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By adamg - 4/1/20 - 4:28 pm

Gov. Baker said today that while he is unaware of any open gun shops, if there are any, their owners need to close immediately, because they're not "essential." Baker said that gun manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson, are on the list of "essential" businesses, so they can continue to churn out guns, even if there are no longer places in Massachusetts to legally buy them.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 2:31 pm
Ocean State Job Lot logo

Ocean State Job Lot CEO Marc Perlman, announced today the discount chain has given a $2 hourly pay increase to workers at its stores - which include several locations in Boston suburbs - and added a surcharge to its prices for customers who think the workers deserve a bonus for continuing to work on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic: Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 9:38 am
99 vs. 99

A California chain of Asian supermarkets that recently opened an outlet in Quincy is suing a similarly named Asian supermarket in Malden for trademark infringement. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 3:04 pm

Gov. Baker says he kept recreational or adult-use marijuana shops on the list of "non-essential" businesses that can not open to the public because the last thing we need is potentially infected people driving into Massachusetts. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 2:19 pm

COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

It's tough, but it needs to be done, Gov. Baker said of extending the non-essential ban to May 4 in his daily press briefing today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 4:02 pm

The FBI office in Boston reports on two instances in which Massachusetts teachers had their classrooms on the Zoom system interrupted by trollers. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 11:39 am

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and the city Board of Health today ordered a moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions during the Covid-19 state of emergency - and barred real-estate brokers from showing apartments that are still occupied. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:32 am
Encore Casino lit up like a heart in the rain

Amy captured the heart windows lit up at Encore Casino in the rain last night. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:28 am
Plastic sheeting at local market

A roving UHub photographer couldn't help but notice the DIY shielding now in place at Mama Supermarket at Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street in Mattapan.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 8:59 pm
Before and after: What the company used to make and what it makes now

Before and after: What the company used to make and what it's making now.

In the Before Times, Dark Monk of Charlestown made equipment for certain types of performers - everything from juggling pins to flaming ropes and swords. But the company is now using its manufacturing know how to turn out some of the polycarbonate face shields that are in such high demand by medical professionals these days. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 4:53 pm

The Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square says it will close tomorrow with the hopes of re-opening May 2, "though this is subject to change."

At least six other Boston hotels have closed due to a Covid-19 health issues and the related collapse of the travel business.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 9:50 pm
Empty Newbury Street

Hank Layfield reports from Newbury Street tonight:

I never realized how wide this street actually is, never having seen it empty.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 9:19 pm

The Sheraton Boston Hotel on Dalton Street notified people with reservations today that it's closing until at least June 26 and says they can rebook at the nearby Marriott Copley Place: Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 8:44 pm

WBUR reports Shaw's and Stop & Shop acknowledges some of its workers have tested positive for Covid-19, including at the Hyde Park Shaw's. Stop & Shop says most of its positive employees are in its New York State stores.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 2:30 pm

ISO New England, which oversees New England's electrical grid, reported on Friday that demand for electricity has dropped 3 to 5% over the average for periods with similar weather to what we've been having: Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 11:15 am

The Dorchester Reporter checks in with local businesses.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 9:37 am

Mayor Walsh yesterday signed an executive order that lets Boston stores return to those flimsy plastic bags for the duration of the current state of emergency. The order also waives the fee stores normally charge customers for store-provided bags. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 9:22 am

The Rialto Barber Shop in Roslindale is closed for the foreseeable future, so owner Vicky Elias is offering a discount for people who pre-pay in advance of the days when they can go back in and get less shaggy, via Venmo.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 6:00 pm
Marty the robot needs to go away

Looks like Marty needs some serious attitude/ algorithm adjustment.

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