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  • Freedom of Speech Goes on Trial in Boston

    12/05/2013 1:50:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 12/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    It's not lost on me that I find myself just a stone's throw from Boston Harbor where the greatest of wars -- the fight for freedom and individual rights -- broke out here in 1774. Nowhere, at no time, has there been a more righteous of cause in the history of humankind. Then, as today, an out-of-control government took outrageous and egregious actions against our most basic individual rights -- and in this case, the most precious of all freedoms, the freedom of speech. Today Robert Spencer and I went to court in Boston. David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise represented...
  • MBTA restores ads critical of Israel

    10/26/2013 12:57:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2013 | By Lisa Wangsness and Martine Powers
    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said Friday it would restore advertisements criticizing Israel that had been removed after a rash of complaints from the public. The ads, which appeared throughout the transit system, depict four maps that purport to show “the Palestinian loss of land” to Israel between 1946 and 2010. Text alongside the maps says: “4.7 million Palestinians are Classified by the UN as Refugees.”
  • T opens pension books

    08/09/2013 7:18:57 AM PDT · by massmike
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 08/09/2013 | Matt Stout
    More than one-third of MBTA employees getting pensions retired before the age of 55 and a thousand-plus left in their 40s, according to a Herald review of a massive database that was finally released yesterday after a series of stories that challenged the T retirement board’s refusal to disclose the payouts. A Herald review of the database showed: • More than half of the 6,300-plus people listed in the database retired before the age of 60, and 35 percent — or 2,240 — left before 55. •   Another 1,129 retirees, or 17 percent of the system, opted out in their 40s....
  • GPS Leads Woman Onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed

    06/20/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 45 replies
    BELMONT, Mass. — A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night. The woman was driving southbound on Brighton Street shortly before 9 p.m. when the GPS device directed her to make a right turn which placed her vehicle directly onto railroad tracks. Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks, forcing her to flee the vehicle with her children. Shortly thereafter, an MBTA Fitchburg bound commuter rail train carrying 70 passengers slammed...
  • Former T supervisor had no license for 5 years

    05/23/2013 6:04:03 AM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 05/23/2013 | Richard Weir
    A former T bus supervisor drove T vehicles for five years with a suspended driver’s license — a clear violation of the authority’s rules — the Herald has learned. Kevin Graney, 60, was allowed to retire in March from his $86,000-a-year job, one month after the MBTA suspended the 20-year veteran because he lacked a valid driver’s license, the T said. Former co-workers told the
Herald that among Graney’s job 
responsibilities was disciplining and term­inating bus drivers when they lost their licenses for more than 100 days.
  • Victim accidentally falls onto MBTA tracks at Red Line station

    11/14/2012 5:59:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    WCVB-TV Boston ^ | November 13, 2012
    BOSTON — A 44-year-old woman has become the latest person to walk off the platform of an MBTA station. The incident happened at Andrew Station on the Red line. According to T officials, the woman did not make contact with the third rail when she landed in the pit. There was no train in the area.
  • Transit police arrest three in beating of disabled man on Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing

    08/28/2012 10:25:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2012
    MBTA Transit Police have arrested a man and two women for allegedly beating and kicking a mentally disabled man on the Downtown Crossing Station Orange Line platform early Monday, officials said Tuesday. Authorities said Carlito Rezende, of Dorchester, a 40-year-old man with schizoaffective disorder who has a restricted ability to communicate with people, injected himself into a conversation he overheard, telling a group of people not to use the word “hate.”
  • T cop caught napping on the job

    05/23/2012 10:36:37 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 05/23/2012 | Rich Weir
    A 29-year veteran transit cop is facing disciplinary action for dozing on the job while posted at a substation serving the Mattapan high speed line and Blue Hill Avenue buses, according to MBTA police. Transit Police staff discovered a picture of the sleeping officer posted on Twitter last night around 9:40 p.m. and immediately dispatched a supervisor to the station located on River Street in Mattapan, said Deputy Transit Police Chief Joseph O’Connor. “When the supervisor got there minutes later he found the officer alert and attending to his duties,” O’Connor said. “The officer, who regularly staffed the front desk...
  • Debt from Big Dig hampers MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority)

