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By adamg - 6/5/22 - 9:53 am

Doug Holder interviews Somerville artist Jen Fries, a New York native who spent time in Vermont:

At the most basic level, Somerville is the first place I've lived where, when I say I'm an artist, people don't respond with, "But what’s your real job?"

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 1:25 pm

A lawyer for Sound Bites owner Yasser Mirza today denied allegations his client has threatened workers over a Department of Labor overtime investigation, at a hearing at which a federal judge told department lawyers they need to file affidavits or have workers testify on pain of perjury about what's been going on at the Ball Square restaurant best known as a breakfast nook. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 1:53 pm

Update: Owner denies threatening anybody.

The US Department of Labor yesterday sued Sound Bites Cafe and its owner, Yasser Mirza, on charges he reacted to an employee seeking back overtime pay by threatening to have something bad happen to his family unless he called off federal investigators looking into the issue. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/22 - 2:23 pm
Yellow pickup truck with giant pencil on top

Ron Newman spotted this leaded pickup in Wilson Square in Somerville.

By Neal - 4/22/22 - 8:43 pm

No, not that Big Dig, an earlier one one. This one, described by some as The Incredible Ditch was completed a long, long time ago. Of course you don't remember it, no one today does, so Burlington Retro's Rob Fahey fills us in on the history of the Middlesex Canal.

By adamg - 4/13/22 - 11:00 am

The Dig reports Somerville has hired Fenway Health to help create "a supervised safe consumption center, where people may use drugs in a safe, controlled environment and also access other supportive services."

By adamg - 4/1/22 - 5:54 pm

Mouhab Rizkallah, who owns a number of apartment buildings, today agreed to drop his libel suit against two student journalists at the Tufts University newspaper who wrote about a protest about one of this buildings, but is continuing to sue one of the people he said organized the protest for defamation. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/22 - 9:22 am

A Somerville landlord says the Tufts Daily wouldn't correct a mistake in a story about a protest outside his office that made him sound like a liar, so now he's suing its two top editors for $50,000 in Middlesex Superior Court to make up for the libel, emotional distress and invasion of privacy he claims he suffered. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/22 - 9:11 am

Some thought it might never happen, but at 4:50 a.m., after decades in the making, the first trolley to take passengers rolled out of Union Square in Somerville. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/22 - 12:50 pm

And now, as they say, the rest of the story. WBZ interviews the man, who had left his car running to pick up an order at a Somerville McDonald's only to come out to see his car gone.

By adamg - 3/11/22 - 9:37 am

A federal appeals court yesterday agreed with a lower-court judge that Ron Newman of Somerville neither libeled Johnny Monsarrat nor infringed on his copyright in postings on an online forum that Newman ran. Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 12:37 pm

Somerville has launched the latest salvo in humanity's ongoing battle with rattus: Small environmentally friendly death chambers that can sense the presence of a rat and then electrocute it. Read more.

By adamg - 2/20/22 - 1:59 pm

About a dozen freedum fighters barged into Aeronaut Brewery today without masks on and demanded service, only they were denied and then kicked out because Aeronaut requires customers to show proof of vaccination and now they are threatening to sue.

By adamg - 2/16/22 - 1:30 pm

Somerville Police report arresting one man in connection with a shootout at the Mystic development Tuesday afternoon, say additional men stopped not long after in Cambridge might also have been involved. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/22 - 9:58 am
Two stuck buses at Davis busway

Andrew Ferreira shows us the scene at the Davis Square bus stop around 9:30 a.m., where two buses got stuck, leaving another 10 northbound buses behind them unable to move as well.

By adamg - 1/1/22 - 11:12 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for a man who pulled a gun on somebody at the Assembly Orange Line stop around 7:25 tonight.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous text to 873873.

By adamg - 12/20/21 - 10:25 pm

Slutcracker producers announced today the show can't go on, after at least one cast member tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 8:53 pm
Test trolleys on tracks between Union Square and Lechmere

Adam Nichols captured some of the action tonight on the Union Square stub, where Green Line operators have begun driving trolleys to test things out and get familiar with the new line. Read more.

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