Briefly, Santa Claus


Looks like Santa dropped into the Back Bay today to check on his helpers during the annual SSR charity run. Courtney Sacco snapped his photo.

How many of the runners do you think were grateful the run was today instead of yesterday? Scott Eisen captured some:

Santa's helpers

Historygradguy took in the start of the race:

Race start

Photos copyright by Courtney Sacco, Scott Eisen and Historygradguy, respectively. Sacco's and Historygrad guy's photos posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr; Eisen's photo used by permission.

Dunkin' Donuts sues local franchisee over allegedly fraudulent charity donations

Dunkin' Donuts yesterday filed suit against the owners of four local franchises, alleging they tried to use a company charity fund to pay for their son's tuition at an exclusive private school.

In its suit against Houman and Heather Baiany, who own Dunkin' Donuts shops at 530 and 1020 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston and 154 Highland Ave. and 850 Broadway in Somerville, the chain charges the two tried to put one over on its "marketing development fund," which lets Boston-area franchisees get reimbursed for up to $2,000 per store each year for donations to local charities.

Man admits stashing crack in toddler's sneaker, gets two years in jail

A Roxbury man admitted yesterday the crack discovered when the girl complained at daycare that her sneaker was hurting was his. In exchange, Demare Gray, 20, was sentenced to two years in jail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Gray's downfall happened Nov. 15, when a teacher at the Walnut Grove Head Start program took off the girl's sneaker to see what was wrong. According to a police account: