Power outages in Massachusetts: This is a consolidated map of reported power outages from the four major power companies in the state.
Could a negative Yelp review lead to a lawsuit?
A Charleston, S.C., restaurant’s “dining contract” warns guests against making defamatory statements. But can it be enforced?
Another grieving parent steps forward, while politicians cower
The men and women elected to serve our country can only offer empty empathy so long as they fear the wrath of the NRA.
Cost was scandal all along
The true scandal of the Green Line extension is that its cost is well out of line with similar projects in cities across the country and around the world. While light rail in Portland, Ore. and Washington D.C. and subways in Barcelona and Naples have been built for around $150 million-per-kilometer in recent years, the Green Line extension was slated to cost over $260 million-per- kilometer even before the recent increase in projected cost.
Learn from San Francisco
THE BEST way to start saving $1 billion on the Green Line extension would be to redesign it with modern fare payment technology instead of last-century fareboxes and gates. Currently, the B, C, D, and E surface lines require one-door boarding with fare boxes. This increases the time a train dwells at a station and slows every rider’s trip. It also means every vehicle makes fewer runs each day than it could if it were moving faster.
Speculators worried as rents still soar
THE GLOBE reports that the long-overdue extension of the Green Line through Union Square in Somerville worries developers and home buyers speculating on sharply rising property values in presumably more upscale neighborhoods (“T uncertainty shakes developers, buyers;” Page A1, Aug. 26).
No tears for real estate speculators
THE BIG Dig, estimated at $2 billion, comes in at $14 billion. I do not know of a single school construction project in the Commonwealth that has come in on budget. Boston 2024 was shot down (appropriately, in my opinion) because it might have saddled the taxpayer with cost overruns.
No surprise at Green Line overrun
MBTA INTERIM General Manager Frank DePaola places part of the blame for the unexpected large cost increase of the Green Line Somerville extension on a new T contracting process (“Green Line project may be in doubt;”, Page A1, Aug. 25). He said project contracts are broken into phases, and the cost of each phase is negotiated as the project proceeds. Given this procedure, no one should be surprised at the cost increase.
Stephen Colbert’s highly visible transition to ‘The Late Show’
Colbert is morphing from a fire-breathing blowhard into a late-night desk jockey. His new show starts Sept. 8.
The US-China cyberwar needs detente
Both the US and China say they want dialogue and cooperation, yet they are still worlds apart.
Are solar panels worth it?
The deluge of data and the pressure to install solar panels can be debilitating. We shine some light on the murk.
Ferries offer cruise-like glamour minus the cost
A new fleet of vessels worldwide have been upgraded into surprisingly comfortable, full-service ships to vie with low-cost airlines.
Donald Trump blazes a European path in American politics
His anti-immigrant, pro-American-worker vision may be unfamiliar in the US, but it’s found success in Europe.
Is the tech party coming to an end?
Investors have had a rollicking time putting money into tech and biotech startups. Are they getting ready to split?
The lowdown on 5 condo towers coming to Boston
A look at high-rise projects being developed from Copley Square to Government Center and down to the TD Garden.
In Jobs film, Alex Gibney takes hard look at Apple icon
“For me, his story was a good way to reflect on corporate values and a certain generation that came out of the counterculture.”
A designer and her builder husband redo their Dorchester carriage house
Work and home life meld nicely for this duo with a passion for renovating.
Curt Schilling and the etiquette of ‘delete’
The Schilling tweet episode highlighted an emerging dilemma of the social-media era.
Wareham inn stands on point overlooking bay
The porch lining this yellow-stucco Victorian in Wareham is a primo spot to view the fireworks over Onset Bay.
A modernist Hoover home, once a barn, gets a stylish revamp
A renovation to a home in Lincoln pays tribute to its history, while adding a hint of Japanese style.