Will the MBTA Cuts Harm Your Health?
Will the MBTA Cuts Harm Your Health? With the looming MBTA cuts, a surge of extra vehicles on the road could increase pollution, accidents, and rates of obesity in the area. A new report from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council estimates between $272 million and $386 million in additional traffic, fuel, and hospital visits, as well as 10-15 additional deaths per year from automobile accidents, according to the 20-pager conducted with the Harvard School of Public Health and the BU School of Public Health. “These are conservative estimates that only account for automobile accidents, the loss of routine physical activity performed by transit users to reach bus and T service each day, and the health effects of several well-studied air pollutants,” the authors wrote in the study. [Globe]
Danroy Henry Sr.: ‘We Needed Transparency … We Want Objectivity.’ Henry and Brandon Cox respond to yesterday’s release of additional documents and police records that detail DJ Henry’s death. [Wicked Local]
The Good and Not-So-Good Decisions of Chad Ochocinco. It’s a pity we all but forgot about 85 until yesterday afternoon, when he tweeted a dinner invite for the first 200 strangers to show up at Sylvia’s in the Bronx (good). Then, he gave out his phone number those 200 strangers (not so good). And he’s televising his wedding to “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada … as part of an eight-episode series “Ev and Ocho” (…) [NY Mag | Fox]
Mosh Pit Crackdown Could Push Metal Bands to Suburbs. Cops cited the House of Blues after 60 Flogging Molly fans started flogging each other, and now, the issue of moshing is making it’s rounds through City Hall. Like other things relegated to the ‘burbs, the “public safety hazard” of moshing may soon have to find its new home … in Worcester. [Herald]
At the Prudential Center, Detecting Shoppers’ Locations Within 4-5 Feet. Retailers at the Pru can now detect shoppers who are within stepping distance of their stores with the Wifarer smartphone app. Once downloaded, a shopper’s smartphone data is pulled through a Wi-Fi connection, constantly updated, and sent back to retailers. Sound creepy? Kind of, but it’s a potential goldmine for sales, and here’s why: As the location info is shared with retailers, the stores can ping a coupon or promotion to the shopper at the right place and time. “We equate it to Google Adwords for the physical world,” says Philip Stanger, the CEO and cofounder of Wifarer. [CNET]