Baby chinchilla stolen from Allston pet shop; could die if not returned

A baby chinchilla (not the one stolen).A baby chinchilla (not the one stolen).

Brittani reports:

A friend of mine's family owns a pet store in Allston, MA. Yesterday a 3-week old baby chinchilla was stolen from their store (The Pet Shop). A chinchilla needs its mother until it is at least 8-weeks old.

They are only asking that the chinchilla be returned. They will NOT press charges, they will NOT ask any questions. They just want this baby back with its mother where it can be safe and healthy. They believe the person responsible is a woman, early twenties, brown hair with a nose ring. If you know anything about this, or even the person who did it, please drop it off (or have them drop it off) at the Pet Shop, Ritual Arts, or Basics Furniture in Allston, MA.

Via Sink or Swim.

Photo by Ben Seese. Used under this Creative Commons license.

Long awaited Chinese takeout place in Roslindale finally open

Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue opened last week after finally getting permission from the Zoning Board of Appeals to serve takeout. Fans of Chinese "street food" had been waiting for the opening for several months.

Seven Star is at least the seventh Chinese restaurant to try to make a go of the location; it was preceded by Roslindale's only Taiwanese place.

Workers who will be building our new commuter-rail cars end walk out over lack of water, AC

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the latest at the Hyundai-Rotem plant, where workers are scheduled to churn out a ton of new coaches for the MBTA just as soon as they finish an order for SEPTA, Philadelphia's equivalent:

Hyundai-Rotem, a subsidiary of South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group, has brought increasing numbers of workers from its South Korean headquarters to South Philadelphia to try to speed up work on the rail cars. Delivery of the new rail cars to SEPTA has fallen more than a year behind schedule because of continuing material shortages, design flaws, production problems, and workmanship errors.

Court ruling could determine whether you have the right to record police in public

Ars Technica reports a federal appeals court this week heard arguments in a lawsuit involving the arrest of a Boston lawyer who used his cellphone to record what he said were police punching a suspect on Boston Common in 2007.

Many states have "one-party notification" wiretapping laws that allow any party to a conversation to secretly record it. But under the strict "two-party notification" laws in Massachusetts, it's a crime to "secretly record" audio communications unless "all parties to such communication" have given their consent. The police arrested [Simon] Glik for breaking this law. For good measure, they also charged Glik—who did no more than stand a few feet away with his cell phone—with "aiding the escape of a prisoner" and "disturbing the peace."

After the charges were dismissed, Glik, with help from the ACLU, sued the city and the officers. The appeals court will decide whether the officers have "qualified immunity" from the suit because they were performing their duties at the time.

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