For years now, city officials have resisted letting liquor stores add nips, half pints and pints to their stock because the sort of people who buy them are the sort to just toss them on the ground nearby when they're done. A Leather District market currently banned from selling the smaller bottles, though, says its customers are different and is asking the Boston Licensing Board to let it sell liquor in volumes as small as a half pint. Read more.
The Globe reports, quotes one rep as saying the measure is not really to help cabbies but to help the "small" banks he says could be devastated if the cab medallions they lent money for collapse in value.
UPDATE: The bank reports online started coming back up for some users shortly after 9 p.m.; all customers should have access by tomorrow morning.
Rockland Trust reports its techs are working as hard as they can to get its Web site and online-banking service back online after it crashed last night. Without getting into the specifics of what went wrong, the bank adds:
This was not and is not a security issue. You're information and accounts are safe and secure.
Natick Police report the management evacuated the Jordan's Furniture and IMAX theater around 7:45 tonight after a staffer at the theater "received a live phone call stating that there was a bomb and an armed gunman inside the theater." Read more.
Sagarino's, 111 South St., could have a tough sale next week when it asks the Boston Licensing Board to remove a condition from its liquor license that bars it from selling "pints, half pints, nips or single cans." Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a deal in which Verizon will spend $300 million to bring its FiOS fiber-optic cable/Internet service to Boston.
Under the deal, the company will also attach wireless modems to city street lights and utility poles to provide better 4G and eventually 5G services to its wireless customers. Read more.
As GE, city and state officials told reporters about all the wonderful things GE will bring to Boston in a warm room upstairs at 60 State St., about 50 protesters marched outside downstairs to protest everything from the tax breaks GE will get here to the use of its jet engines by Israeli warplanes. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports General Electric says its philanthropic arm will donate $25 million to BPS over the next five years to get students ready for college and work at a modern high-tech company. The company will donate another $25 million to local workforce-training and health centers.
The York Press reports on Phil Saltonstall's plans to import English cask ale here - and ship craft US ale back to the old country - once he moves here with his wife, Harriet, who becomes Her Majesty's representative in New England in August.
And, yes, he's one of the original Saltonstalls, from which line our Brahmins sprang.
H/t Steve Garfield.
The Globe reports on an order issued by a federal judge yesterday that gives the city six months to revise its car-for-hire rules - and that if it wants to continue treating services such as Uber and Lyft differently, it it better be prepared to show some really good reasons.
E.B. Horn, which opened in 1839, is suing another jewelry store down Washington Street that now calls itself Horn's Jewelers.
In a trademark lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, E.B. Horn, 429 Washington St., wants a judge to order Horn's Jewelers, 339 Washington St., to knock it off and find some other name. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.