Delta flight attendants based at Logan sue for overtime

Two Delta flight attendants based at Logan Airport charge the airline would only pay them for time they spent in the air and say they're owed back wages for all the time they worked before and after flights.

Nancy DeSaint of Cranston, RI and Barbara Keenan of Salem filed a class-action lawsuit last month in Suffolk Superior Court. Delta moved this week to have the case moved to US District Court in Boston, in part because of the amount sought - more than $5 million.

In their suit, the two flight attendants - one of whom still works for Delta - say:

Flight attendants are required to perform work before flights take off and after landing, but they are not compensated for that.

Additionally, flight attendants are not properly compensated for travel time, including overnight travel and travel required to return to their base after a flight.

They add Delta also didn't pay them for time they were on call at the airport but were not assigned to a flight and did not pay time and a half when they worked more than 40 hours in a week.

Citizen complaint of the day: Never mind the bollards, here's the farmer's market

Bollards

Seems somebody didn't know how to stop at the end of Cummins Highway in Roslindale Square early this morning and plowed right into the entrance of Adams Park. A couple of concerned citizens filed complaints about the poor cleanup by the DPW at what is a main entrance to the morning's farmers' market, which, as we know, is one of the biggest in the city.

Farmer's market is happening with lots of people and it seems a bit dangerous.

Another view of the busted bollard.

It's official: John Henry picks up the Globe, with enough left over for a solid third baseman

The Times reports it's selling the Globe (and the Worcester Telegram) to Sox owner John Henry for $70 million - $30 million less than Henry and partners recently agreed to pay Dustin Pedroia over eight years.

Actually, as Frank Caprio reminds us, Henry is paying less for the Globe than he agreed to pay for Carl Crawford.

Dan Kennedy raises some questions, starting with whether Henry will seek to bolster the bottom line by investing - look at what Aaron Kushner, who once wanted to buy the Globe, is doing in California - or by doing what most other publishers are doing, i.e, laying everybody off.

Can a paper owned by the main owner of the Red Sox fairly cover the Red Sox? And whither Morrissey Boulevard, where the Globe sits on a large piece of land in what is becoming a hot development area?

Michael Femia has an idea for Henry:

John Henry will make back every cent he's spending on the Globe if he makes the firing of Dan Shaughnessy a pay-per-view event.

The Outraged Liberal wonders if the announcement of the deal was delayed after midnight to screw with the Herald, adds:

To be fair, Henry and his partners have been good stewards of the Red Sox and have helped bring on an era to revitalization to the once moribund area around Fenway Park.

But the business scenario is quite different: Henry can't open his wallet and bring in high-priced free agents to staff the city desk and the Statehouse. He also has nowhere near the leverage to raise ticket prices, particularly on the every dwindling coterie of loyalists who have sustained higher costs and poorer service as home delivery customers.

Jack Sullivan notes an interesting tidbit buried in the Times story about how the Times didn't necessarily make out quite so badly on the sales price - roughly 93% less than what they'd paid for the Globe (and Worcester Telegram) back in the day:

The Times Co., like other business owners, withdrew a large stream of cash from the Globe during its ownership — a sum at least equal to the purchase price, according to several former high-ranking Globe executives.

Bonus fun fact: This is not the first time the Globe and the Sox have had the same owner. Between 1904 and 1911, the Taylor family, which owned the Globe, also owned the Sox. In fact, they're the ones who came up with the name (h/t Liam Sullivan for this).

Five injured in two separate crashes involving BPD cruisers

Boston Police report they are investigating a crash around 6:10 p.m. at Harvard and Warner streets in Dorchester that sent two officers and a third person to the hospital and a crash around 7:20 p.m. at Langdon Street and Norfolk Avenue in Roxbury that sent an officer and a motorcyclist to the hospital.

WBZ reports the first crash involved a minivan and ended with one of the department's brand-new cruisers inside the Zion Assembly Apostolic Church.

Woman attacked outside MGH T stop; man jumps off bike to save her

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 17:00

Maria Elena Cruz watched the whole thing unfold shortly after 5 p.m.:

Just witnessed an assault on a woman at MGH Station. This amazing guy jumped out of his bike, in front of cars to save her. Huge dude choked and dragged woman to floor right outside the back-door exit of MGH. Guy riding bike on street jumps in front of cars to confront him. Woman ran away while hero was yelling at perpetrator. Police got there shortly after. Perpetrator handcuffed immediately.

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Woman attacked at Fields Corner T stop

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:38

Around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, near the busway, Transit Police report.

Attacker described as: Muscular black male, approximately 5'7" and 185lbs, in his late 30s or 40s with curly short black hair. He mainly spoke Spanish and was wearing a red soccer-style jersey with blue and green basketball shorts.

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Too young to drive, 15-year olds got an adult to drive them to a robbery in East Boston, police say

Boston Police report arresting two 15-year-old alleged yeggs and their alleged 20-year-old wheelman after a robbery Thursday night in Jeffries Point.

According to police, Luis Alberto Ramirez, 20, of East Boston, drove his pubescent pals, both from Chelsea, into East Boston around 9:20 p.m., where one of them mugged a woman on Lamson Street, then jumped back on the car.

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 21:28

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Couple extra hours to get Australian meat pies in East Boston; no extra time for Chinese food in Dorchester

Meat pieA meat pieThe Boston Licensing Board this week gave KO Catering and Pies, 256 Marginal St. in East Boston, two more hours in which to serve up its flaky down-under comestibles.

The Australian meat-pie place convinced the board - along with neighbors and city officials - to extend its closing time from 10 p.m. to midnight. City officials and members of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association said KO has proven an asset to the area as the shipyard is revitalized.

There was no such luck, however, for Yong Hon, 772 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, whose request to extends its closing time from 1:30 a.m. to as late as 2:30 a.m. on weekends was quashed by the board.

Unlike in the East Boston case, city officials rose as one to urge rejection, so that people getting out of bars would have one fewer place at which to raise hell.

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