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By adamg - 12/5/19 - 11:49 am

Pegasystems, which makes software for large corporations, has shown enough proof that it was damaged by a research report claiming a competitor's offerings were far superior that it can continue its federal lawsuit against the competitor that secretly paid for the report and the research firm that wrote it, a judge ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/19 - 10:03 am

WBZ reports that a Suffolk Superior Court judge this morning sentenced Kevin Otto, owner of Atlantic Drain Service of Roslindale, to two years in jail for the deaths of two of his workers in a trench at Dartmouth and Tremont streets in the South End in 2016. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 1:33 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday rejected a Dollar Tree store proposed for 493 Washington St. in Codman Square after aides to Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Andrea Campbell said that it could cause traffic problems and, besides, there's already a Dollar Tree a mile away on Talbot Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 11/29/19 - 3:55 pm

Kelly's, the Revere Beach landmark with outlets in Danvers, Saugus and Medford, has set up a subsidiary called Kelly's Roast Beef Franchising, LLC, whose purpose should be obvious from the name, but just in case, if you call up the certificate of organization, its purpose is defined: Read more.

By adamg - 11/26/19 - 12:22 pm

Massachusetts Beverage Business reports that a group representing the state's package stores is suing to block a proposed 2020 referendum that would let convenience-store chains, specifically Cumberland Farms, own as many liquor licenses as they want.

The plaintiffs, led by Sav-Mor Liquors Benjamin Weiner, said AG Maura Healey blew it by approving the measure, in part because it asks voters to do four separate things and the state constitution only allows ballot questions to ask voters to do just one thing at a time.

By adamg - 11/26/19 - 8:39 am

NBC Boston reports on the decision by the Boston Public Health Commission to ban menthols from convenience stores and other places where the under-21 set is allowed in.

By adamg - 11/25/19 - 5:04 pm

A.C. Moore's parent company is closing all of the chain's outlets, including the one in the Dedham Mall. Some could become Michaels stores; no word on whether that includes the Dedham store.

By adamg - 11/25/19 - 9:09 am

Sam Klein provides an overview of the impending takeover of the non-profit group that controls .org Internet domains by a newly created venture firm based in the Boston area with a fully buzzword-compliant Web site.

Via Ian Lamont.

By adamg - 11/25/19 - 9:04 am

WBUR reports the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad got some loaners of Boston Dynamics's "Spot" robots - basically the pets a Terminator might have - and actually used them in the field at least twice. State Police declined to say exactly how they used them; the ACLU, of course, has some questions.

By adamg - 11/23/19 - 5:37 pm
Closed Dunkin' Donuts in Maverick Square

The Maverick Square Dunkin' Donuts: Closed today.

Just three days after ISD shut the Dunkin' Donuts in Maverick Square for health violations, the chain has sued its owner to take away its franchise. Read more.

By adamg - 11/22/19 - 2:57 pm

The hotel and Unite Here 26, which represents workers, came to an agreement and workers voted today to ratify the new contract, the union reports. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 11:53 am

Equal Exchange, which specializes in selling coffee, bananas and other foods from small farms around the world, is close to an agreement to buy Jamaica Plain's two City Feed and Supply stores - the original "little Feed" on Boylston Street and the larger Centre Street store. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 11:30 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Castle Island Brewing plans to open a brewery and pub in part of the old Cole Hersee factory at Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Avenue.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 9:11 am

The Globe reports on a council vote yesterday for a new city cannabis board that would determine who gets licenses in Boston - with an emphasis on local, minority owners. It's the result of an agreement between Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) and Mayor Walsh.

Proposed ordinance (5.9M PDF).

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 11:04 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a recreational dispensary at 1292 Blue Hill Ave., between Fessenden and Evelyn streets. Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 10:07 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposal by Lee's Market on Commonwealth Avenue at Washington Street in Brighton to start selling beer, wine and spirits. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/19 - 4:02 pm

The Beacon Hill Times reports on one Beacon Hill resident's plans to turn the now shuttered restaurant on Charles Street into a cafe on the first floor and a bookstore on the second and third floors. Read more.

By adamg - 11/17/19 - 2:13 pm

A federal judge ruled Friday that the former owners of the Suffolk Downs racetrack provided evidence of possible wrongdoing by the company that won the Boston area's casino license - but failed to prove that was evidence of racketeering. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/19 - 10:09 pm
White material on Summer Street downtown

Crew examines car turned white by material spewed by pipe. Photo by the Fort Pointer.

Update: The stuff included asbestos.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 99 Summer St., near Kingston Street, around 5:30 a.m. after "e steam leak earlier sprayed unknown debris in the area." Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/19 - 1:37 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by the Playwright, 658 East Broadway, to expand its capacity and add residential units on floors above it - but board members said they are concerned by complaints from nearby residents about boisterious, often angry customers, especially at closing time. Read more.

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