October 21, 1985 |
Archeologists working near Bunker Hill said Sunday that they have uncovered hundreds of artifacts in the 350-year-old ruins of the first meeting house in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where Gov. John Winthrop once lived and ruled. "I think it's one of the most important archeological finds in the country right now," said Mike Roberts, the site's project manager. "This is the heart of Massachusetts."
November 2, 2008 |
Sarah Vowell has a face like a clean plate: round and serviceable, perfect for dishing up history. On a weekday morning in Santa Monica, she is wearing a dark, square-necked blouse, hair in a slightly stylish version of a bowl cut; she wouldn't look entirely wrong in a starched collar. Vowell -- author, "This American Life" contributor, voice of Violet Parr in "The Incredibles" -- has come to town to give a pair of readings from her new book, "The Wordy Shipmates" (Riverhead: 272 pp., $25.95)
January 21, 1993 |
Gov. William F. Weld on Wednesday asked that a woman convicted of killing the former boyfriend she said abused and threatened her be released from prison. Weld asked the Governor's Council to commute Eugenia Moore's life sentence for second-degree murder, spokeswoman Virginia Buckingham said. Moore was convicted of killing former boyfriend Alfred Phillips in June, 1985. An advisory board of pardons recommended to Weld earlier this month that Moore's sentence be commuted.
January 1, 1991 |
Transportation officials said they have fired a driver whose blood-alcohol level tested above the legal limit after the trolley he was operating rammed into another rail car in Boston last week, injuring 33 people. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority also will start testing employees at random for alcohol and drugs in the wake of Friday's accident, MBTA officials said.
July 15, 2009 |
A federal safety panel said the trolley operator who died after her train rammed another trolley in Boston last year had ignored a red stop signal, probably because she suffered from an undiagnosed sleep disorder that caused her to briefly fall asleep. The finding came in the National Transportation Safety Board's final report on the May 2008 collision in suburban Newton, Mass., that also injured seven passengers on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line. Testing showed the presence of doxylamine -- which is used in over-the-counter sleeping aids -- in operator Terrese Edmonds' urine.
November 12, 1987 |
A commuter train carrying hundreds of passengers rammed into the rear of another crowded train stopped in a tunnel at a downtown station today, injuring as many as 100 passengers who were sent "flying down the aisle," officials said. At least seven of the injuries were serious and at least two dozen others were loaded onto city buses and taken to hospitals, officials said. The others were treated in the lobby of the Back Bay station.
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March 24, 1985 |
The city's entire commuter rail system was shut down by fire for an hour Friday at the end of the morning rush, stranding thousands of commuters in trains and tunnels, a transit official said. Listo Fisher, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said the fire broke out at the authority's control center about 9:30 a.m. and forced evacuation of the building and the cutting of cables controlling communications and signals on the citywide system.
March 10, 1985 |
The priceless first page of Massachusetts' 1629 colonial charter, stolen seven months ago in a daring daylight heist, was unexpectedly recovered when police looking for drugs raided a garbage-strewn apartment, authorities said Saturday. The discovery delighted state officials, who said they had not expected to see the document again. The parchment, found rolled up in a cardboard box Thursday night, was identified by state Archivist Albert H. Whitaker Jr. on Friday.