The Red Sox have reached an agreement with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other interest groups to begin selling mixed drinks to fans at Fenway Park, based on testimony before the Boston Licensing Board this morning.
The mayor, police, and community groups expressed support for the Red Sox plan to begin selling mixed drinks at five locations in the ballpark -- after the Red Sox agreed to relocate one stand further away from the bleacher section.
The Red Sox submitted this plan showing the Fenway Park locations where mixed drinks would be served.
The Red Sox proposal initially drew concern from Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis when they asked the licensing board for permission to sell mixed drinks throughout the ballpark, instead of only beer.
But the Red Sox agreed to a number of limits on the liquor sales, including a promise to stop selling mixed drinks two hours after the game begins. Currently, beer sales are allowed until the end of the 7th inning or 2Ĺ hours after the game starts.FULL ENTRY
The Bowker Overpass on Storrow Drive has reopened after temporary repairs were made to the ramp feeding traffic into the Kenmore Square neighborhood.
State Police said the ramp reopened around 11 a.m. today.
The off-ramp from the overpass to Commonwealth Avenue had been shut down since about 7:30 a.m. after a large pothole opened up on the roadway, which has undergone frequent repairs.
Officials said the pothole, described as a foot wide and 12 feet long, was so large that debris crumbled through the roadway onto a grassy area near the Muddy River below.
State Police said the ramp will be open for the evening commute. A permanent fix is expected to be done overnight, State Police said.FULL ENTRY
They met in the Blue Cross Blue Shield board room, on the 8th floor of the old Sears building in the Fenway, and Andrew Dreyfus, the current and only non-gazillionaire Blue Cross CEO we know of, was channeling Marlon Brando as he made his board of directors an offer they couldn't refuse.
Give up your salaries, he suggested, and maybe, just maybe, the people -- give him credit: he didn't say rabble -- will pipe down enough so that we can have a more important conversation about the real causes behind spiraling health care costs.
They agreed unanimously to do so. Just like they had agreed unanimously to give Dreyfus's predecessor, Cleve Killingsworth, a big wet kiss worth $11 million to leave the state's biggest insurer after he ran the non-profit deeper into the red.
It was that previous unanimous vote, done quietly behind closed doors, that led to this more painful (for the board) unanimous vote done in private but proclaimed publicly in an effort to appease the rest of us holding the torches and pitchforks.
All but one of the board's 18 members were either in the room or on speaker phone, and the other one, Bentley College president Gloria Larson, was briefed by Dreyfus before the meeting and gave her blessings, Dreyfus said.
Presumably those on the phone could have put their free hand over the mouthpiece and uttered something unprintable.
But Dreyfus insisted that everybody on the board took the idea of giving up their salaries like an adult.FULL ENTRY
Despite a low turnout in District 7 today, Tito Jackson showed why he is the candidate to beat in the race to replace Chuck Turner on the City Council.
Though bitter wind chills and a general lack of awareness kept most voters away from the polls, Jackson distanced himself from the field of six candidates in the preliminary race to represent Roxbury and parts of the Fenway, the South End, and Dorchester.
Jackson, 35, a Grove Hall native, dominated the race. According to unofficial results posted on the cityís website, with all 31 precincts reporting, he came in first with 1,943 votes, or 67.3 percent.
Jackson will face off March 15 against the second-place candidate, Cornell Mills, who edged out Danielle Renee Williams by 13 votes, 271 to 258.FULL ENTRY
Boston College Eagles forward Jimmy Hayes (10) scores the game-winning goal past Northeastern University Huskies goalie Chris Rawlings (37) to give BC back-to-back Beanpot championships. The game was played Monday night at the TD Garden.
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A federal judge today sentenced Chuck Turner to three years behind bars for accepting a $1,000 bribe, a stinging rebuke to the former Boston city councilor.
US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock rejected an appeal for leniency by defense attorneys, who had asked that the 70-year-old civil rights crusader receive probation and be spared prison because of his more than four decades of service as a community activist and elected official.
Woodlock's stiff sentence came at the urging of prosecutors, who accused Turner of lying on the witness stand and making a mockery of public office and the criminal justice system. They had sought a prison term of 33 to 41 months.
After a jury convicted him in October of attempted extortion and three counts of providing false statements to FBI agents, Turner maintained his innocence and blamed his conviction on a government conspiracy to discredit elected officials of African-American descent.
Today, Woodlock called Turner's testimony during the trial "ludicrous and surreal.''
"The defendant perjured himself at trial,'' he said. "He stated things he knew were not true. ... No one forced him to testify."
US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said after the sentencing that she had been offended by Turner comparing himself to certain other civil rights icons.
"Mr. Turner is no Rosa Parks; he's a convicted felon,'' Ortiz said outside the courtroom, where Turner's supporters gathered to cheer him.
Federal prosecutors urged a judge to send Chuck Turner to prison for a minimum of 2 years and 9 months in a scathing sentencing memorandum that used the former Boston City councilor's own words against him.
Arguing that grandstanding at rallies and in the news media "amplified the crimes," the six-page document quoted Turner 11 times. Turner described his prosecution as a "witch hunt," called the US Constitution an "illegal document," dismissed photographs of him accepting a $1,000 bribe as doctored, and argued that the government was trying to take him down because "they saw the power of communities of color rising up."
"From the day he was confronted with his crime, Turner has engaged in an incendiary campaign of misinformation, obfuscation and blame," read the memorandum, filed Thursday and signed by John J. McNeil, the assistant US attorney who led the successful prosecution of Turner. "As the trial revealed, Turnerís vitriolic campaign was ultimately an act of profound narcissism, in which he sacrificed the best interests of his community in a fraudulent attempt to claim the mantle of an honest public servant."FULL ENTRY
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A 50-year-old Boston cancer researcher was killed when she was hit by a bus this morning near the Longwood Medical Area, authorities said.
Boston police said Simin Arad, of Boston, was crossing the intersection of Ruggles Street and Huntington Avenue, which is near the Wentworth Institute of Technology and Longwood Medical Area, when she was struck by a shuttle bus at 8:49 a.m.
She was rushed to Brigham and Womenís Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Boston police said.
Arad was a breast cancer researcher for both Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's, said her son, Yashar Farahvash, 27.
Witnesses told police Arad was caught underneath the bus. Police blocked off the scene and are conducting an investigation.FULL ENTRY
An ordinance proposed today by two members of the Boston City Council would license up to 25 food trucks with the hope of spurring a small fleet of high-end mobile restaurants.
The proposal, by Councilors Michael P. Ross and Salvatore LaMattina at today's weekly meeting, will require a public hearing and approval by the mayor and a majority of the council. The ordinance draws on lessons learned by other cities that have experienced a proliferation of gourmet food trucks.
It would require a fixed brick-and-mortar commissary for water, supplies, and cleaning; a ban on parking within 100 feet of an established restaurant selling similar food; and other crucial requirements of running a mobile kitchen, such as having a bathroom plan so employees can use the toilet.FULL ENTRY
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, appearing in good spirits today after a five-night stay in the hospital, said he had felt frustrated to be hospitalized but emphasized he had remained in constant contact with his staff, including School Superintendent Carol Johnson who has announced controversial plans to close some city schools.
Menino, wearing khaki pants and gym shoes, said he felt fine as he kidded around with reporters gathered at his home in Boston's Readville neighborhood.
He said he would determine in the next few days when to return to his desk at City Hall. But he emphasized, "My house is just as good as City Hall."
Menino was admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital on Wednesday because medication he took for an infection made him feel ill, said spokeswoman Dot Joyce.FULL ENTRY
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