A California photographer who claims the BSO owes him lots of money for the photographs it used for some Boston Pops concerts last year is, of course, suing.
The BSO replies that the photographer offered his work for free in exchange for letting him use the BSO name to try to drum up sponsorships for the "Visions of America" concerts. Since he couldn't find any sponsors, the BSO says it doesn't owe him the time of day.
Joseph Sohm originally filed his lawsuit in US District Court in San Francisco. Last week, a judge there agreed with a request from the BSO that, short of just dismissing the suit as it would prefer, he transfer it to federal court in Boston because not only does the BSO not conduct business in California, all of the negotiations and performances took place in Boston. Letting the suit continue in California, the judge ruled:
Plaintiff's filing of an action against Defendant in a forum thousands of miles from where Defendant resides and that has little or no connection to the events at issue, raises the potential that Plaintiff chose an inconvenient forum to unfairly increase Defendant's costs and obtain an advantage in this litigation. The interests of justice therefore weigh in favor of transfer to the District of Massachusetts.
Boston Police report they are investigating a slashing spree on Westminster Avenue in which more than a dozen cars had their tires slashed overnight.
Police have no suspects yet, but are hoping members of the public can help fix that, by calling detectives at 617-343-5628 or contacting the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463)
I should have been bolder. When I look back on my years as chief operating officer and superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, I can see now that I was too focused on incremental changes that produced marginal results. I failed to see that, absent significant structural changes to the district, we would be unable to realize dramatic - and necessary - improvements in student outcomes.
UPDATE: Fire officials blame "careless disposal of a cigarette" on a first-floor porch.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters rushed to 46 Colonial Ave. around 1:40 a.m. for a fire that eventually went to four alarms and consumed parts of each of the building's three floors - and part of the exterior of the neighboring 42 Colonial Ave.
No residents were injured, but three firefighters were sent to the hospital, one with a shoulder injury, one with an ankle injury and one with a knee injury, the department says.
The American Red Cross reports 14 people were displaced, including residents of the neighboring building. The department estimates damage to 46 Colonial at $350,0000 and to 42 Colonial at $50,000.
First Anthony's Pier 4, then the Hilltop, now Building 19. Chapter 11 Cases reports the iconic chain for cheap New Englanders has filed for Chapter 11 - and plans to liquidate, rather than just reorganize:
The advent of internet shopping has dramatically altered the retail landscape, particularly for so-called “big box” stores such as are operated by Building 19. As a result, Building 19s’ respective sales have declined. The decline in sales and the resulting losses, among other things, eroded Building 19’s working capital. Without sufficient working capital, Building 19 was left with little flexibility to make inventory purchases. Since much of Building 19’s inventory consists of surplus, salvage goods, overstocks, closeouts and irregulars that become available erratically, Building 19’s business model relies, in part, on having sufficient working capital on hand to make erratic inventory purchases. Building 19’s lack of working capital impaired its ability to capitalize on erratic opportunities to purchase inventory. The combined impact of declining sales, continuing losses and a lack of working capital forced the Debtors to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.