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By adamg - 10/10/22 - 12:55 pm
Howe on trial

Totally unbiased rendering of Howe on trial, done long after she was dead. Source.

Jessica Shrey at the State Library of Massachusetts recounts the story of Elizabeth Howe of Ipswich, hanged as a witch on July 19, 1692, in large part based on the testimony of the Perely family, who owned the neighboring farm and who had feuded with Howe and her late husband for years. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/22 - 2:45 pm
A guinea pig

A guinea pig at the MSPCA.

The MSPCA in Jamaica Plain and the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem are holding an adopt-a-thon for guinea pigs and rabbits this weekend, in which they'll waive their normal adoption fees, because they are now stocked to the brim with them. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/22 - 10:30 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Salem Lowe at Salem Willows, which has served chop-suey sandwiches for 50 years, is closing forever next month.

By adamg - 2/11/22 - 11:23 am

The city of Salem reported today that losers who think they know who's Jewish have been threatening city public-health officials and employees over Covid-19 efforts. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/21 - 9:58 pm

Salem Police report arresting a couple of guys who just might be responsible for all the stenciling of Patriot Front advertising on area walls around town - in particular downtown - in recent months. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/21 - 12:17 pm
The Carusos and Johnson

Fatz, his mom and Yo Pesci in a fighting stance (from the affidavit).

Federal officials today charged four people with involvement in a north-of-Boston drug ring, including alleged ringleader Vincent "Fatz" Caruso and his mom, Laurie Caruso, who does not have a street nickname. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/21 - 3:17 pm

A federal judge today dismissed another suit against Gov. Baker's 2020 Covid-19 restrictions, this one by a company that runs supposedly spooky walking tours in Salem. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 11:22 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for exposing himself to an undercover cop, ruling that wearing a badge doesn't shield police officers from the same feelings of shock anyone else might experience when confronted close up with something unwelcome, such as a stranger's penis on a near-deserted street corner. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 9:59 am

Two companies that run walking tours of Salem are suing the state over Covid-19 orders that effectively limit the size of their gatherings to just a dozen people, saying that's an impermissible violation of their free-speech rights under the First Amendment. Read more.

By bostonpads - 11/9/20 - 1:30 pm

The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.

By adamg - 10/28/20 - 9:46 am

Bit Bar Salem is appealing a federal judge's ruling that it no longer has any case against Gov. Baker's Covid-19 bar on video arcades now that the governor has allowed them to re-open, arguing that if he banned them once, he could ban them again. Read more.

By adamg - 10/23/20 - 4:04 pm
Salem is closed on weekends

Salem's a great place to visit, just not this October, in case you haven't heard.

By adamg - 10/21/20 - 4:28 pm

COVID-19 Update: October 21, 2020

Seriously, just stay away, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Gov. Baker said today. Driscoll said the city is so worried about becoming a superspreader it's canceling events and spending money on advertising to warn people to find something else to do that night. "This is not the year to come to Salem," Driscoll said. Also, MBTA commuter-rail trains will be bypassing Salem on numerous runs.

By adamg - 9/16/20 - 10:48 pm
Setting sun in haze over Salem

Rick Macomber focused on the sun setting in the smoky haze from West Coast fires over Salem Willows this evening.

Matt Frank watched the sun disappear into the haze over the Tobin Bridge from Chelsea: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 2:48 pm

Greg Cook reports the Salem museum tried to hold out as long as it could, but the Covid-19-related lack of visitors means the previous staffing levels were "no longer sustainable."

By adamg - 6/16/20 - 1:52 pm
gopher

Rick Macomber reports this gopher was chowing down the last of a four-leaf clover at Salem Willows in Salem.

By adamg - 6/7/20 - 9:23 pm

Across greater Boston, thousands of people participated in Black Lives Matter events today. Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/20 - 9:29 am

The Salem Board of Health is requiring people going into stores, or even just going to get some takeout, to wear face coverings starting on Sunday. And that goes for the people who work in the stores or restaurants as well. Also: Ice-cream trucks are banned. And: Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/20 - 11:32 am
Line at Market Basket

Miss B joined the line outside the Salem Market Basket shortly before 7 a.m. today. She adds: Read more.

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