Yeah, sure, casinos right on the city line will have major impacts on Boston, but Boston is not a "host community" for either of the proposed casinos, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided today. The vote means Boston will not be able to hold referendums on the casinos that could block them permanently.
Commission members unanimously rejected arguments by Boston officials that the Suffolk Downs racetrack, which mostly sits in East Boston, is an integral part of the Mohegan Sun proposal.
Mohegan Sun officials said today they would have nothing to do with the track and would not even use it as an "amenity" in promoting their casino, which, after last fall's referendum on a mostly East Boston casino, was moved entirely to land in Revere. They said they made a point of signing water and sewer agreements with Revere and that even the casino's subway stop - Beachmont - is in Revere.
Commission members then also rejected Boston arguments that the Everett site is tainted by the participation of a criminal who attempted to hide his involvement from the commission. Although commission members said they remain troubled by that issue, that does not affect the question of whether the proposed Wynn casino is physically just in Everett. Also not worth giving Boston more of a say: Agreements between Wynn and Boston facilities such as Boston Garden and the BSO for performances; they were not deemed "amenities" integral to the casino proposal.
To drop off some of the Globe Direct bags that keep getting dumped on our porch no matter how many times I contact Globe Direct to ask them to stop. If you live in Roslindale, West Roxbury or Hyde Park and have some of your own bags, let me know. I've got plenty of room in my car for a collection to give back to the Globe.
Stephen Crosby just announced that while he knows he's impartial despite his longstanding ties to one of the owners of the site of a proposed Everett casino, too many other people think he can't be, so he's recusing himself from any discussions or votes related to the proposed casinos at Suffolk Downs and in Everett.
State Police report an alert trooper noticed something a little off about a passenger in a car heading inbound in the I-93 HOV lane in Quincy around 6:35 a.m. today:
After further investigation, Trooper [John] Carnell discovered the operator had propped up a work jacket with a mannequin head affixed to the top of the jacket in an attempt to create the illusion of a true passenger. The operator of the vehicle was issued a citation for operating on an excluded way.
This is the second time Carnell has stopped an HOV miscreant. In April, 2013, he stopped and ticketed a woman who was using a doll in a car seat in an attempt to skip the traffic in the single-driver lanes.
Transit Police report a man was sitting on a park bench in the Southwest Corridor near Ruggles around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday when another man swooped in and " forcefully grabbed his money and fled."
Police report the victim wasn't putting up with that sort of nonsense and ran after the money grabber. And caught up with him in the Ruggles lower busway, where other people noticed the two getting into what appeared to be a rather heated argument and called police.
Michael Vandenbroeke, 29, of Hyde Park, was arrested on a charge of unarmed robbery, police say.