Bill Cosby's insurance company sues him over all those lawsuits against him

Bill Cosby's homeowner's insurance company is asking a federal judge in Boston to rule it doesn't have to pay for his defense against lawsuits by women claiming he sexually attacked them.

Cosby, who lives in Shelburne Falls, took out a homeowner's and "personal excess" policies last year that included clauses under which AIG Property Casualty Co. would help pay for any personal-injury lawsuits against the comedian. But in its suit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, AIG said the policies also have clauses barring any payments in cases involving allegations of "sexual molestation or corporal punishment" and "sexual misconduct."

In addition to seeking a ruling absolving it of any payments for Cosby's defense, the suit also asks that Cosby be ordered to pay the company's costs for its suit.

Architects: Boston City Hall isn't brutalist - it's heroic

What's not to love? 2012 photo.

ArchDaily interviews a trio of architects writing a book about the glory of 1960s and 1970s concrete architecture in Boston and why they prefer to call it "Heroic" rather than "Brutalist." For starters, not all concrete buildings are brutalist. Equally important, they say, all that concrete reflects an era in which city leaders managed to revitalize a city that had been somnolently declining for decades.

Across the U.S., concrete structures were designed during a time of optimism where positive investment was occurring in the civic realm. Their ambitions reflected these facts, so characterizing them as "brutal" sets the entirely wrong tone. It has, we believe, shaped their continued negative public reception today.

The three began thinking of the book in 2007, when Tom Menino said he'd move City Hall to the South Boston waterfront and sell or just demolish the current structure.

They have a Kickstarter campaign (of course!), and say they will use the money both to pay for photos for the book and to create a Web site that could help preserve concrete buildings from demolition by an uncaring and disdainful public and their elected officials, who have been busy starving the buildings of the maintenance funds they deserve.

Greater Boston has already lost several works, including Minoru Yamasaki’s Eastern Airlines Terminal at Logan Airport (demolished 2002) and Sert, Jackson & Associates’ Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (demolished 2014). Others, such as Paul Rudolph’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Building (1957), are in constant peril of removal or insensitive modification based on escalating real estate values that precipitate ever-larger buildings.

Good news for T noshers: The new Government Center station will have space for a store

Government Center retail space. Photo by MBTA.

Whether it will be another Dunkin' Donuts to replace the one that was almost directly underneath one of the two Dunkin' Donuts on the street, however, remains an open question. A T spokesman says a vendor has yet to be chosen for the space, although he adds whoever it turns out to be will be banned from selling popcorn.

The renovated junction for the Green and Blue lines is scheduled to open next year.

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