The Salem News reports the city licensing board put a local witch on watch for a spell for making alleged online threats against other witches and psychics. The board voted to suspend his witchcraft license for six months - but to belay the punishment if he stays out of double, double toil and trouble for a year.... Read more
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,... Read more
Yoni Appelbaum reports on days of yore when Salem would light massive bonfires to herald July Fourth:
For weeks, volunteers assembled materials, stacking them into a towering pyramid reaching high into the air. Fat hogsheads on the bottom supported row upon row of oily casks, topped with layers of smaller kegs. The pyramid claimed eight thousand barrels; some years, it had forty tiers.... Read more
The Salem News reports on a woman who simply written "11" on a piece of yellow tape then stuck it on her license plate because she couldn't get insurance for her car, what with a history that included multiple license suspensions for things such as being held responsible for five accidents. A Salem District Court judge, however, dismissed a charge of using a falsified... Read more
Today, I have the honor of working with my friends Steve and Brad on a 48 hour film project. There are several teams all across the greater Boston area doing this today. I'm liveblogging our progress today, and if you would like to read what we've been doing, feel free.
The film assignment was given last night, and is due to be... Read more
An Essex County resident yesterday filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony over the theft of some 100 million PlayStation Network user records - and the loss of access to the gaming network.
In her lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Dawn Thompson says she is seeking in excess of $5 million - plus lawyers' fees - for herself and fellow gamers.... Read more
Charlene McBride posted this today.
Steve Nadis reports on his unusual path for a scheduled meeting on the North Shore earlier this week.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Peabody Police report no threats to nearby residents.
An explosion ripped the Bostik adhesives plant on Boston Road, near the Peabody and Lynnfield lines tonight, sparking a four-alarm fire that led to the shutdown of Rte. 62.
I know some of us still have snow on the ground and summer time seems like a far away midsummer night's dream. But I thought I'd throw this out there in case some of you are looking for a summer program for your kid(s) that is a little different/interesting/unique than the average summer camp program.
Rebel Shakespeare Company is located in Salem MA... Read more
Seems yesterday's major delays on that commuter line were caused by what the Salem News called a stripped lug nut that kept the Beverly drawbridge in an open position for nearly four hours. The News also reports that repairs to the bridge begun in 2008 are still not finished.
So what about today's delays on the line? The T blames switch problems.... Read more
Check out the note posted on the door of a Dunkin' Donuts in Salem at the height of the storm.
H/t Aaron Donovan.
Mike the Mad Biologist considers GE's effort to blackmail the state - give us $25 million or else. At first, it sounds kind of similar to Liberty Mutual's successful effort to wring tax breaks out of Boston and the state for its new headquarters building on the edge of the Back Bay. But Liberty Mutual at least is giving the city a new... Read more
In their all-black wetsuits in the dreary gray water of Nahant Bay this afternoon, some surfers looked like nothing so much as mimes on boards. Crazy mimes on the verge of hypothermia, to be exact, but maybe those suits are warmer than they look.... Read more
North Shore Bloggers Consortium will highlight weekend picks from members every Thursday.
Downtown Lynn reports on progress now that MBTA and local police are on the case.
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.
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