A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit by the company behind Craft Beer Cellar outlets against an online site that lets people post reviews of their workplaces, because of a federal law that protects sites against suits over comments made on sites by third parties. Read more.
Kim Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to kidnapping, conspiracy to collect extensions of credit by extortionate means, and operating an illegal gambling business for his role in a Dorchester gambling ring whose members kidnapped and beat a man who'd fallen behind in paying his losses, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.
The Huntington News reports on a protest aimed at getting Northeastern to increase its voluntary payments in lieu of taxes.
Boston has long asked non-profits to kick in 25% of what they would pay in property taxes if their property were commercial instead of non-profit. Northeastern has always been on the low side of PILOT payments, but says it more than makes up for it in other things, such as annual scholarships for Boston residents attending Northeastern - and the $100 million it put into renovating a city playground (in a statement, the...Read more
Boston school officials said last night that the West Roxbury Education Complex building almost didn't open for classes last month - and that emergency repairs done on it so it could pass inspection will only hold out for the rest of the school year. Read more.
The MBTA reports 25-minute delays on the Red Line due to a northbound train that gave up the ghost outside the station. A train behind it got up close and began pushing it into the station.
City councilors agreed today to study possible zoning changes that would bar temptation from people going to substance-abuse facilities. Read more.
The Boston City Council voted unanimously today to support 1,500 striking members of Unite Local 26 in their action against local Marriott hotels, which include the Westin and the Ritz-Carlton. Every councilor rose to voice support for the workers at what they said was one of the world's most profitable hotel chains, with a corporate "core values" statement that includes treating workers well.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court said today a man can be convicted of rape if he forces a woman at gunpoint to fondle herself. The ruling comes in the case of Reinaldo Prado of Framingham, convicted of robbing at gunpoint three prostitutes he met via Craigslist and raping one of them. Read more.
The city today released plans for keeping rising seas from reclaiming all the parts of South Boston that sit on fill - which is much of the neighborhood. Read more.
Rick Macomber had a great perch for this morning's sunrise. He's looking south over the Leverett ramps, the Zakim, Boston Garden and the North Station train tracks.
Jonathan Costa, 27, of Brookline, faces arraignment today in connection with a crash at the rotary where the Arborway and Centre Street meet, in which a bicyclist was thrown to the road, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Costa is scheduled to face charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a collision causing injury in West Roxbury Municipal Court, the DA's office says.
Garden chanting “JBJ!! JBJ!!!” just now as everyone slowly learned about the grand slam and this is the most Boston thing ever LOVE IT
Word is starting to come out tonight of schools that BPS officials want to shut as part of an ambitious program to consolidate Boston students into fewer, but modernized, school buildings. Among the first to go under the BuildBPS program, Start Smart BPS reports, are the West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy. Read more.
Four InterContinental Hotel guests enjoying some wine and mixed drinks one August night decided to stroll the hotel's grounds along Fort Point Channel. But then they went too far - they walked from the hotel's granite walkways onto the bricks of the Harborwalk just as two BPD detectives were arriving for a snap inspection. Read more.
UPDATE: WBUR reports police found an Airsoft pellet gun, but no suspect.
A search for a man spotted with what might have been a gun near Landmark Center around 1:20 p.m. turned into a massive police search through Kenmore Square after he was spotted running into an inbound Green Line tunnel. Read more.
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