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By adamg - 2/22/24 - 8:54 am

Uncommon Grounds, with four coffeehouses in the greater Albany, NY area, yesterday sued Uncommon Grounds, which has a coffeehouse on Mount Auburn Street in Watertown, for trademark infringement. Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/24 - 10:21 am

A housing advocacy group today sued a series of Boston-area landlords and brokers it says violated state law by refusing to consider prospective tenants who said they had Section 8 or other government housing vouchers. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/24 - 2:50 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the planned opening of Just Bookish in the new Dot Crossing building at 1463 Dorchester Ave.

By adamg - 2/15/24 - 1:26 pm

Well compensated Massachusetts executives take note: "Wages" are for working stiffs and don't include any promised share of company profits, so you can't can't get triple damages if you don't get that share and then get fired and sue. Read more

By adamg - 2/13/24 - 11:44 am
Official Boston city seal and the newfangled underlined B

Official old and newfangled Boston city symbols.

City Councilor Sharon Durkan (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) says it's time for Boston to set up a licensing office to all the companies just dying to show off their Boston cred on clothing, mugs and anything else you can slap a bold underlined sans-serif B or some good old-fashioned "Sicut Patribus Sit Deus Nobis" - or even just a design featuring the city-owned Faneuil Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/24 - 11:05 am

So a couple of white teens think nothing of going into a cosmetics store and doing some blackface. Oh, right, but it's really 2024.

Sephora responds to the video: Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/24 - 1:26 pm
Ride share screen showing price between Somerville and Revere - $1.5 million

AzulasKeeper show us the price of an Uber ride from Somerville to Revere this morning.

By adamg - 2/7/24 - 3:39 pm

The owner of a pottery studio that used to be on Beacon Hill yesterday sued her new and notorious Back Bay landlord, saying he broke his promise to let her install kilns to fire her patrons' hand-decorated wares. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/24 - 1:32 pm

Bill Spero reports the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has vote - by 3-2 - to prohibit Massachusetts sports-betting outfits from offering bets on the winner of the coin toss that starts the Super Bowl - as well as derivative bets, for example, on whether the winner of the coin toss wins the game The majority said the issue is not that they have a problem with coin-toss bets but that operators brought up the idea too late for the commission to give it the sort of deep thought it needs.

By adamg - 2/2/24 - 9:59 am

A Watch City inventor yesterday sued Apple, Inc., alleging a clasp it uses on some of its Apple Watch watch bands violates a patent he won in 2017 for using a combination of mechanical and magnetic parts to keep two things connected, for example, watch wrist bands. Read more.

By adamg - 2/1/24 - 10:34 am

Charles River Plaza Co., started by developer Jerome Rappaport in the 1960s, this week sold the building housing what is now the Wyndham Hotel at Blossom and Cambridge streets to the Maryland-based firm that was already running the hotel for $125 million, according to Suffolk County Registry of Deeds records. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/24 - 12:11 pm
Jay Covitz in Ron's

Ron's manager Jay Covitz at hearing from the ice-cream shop and candlepin alley.

Update: Approved, but pending the board finding an available license in a drawer or something.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve a proposal by Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and Bowling on Hyde Park Avenue in Cleary Square to add beer and wine to the soft drinks it now offers keglers. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/24 - 9:30 am

The American Prospect reports, in hindsight, it should have been easy to figure out how Steward Health Care would begin circling the drain more than a decade ago. Key point:

For ten years, the hospital chain, which originated as an agglomeration of nun-operated Boston-area neighborhood hospitals known as Caritas Christi, was owned by the private equity firm Cerberus, which extracted more than $800 million in excess of its investment out of the hospitals, then left during the pandemic.

By adamg - 1/28/24 - 3:36 pm

The Boston Housing Authority and National Grid announced Friday they will replace the current gas-fueled boiler system in seven Franklin Field buildings with a new system that uses heat pumps connected to pipes drilled deep into the ground. Read more .

By adamg - 1/24/24 - 2:52 pm

City Councilors decided today to begin focusing on what to do if Steward Health Care, which runs St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton and Carney Hospital in Dorchester, goes under - and to deal with the more immediate issue of Walgreens closing yet another pharmacy in Roxbury and CVS in the Fields Corner Target. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/24 - 10:06 am

David Rosenberg, who once owned 30 car dealerships in New England and the Mid Atlantic, including Prime Toyota and Prime Honda in West Roxbury, this week sued over the way the company was sold. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/24 - 11:03 am

All Tom Baker Doctor Who Prime Computer Ads

Artair Geal discovered these 1980s ads for Prime Computer, which turned the old Carling Brewery on the shores of Lake Cochituate into a minicomputer powerhouse, and which apparently dabbled in romance advice on the side: Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/24 - 10:13 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that the Courthouse Fish Market in East Cambridge has closed for good after more than 111 years in business. Its sister restaurant, Courthouse Seafood, however, remains open.

By adamg - 1/11/24 - 1:42 pm
Pig mask and book on grief

Among the items company goons sent couple: Bloody-pig mask and grief book.

California-based online swapping-post concern eBay has agreed to a $3 million fine for the terror campaign its executives and employees waged against a Natick couple who ran an online news site that published items the company didn't like, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By adamg - 1/9/24 - 1:38 pm
Rendering of proposed Greenhills Bakery and condos

Rendering by Choo & Company.

The owners of the Greenhills Bakery, 780 Adams St. in Dorchester, today won approval to raze their current store to replace it with a larger bakery topped with three additional floors with nine condos. Read more.

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