Boston Police yesterday issued orders for treating transgender people under arrest that require officers to transport and held in cells alone when possible, refer to them by the name they want to use and refer to them by the gender they identify with. Also:
A search or frisk shall not be performed for the sole purpose of determining an individual’s anatomical gender, and transgender individuals shall not be subject to more invasive search or frisk procedures than non-transgender individuals.
The Globe reports the new rules are the result of a settlement of a lawsuit involving the arrest of a transgender individual.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Luis Valerio of West Roxbury, who is running against incumbent Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) not out of any animus toward O'Malley but because he couldn't get his kids into any of the public schools in West Roxbury. In addition to renting out English to local universities, he would build an indoor sports center at Millennium Park.
If elected, Valerio would be active in the politics of two countries. The Gazette reports: "He has served as the secretary general for the Dominican Revolutionary Party in New England."
Stanley Staco reports the Maywood Market, Blue Hill Avenue and Maywood Street, was held up around 10:10 p.m. by a masked man with a gun. Police found the cash register - without any cash - not far away on Blue Hill Avenue.
Police are looking for a black man in a gray hoodie with a big red Adidas symbol.
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether a downtown bar violated state law by letting patrons get drinks through a six-foot-long block of ice with a groove cut in it.
Even if the board finds Nix's Mate did nothing wrong with the ice luge, it could still get whacked for being seriously overcrowded the night detectives discovered the ice luge in action - and for providing tableside bottle service without a license.
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus last week endorsed Charlotte Golar Richie for mayor.
Experience. When one considers the upcoming mayoral election, he or she undoubtedly seeks a candidate with unique experience applicable to the position. Groundbreaking: surely an ideal mayoral candidate is one unafraid to break down barriers and work toward change. And, in a male-dominated race, Charlotte Golar Richie shines like a beacon representative of these influential qualities (oh, and much, much more).
At 3:39 p.m., David Ziegler-Voll tweeted:
Holy shit just saw 10 ft flames and smoke shoot out of a manhole cover on Atlantic Ave. across from South Station
Dale Cruse then added:
My girlfriend at S. Station said manhole cover smoked and exploded. Fire shot out while homeless man watched, like, "ain't no thang".
Mike Ross plans to officially, really, no, this time he means it, kick off his campaign for mayor tomorrow by staying up for 25 hours.
"I will be bringing my campaign to the leaders and neighbors of communities across Boston to focus on the issues that mater to them and learn from their own work to help me bring the best ideas and solutions to City Hall," Ross says in a statement. And, indeed, his daylight schedule is filled with grip-and-grin meetings with advocacy groups, his supporters, Bruins fans and the like. But we're no New York, so what's Ross going to do when the DPW officially rolls up our sidewalks?
FasterHorses recounts what happened as he was panting on the pathway following a particularly hard run around Jamaica Pond yesterday:
A girl (walking) who I had passed about 50 yards back caught up to me. She signaled for me to take off my headphones and said, "I don't know who you are, but I just wanted to say that you're awesome and I want to give you a high-five. I always want a high-five when I run, so here's a high-five."
Lawsuit challenges expiration dates on online discount coupons; local deal company sued for millionsBy adamg - 6/11/13 - 7:34 am
A woman unable to use a $59 discount coupon for a local fitness club before it expired has filed a class-action lawsuit against locally based Rue La La on charges the expiration dates on its coupons violate federal and state consumer-protection laws.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston, Leah Mirabella seeks to become lead plaintiff in a case in which she seeks more than $5 million in damages on behalf of "tens of thousands" of consumers allegedly defrauded by the company and one of its partners.
To arouse consumer interest and create the urgency to buy gift certificates, Defendant Rue La La offers deals for a limited amount of time—usually a 24-48 hour period. This creates a "shopping frenzy" among consumers who feel pressured to purchase gift certificates as quickly as possible.
In her complaint, Mirabella says that on July 5 of last year, she bought a coupon for Fitness Together in Boston, but "was unable to redeem the gift certificate" before it expired on Oct. 31.
Mirabella points to the Massachusetts gift-certificate law, which begins:
Salem woman gets $460,000 settlement against MBTA for texting-trolley-driver injuries; had sought $8.6 millionBy adamg - 6/11/13 - 7:20 am
The T argued that Mattei had some of her conditions, which her family says forced her to drop out of college and will require home care, before the crash.
Over the weekend, volunteers dismantled the Charlestown Bells - the colorful series of bells across the Charles River Damn that once let you ring out across the river but which had fallen into disrepair in recent years. They were taken to a studio in Groton, where, over the summer, they'll be restored to working order. J.J. Gilmartin, who took the photos in this post, explains:
The City Council on Wednesday considers a request by Councilor and mayoral candidate Mike Ross for a hearing to grill NStar officials about the Sunday blackout, which he said came "despite assurances of safety upgrades and additional installation of materials to prevent future outages" following last year's transformer explosion and outage.
Ross represents the Back Bay and Fenway, which have been particularly hard hit by the blackouts.
Richard Calderon-Colon was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail on charges he robbed a McDonald's and two Dunkin' Donuts in Dorchester and Mattapan at gunpoint, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding he faces similar charges in other courts for two additional holdups.
Even if he makes the bail - prosecutors had asked for $500,000 - he won't be going anywhere, because Judge James Coffey rescinded his bail on an unrelated heroin-possession charge.
Calderon-Colon already had a record, so officials had little trouble linking him to the robberies once they were able to lift and match fingerprints from items he touched during the robberies, the DA's office says.
Lana Jones at WBZ reports that one of the people summoned as a prospective juror today for the Bulger trial was an assistant Suffolk County district attorney. For some reason, Bulger's lawyer objected and the judge agreed and so an assistant DA won't be helping to decide the alleged murdering mobster's fate.