The Boston City Council today approved a hearing to look at how prepared a city with one of the country's oldest natural-gas networks is to prevent a Merrimack-Valley disaster from happening here - and how to deal with one should it happen. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports a North End/Waterfront Residents Association meeting on the proposed modern building on Cross Street where a Starbucks was originally planned grew so heated an association member called on the sergeant at arms to restore calm. What, your neighborhood association doesn't have a sergeant at arms?
Wynn Encore Boston Harbor casino nearing completion, the company that owns Suffolk Downs has filed a suit under the federal racketeering law against the project against Wynn and the company Wynn bought its Everett land from. Read more.
Unite Here Local 26 reports that workers at Boston Marriott hotels voted today to authorize the union's bargaining committee to call a strike. Read more.
WBUR alerts us to a new report that took a look at 1,805 pricey Boston condos and found "a large number of them are held under LLCs, trusts and shell corporations that obscure the real owners."
On the one hand, that's not necessarily a bad thing - all that tax money from people who don't live there helps pay for our schools, police, roads, etc. On the other hand, there's the potential for money laundering going on; not to mention the pressures the purchase prices put on our real-estate market.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Massachusetts companies cannot enforce Massachusetts non-compete contract clauses on employees in states that bar non-compete agreements, such as California. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter updates us on the proposal.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the state's 111-year-old law against political contributions by companies to candidates for state and local offices, saying it is not only constitutional but a safeguard against political corruption. Read more.
Now that they've laid off all the workers, the new owners of NECCO are auctioning off some of its brand names - and much of the candy-making equipment at its now closed Revere plant. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Massachusetts has a right to make in-state electricity generators cut their carbon emissions dramatically over the next 30 years.
It's the second time in two years that the state's highest court has recognized the science of climate change. Referring to the state law that called for cuts in carbon emissions through "cap regulation," the justices wrote: Read more.
The Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports Dunkin' Donuts has been using cups emblazoned with the Philadelphia Eagles logo to serve up iced coffee and tea there.
Panzer immediately reacted, covering up the offending graphic with a Koozie - an insulating cover - with a Patriots logo on it.
Just a logistics mistake, the company - founded in Quincy, of course - swears.
The Board of Appeals yesterday inked its approval of a Malden man's proposal for a tattoo parlor at the corner of Washington and Corinth streets in Roslindale Square. Read more.
Mayor Walsh announced yesterday that the city will solicit bids next week for a consultant to develop a "municipal electricity aggregation program" that would essentially buy electricity in bulk for participating ratepayers - with a higher percentage of power coming from renewable sources than from your typical electric utilities. Read more.
Companies with offices at 53 State St., where the Globe is now headquartered, got a memo from building management today about unspecified threats called into the Globe: Read more.
The Herald reports ISD yesterday shut CubeSmart Self Storage at 968 Mass. Ave. after learning people were paying a couple hundred dollars a month to live in its storage cubes.
Inspectors did not have far to travel: ISD's offices are three or four doors down at 1010 Mass. Ave.
An area group of Dr. Who fans is trying to organize a Boston BritCon in 2019 to celebrate British pop culture:
Boston BritCon aims to be the first and best fan event in Boston focused on all things British, including television, film, literature, and culture!
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were able to rescue a worker who got trapped inside a 10x30 barge in the water off Border Street, near the Umana Academy. The man was rescued shortly after 8:45 a.m. and handed over to EMS for transport to a local hospital.
A clerk at O'Brien's Liquors on Dorchester Avenue in Ashmont didn't look up from his phone or ask for ID as a guy handed him money for four six-packs of Twisted Tea - but quickly learned the guy was just 16 after he came back inside with BPD drug-unit officers, who'd just busted him and three of his teen friends in the store parking lot. Read more.
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