Gillette worker not so sharp: Pleads guilty to stealing razor blades from South Boston factory

A worker at the Gillette plant in South Boston and two accomplices have pleaded guilty to federal charges that they stole shaving cartridges hot off the assembly line to sell on eBay, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

The World Shaving Headquarters worker, Joseph Evangelista, 63, of Lowell, pleaded guilty to one count of causing the interstate transportation of stolen property. His two accomplices, Robert A. Liberatore, 52, of Wakefield, and Mark S. Girardin, 44, of Randolph, each pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns.

According to the feds, in 2011, Evangelista handed over hundreds of Mach3 and Fusion ProGlide blades to Liberatore and Girardin, who would then package them for shipping in an apartment on Cambridge Street in Cambridge that they rented for that purpose. The sold a total of $209,000 worth of blades between February and August of that year, according to court documents.

Liberatore and Girardin also sold non-Gillette products online - but declared none of their sales on their federal taxes.

The three are scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 6.

Our lone Confederate memorial put under wraps until state can figure out what to do about it

Boarded-up memorial to American traitors.

A memorial to the 13 Confederate soldiers who died while held on Georges Island - out of some 1,000 kept prisoner there - is now covered with wooden boards as the Baker administration determines if and how they can just get rid of the thing.

The state can't simply remove the marker - placed there in 1963 by the now defunct chapter of the now defunct Boston chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy - because Georges Island is considered a "national historic landmark" due to its role in US military history, from early coastal defense to housing all those Confederate soldiers, officers and even politicians during the Civil War.

When WGBH took a look at the only Confederate memorial in Massachusetts in June, a spokesperson for the governor said he'd rather the thing be gone, because it's hardly something that would "support liberty and equality for the people of Massachusetts."

Before it was boxed up, visitors to the island could see a relatively anodyne memorial that listed the names of the dead - but one with the Confederate seal and motto - the Latin for "With God as our defender."

As with other chapters, the Boston chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy did its part to drum up the legend of the Lost Cause, of a noble band of freedom fighters set upon by evil Northerners, rather than the South being a construct aimed at enslaving millions and starting a war that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

In 1927, for example, the Globe reported on the chapter's new president, Mrs. Cecil B. Taylor (ladies of means back then used only their husband's name), who said

I shall endeavor to serve faithfully and well this organization, and I promise the same degree of devotion which animated those who, 65 years ago, gave lasting evidence of such courage and high purpose that the world still holds in affection the men and women who fought for the "lost cause."

The year before, the chapter erected a flagpole on Deer Island to fly the Confederate flag, over the grave of a Southern naval officer shot while trying to escape Georges Island, according to a Globe account at the time.

Hundreds gather at Holocaust Memorial to remember - and to vow to fight Nazis

Jews and supporters gathered at the Holocaust Memorial this evening to condemn the vandalism that left another of its panels shattered - and to vow to join with other victims of racists and Nazis in the fight to keep them gaining any more respectability than they already have.

Meanwhile, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the arraignment of both the teen charged with smashing a panel etched with numbers representing Holocaust victims and a man charged with damaging flowers people had placed at the scene.

The Malden 17-year-old was released on personal recognizance in juvenile court on charges of disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property over $250 and causing injury over $5,000 to a church, synagogue or memorial, the DA's office reports. He was ordered to stay away from the memorial and get some mental-health treatment, according to the DA's office, which adds police found him with a folding knife - with a blade longer than allowed by city ordinance - and a small bag of pot.

Witnesses, including an off-duty agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration and an off-duty Boston firefighter, chased the teen as he fled the location and held him until the arrival of Boston Police, the DA's office reports.

Said Bouzit, 37, who gave a local mental-health facility as his address, was also arraigned today, on charges of vandalizing a grave planting and disorderly conduct after a witness spotted him "causing damage to flowers placed at the site," the DA's office reports. He had bail set at $5,000 in Boston Municipal Court, but even if he could make that, he would remain behind bars because the judge revoked his bail on an earlier charge of assault and battery on a corrections officer.

The evening vigil was organized by If Not Now Boston.

She won't normalize hate
Memorial towers

A man looks at the temporary replacement pane, flowers left behind and some of the smashed glass from last night, left as a reminder:

She won't normalize hate
She won't normalize hate
Violinist at memorial

The vigil was the second of the day. Earlier, long established Jewish groups in the Boston area joined with Mayor Walsh to condemn the vandalism - the second time this summer somebody has smashed one of its panes. Nate Morrow attended that vigil:

Vigil at memorial

East Boston billiards place agrees not to spray patrons with pepper spray

The owners of El Diamante billiards place, 71-73 Meridian St., have ordered its security guards to leave their pepper spray at home after a July incident in which a guard sprayed two obstreperous patrons with the noxious stuff.

Exactly why he sprayed the two men with OC spray proved a bone of contention at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, and could help determine what action, if any, the board takes at a meeting on Thursday.

Sgt. William Toner said that around 1:10 a.m. on July 1, officers found a couple of men on Paris Street, "visibly in pain" and with tearing eyes after having been sprayed. The two said a security guard sprayed them for not paying their $24 bar tab. As officers were interviewing the two, one officer testified, the guard ran up and began yelling at the two, demanding payment - and kept yelling even after officers told him to pipe down. Eventually, "officers had to ask him to leave," Toner said.

But in his own testimony, the security guard said that, while, yes, he sprayed the two guys in the face inside the billiards hall, it was not over their bill but because they'd gotten into an argument with another patron and when a waitress tried to break that up, they pushed her to the ground. And then, he continued, as he rushed over one of the two raised his fist and appeared ready to punch him. He acknowledged he was very "frustrated" and that that was why he chased after the two guys.

Toner said this was the first he'd heard of that version of the incident. Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini questioned why nobody from El Diamante had told police their side of the story.

El Diamante attorney Michael Ford said that following the incident, El Diamante told the security company for which the guard works to bar its workers from carrying pepper spray while on duty there, and acknowledged the guard should not have applied it to the patrons' faces.

The board could take no action, issue a warning or suspend El Diamonte's liquor license for a specific number of days.

Dorchester cafe closing

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Dot 2 Dot Cafe on Dorchester Avenue is closing for good on Friday.

The cafe, which featured live music and other events, was the inspiration for a successful effort by City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to get Boston beer and wine licenses affordable to small, start-up restaurants in neighborhoods that were watching their liquor licenses get bought up by national chains for downtown and waterfront outposts.

In a Facebook post, owner Karen Henry-Garrett writes:

I am taking this opportunity to slow things down a little and to spend more time with my family. It has been 9+ years since I first opened and it has been an interesting journey, both rewarding and humbling.

There have been laughter and tears, frustration and so much joy. I have had the pleasure of watching toddlers come into my D2D world and grow over the years into youths who are a part of this community, and the excitement of watching relationships blossom into marriages and then into families.

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