A pedestrian who suffered no visible injuries when "brushed" by a car whose driver was making a turn made a series of phone calls to get money out of him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Instead of money, however, Deborah Yi, 24, got a trip to a State Police barracks, after she was arrested on an extortion charge after allegedly accepting an envelope full of cash from the driver - who had immediately reported the calls to police, the DA's office says.
According to prosecutors, the driver, a lawyer:
Reuben Kantor, who worked for Ross when Ross served as city council president, sent out e-mail today announcing he'll be working as Bill Walczak's campaign manager:
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Our House East on Gainsborough Street engaged in "unfair or deceptive conduct" under the state's consumer-protection law by building an illegal and unsafe staircase down which Jacob Samuel Freeman fell to his death in 2007.
However, the court sent the case back to a lower-court judge to reconsider the monetary awards, in particular, some $2.1 million in lawyers' fees.
A jury had ruled for the bar's owners on strict negligence grounds, saying that while the place violated state building codes, that didn't cause Freeman's death. The judge, in the case, however, ruled that his death did violate the consumer-protection laws, and the state's highest court agreed:
At a public meeting, MassDOT released some opinions on the McGrath Highway.
MassDOT has recommended that the McCarthy Overpass portion of McGrath Highway be grounded and the roadway developed into a Boulevard that reconnects East Somerville, Union Square and Brickbottom.
The recommended plan preserves continuity at Washington Street, while enhancing pedestrian and bicycle connections. The removal of the overpass will allow for wider sidewalks, bicycle paths, added green space that will help spur redevelopment and enhance existing uses along the corridor.
Now, if only we can figure out why there is an extensive McGrath rehab in progress when MassDOT intends to remove it.
WBUR reports on progressives fretting about the City Council winding up next year just as white and XYish as "old Boston." Or as 'BUR calls these folks, "self-styled progressives," because God forbid people be allowed to identify their political leanings without a reporter casting some doubt on what they really are by adding some empty phrase like "self-styled." But I guess we could expect no less from self-professed reporter David Scharfenberg.
Dave Levy isn't buying some survey that claims 48 other states are more frickin' foul mouthed than we are.
The Ford Hall Forum hosts a discussion on Weds., May 22 on "how we can capitalize on social media's incredible benefits of crowd sourcing and speed while protecting against its inaccuracy and fear-mongering," with Globe blogger Garrett Quinn, who tweeted from Watertown, BPD PR person Cheryl Fiandaca and some guy who spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to retweet as the week's events unfolded.
Peterson Cherimond is the latest in a long string of people with Dorchester connections to be sentenced in relation to mortgage scams in recent years.
Under the terms of a plea deal, in addition to agreeing to spend 87 months in a federal prison, Cherimond agreed to repay $2.2 million in restitution to several lenders he and two accomplices scammed out of fees on mortgages on houses in Brockton, Mattapan, Halifax and Worcester, the US Attorney's office reports.
According to prosecutors, Cherimond hired two front people to apply for mortgages they had no way to pay for. Cherimond, who paid the two $1,500 to $3,000 per property and who provided them with forged documentation, would then pocket the proceeds.
The Boston Business Journal reports the Department of Transportation's Finance Committee this week approved a plan under which New Balance will build a new Worcester Line station near its impending new Brighton complex. The stop will be called Boston Landing.
The lawyer for Ron Newman, one of the LiveJournal 102, is firing back at local entrepreneur Jonathan Monsarrat with an 18-page letter that demands the $5.5-million suit be dropped immediately, unless Monsarrat and his lawyers want to face counter claims for filing a frivolous lawsuit.
The suit names only two people specifically and then refers to 100 "John or Jane Does." A number of people reported last week they received e-mail or letters from Monsarrat threatening to name them specifically as part of the suit unless they deleted posts about him.
Ed. note: After my initial post on the suit, Monsarrat sent me a similar e-mail message, threatening to include me in the lawsuit unless I took down the post about the lawsuit and the comments on it. Fortunately, I was able to retain counsel, who has responded to Monsarrat's lawyers. The post stays up, in part because of Sect. 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
At Suffolk Business School's "Build Boston" forum about casinos last Thursday morning, Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, shared a brief, private chat with No Eastie Casino co-chair Celeste Ribeiro Myers. Crosby conveyed the commission's goal to facilitate a process wherein communities see as many benefits and as few consequences as possible from expanded gambling. Myers politely shared with Crosby her concerns that "communities are being worked by the process instead of the other way around." She also shared her frustration at community members' inability to get any real data or answers from Suffolk Downs or the City.
Criminal pro tip: If you steal a camera with a pink case, you might want to wait a few days to post it on CraigslistBy adamg - 5/15/13 - 2:38 pm
The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to the way a guy was arrested after his alleged victim noticed her distinctive camera case for sale on Craigslist on Monday, just a few hours after her camera was stolen out of her car on Savin Hill Avenue.
Mayor Menino says he wants to reduce injury rates among bicyclists by 50% by 2020. This report examines current bicycling trends in Boston and offers some suggestions, including looking at mandatory helmet use for all bicyclists, greater enforcement of existing traffic laws among both motorists and bicyclists and continuing to expand bicycle-friendly facilities and lanes in the city.
The report identifies specific problem routes and neighborhoods; perhaps not surprisingly, these tend to be centered in densely packed areas of the city, in particular those heavily populated by students, such as Comm. Ave. and Allston/Brighton.
MIT boasts that Makr Shakr can not only mix drinks, but can also monitor alcohol consumption and blood alcohol levels. So while it may not wipe down glasses while listening to your troubles, the Makr Shakr has a lot going for it should anyone decide to turn it into a production robot.
Via Boston Eater.
Transit Police report a surveillance camera captured a man in the act of stealing a worker's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 phone out of a North Station information booth around 12:20 p.m. last Thursday.
They've posted a series of the photos in the hopes of tracking down the man, whom they describe as white, about 35, 5'5" to 5'7" with a heavy build. He was wearing a blue, long-sleeved shirt with a black and blue stripped tie and black pants and had a black backpack.