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By adamg - 5/14/21 - 3:07 pm

Wang, We're Gunning for IBM

The Boston Business Journal reports IBM will be consolidating its Massachusetts operations in rented space at CrossPoint in Lowell, a complex that originally opened in 1976 as the headquarters of Wang Laboratories, which, at its peak, had 33,000 employees.

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By adamg - 5/13/21 - 11:32 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court agreed today that the owners of the Glass Slipper, a Combat Zone holdover on Lagrange Street, made the club a bad place for Blacks to work, but dismissed a state finding that a Black bouncer was fired because of his race, because the man's formal complaint never explicitly said he was fired for that reason. Read more.

By bostonpads - 5/12/21 - 11:47 am
Downtown Boston apartment inventory begins to thaw

The rental supply glut in Downtown Boston has received quite a bit of attention in the past 12 months. The pandemic caused a shift in demand for housing in Boston, and many Downtown neighborhoods went from being the hardest areas to find an apartment to the easiest seemingly overnight.

By adamg - 5/11/21 - 10:56 am
Aftermath of fire at 1214 VFW Parkway in West Roxbury

Aftermath. From state DPU report.

The trust that oversees a West Roxbury condo complex yesterday sued National Grid to recoup its expenses to rebuild from a six-alarm fire in 2018 it says was fed from a National Grid main and connection it charges the company refused to repair despite repeated reports of a gas odor dating back nearly two years. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/21 - 12:57 pm

The Glynn Hospitality Group, which owns bars downtown and in the Back Bay and the South End, is suing its insurance company for notreimbusring it for all the money it's lost due to Covid-19 restrictions, despite having an "all risk" policy. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 2:39 pm
VFW Parkway fire in 2018

The fire. Photo by BFD.

An insurance company that had three clients living in a VFW Parkway condo building that exploded into flames in 2018 is suing National Grid, alleging the company did nothing about complaints of natural-gas odors before the fire erupted into a six-alarm blaze that displaced 36 people and injured one resident and two firefighters. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 1:12 pm

The former owner of a Beverly pizza place was arrested today on federal charges that he fraudulently obtained several hundred thousand dollars in federal funds meant to keep workers he didn't actually have working through the pandemic - and used much of the money to start an alpaca ranch in Vermont. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 10:52 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by former City Councilor Tito Jackson to open a three-story cannabis shop at 150 State St., across from the Custom House. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 10:14 am

F.W. Webb, which sells plumbing supplies, plans to build a 66,000-square-foot warehouse and store on Hampden Street between Melnea Cass Boulevard and Norfolk Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 9:28 am

A Buffalo-based bank called M&T Bank has bought People's United Bank, which itself moved into the Boston area from away a few years back. The Boston Business Journal interviewed M&T's CEO, and part of his strategy for getting entrenched here and hiring local talent is to convince local universities to hire bank employees as professors.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 10:11 am

The driver of a 713 bus diverted his bus to a Winthrop beach where he wouldn't let the sole passenger on board exit as he ate his dinner and then tried to rape her Saturday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 8:17 pm

EBSB Neighborhood

Rockland Trust announced today it's buying East Boston Savings Bank for roughly $1.15 billion in stock.

East Boston Savings Bank was founded in Maverick Square in 1848. It has 42 branches in eastern Massachusetts.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 12:43 pm
Look at that shadow under that can

Trademark filings are supposed to show actual products for sale, but soda cans don't levitate, Ocean Spray says.

A company threatening to sue Ocean Spray over a line of caffeinated fruity seltzers will first have to answer the suit Ocean Spray pre-emptively filed against it to try to make it go away. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/21 - 11:06 am
Turo Logan page now says no pick ups available

Turo site now says no pickups at Logan.

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Massport's right to block an online company from arranging rental-car pickups and drop offs at Logan Airport terminals, in a ruling that hinged on a federal law intended to protect online forums from libel actions. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/21 - 9:09 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports that when a teller accidentally gave Phyllis DelVechhio an extra $100 with her withdrawal, DelVecchio returned and gave the money back. The bank then gave her a $100 gift card - and a Dunkin' Donuts gift card - for her honesty.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 5:25 pm

Steve Cooper shows us one jewelry store getting plywood protection.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 2:43 pm
7-Eleven closing on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

The 7-Eleven at 684 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain is closing, which will force Pondsiders who need some Gatorade or scratchies at 2 a.m. to shlep all the way up to South Huntington for the next closest 7-Eleven. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 9:57 pm

WBZ reports OSHA plans to fine Ariana Murrell-Rosario, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Lynn more than $136,000, unless she can give it a really good reason why she made her employees and customers remove their masks when they entered the business. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/21 - 2:01 pm
Sue Sullivan speaks

Sue Sullivan speaks as residents wearing "Build the Bridge" shirts listen.

It was bad enough when the Long Island Bridge shut and even more drug addicts began congregating in the area of Mass and Cass, Sue Sullivan said. But now, the area has become a haven for drug sellers and people quick to settle a beef with a knife or gun, the head of the Newmarket Business Association says. Read more.

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