East Boston

By - 10/18/13 - 11:25 pm

The announcement Friday night that Caesars Entertainment is withdrawing its stake in the Suffolk Downs effort to secure a casino license has been met with shock and wonder.

The shock is simple - how could a giant, worldwide company like Caesars fail to meet or even to exceed the application standards set by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission when it operates under the stringent laws... Read more

By - 10/18/13 - 9:44 pm

Nothing like a little Friday-evening bombshell: Suffolk Downs is giving casino giant Caesars the boot, just weeks before East Boston voters are supposed to decide whether to approve the idea of a $1-billion resort casino next to the racetrack.

In a letter to the casino operator (attached below), Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle said an investigation by the state Gaming Commission's Investigations and Enforcement Bureau... Read more

By - 10/15/13 - 11:32 pm
Chip Tuttle and cops

Tuttle talks while cops keep order.

Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle estimated tonight his company has spent about $1 million trying to convince East Boston residents to vote in favor of a casino at his racetrack. Organizers of No Eastie Casino in turns told members of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association they have spent less than $30,000 on their campaign against the proposal.

In contrast to a pro-casino... Read more

By - 10/13/13 - 9:27 pm

Terminal C was partially evacuated by State Police due to a suspicious package. A robot was brought in to check it out.

Passengers were told to head to Terminal E for transportation out of the airport. Around 8:50, Michael Ratty, just off a flight, reported:

Logan Airport is a NIGHTMARE right now. Mass confusion outside Terminals C and E.

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By - 10/11/13 - 8:58 am

The Globe reports several black ministers endorsed John Connolly yesterday and notes how dramatic that was given that some of them were comparing him to, gasp, Louise Day Hicks just last year, after he publicly called for School Superintendent Carol Johnson to quit. The Globe says Connolly stopped saying that after meeting with one of the ministers and agreeing to try to work... Read more

By - 10/10/13 - 7:34 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today meted out an unusually stiff four-day suspension to Las Vegas, 964 Saratoga St., after police found bottles of gin, tequila, whiskey and vodka behind the counter of the former King Tacos, which is licensed only to sell beer and wine.

Owner Raul Santos and his manager said the bottles were purely decorative and were not used to serve customers. But... Read more

By - 10/4/13 - 7:31 am

A group of East Boston clamdiggers yesterday sued Massport and a company that gases up jet planes for a fuel spill they say ruined some of the most productive clam beds in Boston Harbor - and possibly jeopardized the future of the clamming in the entire state.

The Boston Clamdiggers Association says that until the Oct. 7, 2010 spill, clam beds on flats next... Read more

By - 10/3/13 - 6:16 pm

If you go to the Yelp page for A-Plus Moving and Storage on Border Street today, you first have to click through a popup that reads:

We caught someone red-handed trying to buy reviews for this business. We weren't fooled, but wanted you to know because buying reviews not only hurts consumers, but also honest businesses who play by the rules.

Attached to that is... Read more

By - 10/2/13 - 7:41 am

WBUR surveys the scene inside Eddie C's in Maverick Square, reports there's even a trickle of tourists making their way across the harbor now. WBUR also reports on the coming gentrification of Maverick Square.

By - 10/1/13 - 2:19 pm

John Connolly today announced his position on the arbitrator's award in the stalled police contract talks: Both sides should go back to the bargaining table, because cops deserve a contract, but the city can't afford to pay for the arbitrator's award:

I believe that the arbitrator's award is out of line with the current economic environment and not in the best interests of the taxpayers.

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By - 10/1/13 - 7:57 am

Two of the four. Photo by Transit Police.

UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.: The MBTA reports three of the four have turned themselves in - they walked into Transit Police HQ just as Supt. Joseph O'Connor was briefing the media on the case. More to come.

Transit Police report a man and his 14-year-old daughter were beaten by four men on a Blue Line train around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.

After repeatedly punching... Read more

By - 9/30/13 - 6:03 pm

A group of East Boston religious leaders today launched a campaign against the proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs. As their Web site says:

Because we believe God has something better for East Boston than a casino.

More specifically, the clergy members say the casino would leader to more crime, addiction, traffic, pollution and bankruptcy and higher insurance rates.

East Boston residents vote... Read more

By - 9/25/13 - 2:50 pm

The Globe reports the city council agrees with Tom Menino - it voted 12-to-O'Malley today to limit the upcoming vote on the Suffolk Downs casino proposal to just East Boston residents.

By - 9/23/13 - 2:11 pm

An East Boston man was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail today on charges he sexually attacked a young girl playing with her friends on Faywood Avenue on Sept. 8, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding:

By - 9/22/13 - 12:06 pm

Boston Police report they've arrested Jose Avila, 39, for an attack on a child near Waldemar Avenue Friday evening. He's scheduled for arraignment Monday in East Boston District Court.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/18/13 - 11:10 pm

OK, make that so ridiculously overoptimistic that one casino expert actually chuckled when he heard the numbers.

By - 9/17/13 - 5:21 pm
Fire at Logan Airport

Updated, 7:15 p.m.

Massport and Boston firefighters battled a two-alarm pump fire that broke out around 5 p.m. in the "fuel farm" used to gas up jets. Although it was brought under control around 5:30 p.m., Boston Fire only declared an all out around 7 p.m.

Massport reports:

Fueling system temporarily suspended due to fire. Flights impacted. Please check with airlines for flight

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By - 9/17/13 - 2:15 pm

A 53-year-old Somerville woman fell off her husband's boat early this morning and drowned, despite his efforts to save her, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the woman, who had been living for the summer with her husband on their boat, fell into the water at some point early this morning after the two spent a night out together.

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By - 9/11/13 - 2:16 pm

Massport is apologizing for scheduling routine fire training at Logan today, because not everybody would realize that was only an old fuselage on fire rather than something more sinister on this anniversary date.

Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11. Safety and security is our top

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By - 9/10/13 - 6:21 pm

Broken heart

An alert citizen reports the Pulse of the City heart installation outside the East Boston Health Center in Maverick Square is already broken, only four days after it was installed.

The heart, which emitted music based on the pulse of whoever held its handles, was a... Read more