A Norfolk County resident yesterday filed a class-action suit against Ford because she's only getting 32 m.p.g. with her new Ford C-Max rather than the 47 m.p.g. the company promotes in its commercials.
Marianne Cibeu is seeking at least $5 million in damages, for both herself and other members of what she says is a large class of similarly disgruntled Massachusetts purchasers of 2013 C-Max and Fusion Hybrids.
After viewing television advertisements regarding the C-Max Hybrid, Plaintiff then went to the Ford dealership and spoke with a salesperson who confirmed the C-Max Hybrid achieved 47 miles per gallon in real world highway, city and combined driving. ... Plaintiff has only achieved an average of 32 mpg. Had the gas mileage and fuel economy for Plaintiff's C-Max Hybrid been accurately disclosed in Ford's marketing campaign, Plaintiff would not have purchased her C-Max Hybrid or would have paid less for the Vehicle.
Walking Boston reports a turkey flew into the windshield of the engine powering his Boston-bound Amtrak regional train in Mansfield shortly after 4 p.m., forcing the train to a halt.
Gregory Colica, heading to the Hub from New York tweets the announcement that came over the PA after train 86 stopped:
A wild turkey jumped up and smashed the windshield, so we had to stop and brush it off. Sorry for the delay folks - Boston in 10.
Moving, but at low speed. Conductor said that wind is the problem, trying to avoid further breakage.
Photo of the aftermath at South Station below the fold ...
Kamikaze turkey takes out car on 128.
Amy Chandler shows us one of the features of living right on the ocean.
Also see Shirley Street in Winthrop.
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Hingham Police report:
Resident requests officer check on seal in their backyard today. Appears uninjured. NE Aquarium requests people leave alone.
Look what they rescued from behind a fireplace in Randolph today.
A Sharon obstetrician yesterday filed suit against an Illinois blogger with whom she's been engaged in an increasingly nasty flamewar over home births.
In her suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Dr. Amy Tuteur of the Skeptical OB, charges that Gina Crosley-Corcoran, who writes the Feminist Breeder, is abusing a federal online copyright law to try to shut her down.
Tuteur, a former professor at Harvard Medical School, says she uses her blog in part to wage war on proponents of home birthing:
Playing the role of Rte. 24 today is Rte. 3, which State Police advise ground to a near halt shortly before noon due to an apparently unrelated trio of incidents:
A rollover northbound near Derby Street sent two people to the hospital. Ten minutes later, a couch on top of a vehicle fell off on the southbound side of the same stretch of road, which forced a driver to swerve to avoid the sudden menace, only the car then rolled over as well, sending two more people to the hospital, with minor injuries.
Not long after, a car hit a deer on the northbound side by Exit 13 in Hanover. State Police add:
The deer ran off into the woods after causing damage to the vehicle.
Motorists are no doubt being advised to be alert for incoming meteors and newly erupting volcanoes.
UPDATE: No meteors yet, but there was a dishwasher.
The Herald reports on some car-to-car shooting around 1 a.m. on the Randolph/Braintree section of I-93.
As Rosen notes, they're suing under a clause in his original contract they say prohibits him from setting up shop within 15 miles of his original office for three years. So? Well, turns out that while lawyers, doctors, nurses, social workers and, um, broadcasters are exempt from the state law that makes non-compete clauses legal, dentists aren't.
Certainly a good argument can be made that the public policy underlying the exclusion for physicians -- that a patient's interest in receiving medical treatment from the doctor of her choice overrides any business interest in restricting unfair competition -- should apply equally to dentists. But for now, dentists don't enjoy this protection.
You'd think somebody who parks a Lexus at the Halifax commuter-rail stop could afford to pay the parking feeBy adamg - 9/7/12 - 8:59 am
She had a job along the South Boston waterfront, but no parking space, so she parked in other companies' lots for eight months until she got caught and threatened with towing. Now she's commuter from the South Shore, pedaling on some of the worst, most bicycle-unfriendly roads in America!
At Neponset Circle while waiting for the light to turn green, I met a young guy who was running his commute home. He had his back pack on and we struck up a conversation. He was running from Brookline to Quincy and then he said he takes the Quincy train to Braintree where his car is and then a 45 minute drive home. "Wow" I thought, "he looks really pale with dark circles under his eyes."
Via Boston Biker.
It's heartwarming how the little choo-choos help each other out. When the 6:33 into Boston belched its last and died in Sharon, the train behind it agreed to help out and push it all the way into Boston. Good train, good! Of course, that does mean 30-minute delays, but at least Providence Line riders get to have a nice warm feeling, unlike their counterparts on the Newburyport/Rockport line, facing lengthy delays due to boring signal problems, and riders on the Fitchburg Line, facing long delays because, well, it's the Fitchburg Line.
About the last thing you expect to see while you're driving on an interstate is a live turkey in the car next to you, giving you the eye. But there the bird was, around 7:30 p.m. in a Hyundai with Maryland plates, heading north on I-95 in Sharon.
Photo by Greta Gaffin.
The Globe reports.
Scituate explodes in July Fourth donnybrook over beach bonfires.
Remember last year when a couple of girls got into a fight at Carson Beach and a battalion of troopers and cops shut down the beach and Moakley Park and all of a sudden people across the country were tut-tutting about gang armies taking over Boston (even though it turned out they weren't)?
When will we hear the same tut-tutting for the fight nights at Comcast Center - like the one at the Jam’n 94.5′s Summer Jam earlier this month that Channel 4 reports left one girl with two black eyes? You know, nice suburban Comcast Center down in Wherethehell, Mass., instead of gritty South Boston? In the meantime, we have flacks for Comcast Center earning their pay by saying some people are just such Debbie Downers and fail to recognize the hard work the venue does every day to put on concerts, so just shut up already about chicks with fists of fury, such as these:
Heidi Erickson, who gained fame for her large collection of cats, several dozen of them stored in a freezer, has just lost her latest case before the Supreme Judicial Court.
And this time, the justices are signalling they're nearing the end of their patience with Erickson, now a South Shore resident who has now been involved in nearly a gross of cases to reach either the SJC or the Massachusetts Appeals Court:
Marshfield Police are hunting a guy who stole 20 cases of Red Bull from the local Star Market - several days after he apparently, um, cased the joint.
Police say he is wanted in connection with several other attempted Red Bull heists in the area.
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The Globe reports a daring rescue at a Wareham cranberry bog saved the life of a chicken that was foundering in the icy waters:
Firefighter Walter Pierce donned waders and walked toward the chicken while firefighter Michael P. Bird waited on land in a survival suit.
Police say woman can't keep her hands off catalytic converters; arrested for second time in three weeks for train-stop theftsBy adamg - 2/16/12 - 11:12 am
MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Fall River woman yesterday on charges she and a pal stole catalytic converters from cars parked at commuter lots in Sharon and Attleboro - less than a month after she and her husband were arrested for allegedly stealing catalytic converters from cars parked at South Shore commuter-rail stops.
In fact, Tina Fager was due back in Plymouth District Court today for a hearing on the January charges.
The Patriot Ledger reports bad blood between young teens from Braintree and Quincy turned into spilled blood Sunday when a 14-year-old from Mattapan allegedly stabbed a teen in a fight in Braintree. Also charged: A 13-year-old from Quincy who allegedly brought the knife.