Business

By - 3/25/16 - 11:17 am

The Globe reports that GE probably won't actually be buying those two Necco Street buildings from Proctor and Gamble - instead, the BRA will buy them, then let GE occupy them rent-free for 20 years.

By - 3/25/16 - 9:08 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports on a controversy about a McLellan Highway Hilton's plans for an illuminated billboard. Seems the neighborhood thought the hotel agreed not to put up a billboard, the hotel says it thought it only agreed not to put up a billboard blaring "HILTON." Tom Menino effectively banned billboards as blights:

With a new administration at the helm, Goldberg and Logan Communications are banking on Mayor Martin Walsh being more open minded to billboards.

By - 3/24/16 - 12:25 pm

UPDATE: Original "World Refrigerator Headquarters" headline changed, because GE is selling off its consumer-appliances division.

GE announced today it's buying a couple of buildings and land on Necco Street from Proctor and Gamble for its new world headquarters. Read more.

By - 3/23/16 - 6:48 pm
Firefighters in hazmat suits at marine industrial park ammonia spill

Hazmat team going in. Photo by BFD.

A worker at a Stavis Seafood facility at 7 Channel St. died from ammonia exposure tonight, Boston Fire officials report.

Firefighters responded shortly before 6 p.m. and tried to go into the Stavis Seafood cold-storage facility in the Boston Marine Industrial Park but were driven back by the ammonia, John Walsh, BFD chief of operations said. Firefighters in special hazmat suits were able to enter the building around 6:48 p.m. Read more.

By - 3/22/16 - 7:59 am
Cheese

A customer at the Norwood Shaw's says he's not just offended but "injured in fact" by the store-brand container of "100%" grated Parmesan cheese he bought that is filled with "adulterants and fillers," including cellulose, a wood-derived substance of nutritive value only to termites. So he's filed a lawsuit against Shaw's parent company. Read more.

By - 3/17/16 - 11:19 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has tossed a libel suit by a car-detailing firm against a lawyer for a state car-dealer association because he was merely stating the truth when he advised members the company and some of its customers were under investigation by the federal Labor Department. Read more.

By - 3/16/16 - 5:26 pm
Inside the L Street Cumberland Farms in South Boston

Eileen Murphy brings the glad tidings that the L Street Cumberland Farms has re-opened after some remodeling.

Still, in possible deference to the changing socioeconomic composition of the neighborood, it now carries some new hot-dog toppings: Zucchini relish and something called Chicago Sports Relish.

By - 3/16/16 - 4:48 pm
Qatar Airlines plane in Boston

Tamas K-L watched the inaugural arrival of a Qatar Airways jet at Logan Airport today, where it joins Emirates Airlines in offering daily service to the Persian Gulf.

By - 3/16/16 - 2:01 pm

On March 22, 2016 the New England Diversity Council will be hosting their Women in Leadership Symposium at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. This symposium will bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their organizations.

By - 3/11/16 - 10:14 am

Gwen Betts asks:

Best coffee shop/cafe in downtown Boston to work remotely with decent wi-fi?

By - 3/11/16 - 9:31 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports the city has approved a resident permit system for the East Boston neighborhood; reports that among the opponents are the owners of Rino’s Place, who wonder where their customers will park now.

By - 3/6/16 - 10:14 pm

The Economist writes about the revival of the Rust Belt, which is kind of interesting, but they include Boston in their definition of "Rust Belt," say we have lots of cheap industrial properties and that:

The hunt for Lebensraum is driving young entrepreneurs to explore the neglected peripheries of big cities, such as Boston’s South Side (“Southie”) ...

H/t Erikk Hokenson.

By - 3/4/16 - 8:38 am

Legal Sea Foods this week sued DoorDash for offering home delivery of Legal meals even though Legal says it wanted nothing to do with the service - and repeatedly told it to stop doing that. Read more.

By - 2/26/16 - 11:38 pm
Jordan Marsh logo

Well, not necessarily the actual department stores, but the name at least. Consumerist reports the guy who brought back Hydrox cookies says he's reached a deal with Macy's for the rights to the Jordan Marsh trademark. Read more.

By - 2/26/16 - 2:31 pm

A federal judge in Boston has tossed a copyright lawsuit against Marvel and Walt Disney because the Canadian brothers who brought it failed to prove their case had anything in particular to do with Massachusetts. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 4:49 pm

Wynn said it's put is $1.7-billion Everett casino on hold until after state officials rule on environmental objections filed by the city of Somerville.

This includes canceling plans for hiring 4,000 construction workers and a formal April groundbreaking, Wynn says.

The company took no similar actions while fighting the city of Boston's federal lawsuit, which, granted grew increasingly unlikely to succeed the more a judge read Boston's legal pleadings.

By - 2/24/16 - 10:09 am

On the heels of the shutdown of the Gardenside entrance to the Orange and Green Lines at North Station comes news that the pedestrian tunnel from Back Bay to Copley Place will be shut through December, starting March 6, so that Simon Co. can make the Dartmouth Street side of their mall less of a forbidding, soulless expanse of a wall, or something.

By - 2/24/16 - 8:56 am

Boston Dynamics posted this video to show off the abilities of its newest robot, but if you watch the whole thing, you'll see the poor automaton get tormented by some jerk with a hockey stick who winds up kicking it to the ground. A robot dog fares no better.

By - 2/19/16 - 10:01 am
Competing pet steps

One is finely crafted, the other is drek, at least according to lawsuit

A Beverly company that holds a patent on retractable steps to let aging or stubby little pets get into bed with you on their own says two competitors are violating its patents - and ruining its reputation - by selling a similar product. Read more.

By - 2/17/16 - 9:19 am

In a lawsuit filed this week, Cambridge's Akamai Technologies charges that basically everything that competitor Limelight Networks does violates three Akamai patents. Akamai wants a judge in US District Court in Boston to tell Limelight to knock it off and pay lots of damages for having that sort of nerve. Read more.