On an unscheduled inspection of the Sidebar on Bromfield Street last month, BPD Sgt. William Gallagher asked a young-looking customer with a draft beer for his ID. The man handed over a Dutch ID showing him to be over 21. But then Gallagher flexed the card - a standard step to check whether an ID is fake, because fake IDs often have cheap laminating that separates from the paper underneath when bent. Read more.
The proposed owners of a new restaurant in a Chestnut Hill Avenue spot that has been causing problems for years vow they won't repeat the mistakes of the past two places there - which included having workers drag unconscious patrons into alleys and letting under-age BC students belly up to the bar. Read more.
The doorman at Bijou on Stuart Street was a bit suspicious of the young-looking woman with the Maine license trying to get into the club one October night, even though her ID checked out OK on the computerized scanner he uses. So he turned to a trick police and the more experienced door staff use to ferret out people with fraudulent IDs: He asked her the state capital. When she replied "Augusta," he let her in - because most people who get fake IDs don't expect to be quizzed on facts about the state they're allegedly from and can't answer such questions. Read more.
An MIT fraternity in Kenmore Square found itself hauled before the Boston Licensing Board today to face police citations for allowing underage drinking and vaping at a party in which way more people were stuffed into the building than allowed by its Boston-issued licenses. Read more.
Two bars not normally associated with Boston College had to explain today how underage BC students were able to get in and consume adult beverages until the moment detectives from the BPD licensing unit asked for their IDs. Read more.
But the Commonwealth's Flagship Campus would prefer it if students express their hatred for Nazis in ways that do not include the use of profanity if at all possible. Read more.
The BC Heights reports.
The Harvard Crimson reports "recent cases of mumps and infectious mononucleosis" at the school.
Mayor Walsh and a local philanthropic family are starting a fund to provide financial support to Boston students at certain local colleges who are nearing graduation but who might be forced to drop out because of financial hardships. Read more.
The Crimson rips the lid off the story: Not all Harvard students really want to see a football game and are trying to earn some bucks by selling their Game tickets even though they're not supposed to. Prices have gone up because Fenway has assigned seats, unlike when the Game is at the Stadium. Deans have gotten involved; students are being warned they face possible disciplinary action.
The Huntington News reports on a protest aimed at getting Northeastern to increase its voluntary payments in lieu of taxes.
Boston has long asked non-profits to kick in 25% of what they would pay in property taxes if their property were commercial instead of non-profit. Northeastern has always been on the low side of PILOT payments, but says it more than makes up for it in other things, such as annual scholarships for Boston residents attending Northeastern - and the $100 million it put into renovating a city playground (in a statement, the university did not mention that that money also gave it rights to use the playground).
A company that is opening a medical-marijuana dispensary in East Boston said it has a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy BC dive Mary Ann's on Beacon Street and rebuild the decrepit place into a contemporary pot shop serving both recreational and medical marijuana users. Read more.
The Huntington News reports a well meaning Northeastern student gave $60 to a guy at Ruggles who said he needed to get back to New Hampshire. Campus police caught up with him and escorted him off campus.
Won't you help? Harvard upperclassmen haven't been able to get hot food for breakfast since the U eliminated it to save money during the Great Recession in 2009. The Crimson issues a plaintive plea for help:
After eating a full, healthy breakfast, students will be more prepared for the classes they have that day. Students are better equipped to get the most out of their education when they are not distracted by hunger, and more enticing breakfast options could help promote regularized eating schedules.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a worker at UMass Boston can proceed with a libel suit against the news editor at the campus newspaper, which published a photo of him in 2013 provided by campus police - who wanted to ask him whether he was photographing women on a shuttle bus from the JFK/UMass T stop to the school. Read more.
The Crimson reports six women were chosen to perform in this year's Hasty Pudding productions.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who charged Harvard University failed to do enough to protect her from assaults and harassment by her ex-boyfriend and his pals while they were students there. Read more.
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