    04/11/2012 4:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    AP via Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, April 8, 2012
    For nearly a decade, traffic has been zipping through Boston’s Big Dig tunnels, the nation’s costliest highway project that has also left a gaping financial hole in the state’s transportation budget that isn’t likely to be filled anytime soon. "Big Dig debt" has lately become one of the most frequently used—if not fully understood—terms in Massachusetts government. It was at the forefront of a tumultuous public debate over the MBTA’s finances that ultimately produced an average 23 percent fare hike and modest service cuts, but no permanent solutions for the chronically underfunded transit system. Next year, it could spark a...
  • Occupiers take over State House

    04/04/2012 11:47:29 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/5/12 | O'Ryan Johnson and Christine McConville
    Squatting on steps to protest MBTA vote Occupy Boston is back — but without the tents this time — in a threatened 10-day sit-in on the State House steps to protest looming MBTA fare hikes. An offshoot of the group that camped in Dewey Square for 71 days last year until cops broomed them said there will be no canvas this time, just people squatting out in the weather, in the shadow of the Golden Dome. But the cold granite steps already have a name: “Camp Charlie.” “It’s really a 10-day -occupation,” Occupy Boston spokesperson Gunner Smith said about the...
  • MBTA chief: Riders prefer fare hikes to service cuts

    02/01/2012 8:57:50 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Lynn Item ^ | 1/27/12 | Kyle Cheney/SHNS
    BOSTON — As Transportation Secretary Richard Davey sees it, commuters faced with sharp increases in the cost of rail, bus and subway rides, as well as the elimination of bus routes, ferry service, weekend commuter rail and weekend E Line subway access, have settled on a theme. “The chorus I’m hearing is, 'I would rather pay more but not cut the service,’” Davey said Thursday at the State House. That message was echoed by lawmakers who said their constituents and colleagues had largely indicated that riders would rather be slapped with the first fare hike in five years than with...
  • Dispatcher who posted ‘Deck the Halls’ on signboard will likely receive light discipline

    12/27/2011 10:17:41 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/27/11 | Eric Moskowitz
    The MBTA dispatcher who added some unauthorized holiday cheer to Park Street Station by programming the message boards to display the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” will likely receive the T’s most modest form of discipline when he returns to work this afternoon. “While I appreciate what they were trying to do, we’ll just remind the employee that in the future we’ll expect that he’ll resist the temptation to use the signs in that way,” state Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey said in an interview this morning. The unnamed employee has become a hero on Twitter since the Globe...
  • MBTA worker faces possible discipline for displaying ‘Deck the Halls’ on subway station sign

    12/26/2011 2:15:49 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/26/11 | Eric Moskowitz
    It looked like the gentlest MIT prank of all time: The lyrics to “Deck the Halls,” dancing across the digital message board at Park Street Station, to the delight of Red Line riders on Christmas night. It was not an outside hack, though, but an inside job. An MBTA dispatcher working the holiday shift injected a bit of unauthorized whimsy into the normally staid LED signs at Park Street. He programmed them to scroll the lyrics to the carol four times in five minutes Sunday night, before, mirage-like, they resumed their ordinary display of date, time, and the T logo....
  • T $$ woes add insult to injury

    08/08/2011 4:22:52 AM PDT · by massmike · 1 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 08/0/8/2011 | Joe Dwinell and Christine McConville
    The cash-strapped MBTA is in such dire financial straits it can’t pay $350,000 in legal bills, leaving about two dozen people waiting at the station for their payments. “After exhausting the Law Department’s budget for payments related to injury and damage claims, an outstanding balance of approximately $350,000 remains,” T spokesman Joe Pesaturo told the Herald. Pesaturo said about two dozen people are owed money for personal injury claims. The T finds itself in this budget mess because the agency is self-insured up to $7 million — leaving them to pick up the tab for small settlements. John Flaherty of...
  • Sacked MBTA punks back on the job (inc. child rape, assault)

