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By adamg - 8/5/22 - 10:42 am
Anti-Chinese graffiti in Chinatown

A Chinatown resident photographed the newest illiterate scrawlings at Liberty Tree Plaza, the small space in front of the city-owned China Trade Building and BPL branch at Boylston and Washington streets. She took the photo yesterday, reports it's still there this morning, but says, yes, she'll be reporting it via 311.

By adamg - 7/26/22 - 10:08 pm

The former director of a state board that selected designers for new government buildings today sued the state for the $10,525.64 in vacation and personal time he says he had accrued through Nov. 17, when he was fired for refusing to get Covid-19 shots, as required by Gov. Baker. Read more.

By adamg - 7/25/22 - 9:18 pm

Pfizer, which has research and vaccine manufacturing facilities in Cambridge and Andover, and BioNTech, a German drug company with an office in Cambridge, are asking a federal judge to declare the recipe for their Covid-19 vaccine doesn't infringe on any patents held by CureVac, a German company with an office on Fort Point Channel that tried and failed to develop a marketable Covid-19 vaccine. Read more.

By adamg - 7/25/22 - 2:36 pm

A Brockton man who claimed a total of 60 employees spread among companies he allegedly ran in Massachusetts, Wyoming and Alaska was charged with wire fraud today in Boston federal court - and promptly agreed to plead guilty. Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/22 - 11:38 am

A Brighton man who operates Boston-area food trucks used more than $1.5 million in federal pandemic-relief funds to bet on the stock market, rather than on paying workers and other steps to keep his business afloat, the US Attorney's office charges, in a wire-fraud complaint filed in Boston federal court yesterday. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/15/22 - 12:40 pm

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the city has increased 39% over the past week - and that levels of viral particles in the MWRA sewage system, an indicator of what we could see over the next week to ten days, is up 28%, the Boston Public Health Commission reported today. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/22 - 6:57 pm

A federal judge ruled today the Massachusetts Lottery Commission had the right to bar Ricardo Mazzarino from entering any of the $1-million drawings it held last year to encourage people to get Covid-19 shots. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/22 - 1:09 pm

Note: Story updated with fourth arrest info.

Catherine Vitale, Shannon Llewellyn and Danielle Mazzeo, who showed up outside the mayor's house in Roslindale around 7:30 a.m. to bang on buckets and yell, were all charged with "targeted residential picketing" in violation of a city ordinance that bans standing outside somebody's house and screaming before 9 in the morning. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/22 - 6:49 pm

The Emerson Colonial Theatre announced today that "A Beautiful Noise" has been silenced through Sunday because "multiple company members" have tested positive for Covid-19.

By adamg - 6/24/22 - 1:10 pm
Shaun Nelson blocked by row of cops

Row of cops keeps Nelson from getting in Louijeune's face at Hyde Park playground.

With most people there to get some free potted plants or Munchkins and to chat with Mayor Wu, the usual gang of Covid screamers also descended on Iacono Playground in Readville this morning - this time with a large contingent of uniformed cops between them and the mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/22 - 9:54 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the man charged at the mayor after police said they would be taking away his bullhorn, so they took him down to the ground before arresting him. It's at least the second time Shawn Nelson has been arrested in a Covid protest.

By adamg - 6/8/22 - 5:44 pm

Declining Covid-19 rates means BPS will lift its in-school mask requirements for most people starting Monday - although officials say masks are still a good idea even if no longer required. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/22 - 1:38 pm

A former Saugus resident who now lives in Boca Raton, FL got a $2.5 million Payroll Protection Plan loan through a fraudulent application and used the money on cars, a new house and buying cryptocurrency, rather than supporting the 154 employees he didn't actually have, the US Attorney's office in Boston charges. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/22 - 9:33 pm

Administrators at the Kenny Elementary School on Oakton Avenue in Dorchester put the school into "safe" mode - nobody was allowed in or out - for about 20 minutes this morning after two anti-maskers showed up and demanded entry for a 9-year-old student they said didn't want to wear a mask and didn't have to. Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/22 - 5:57 pm

Brookline announced today masks will be required again in publicly owned indoor spaces starting Monday, due to rising Covid-19 rates in both the town and the surrounding area. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 11:11 pm
Deer Island numbers going up

Latest Covid-19 viral counts from the northern half of the MWRA sewer district. Source.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports the Covid-19 test positivity rate across Boston is now 11.5%. Statewide, the seven-day average rate is 9.13%, the state Department of Public Health reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/22 - 10:26 pm

Jesse Kanson-Benanav reports finding an unusual request on a local Facebook group this evening, one that prompted him to thinking: "I haven't considered the impact that covid is having on psychic paranormal investigators." Read more.

By adamg - 5/13/22 - 12:04 pm

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Lily Nguyen to two years in federal prison for her part in a scheme to grab the personal information of more than 100 people to create bogus accounts on the Massachusetts pandemic unemployment portal, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/22 - 11:07 am

The Dig finds the lyrical side to the complaint by four North End restaurant owners over the fees they had to pay to use public sidewalks and streets for tables this year.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 8:08 pm

Four North End restaurant owners say the $7,500 fee they had to pay to extend their restaurants to the public sidewalk is just horribly unfair and so they filed a federal lawsuit against the city today. Read more.

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