Codman Square to get nippier: State overrules Boston ban on sale of liquor in tiny bottles at local packie

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission ruled last month that the Boston Licensing Board erred in requiring the new owners of a Washington Street liquor store to stop selling liquor in tiny bottles.

The ruling requires the local licensing board to amend Crown Liquors' license to permit nips sales at its 571 Washington St. outlet.

In recent years, the licensing board has generally required new owners of package-store licenses to not sell nips on the theory they encourage street drinking and littering.

The state commission ruled the board can keep doing that - but only on proof there is support in the surrounding community for such a license requirement.

Although representatives from Mayor Walsh's office and City Councilor Michael Flaherty urged the board at a November, 2015 hearing to ban the nips when Christ and George Stamatos took over the old MOD liquor store, the commission said no residents formally objected to nips sales and that neither of the city officials provided any specific reasoning at the hearing to ban nips.

Mod Liquors had sold nips for 35 years, the commission said.

JP's burger deficit to be eased with new Jackson Square place

Sure, Grass Fed in Forest Hills just shut down, but now word comes that Jackson Square at the other end of JP will be getting a burger joint. Jamaica Plain News reports a small chain called MOOYAH (which sounds like what they should've shouted every time you placed an order at BurgerFi in West Roxbury, only it wasn't, and now they're gone, too) plans an outlet at Columbus and Centre.

King in Boston

Martin Luther King formed many of his ideas about non-violent protest while a doctoral student at Boston University, from which he earned a PhD in systematic theology in 1955.

The Rev. Michael E. Haynes, who served with King as a young minister at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, recalls King's time here. Anthony Cromwell Hill discusses discusses what Boston and BU were like when King came here in 1951.

When Martin met Coretta - he lived at 397 Mass. Ave.; she was a student at the New England Conservatory. More on King's days in Boston.

We don't have a public statue that honors King (Free at Last is on BU property), but we do have a road and a school named in his honor.

In April, 1965, King returned to Boston for a march against the Boston's segregated housing and schools. Some 50,000 people walked with him.

Three years later, thousands of Bostonians gathered on the Common to mourn his death.

Man charged with holding up Quincy Chipotle with a hypodermic needle

Quincy Police report arresting Malik Horani, 33, of Medford, on charges he used a needle to rob the Chipotle on Newport Ave. on Jan. 10.

Police say a video they posted resulted in "numerous tips" from both the public and the Boston and Watertown police departments, leading them to Horani, whom they say robbed the restaurant after ordering some food:

[The cashier] stated that a white male grabbed the bag containing his food and said "put all the money in the bag". The cashier stated she didn't understand the request until the male displayed a hypodermic syringe and threatened to stab her. The manager then approached the suspect and cashier and the suspect fled.

Innocent, etc.

Sanon looking at yet another rematch with McCarthy in Boston's southern reaches

The Herald reports Jean-Claude Sanon is gearing up for his third try for the District 5 City Council seat (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) held by Tim McCarthy.

Sanon, who lost to McCarthy in 2013 and 2015, says he has gained inspiration from the example of Donald Trump, whom few experts expected to win last fall.