    08/03/2011 4:42:33 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | Richard Weir
    Sacked MBTA punks back on the job (includes drug use, child rape, assault, and assault vs co-workers) "The MBTA has been forced to rehire seven drivers and other key employees after they were fired for offenses ranging from dozing at the wheel due to drug use, child rape, and assaulting and making bizarre threats of violence against co-workers - after bureaucratic arbitrators overturned their dismissals on technicalities. News of arbitrators’ leniency toward public servants entrusted with passenger safety has alarmed T crash victims, rider advocates and the pols who oversee the region’s sprawling transit system. ... Papapietro said he doesn’t...
  • T tagger gets 6-month jail stretch

    10/16/2010 9:17:23 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/16/10 | Richard Weir
    An Iraq war vet who moonlighted as an interstate serial graffiti vandal was sentenced to six months in jail yesterday for painting nine T trains with massive murals on a three-day tagging spree in May. T police said Chicago-native Jose Alvarez, 25, is a member of the international graffiti crew MUL — or Made U Look. He pleaded guilty to nine counts of vandalizing MBTA property for spray-painting his tag “WOES” on four Red Line trains at the Codman storage yard in Dorchester and five Orange Line trains at Forest Hills on May 5-7. The guerrilla art project cost the...
  • Airport’s station to get new train routes

    08/17/2010 3:46:53 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 3 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | Barbara Polichetti
    WARWICK — Even before the first train rolls into the nearly completed station that will link T.F. Green Airport to Boston commuter rail service, the state Department of Transportation is adding route options to the opening schedule. According to department officials, morning routes from Providence to Warwick and evening return routes from Warwick to Providence have been added to the schedule that is expected to operate when the new train station opens in October. Until now the tentative schedule for the first runs had only included morning trains heading north from Warwick to Providence and Boston, and evening trains that...
  • Subway airflow tests to prepare T for possible terror attacks

    12/06/2009 3:13:12 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 908+ views
    BOSTON.com ^ | December 5, 2009 02:55 PM | Kathy McCabe, Globe Staff
    SNIPPET: "A team of researchers convened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began a series of tests today at 20 MBTA stations to determine how airborne contaminants would spread in a terrorist attack on Boston's subway system." SNIPPET: "The findings will help guide the design of future detection systems and help strengthen evacuation, ventilation, and other emergency response plans on mass transit across the country. "We hope to use the data from the two to come up with a model to predict the behavior (of chemicals) in other subway systems," Lustig said."
  • Report: T rider ‘humiliated’ after Orange Line fall

    11/10/2009 12:57:48 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 25 replies · 1,249+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/10/09 | Joe Dwinell
    The stumbling T rider who was almost crushed to death by an Orange Line trolley after a Celtics game said today she feels lucky so many people came to her rescue. The 26-year-old woman admits she drank four 22-ounce beers before trying to catch a train home, but added she does not have a drinking problem, she told thebostonchannel.com today. “I am incredibly thankful that there are that many people who would do something,” Sophia Hartdegen was quoted as saying. “I am incredibly thankful the driver was alert.” The Cambridge woman told the site she’s “traumatized by her near death...
  • T operators hailed as heroes [video half-way down]

    11/10/2009 4:58:04 AM PST · by cmj328 · 6 replies · 541+ views
    Boston Herald / Fox 25 ^ | November 9, 2009 | Ira Kantor
    Two T “lifesavers” were hailed as heroes today for pulling a drunken woman off the tracks as horrified Celtics [team stats] fans looked on as an Orange Line trolley came down the line. Orange Line operator Charice Lewis, 27, of Mattapan and Jacqueline Osorio, 29, of Dorchester were lauded by transportation secretary Jeffrey B. Mullan for their “swift, decisive action” in helping a drunken 26-year-old woman from Cambridge escape certain death around 10:24 p.m. Friday after Celtics spectators filled North Station in droves. “Had either one of these ladies hesitated for one second in carrying out their duties, this incident...
  • MBTA bus cameras have seen it all [Video of Head-on Collision]

