Joan was at Nahant Beach this afternon when the storm showed up and just burst right over her head. She managed to get a couple of good shots "just before we grabbed our stuff and made a mad dash for the car."
Several thousand customers across Somerville lost their power - and air conditioning - starting around 1 p.m., in an outage that also extended to part of East Arlington and which may not be fully fixed until after 8 p.m., Eversource reports on its outage map. Read more.
A lawyer for Sound Bites owner Yasser Mirza today denied allegations his client has threatened workers over a Department of Labor overtime investigation, at a hearing at which a federal judge told department lawyers they need to file affidavits or have workers testify on pain of perjury about what's been going on at the Ball Square restaurant best known as a breakfast nook. Read more.
The US Department of Labor yesterday sued Sound Bites Cafe and its owner, Yasser Mirza, on charges he reacted to an employee seeking back overtime pay by threatening to have something bad happen to his family unless he called off federal investigators looking into the issue. Read more.
No, not that Big Dig, an earlier one one. This one, described by some as The Incredible Ditch was completed a long, long time ago. Of course you don't remember it, no one today does, so Burlington Retro's Rob Fahey fills us in on the history of the Middlesex Canal.
The Dig reports Somerville has hired Fenway Health to help create "a supervised safe consumption center, where people may use drugs in a safe, controlled environment and also access other supportive services."
Mouhab Rizkallah, who owns a number of apartment buildings, today agreed to drop his libel suit against two student journalists at the Tufts University newspaper who wrote about a protest about one of this buildings, but is continuing to sue one of the people he said organized the protest for defamation. Read more.
A Somerville landlord says the Tufts Daily wouldn't correct a mistake in a story about a protest outside his office that made him sound like a liar, so now he's suing its two top editors for $50,000 in Middlesex Superior Court to make up for the libel, emotional distress and invasion of privacy he claims he suffered. Read more.
A federal appeals court yesterday agreed with a lower-court judge that Ron Newman of Somerville neither libeled Johnny Monsarrat nor infringed on his copyright in postings on an online forum that Newman ran. Read more.
Somerville has launched the latest salvo in humanity's ongoing battle with rattus: Small environmentally friendly death chambers that can sense the presence of a rat and then electrocute it. Read more.
Somerville Police report arresting one man in connection with a shootout at the Mystic development Tuesday afternoon, say additional men stopped not long after in Cambridge might also have been involved. Read more.