A trade association of for-profit career schools in Massachusetts is suing Attorney General Martha Coakley, saying her attempts to regulate them violate their First Amendment rights and federal regulations and are a just a confusing mish-mash of nonsense they say does nothing to protect students, whom they say already enjoy bountiful legal protection by the Federal Trade Commission, among others.
In its lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools wants a judge to toss regulations put into place by Coakley's office. The association cites as an example a Coakley regulation that bars a school from "initiating communication with a prospective student” more than twice in seven days:
This blanket restraint is in no way tailored to deceptive or unfair conduct. The restraint further fails to recognize that prospective students often need information regarding their program that is communicated in several conversations that may, of necessity, occur within seven days. This blanket prohibition on lawful speech violates the Free Speech guarantees of the Constitution of the United States.
The association says Coakley would make liars out of the schools, and again violate their First Amendment rights, by telling students which other schools have signed agreements to accept any credits from their current schools, when schools sometimes will accept credits even without an agreement.
The group wants a judge to toss the regulations and award them appropriate damages and lawyers' fees.
Joseph Garufi, owner of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Square, has a building permit to turn the shuttered The Hyde on Fairmount Avenue into a new Italian restaurant.
Tyler reports the new restaurant will be called Antonio's Baccaro - and that Garufi will seek a full liquor license. The building permit says Garufi will be extending the kitchen into the dining area, ditching a drop ceiling and adding new finishes to what old-timers still remember as Dotty's.
The area hasn't had a full-service Italian restaurant since Mario's, where the Briar Rose is now, closed several years ago.
Meanwhile, Cordon Bleu, a River Street restaurant that sometimes doubled as a gambling den, shut for good earlier this summer after health inspectors closed it for several violations. The restaurant's windows now bear signs announcing Salamander's Cafe is coming soon. No immediate word on what sort of food it will serve.
Maybe Marty Walsh needs to stop talking to reporters about his trip to Ireland. For the second time this month, the mayor says a reporter had him saying something he didn't really say. Mayoral spokeswoman Kate Norton says:
Today Mayor Walsh expressed his support for a ‘Belfast Beanpot’ - an initiative proposed by the Odyssey Trust, to host 4-6 college hockey teams from the Boston area to play a tournament in Northern Ireland. The tournament would not replace the Beanpot. This would not be an effort to 'move' the Beanpot out of Boston.
I spoke with the Mayor following the impressive press and social media firestorm that followed his interview earlier today. He conveyed to me, in no uncertain terms, that – particularly as a Boston College grad and a hockey fan - he would never move a classic Boston event like the Beanpot out of our City.