    10/15/2009 3:55:02 AM PDT · by cmj328 · 9 replies · 941+ views
    Boston.com ^ | October 14, 2009 | Jack Nicas
    ... In a video released today by the MBTA, Brown's Chevy Malibu can be seen crossing the median line before slamming head-on into an MBTA bus in Holbrook. ... Approximately 350 buses of the MBTA fleet of 1,100 are equipped with eight cameras each, providing views inside the bus, in front, and on either side. ... Sprague said the footage showed the bus driver was not at fault, and that Brown probably fell asleep. He said that Brown appears to be slumped down before impact. She was cited with failure to stay within marked lanes. Brown could not be reached...
  • T to drivers: Talk or text and you’re fired

    05/13/2009 9:39:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 19 replies · 680+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/13/09 | Edward Mason Dave Wedge and Laurel J. Sweet
    Any T (Boston: Mass Bay Transit Authority) driver caught using a cell phone on duty will be fired on the spot, MBTA officials announced this morning unveiling what could be the toughest such policy in the country. “We believe this is the strongest policy of its kind for any major transportation agency in the nation and I think it will help make us one of the safest,” said MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas this morning. Any subway or bus driver caught using a cell phone on the job will be fired and any driver caught even in possession of a...
  • He or she, T driver is a dolt

    05/12/2009 11:35:30 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 7 replies · 999+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/13/09 | Howie Carr
    How come when Aiden Quinn brags on a Web site about being “FTM” - female to male - that’s celebrating diversity? But if you bring up his sex change it’s hate speech. Even if you mention Quinn’s gender-bending in the context of his apparently criminal behavior, it’s still a verboten topic. Why do you, the taxpayer, have any right to know about the person born Georgia Quinn, whose moronic behavior Friday night allegedly caused a $10 million accident that injured 50 Green Line riders and exposed the cash-strapped MBTA to millions in lawsuits? So what if Quinn had three speeding...
  • Texting Trolley Driver Is Transgendered Male

    05/11/2009 9:17:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 1,530+ views
    ABC ^ | May 11, 2009
    The Boston-area transit authority trolley driver who allegedly slammed into another train while text-messaging his girlfriend Friday was hired as a minority because of his transgendered "female-to-male" status and had three speeding tickets on his driving record in recent years, ABC News has learned.
  • Hacks lie in wait for highway robbery

    04/01/2007 12:56:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 848+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 30, 2007 | Howie Carr
    Remember the public debate last year over whether the state should raise the gasoline tax or tolls to pay for the rotten roads around here? Well, the debate’s over. There’s been a compromise. We’re going to raise both the tolls and the gasoline tax. Or so says the Mass. Transportation Finance Commission. They haven’t officially come out and said they want higher gas taxes and tolls. First they’re going to have the traditional “public hearings.” Of course it’s all a complete bag job. Just look at the tell-tale phrases in the news stories about the “shocking” conditions of the state’s...
  • Alleged sexist comments derail conductor on T

    02/02/2006 3:24:32 AM PST · by Panerai · 73 replies · 1,809+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/02/2006 | Thomas Caywood
    A rookie MBTA commuter rail conductor who allegedly harassed women and girls on the Rockport line with X-rated wisecracks and saucy talk is facing discipline after one fed-up mom dropped a dime. “I was totally disgusted,” said Jennifer Barrett, 24, of Gloucester. “This guy should not be working with the public.” The trouble started in December, Barrett said, when new conductor Junior Rodriguez remarked that her 7-year-old daughter, Tiarra, had a “ghetto booty,” slang for a large behind. “I’m like, ‘Excuse me?’ ” recalled Barrett, who said she also overheard the conductor making inappropriate comments to two young women on...
  • MBTA tackles rampant absences

