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By adamg - 7/9/20 - 12:29 pm
Dangling platform

The Boston Fire Department reports one side of a platform being used by window washers at 230 Harrison Ave. in Chinatown gave way shortly before 11 a.m. gave way, leaving two workers hanging for dear life 12 stories up until firefighters arrived to get them down safely.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 11:32 am

A federal judge ruled today that Revere's policy on car towing - to notify the car's owner but not any companies that might have financed it - is unconstitutional and so it owes Honda the full value of a car the city had towed then let a private tow company sell without first notifying the car maker's financing wing. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 2:48 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 7/7/20

Even as Boston relaxes its Covid-19 restrictions more next week and museums and other tourist attractions begin to re-open, Mayor Walsh isn't expecting an immediate return to our traditional tourst-crammed streets. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 4:38 pm

The Boston City Council this week considers a proposal from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to ask Boston hotels to clean and sanitize rooms daily, even for guests who have stays longer than a night. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 11:25 am

The Globe has a long piece about hotels and the local tourism bureau pressing the state to let them resume hosting events and conferences, which they say is safe because we now know what we didn't in the last week of February when the Marriott Long Wharf hosted what we know now was our first super spreader. Speaking of the Long Wharf, the Globe notes way down in the story that it's scheduled to re-open tomorrow.

By adamg - 7/4/20 - 11:00 am

Somerville announced yesterday it's pushing back its version of Gov. Baker's phase-3 reopening until at least July 13 - and might wait even longer to relax restrictions on health clubs, outdoor gatherings and movie theaters because of the continued escalation of Covid-19 in much of the country. Read more.

By adamg - 7/3/20 - 5:12 pm

Braintree Police report the teen was shot around 4:40 p.m.; she is expected to survive. Read more.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 12:43 pm

COVID-19 Update: July 2, 2020

WBZ reports Gov. Baker announced Phase 3 of the state re-opening plan starts Monday and that various places will be able to re-open, but with reduced capacity - for example, gyms will only be able to open at 40% of their Before Times capacity, and members are supposed to wear masks even while lifting or pedaling. Read more.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 9:24 am

Manifest Boston, which organized the annual fall HubWeek and year-round forums with the Globe, Harvard, Mass. General and MIT, announced today it's throwing in the towel, because Covid-19 just proved too big a challenge for events that involve lots of people getting together in conference rooms. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/20 - 3:24 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General's office today warned Phantom Fireworks to stop sending Bay Staters ads for fireworks or risk an explosive lawsuit. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 2:01 pm

The owner of Assembly Sports Club in Somerville yesterday sued Gov. Baker over the state's continued ban on health clubs, arguing the ban deprives it of its Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and besides, Baker's just wrong because, as everybody knows, fitness clubs are too "essential," or at least as essential as the big-box stores Baker let stay open, except that it's even worse than that because all businesses are essential in our free-enterprise system. Read more.

By adamg - 6/27/20 - 10:28 am

Massachusetts Beverage Business reports Cumberland Farms has abandoned its plans for a ballot question this fall that asks voters to let it install beer and wine coolers in all its stores because it's just too darned busy concentrating on protecting its workers and customers from Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 6/26/20 - 2:20 pm

The owners of Bella Luna and the Milky Way have launched a Gofundme page to help them retire some $75,000 in debt and to provide some help for employees losing their jobs. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 11:47 pm

Boston Police have released photos of numerous people captured on security cameras at Neiman-Marcus, 100 Huntington Ave., looting the place in the rampaging that took place on May 31 into June 1 following a peaceful protest march from Nubian Square to the Common. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 3:22 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced creation of a new city fund aimed at reducing racial inequity in Boston by supporting non-profit groups working on public health, youth employment, education and the arts for minority and immigrant residents. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 10:18 am

Gazit Horizons, which owns the newish retail building between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Greenway, the one that wraps around the space where the Faneuil Hall Christmas tree goes, is suing Ann Taylor for the nearly $254,000 it says the women's clothing chain owes for its Loft store there. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 9:51 am

A woman who suffered permanent injuries in 2017 when a chimney on Charter Street in the North End collapsed on the hammock she was in is suing the hammock company, charging it not only failed to warn people that attaching hammocks to brick structures might be dangerous, it actually encouraged the practice through a photo-caption contest. Read more.

By adamg - 6/24/20 - 5:35 pm

The BPDA is warning the New York real-estate firm that currently has the lease on the city-owned Faneuil Hall Marketplace - for which it apparently pays the city just $10 a year - that it's going to want the buildings back if the firm doesn't start doing more to help retail tenants hamstrung in recent months by the Covid-19 forced shutdown. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/20 - 1:11 pm


A sting-averse citizen files a 311 complaint about the situation outside the Crate & Barrel on Boylston Street in the Back Bay: Read more.

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