At Suffolk Business School's "Build Boston" forum about casinos last Thursday morning, Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, shared a brief, private chat with No Eastie Casino co-chair Celeste Ribeiro Myers. Crosby conveyed the commission's goal to facilitate a process wherein communities see as many benefits and as few consequences as possible from expanded gambling. Myers politely shared with Crosby her concerns that "communities are being worked by the process instead of the other way around." She also shared her frustration at community members' inability to get any real data or answers from Suffolk Downs or the City.
Criminal pro tip: If you steal a camera with a pink case, you might want to wait a few days to post it on CraigslistBy adamg - 5/15/13 - 2:38 pm
The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to the way a guy was arrested after his alleged victim noticed her distinctive camera case for sale on Craigslist on Monday, just a few hours after her camera was stolen out of her car on Savin Hill Avenue.
Mayor Menino says he wants to reduce injury rates among bicyclists by 50% by 2020. This report examines current bicycling trends in Boston and offers some suggestions, including looking at mandatory helmet use for all bicyclists, greater enforcement of existing traffic laws among both motorists and bicyclists and continuing to expand bicycle-friendly facilities and lanes in the city.
The report identifies specific problem routes and neighborhoods; perhaps not surprisingly, these tend to be centered in densely packed areas of the city, in particular those heavily populated by students, such as Comm. Ave. and Allston/Brighton.
MIT boasts that Makr Shakr can not only mix drinks, but can also monitor alcohol consumption and blood alcohol levels. So while it may not wipe down glasses while listening to your troubles, the Makr Shakr has a lot going for it should anyone decide to turn it into a production robot.
Via Boston Eater.
Transit Police report a surveillance camera captured a man in the act of stealing a worker's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 phone out of a North Station information booth around 12:20 p.m. last Thursday.
They've posted a series of the photos in the hopes of tracking down the man, whom they describe as white, about 35, 5'5" to 5'7" with a heavy build. He was wearing a blue, long-sleeved shirt with a black and blue stripped tie and black pants and had a black backpack.
The Globe reports Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan received $550,000 in free legal help in his successful battle to fend off a bias charge brought by Suffolk County DA Dan Conley.
Dan Kennedy explains why his reaction is more or less so?
When Conley filed his complaint, he was in a no-lose situation. Even if Dougan ultimately prevailed, Conley knew that the judge would be ruined financially, and be held up as an object lesson for other judges wary of incurring the wrath of prosecutors. That's outrageous, and tilts the balance in favor of the prosecution even more than it already is.
Dougan found a way around that. And keep in mind that Conley's complaint was ultimately found to be bogus.
Stanley Staco and WBZ report that around 1:30 a.m., four masked gunmen burst into an apartment on New Whitney Street in the Mission Park development and kidnapped a 16-year-old girl - after first using zipties to restrain her mother
About 50 minutes later, the teen was found outside a Dunkin' Donuts on Adams Street in Dorchester Lower Mills, her wrists still bound.
The Boston Business Journal reports on plans for a 22-story building that would house 414 apartments, from studios to three-bedroom units, including nine "micro units" that would go for $1,700 a month. Also notable: Only 132 parking spaces are planned for the project, near a Silver Line stop.
The Herald reports all 13 deputy fire chiefs signed a letter declaring they have no confidence in Fire Chief Steve Abraira, the department's highest ranking uniformed officer, in part because he didn't want to assume command in the minutes after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Abraira reports to Fire Commissioner Rod Fraser, who hired him from Dallas - the first time the job has ever gone to somebody not from Boston. He explains to the Herald why he left Marathon response to commanders in the field.
This guy tells WBZ he was only expressing his displeasure at the way the driver was driving.
Two Mattapan men were ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail each today at their arraignment on charges they resorted to gunfire when barred from a party on Evans Street late Saturday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Man charged with choking bus driver in Saugus two days after start of campaign against attacking T workersBy adamg - 5/14/13 - 3:34 pm
Transit Police report arresting a Saugus man after he started choking a bus driver for no good reason they could tell and another passenger had to pull him off.
Police say Franco Contino rode a 426 bus from Haymarket in Boston to Saugus without incident last Wednesday afternoon.
But when the bus stopped on Lincoln Avenue to let passengers off, Contino erupted in fury and began cursing out the driver, Transit Police say:
An Irishman who took offense to a German woman being in the Tam on St. Patrick's Day head butted her in the nose, sending her to the hospital and the bar to the Boston Licensing Board.
A manager at Tavern in the Square in Allston had to explain to the Boston Licensing Board today why nobody at the Brighton Avenue bar called police after a patron had a beer bottle thrown at his head and another was tossed to the sidewalk outside and kicked by bouncers on March 16.
That's because none of it happened, manager Patrick Dylan told board members at a hearing today.
On Thursday, the board has to decide which story to believe and what, if anything to do about it.
A nose-holding citizen reports from Roslindale:
Porter potty needed for field- athletes have no facilities and are using the tunnel that connects Fallon field to Belgrade ave to relieve themselves. It smells like urine and is unnerving for walkers.
And in the South End, a disgusted citizen posts a photo of a hole in the ground:
Homeless people have dug this foot-deep hole in Chester square park and use it as a restroom. It is roughly across the street from 553 mass ave, next to a small tree.