The owners of a Cambridge construction company may have had the right to have a former employee's minivan seized over a debt he owed them, but they crossed the line when they told his ex-wife, who was using it, to make him stop a discrimination claim against the company if she wanted to see the vehicle again, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today. Read more.
Boston Real Estate Times reports what's going on around here to cause all those developers to propose life-sciences projects:
Capitalizing on limited available space in the near term, property owners continue to seek and achieve record high rents. ... In East Cambridge, where two ground-up projects are underway with availability, asking rents have climbed 23.9% in the last 24 months. Asking rents in Boston have also reached triple digits, ending the quarter at $100 per sq. ft.
I got a bunch of these stickers printed as one way to thank folks who have graciously sent in contributions or even subscribed to UHub, because, really, we all share a love of a good storrowing, as long as it doesn't involve us. If you'd like one (or a more traditional Universal Hub sticker, which looks just like the logo up above, only larger and glossier and sticky on the back), here's how. Read more.
In the Before Times, activist brass bands from all over the place would join up for a parade from Somerville to Harvard Square. This year, Honk was more spread out - across Somerville, Cambridge and Boston. Greg Cook caught some of the performances yesterday.
This afternoon, roving UHub photographer Jed Hresko watched what happens when you're driving a truck full of fruit down Mass. Ave. in Cambridge and you can't be bothered to secure the back of the truck: Fruit goes flying everywhere.
Cambridge Day reports a group formed last month that says it represents parents last week filed suits in three counties alleging that requirements that children wear masks in schools are illegal and do no good and may even harm kids. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports that four East Boston Bank branches slated to be shut as part of its takeover by Rockland Trust will instead be sold to HarborOne, a Brockton-based bank that will hire their workers and re-open the branches as its own. The deal affects only the buildings and workers; customer accounts at the current branches will still move to Rockland.
The Crimson reports Harvard has shut its eponymous Yard to the public between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. through Oct. 11, partly for Covid-19 concerns, but more to provide some respite for the tender Harvard freshmen who live on the Yard.
The ban on non-Harvard students in those hours even applies to parents - the Crimson quotes one frosh who came back from a Target run with her parents only to learn they couldn't come up to her dorm with her, forcing to carry all of her purchases to her room by herself.
Harvard University has one insurance policy to protect it against the costs of lawsuits and a second policy to protect it if its costs exceed those of the first policy.
In its own lawsuit against one of its insurers, Harvard is seeking to get reimbursed for the "excess" costs of defending itself against an admissions lawsuit that the Supreme Court is currently deciding to whether to consider. Read more.
Two of the three suspects. Photos via Cambridge PD.
Cambridge Police report they are looking for three suspects who were acting suspiciously around a man's moped then, when the guy approached them, spotted his wife and took her phone, around 7 p.m. on Friday. Read more.