highway near Route 60 at about 1 a.m., when they reported that a single shot was fired from a small, four-door sedan, according to a statement from the police.
The officers said that they saw a muzzle flash and heard the sound of a gun discharge from the right rear window of the car, according to Dave Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police.
No one was hit by the bullet, and the car was able to leave the area before police could stop it because of the traffic conditions on the roadway. There were no arrests as of yesterday, Procopio said, and no shell casings were recovered.
"It was a troubling and unusual incident," Procopio said. "After the incident we flooded the area with patrols and issued an officer safety alert to all area police departments."
The troopers' names were not released.
Globe correspondent Jason Woods contributed to this article.
She was a 10-year-old girl who went out to play with a neighbor's puppies -- and never came back.
Seventeen years ago, Holly Piirainen of Grafton and her younger brother were on vacation in Sturbridge in early August when they went to the neighbor's house. The boy returned without her after 20 minutes, and an investigation was launched.
In October of that year, her skeletal remains were found by hunters in Brimfield, 5 miles away The case has never been solved.
Now her family is hoping a billboard along Interstate 93 in Medford will help generate clues.FULL ENTRY
Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow, citing fears that a student might one day die, says he cannot let the university continue a decades-old tradition in which students drink heavily, then run around the quad naked, in the cold.
"Given that we can no longer manage the run, we cannot allow this 'tradition' to continue," Bacow said in an op-ed piece published in today's Tufts Daily, the student newspaper.
"Even if I did not act now, [the Naked Quad Run] would end some day. The only question is whether a student has to die first. We cannot allow this to happen, and the Naked Quad Run will not continue," he said, noting that the run is fueled by alcohol and a number of students were hospitalized after drinking too much during this December's run.FULL ENTRY
A Middlesex Superior Court today acquitted a former Medford youth soccer coach of charges he had raped one of his former players in 2003 when she was a member of an under-14 team.
Thomas Heinz was charged with one count of a forcible rape of a child, according to court records and his attorney, Brad Bailey of Boston. A jury delivered a not guilty verdict in favor of the 27-year-old Heinz today.
“He always denied the allegations,’’ Bailey said in a telephone interview. “We are delighted and thrilled’’ by the acquittal.
The same jury reached a different conclusion against Heinz's codefendant, 27-year-old Roger Lau. He was convicted of two counts of forcible rape of a child, but was acquitted on two other counts of the same charge.
Lau is to be sentenced in the Woburn courthouse on Monday, prosecutors said.FULL ENTRY
By Christopher J. Girard and Matt Byrne, Globe Correspondents
MEDFORD -- A man was fatally shot and his father wounded at a house on Jerome Street near the Arlington line Friday night, according to a statement released today by the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
About 10:40 p.m., Medford police responded to a report of shots fired at 55 Jerome St., according to the statement.
John Hatch, 36, died after he was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Hatch’s father was taken to Lawrence Memorial and then to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is expected to survive, according to the statement.
Tufts University Provost Jamshed Bharucha has been named the next president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Bharucha, a neuroscientist who has been at Tufts since 2002, will leave at the end of the academic year, when Tufts President Lawrence Bacow is also stepping down.
"A truly innovative educator, Dr. Bharucha’s interdisciplinary work combines the science of learning with a profound commitment to the advancement of the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to solve our world’s problems with dedication, ingenuity, and cultural awareness," Mark L. Epstein, chairman of Cooper Union's board of trustees, said in a written statement.
Cooper Union was founded 151 years ago by Peter Cooper, a self-taught engineer, inventor, industrialist and philanthropist who believed that education should be as "free as air and water." It is one of the nation's few universities that offers free tuition to every student regardless of family circumstance.
An accomplished violinist, Bharucha, 54, has been a pioneer in studying how the brain responds to music. During Bharucha's tenure at Tufts, he has helped raise the university's intellectual profile, invested in research, reinvigorated neuroscience at the medical school, fostered multi-disciplinary collaboration, and strengthened Tufts' global presence, among other accomplishments, Bacow wrote in an email to the Tufts community today.
Prior to working at Tufts, Bharucha was a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College, where he launched the first MRI-based program in cognitive neuroscience. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1978 with a degree in biopsychology. He received his master's in philosophy from Yale University and a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Harvard University.
Tufts will appoint an interim provost while the university conducts a national search to replace Bharucha.
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