    01/21/2006 11:16:30 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 709+ views
    Globe Newspaper Company ^ | January 21, 2006 | Mac Daniel
    MBTA officials say rampant absenteeism is hurting bus and subway service, discouraging riders, and eating away at the agency's finances by forcing it to pay overtime. ...about 35 percent of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's roughly 6,000 employees were absent for 11 or more days in 2004, and 16 percent were absent 26 or more days. Khalida Smalls, coordinator for the watchdog group called the T Riders Union, said yesterday that excessive absenteeism directly affects passengers. ''People stand at their bus stop at 4:45 waiting for a bus that doesn't show up," ...
  • Senior citizen's cat walk saves sick feline

    12/18/2004 9:46:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 498+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 18, 2004 | Franci Richardson
    A feisty 83-year-old man on a fixed income was so determined to get free care for his cat with a life-threatening illness, he walked about seven miles in the bone-chilling cold after being turned away by a token collector.
  • Civil liberties and the MBTA

    06/07/2004 2:45:07 PM PDT · by Modernman · 21 replies · 166+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 7, 2004 | Carol Rose
    REPORTS THAT the MBTA is implementing a first-in-the-nation plan to stop subway passengers for random identification checks and to question them about their activities at T-stops should alarm anyone who worries about civil liberties. Having to carry and produce identification has historically been a method of control. In 19th century America, the requirement of carrying identity documents was for the most part limited to slaves and Asian immigrants. More recently, we have the example of identification papers in Nazi Germany and the infamous pass system used to control the movements of black South Africans. "Your papers, please," is a phrase...
  • No free ride for Dems

    06/02/2004 1:55:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 136+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/02/04 | Boston Herald editorial staff
    Even as Bostonians are attempting to brace themselves for the inconvenience being visited on them by the Democratic National Convention, Democratic politicians are attempting to add a financial insult to those obvious injuries. Sen. Ted Kennedy and the state's 10-member congressional delegation sent a letter to the mayor's chief convention planner asking that downtown subway service be made free during the convention week. Nevermind that the MBTA will taxed virtually to the breaking point to shuttle regular commuters around areas closed down to accomodate security needs around North Station. Our duly elected represenatives weren't begging for free rides for inconvenienced...
  • T to Ted: No freebies: Transit shuns Dems' push for DNC gesture

    05/29/2004 8:01:01 AM PDT · by Living Free in NH · 21 replies · 142+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 29, 2004 | Jack Meyers
    The boss of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shot down a trial balloon by the Bay State's all-Democratic congressional delegation for a four-day freebie for T riders during July's Democratic convention. A letter sent by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and all 10 congressmen to MBTA General Manager Michael Mulhern and to David Passafaro, the mayor's point man raising money for the political powwow, asked them to make the subways free in much of downtown Boston during the July 26-29 festivities. Mulhern responded immediately and emphatically: No. ``Such a request fails to appreciate the significant financial strain the DNC is placing...
  • MBTA set to begin passenger ID stops

    05/24/2004 3:37:44 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 22 replies · 140+ views
    Boston.com ^ | May 22, 2004 | Mac Daniel
    MBTA transit police confirmed yesterday they will begin stopping passengers for identification checks at various T locations, apparently as part of new national rail security measures following the deadly terrorist train bombings in Spain. Although officials would release few details about the initiative, the identity checks will mark the first time local rail and subway passengers will be asked to produce identification and be questioned about their activities.
  • Judge Says T Can Say No to Ads On Marijuana Laws

    08/02/2002 9:10:58 AM PDT · by gdani · 179+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 2, 2002 | Thanassis Cambanis
    <p>The MBTA won't have to post controversial ads from a group advocating the legalization of marijuana after spending more than $500,000 to fight a lawsuit filed by Change the Climate, a federal judge ruled yesterday.</p> <p>But in his decision, US District Judge Robert E. Keeton ordered the T to create consistent, fair, and comprehensible guidelines to avoid legal quagmires over political or potentially offensive ads.</p>