The Boston Licensing Board yesterday voted a one-day suspension for a February incident Belle Isle Wine and Spirits in which an employee got into the boss's office, took out his rifle and posed for a Facebook photo with it, which led to a visit by Boston Police and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Read more.
A federal appeals court says federal law trumps Massachusetts law when it comes to delivery services and that means same-day-delivery companies can keep treating drivers like independent contractors paid based solely on how many packages they deliver, rather than providing them health insurance, worker's compensation and other employee benefits. Read more.
UPDATE: Board orders one-day suspension.
Charbel Rizkallah acknowledges he made a mistake on Feb. 24: After a day at a Weymouth shooting range with his father, he drove up to his Belle Isle Wine and Spirits on Saratoga Street in East Boston, put his unloaded rifle in his office, set the combination lock on the office door, then went to do some errands. Read more.
Roslindale Village Main Street reports the owner of 2 Belgrade St. is nearing completion of a lease with a veterinary clinic to move into the space once occupied by Select Cafe, which closed in 2013.
In recent weeks, workers have been gutting and renovating the space.
When the Aloft hotel on D Street opened on Feb. 4, the lobby had one of the pool tables that all Aloft hotels have. And then management had to order it packed up and put it in storage when they learned that Boston requires a license for pool tables in places of public accommodation. Read more.
A federal appeals court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit against a New Jersey company whose phone anonymizer service was used by a vengeful Quincy woman to make phony sexually explicit, harassing phone calls to the neighbor of a man who had fired her from her job at a Quincy diner. Read more.
Bldup reports the sale of 175 Federal St. to a German investor.
After a winter break, Spectra Energy resumed digging up Washington Street in West Roxbury today for a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline from Westwood to a "metering and regulating" station at Grove and Centre streets.
Four protesters walked in front of the construction equipment on Washington and Stimson streets this morning and refused to move - until they were arrested. Read more.
A Weymouth-based chain of walk-in urgent-care clinics goes before the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to open an outlet in what is now a closed martial arts center next to where the Panera used to be on Spring Street in West Roxbury. Read more.
A federal appeals court ruled today that people who download a newspaper's mobile app are "subscribers" even if they pay no fee for access and that that means a local man can continue to sue Gannett over information its USA Today app sent about him to a third-party company. Read more.
Michael Moran says the National Women's Hockey League owes him lots of money for what he says is his part ownership of the league and time he spent working as the league's chief marketing officer. Read more.
UPDATE: Amazon reverses stance, will start serving Roxbury.
Statement today from Mayor Walsh on Amazon's same-day delivery service:
We have been working with Amazon to show them that their current map of Boston leaves a hole right in the heart of our city, but it is clear they are not willing to change their policy. We understand that the people who run Amazon don't live here and might not understand our great neighborhoods, but this is an egregious mistake that must be changed. We will continue to push for inclusivity for the residents of Boston and we hope that Amazon realizes that this form of business is not good business.
A developer is floating the idea of buying three parcels near the Sprague Street bridge in Readville for an eight-acre, 600-unit residential complex, just down the street from the 2.7-acre parcel another developer recently bought with plans for 240 apartments.
News of the possible market-rate complex with a pool had Readville residents in an uproar at a neighborhood meeting Thursday night, even though the developer does not yet own the land, let alone have formal plans to submit to the city. Read more.
Craig Caplan spotted the sign in the window of Winmil Fabrics on Chauncy Street this morning.
The store's last day is June 15.
H/T Neighbor2 for the headline.
Bloomberg analyzes where Amazon now offers same-day deliver in major cities. Scroll down the story a bit to see the Boston map:
The most striking gap in Amazonâ€™s same-day service is in Boston, where three ZIP codes encompassing the primarily black neighborhood of Roxbury are excluded from same-day service, while the neighborhoods that surround it on all sides are eligible.
The Bulletin says good bye to Marascio's Market, closing today for the final time.
The Bay State Banner reports the impending demise of A Nubian Notion, not because of gentrification or anything like that, but because the generation of the family running the place is all at retirement age and all their kids decided to go into different careers.
Suffolk Construction has filed plans with the BRA to build a $22-million, 38,000-square-foot expansion to its 65 Allerton St. headquarters, starting with tearing down four old warehouse buildings. Read more.