Amtrak Officials: High-Speed Rail from Boston to D.C. in Three Hours

Amtrak Officials: High-Speed Rail from Boston to D.C. in Three Hours. To bolster the momentum that Amtrak has gained in the Northeast, the company last month announced its plans to develop a European/Japanese-style high-speed rail, which means the trip to D.C. that now takes a solid six, seven hours would take half the time. Sounds exciting, no? Enter the politicians who are lining up just to stand in the way. [NYT]

Aly Raisman Is Now a Norfolk Country Deputy Sheriff. She’s also pretty much the nicest, most humble person ever. “I don’t really know what to say, I’m pretty much speechless for all of you that came out here. It seriously means so much to me,” she told hundreds of supporters during the “Aly Rally” on Sunday. “It’s been the best summer of my life. Thank you all so much and I love you all and I hope I made you all proud.” [CBS]

Photos: Divers Plunge from the ICA into Boston Harbor. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series made its fifth stop at the ICA over the weekend, marking the second year in a row that the series has made a stop in Boston. Gary Hunt, of Great Britain, won the event. [WCVB]

Will Greater Boston’s Median Home Price Hit Three-Quarters of a Million? As one blogger posits, it’s already the case in many of the suburbs and in another real estate city with similarities to Boston—San Fransisco. []

Alligator Found Swimming in Lowell Canal. We now have another reptile to follow on Twitter. [Lowell Sun]