BSO, California photographer embroiled in payment tussle over 2012 Pops concerts

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.

Somebody slashed tires on more than a dozen cars on one Egleston street

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 03:00

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)

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People who live in first-floor apartments on Mass. Ave. between Cambridge Common and Porter Square might want to get window locks

Cambridge Police report they are investigating 20 housebreaks in apartment buildings along Mass. Ave.:

In a high percentage of these incidents the point of entry has been through an unlocked window between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Former top BPS official: Time to bust up BPS and remake it

Michael Contompasis, who served as Boston Latin headmaster and BPS superintendent between Payzant and Johnson, now says he regrets not trying to break apart the centralized system:

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.

State Police in hunt for post-Series car flippers

Hope you enjoyed yourself, kid.

State Police have released photos of some of the people celebrating on the carcass of that car that got overturned on Boylston Street after the Sox won the World Series Wednesday night.

They're hoping people who know these guys will call up Trooper Brian Simpkins of the Boston Barracks at 617-727-6780.

Meanwhile, Bobby O'Neill, who set up an online fundraiser to help the car's owner pay for his expenses, reports the fund quickly went over its $2,500 goal.

Wanted for car flipping

Smoker blamed for four-alarm fire in Dorchester that displaced 14, spread to neighboring building

46 Colonial Ave. Photo by BFD.

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.

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 01:41

Mike Napoli never has to pay for another shirt in this town

Or a drink, apparently.

UPDATE: Drunken/shirtless Napoli timeline - note that one of the last shirts he wore was a Marty Walsh tee.

Mark Garfinkel has come up with an update for Charlie on the MTA:

Well, let me tell you of the story of a man named Napoli
On a proud and memorable day.
He put ten cents in his pocket, kissed fans in a skirt, went barhoppin' without a shirt.

Chorus:
Well, did he ever return? No, he never returned.
And his fate is still unlearned.
He may drink forever in the bars of Boylston.
He's the man who never returned.

No more good stuff cheap, no more circulars: Building 19 going out of business

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.

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