State can't force you to file taxes electronically if you don't trust its online security

The Appellate Tax Board ruled yesterday a taxpayer who fears hackers could tap into his financial records if he filed taxes electronically had "reasonable cause" to pay the old-fashioned way - with a paper check - and ordered the state Department of Revenue to drop a $100 penalty it tried to assess him for not filing via computer

Probation guy guilty

The Globe has the basics on the convictions of John O'Brien and two underlings. At Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Harvey Silverglate and Daniel Schneider question whether US Attorney Carmen Ortiz went too far:

[T]he notion that an unelected federal prosecutor can do the job of reforming state politics by twisting vague federal statutes to mean what they say they mean surely would be puzzling and dangerous in the eyes of the Constitution’s drafters.

Rally for Safe Cambridge Street in Allston - Tuesday at 8 a.m.

MassDOT and the City are designing a new Cambridge Street, but while we have waited for these plans to become a reality there have been multiple pedestrian and cyclist deaths on Cambridge Street in recent years.

As we plan for the future, the new street needs world-class design for mass transit and people walking, running, and biking. But safety measures can't wait!

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Seth Greenberg lines up Italian restaurant for old Radius space

Local restaurant operator Seth Greenberg will convert the closed Radius, 8-10 High St., into the Boston outlet of a chain of Italian restaurants.

Serafina will sport a "northern Italian concept," his lawyer, WIlliam Ferullo, told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing yesterday. Ferullo said the Boston outpost will be similar to a Serafina in New York's Meatpacking district, but with lower prices.

The board today approved Greenberg's request to purchase Radius's liquor license from Michael Schlow.

Korean fusion restaurant to replace UBurger across from Faneuil Hall

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans by a Korean family to turn the UBurger space at 16 North St. into a restaurant that will meld Korean and western cuisine.

The Chang family will spend $425,000 to buy the liquor license of the defunct Charley's on Newbury Street for their new Koy restaurant.

"There's a real need for Korean flavor meets western food," their attorney, Karen Simao, said at a board hearing yesterday. "You'd be hard pressed to find any food of this nature [nearby]."

Residents of large waterfront towers oppose plans for large waterfront towers

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the trustees of Harbor Towers have come out swinging against Donald Chiofaro's proposed towers next door, saying they're just too damn big:

Since modern urban planning began here in Boston in the early 1960s, it has been customary and an article of faith that we do not build huge skyscrapers and excessive density on our waterfront; the recent, professionally conducted Greenway District Guidelines, supported by broad public participation, reinforced that principle.

Detainee base sites report few problems

CapeCodOnline:

No protests. No children in the schools. No effect on city services. Two children with pneumonia treated at a local hospital and paid for by the federal government.

That's how the first month has played out at Naval Base Ventura County—Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California, where unaccompanied immigrant children are being housed

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