Review: the 1997 Psion Series 5 personal digital assistant
Bad compared to the light-up alarm clock I had when I was 10. It's both low-contrast and glossy, nearly unreadable under anything but artificial ambient light, unless you turn on a green backlight that I'm guessing eats battery fairly quickly. I'd seen ...
August 2, 2015
Boston's last tenement an island awash in modernity
It was standing there in 1910 when a census taker found that 54 of the 87 mothers on this side of the block had buried at least one child; was there in '28 when the old Boston Garden opened with rifle volleys and a boxing card; and still there in 2004 ...
August 16, 2015
Could new technology solve the Gardner heist?
The recent discovery of old surveillance footage that energized the investigation into the 1990 Gardner Museum heist has private investigators and analysts questioning how technological advancements can further be utilized to help solve Boston's last ...
August 15, 2015
The Really Big One
At approximately nine o' clock at night on January 26, 1700, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest, causing sudden land subsidence, drowning coastal forests, and, out in the ocean, lifting up a wave half the length of a continent ...
July 14, 2015
Cougar sighting a dream come true for 7-year-old
A close-knit group of neighbors say they spotted a cougar, also known as a mountain lion or puma, early Monday morning at a community gardening patch in West Salem. It was a dream come true for one 7-year-old boy who lives nearby. Roy Bryan who lives ...
August 17, 2015
Antioch: 3-alarm fire at Delta Pines Apartments leaves 30 residents without ...
Firefighters gain control of a fire at the Delta Pines Apartment complex on Sycamore Drive in Antioch, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The three-alarm fire that appears to have started on an outside balcony displaced approximately 30 residents....
August 5, 2015
Farm market nearing recovery after November fire
"There is something for everybody here from food to furniture, antiques, collectibles, clothes, produce, flowers and an Amish market." No information on the cause of the fire could be obtained from the state fire marshal's office although Burlington ...
July 27, 2015
Once it was part of an unbroken chain, a row of 30 brick walk-ups along the east side of Lowell Street from Causeway to Minot, a matching row behind it, another across the street. It is ringed by Big Dig ramps and surface roads, dwarfed by the TD Garden, the O’Neill federal building, and the high-rises of Charles River Park nearby. And now, closer still, a 38-story luxury tower rises in its backyard, the renderings showing a “sky lounge” and a first-floor arcade with a wine bar. Another tower, at 46 stories, has been proposed across the street. And yet the little building endures, a survivor of fire, urban decay, urban renewal, and gentrification, dodging the wrecking ball four times at least. It is 42 Lomasney Way, formerly Lowell Street, the West End’s “last tenement. “The lone ranger,” said Herb Shifres, who grew up nearby and whose cousins lived in the building after World War II. “The little house on the prairie,” said Anthony Cardinale, lawyer for late Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo, whose trusted... To a dwindling number of West Enders, 42 Lomasney is a brick-and-mortar reminder of the corned beef at Barney Sheff’s and the pickles at the National D, of worn-leather basketballs bounced by a settlement-house team managed by young Leonard Nimoy,...
A close-knit group of neighbors say they spotted a cougar, also known as a mountain lion or puma, early Monday morning at a community gardening patch in West Salem. Roy Bryan who lives on Wallace Hill in the northern reaches of West Salem, said his wife, Mary Anne Bryan, was at the Ellen Lane Community Garden early Monday morning performing her care-taking duties when she, a neighborhood photographer and a... She returned home and told her husband she’d seen a big cat near the tree line on the hill, so Roy trained his telescope on the acres of hay field adjacent to the garden and spotted the member of the Felidae family roaming around the twice-cut field. Now I know a cougar has a longer tail and rounder ears, so it was definitely a cougar. “What’s funny is that one of our young neighbors had been telling folks he’d seen a cougar for a few weeks and we laughingly told him he must have seen a bobcat. That young neighbor is Nolan Venti, 7, and he is a regular at the garden, says his mom, Kari Venti. She said Nolan and his twin sister, Mila, watch the garden daily from the side window of their home, often clad in their pajamas. “When they see Roy and Ron (Jaymot) and Mary Anne pull up, they get dressed and ask to go help,” Kari said. Helping is what Nolan was doing with Roy and Ron in late July when they spotted movement near the hilltop. Ron said without field glasses, he thought it was a bobcat because the tail seemed short.
ANTIOCH -- A three-alarm fire displaced dozens of residents and destroyed two Antioch apartment buildings Wednesday. Nobody was injured in the fire, which began around 8:15 a. m. at the Delta Pines Apartments complex in the 2300 block of Sycamore Drive, said Contra Costa County Fire District Fire Inspector and spokesman Steve Aubert. "The time that it started was probably a good thing because people were already up and getting going with their day," he said. The blaze, which is thought to have started on an outside balcony, quickly spread from one structure to the next through a shared attic and gutted 32 apartment units, he said. Nuttall said that even before the fire, she had been planning to move out. "God is good to me. " Nuttall said. Crews called for backup from the East Contra Costa Fire District. between the two agencies, 13 engines and at least four ladder trucks were deployed, Aubert said. Antioch police officers helped evacuate residents in surrounding buildings. The fire was out by around 9:45 a. m. , but crews were expected to remain on the scene most of the day to monitor hot spots, remove rubble and strip the buildings down to the framework, Aubert said.