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Roving UHub photographer Will Kilburn reports:
The owner of a Westboro self-storage place is charged with trying to seal a Verizon worker in an underground utility vault in a fit of anger over the way the worker parked on his grass, the Worcester Telegram reports.
Police say the business owner also stole the worker's keys out of his truck.
State officials said they've completed their takeover of the rail line between Boston and Worcester from CSX, which means commuters on hot days will see far fewer delays due to speed restrictions that had been imposed by the freight line.
Also, sorry, troublesome trucks: With dispatching now under MBCR control, commuter-rail trains now get priority in dispatching; under CSX, if a dispatcher had to choose which train would go first, freight would always win. And:
Galen Moore of the Boston Business Journal uses state data and Google Fusion Tables to create a map of "every outdoor patio bar in the state of Massachusetts."
The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Hudson man's conviction for plying his underage daughter with spiked lemonade, but said he was guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving the same booze to her even more underage friend, because state law gives parents the right to serve liquor to their children.
June 9, 1953 was hot and humid. The weather bureau predicted thunderstorms, some possibly severe, for central Massachusetts. It got those storms - and an F4 tornado that touched down to the northwest of Worcester, creating a trail of death and destruction that ended only at the Framingham line, after the Fayville post office was flattened. In all, 96 people died that day.
Among the photographers who rushed to chronicle the damage was, of course, Leslie Jones:
So this guy out in the Berkshires gets his license taken away after his second OUI conviction, appeals 10 years later to get it reinstated, to which the state agrees on condition he install one of those in-dash breath-tester gizmos, which he installs, only then he takes it out and gets caught and has his license taken away.
And then, two years later, he's stopped again and charged with violating the "ignition interlock device" condition and is convicted on that charge.
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In a lawsuit filed yesterday, AMD charged that a former vice president and three managers at its Boxborough plant left for jobs at rival NVidia only after copying more than 100,000 confidential documents to take with them to their new jobs.
The suit, filed in US District Court in Worcester against Robert Feldstein and three managers, seeks the return of the files and, naturally, large sums of money, under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and a Massachusetts trade-secrets law. AMD says the files cover everything from details of upcoming AMD technology to contracts with large customers.
Maureen Rogers reviews the dismal attendance at Gillette Stadium for UMass football games - and the $5 million the state school is paying in rent:
What's wrong with having a nice little local program? Play the other New England state universities, and schools like Holy Cross? Why not keep it on campus, where students can attend more easily? What's wrong with 13,000 people watching a football game on a nice Indian Summer day? Does it have to be 90,000 diehards screaming for blood?
You know it's bad, Lee Ann Hooley tweets this morning, when the conductor announces "If you do need to get into town quickly, I suggest you drive."
Hooley and AsianKerr were among the hostages this morning on the Fitchburg Line, where yet another choo-choo went bye-bye, forcing commuters to wait for another train to come up and get hitched to their train for the long, even slower ride into Boston.
AsianKerr was onboard the 6:30 train when she tweeted at 6:50:
Roving UHub photographer Will Bussiere was roving all the way out in Charlton yesterday when he spotted a Green Line trolley on the back of a flatbed on the turnpike. No clue why.
Massachusetts officials say an emerald ash borer was found in Dalton in the western part of the state on Aug. 31, the first time the destructive pest has been detected in the state.