Chicken & Rice Guys say they will begin re-opening tomorrow

The Chicken & Rice Guys say Boston public-health inspections of their facilities have shown no E. coli and that their Medford restaurant will re-open tomorrow.

The Downtown Crossing store could re-open tomorrow as well, after an ISD inspection in the morning; in fact, ISD Commissioner William Christopher vows to buy the first meal at 11 a.m., assuming the inspection goes OK.

The chain's outlets - which also include restaurants on Lincoln Street downtown, Harvard Avenue in Allston and several food trucks - have been closed since April 11, when customers started coming down with E. coli infections.

The chain reports:

Since last Tuesday, testing of CNR’s employees, our food, and our facilities have all shown no traces of E. coli. As such, the Boston Public Health Commission has given us the “all clear” to resume operations pending re-inspection Saturday. We couldn’t be more proud of our amazing team, who received nothing but compliments for their professionalism, cooperation, and honesty from the BPHC during this difficult time.

CNR adds:

In the last 5 years, as the community has witnessed, we have experienced incredible growth. We did it with a great product, great service, and an amazing team. But, we can and will do better, especially in the realm of food safety. Our team spent the last 10 days attending safety meetings and candidly discussing what we do well as a company and what we need to further tighten up our food safety procedures. To further ensure the safety of the community, we have hired an external food safety consultant with over forty years of experience as an extra layer on top of our already experienced and professional operations team, properly disposed every ounce of prepared food in each location, professionally cleaned all locations, and have implemented even more rigorous safety policies and training. We have also created an external auditing process where independent safety experts will regularly conduct surprise inspections of all CNR locations above and beyond those required by the BPHC.

Boston, Somerville, Cambridge not among first communities feds try to squeeze over sanctuary status

The Times reports the Justice Department has singled out nine jurisdictions - including the entire state of Connecticut - as the first places to possibly lose federal grants over their refusal to let local law enforcement hand over whatever information ICE wants.

Court: Woman didn't mislead Boston cop when she swallowed a bag of heroin, because he watched her do it

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a woman who swallowed what appeared to be a bag of heroin in full view of a police officer shouldn't have been charged with "misleading a police officer" because he knew exactly where the bag was.

Police charged Josefa Tejeda with heroin possession and with misleading police on Oct. 8, 2014, alleging that on watching a man get arrested for possession of "a small plastic bag of a light brown powdery substance" at Roxbury and Washington streets in Dudley Square, she noticed he had dropped it, then rushed over, picked up the bag and swallowed it.

A Roxbury District Court judge dismissed the misleading-police charge; the Suffolk County District Attorney's office then appealed.

At issue for the state's highest court is the meaning of "mislead" under state law.

The justices said that while that law does not specifically define "mislead," they would use both federal evidence-tampering rules and a dictionary definition, and that those led them to the conclusion Tejeda did not mislead police

The court set out two requirements for trying somebody on the charge: One would be an attempt to make a "false statement," and the other would be that that statement then sent police off on what the ruling called "a wild goose chase."

The court allowed that swallowing the bag could be seen as an effort to interfere with police, a sort of non-verbal "false statement."

But, the court continued, because the woman swallowed the bag as police watched, she failed to send them off on a wild goose chase:

[A]lthough the defendant's swallowing of the plastic bag in full view of a police officer may have been an attempt to keep potential evidence away from the officer, it was not an attempt to create a false impression within that officer. This is so because she did not attempt to, nor did she, deceive the officer as to where the bag went. Second, the defendant's conduct did not lead officers astray or send them on a "wild goose chase." Paquette, 475 Mass. at 800. The officers knew exactly where to find the plastic bag if they were so inclined.

Cheese steak lover complains Philadelphia sucks so bad it's way less world class than Boston

Some writer in the burg the New York Times once declared the sixth borough whines about what a hellhole his city is, and drags us into it:

Since London is in a class by itself, let’s look at Boston - another older, East Coast city - to see why it’s a thriving, vibrant metropolis, while Philly remains stagnant. And for the record, you know things are bad when you’re getting whipped by a city that happens to be in the most liberal state in the country.

But really, Philadelphia truly sucks when compared to "Beantown" (dude, stop):

Its public transportation is top notch, and its infrastructure is being improved at an aggressive pace. And the entire downtown area is remarkably clean.

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