The Globe reports the idea of a casino in Everett won voter approval there by some ridiculous margin.
Dennis Murphy was driving his Route 110 bus down Elm Street around 6 a.m. yesterday when he noticed a building on fire.
According to Sean Mills, his supervisor at the Charlestown bus yard:
He immediately called dispatch and secured the bus. He then went over to the house on fire and rang all the doorbells to wake everyone inside up. These people did not... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a chain of arts and craft stores violated a state consumer-privacy law when it used a woman's Zip code on her credit-card transaction to figure out where she lived and start bombarding her with circulars.
The opinion, however, does not mean Melissa Tyler gets anything, because her suit against Michaels is in federal court and the state's highest... Read more
Hey, kids, meet your new principal, Erik Naumann, a.k.a. the Naumannator.
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports state Rep. Steve Smith today admitted to voter fraud - he filled out absentee ballots with his name checked off.
Smith served on the legislature's Joint Committee on Election Laws.
Smith won't serve any prison time on the federal misdemeanor charges, but will give up his seat - which should give him more time to deal with... Read more
The Globe reports Steve Wynn, who couldn't convince Foxboro to let him and Robert Kraft build a casino there, is now looking at a parcel in Everett. Of course, given the way the state's casino law is written, he'd first have to have a Thunderdome-like death match with the people behind the Suffolk Downs proposal.... Read more
Channel 5 reports that National Grid will be cleaning a natural-gas pipeline by the Mystic River tomorrow by burning off the gas, starting around 6 a.m.:
The flare resulting from the natural gas purge could last up to eight hours and be seen throughout Greater Boston, the company said.
Also will result in "a large blowing noise."... Read more
A lone subject enters the store shortly after opening and presents a large bill for a small purchase. Knowing that the clerk will... Read more
The owner of a school-van service was arraigned yesterday on charges he sexually assaulted a young girl in one of his vans on the way home from school on Tuesday.
Sergio Lara, 53, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail at his arraignment in Chelsea District Court on charges of rape of a... Read more
A federal grand jury has indicted Josimar Ferreira, 36, on 16 counts of violating federal pesticide laws, the US Attorney's office announced today.
According to the indictiment, Ferreira and his TVF Pest Control routinely used malathion, licensed only for outdoor use, to combat bedbug infestations in area homes. In one case, he even sprayed it on a baby's crib - and then lied about... Read more
The fire's on lower Broadway. The 104, 105 and 109 bus routes have major delays because of the fire.
An inspector for the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission was arraigned today on charges he offered to help a convicted felon get a liquor license in Everett - for a fee - the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports.
Arthur Hitchman, 39, of Melrose, was arraigned in Malden District Court on charges of attempted extortion, bribery, and two counts of improper storage of a... Read more
Yemeni tanker plied the harbor this morning while you slept.
Dan Hill, who lives near Boston Harbor and is running for state senate in a district that includes Chelsea and Everett, says the state should do everything it can to try to keep LNG tankers out of Boston Harbor - especially Yemeni ones - and... Read more
Adam Balsam says Tom Menino and Sal LaMattina should stop their posturing, listen to the Coast Guard and admit giant LNG tankers are safe.
Matt Conti, who lives in the North End, acknowledges the risk of a neighborhood-consuming fireball is low, but notes all the precautions the Coast Guard takes and says Boston shouldn't have to be the only city in the US... Read more
Bizarre Foods guy Andrew Zimmern endorses Michael Albano in the special state-senate election:
My childhood pal Michael Albano is running for State Senator in Massachusetts, and in heady times like these I think it is crucial that we support progressive democrats like Michael. ...
Cambridge News Weekly (yeah, that's a new one for me, too) reports that progressive Democrat and small shopowner Michael Albano is now running for the seat left vacant when Anthony Galluccio resigned on account of being in jail.
Other candidates include attorney Dan Hill of Charlestown, Galluccio's former chief of staff Sal DiDomenico, Cambridge City Councilor Marjorie Decker and attorney and Charlie Flaherty son... Read more
The Chelsea Record introduces us to Tim Flaherty, reprising his 2007 run for the seat held by Anthony Galluccio, only this time without Galluccio.