Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders at our annual Summer Party held outside in the heart of Provincetown, MA on Saturday, July 27 from 4:00-7:00PM. Enjoy the view of the harbor, mingle with other GLAD supporters and learn more about our ground-breaking cases.
Tickets are $75 online | $85 on site | $30 student
Purchase at www.glad.org/events.
Don't miss our amazing auction and celebrity auctioneer Kate Clinton. You don't have to be present to win. Travel packages, restaurants, massages, and much more - something for everyone!
Children are welcome to attend (at no charge) and will enjoy a range of fun activities.
Delicious summer fare and refreshing cocktails provided.
More information, tickets and sponsorships are available at www.glad.org/events.
Today's MBTA tales of woe come from the Franklin Line, where "mechanical problems" caused big delays and major crowding:
Suzie Mac, an hour late for work, reports:
Stopped at Norwood Central and train too full to let passengers on! Left them on the platform!
State Rep. Dan Winslow, a regular on the line, adds:
We're crammed on like sardines on Franklin train. Three train routes combined on one @mbtaGM? Why ^ breakdowns?
Norwood car dealership wins $1.5-million victory in legal battle against brothers of worker fired after cancer diagnosisBy adamg - 9/14/12 - 8:12 pm
Jalopnik reports on some vindication this week for Clay Nissan: A Norfolk Superior Court judge this week ordered the assets of two brothers seized because the judge agreed they sure seemed to have libeled the car dealership over the way it fired their sister.
Far from firing Jill Colter because she had cancer, her manager at Clay Nissan agonized over dumping her because of poor job performance that had nothing to do with her treatment, Judge Renee Dupuis wrote in an order. In fact, Clay knew when it hired Colter she had cancer and even as it was firing her, it continued to employ two other people with cancer in the same department, Dupuis wrote.
An extensive blog and Facebook campaign by the brothers cost the dealership large amounts of money in lost sales when they had no evidence to back their claims the dealership regularly fired people diagnosed with cancer, she added in ordering the brothers' assets attached in what she said was the likely case the company would win its defamation suit.
Who could forget that McDonald's commercial with the singing fish? Not Daniel Thomas Calden of Norwood, who says the ad agency that came up with it ripped off his idea, to the tune of $20 million in damages.
In his copyright-infringement lawsuit, originally filed in state court but now in US District Court in Boston, Calden says the ad by Arnold Worldwide of Boston is based on a music video he posted to a McDonald's contest on MySpace in 2008. Calden's video was about the Big Mac and featured a singing sock puppet, but Calden says it's obvious Arnold took his work and parodied it for use in what became one of the earwormiest TV campaigns of the decade.
Compare for yourself:
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today tossed a Norwood couple's lawsuit against a local hardware chain for selling them a can of paint stripper that burst into flames after they stored it next to their basement water heater, giving both of them serious burns.
The court said the can was prominently labeled as both flammable and poisonous and that people need to use common sense when dealing with such chemicals:
The Dig analyzes Mr. Auto Mile's latest ad, which highlights some royal ass.
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A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Peoples Federal Savings Bank has no grounds to immediately bar the Connecticut-based People's United Bank from opening branches in the Boston area under that name.
The US Attorney's office reports the arrest of three men old enough to know better on charges they were planning to kidnap the owner of Forest Hills Checking on Central Street in Norwood and force him to hand over all the money they figured his store would have.
Their plot, the FBI says, was foiled by a fourth would-be conspirator who dropped a dime.
Cambridge, Mass. — Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productions’ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8–Jan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit www.thefriendsofeddiecoyle.com
It is the winter of ‘69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting to stay alive and out of jail among his “friends” – cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddie’s making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.
George V. Higgins’ classic novel has been called the “best crime novel ever written” by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Boston’s underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the ’69-’70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.
Norwood Police report they are looking for a guy who held up a Sunoco station on Rte. 1 south with a machete on July 26. He's described as white, about 25, 5'11" with dark hair and "brown, puppy-dog eyes." He's believed to have gotten away in an older Corolla with no hubcaps, driven by somebody else.
According to the video, the robber asked for all the clerk's money, as well as five cartons of Newports and "a ton" of scratch tickets. Then, just before he left, he said, "Alright, have a good day. Thank you."
Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.
The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.
Help show the legislature that redistricting is about our interests, not theirs. By participating in our redistricting Olympics and learning how to draw your own fair districts, you can acquire the tools you need to expose attempts by public officials to politicize the state’s new legislative maps.
Participate in our democracy!
Norwood Police report they are continuing to look for two guys who walked into a Dunkin' Donuts on Rte. 1 north around 3:40 p.m. last Saturday and held the place up:
Suspect #1 described as 6'2", thin build, late 30's early 40's. Pale complexion with thin pointed nose and small lips. Suspect #2 described as 5'11"-6', 230lbs, husky build. Suspect #2 had a mask on and was carrying a black case and put stolen money in same. Suspect #1 acted like he had a weapon in jacket. He threatened patrons. They demanded cash from both registers and tried to demand cash from safe.
Police say the two seemed to come from the neighboring Petco lot and may have gotten away in two vehicles: A tan pickup, possibly a 1990s GMC and a newer black Range Rover.
Wicked Local Norwood reports Norwood selectmen dismissed an allegation a local bar sold a bunch of beers to an already over-beerinated man when the guy in question showed up at the hearing apparently intoxicated.
What should Mike Rush do regarding his conflicting obligations as MA Senator and active duty officer in Afghanistan?By Anonymous - 1/23/11 - 9:11 pm
Timothy Robertson at the Dedham Patch takes the stenography:
"A downside of Rush’s deployment: no vote will be cast for the district he represents..."
Downside indeed. Is it too much to ask the reporter to pose the obvious question: Might citizens reasonably expect to have a voting Senator represent their interests? After all, a revolution was fought for that right on the premise, no taxation without representation.
A leader would put the interest of his constituents ahead of his own.
Megan McPhilemy takes a trained professional bartender with her on a trek to find the best poured pint, but reports they never made it past Lewis' in Norwood:
Despite a slightly quick pour and no shamrock decor, the taste was impeccable. It was pretty, creamy, refreshing, clean and good for a second round.
As black and white as the beer itself, there are good and bad pours.
"It's incredible" says Gillespie “like drinking a whole different beer."
The New England Aquarium reports on efforts to get sea turtles to warmer water on flights out of Norwood Airport.
To preview your primary ballot for tomorrow, click on the link from the Secretary of State's website:
then enter your address and select a political party. It will show you what choices you'll have on tomorrow's primary ballot.
Norwood Police report he tried but failed to rob the Rite Aid on Walpole Street shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday:
Suspect was walking with a cane in left hand and limped. Suspect had gauze wrapped around his head covering his left eye, and gauze over his nose. The suspect passed a demand note for narcotics.
Police say he's between 50 and 60, 5'9" or 5'10" and has gray sideburns. They say he got away in a red Hyundai Tiburon with a 20- or 30-something white guy, about 5'5" and about 180 lbs.