Restaurant Turns Away Diners For Having Too Many Service Dogs

Restaurant Turns Away Diners For Having Too Many Service Dogs

Police were summoned to a Boston-area restaurant over the weekend after a group of 13 diners, including six with service dogs, were turned away by the manager for fear that so many canines could cause chaos. [More]

Sick Of Comcast Rate Hikes, Boston Mayor Asks FCC To Let City Regulate Cable Prices

Sick Of Comcast Rate Hikes, Boston Mayor Asks FCC To Let City Regulate Cable Prices

In the city of Boston, where most residents only have access to Comcast service, the price of basic cable has soared 60% over the last three years. So the city’s mayor, Thomas Menino, has asked the Federal Communications Commission to let the city regulate the cost of cable. [More]

Man Randomly Tosses $100 In Singles At Starbucks Customers

Man Randomly Tosses $100 In Singles At Starbucks Customers

Like a scene out of some wacky ’80s comedy, customers at a Boston Starbucks were showered in cash on St. Patrick’s day when a man decided to let fly with 100 one-dollar bills inside the coffee shop. [More]

Unemployed Law Student Will Hand Back Degree For Tuition Refund

Unemployed Law Student Will Hand Back Degree For Tuition Refund

An out of work Boston College law student wrote an open letter to his college’s dean with an unusual proposition. [More]

Boston Jumping On Anti-Soda Ban-Wagon

Boston Jumping On Anti-Soda Ban-Wagon

Life may soon be a little less sweet for city employees in Boston, as officials consider the idea of curbing — or even completely cutting — sales of sugary drinks on city-owned property. [More]

Judge Slashes RIAA's $675,000 File Sharing Award To $67,500

Judge Slashes RIAA's $675,000 File Sharing Award To $67,500

A federal judge yesterday bench slapped the Recording Industry of America, calling a jury’s $675,000 verdict against file sharer Joel Tenenbaum both eye-popping and unconstitutional. The judge struck a strikingly populist tone in reducing the verdict to $67,500, arguing that the same legal reasoning that protects large corporations from excessive punitive damages also protects “ordinary people” like Tenenbaum. [More]

Hey Boston, You Want FiOS? Too Bad

Hey Boston, You Want FiOS? Too Bad

If you live in the city of Boston, those “FiOS Guy” commercials are about close as you’re going to get to Verizon’s fiber-optic cable/phone/internet service in the foreseeable future. [More]

Boston Bridal Show Was Massive Scam That Duped Over 6,000 Victims

Boston Bridal Show Was Massive Scam That Duped Over 6,000 Victims

This weekend was supposed to be the Boston 411 Spring Home & Bridal Show, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Now police are saying that the entire thing was an elaborate scam that pulled in money from attendees and vendors, raking in more than $150,000 over the past five months. The scammers used a website, Facebook page and Twitter account to promote the event, used PayPal to accept payments, sold fake hotel room reservations and issued fake conference passes. Boston police and the FBI are investigating, but so far nobody has been taken into custody. [More]

Heads-Up FedEx Driver Makes Bonus Delivery Attempt

Heads-Up FedEx Driver Makes Bonus Delivery Attempt

Reader Chris and his girlfriend were spared a long rush-hour drive through hideous Boston traffic because a FedEx driver making a large delivery to a single location had the good sense to load up his spare truck space with packages bound for nearby addresses. [More]

Hyatts In Boston Decide To Outsource Housekeeping

Hyatts In Boston Decide To Outsource Housekeeping

Housekeepers at three Hyatt hotels in Boston made over $15 an hour and had benefits like 401(k) retirement plans and health insurance. On August 31st, Hyatt laid them off en masse—after first having them train their replacements under the guise of creating a holiday fill-in staff—and turned the housekeeping duties over to an outside firm.

30 Songs? That'll Be $675,000

30 Songs? That'll Be $675,000

A Boston jury yesterday ruled that file sharer Joel Tenenbaum would have to pay the Recording Industry of America $675,000 for sharing 30 copyrighted songs. The hefty award was all the more surprising because Tenenbaum was represented by a crack team of legal eagles from Harvard’s law school. The trial didn’t unfold nearly the way they planned…

Boston Police Department: We Will Let You Know When The Zombies Come

Boston Police Department: We Will Let You Know When The Zombies Come

The first surprising part of this story is that the Boston Police Department has a Twitter feed. They use it to post breaking police-type information that’s useful to the public, such as roads closed due to car accidents, crime data, big arrests, etc. Sometimes they also reply to reader questions. And that is how TruTV learned that the Boston police will not hide the zombie invasion from the public.

New York Times Was Just Joking About That Whole 'Closing The Boston Globe' Thing

New York Times Was Just Joking About That Whole 'Closing The Boston Globe' Thing

Those pesky unions, always asking for reasonable pay for their employees, decent working conditions, continued employment and the like. Well, the New York Times Company found a way to deal with the scalawags at the Boston Globe: threaten to fire ‘em all and shut down their place of business.

Ride For Free On Jet Blue (If You Can Get Yourself "Trapped" In The Cargo Hold)

Ride For Free On Jet Blue (If You Can Get Yourself "Trapped" In The Cargo Hold)

A Jet Blue employee hitched a free flight from JFK Airport in NYC to Logan Airport in Boston this past weekend, after getting trapped in the cargo hold before takeoff. Police aren’t charging him with a crime, but they told the Boston Globe that, “Even after talking to him, we were a little uncertain as to how it happened.” He apparently called the company from the cargo hold once the plane was in the air—which is exactly what we would do to deflect suspicion in a scheme like this. Tokyo, here we come via new part-time job as a baggage handler!

Fake Repairman Preys On Powerless Worcesterians

Fake Repairman Preys On Powerless Worcesterians

After ice storms slammed Boston and left thousands without power, one opportunist saw a chance to make a buck in the dark.

Try Consumer Reports' Website For Free And Increase Your Shopping Abilities

Try Consumer Reports' Website For Free And Increase Your Shopping Abilities

Consumer Reports has set up some cute mall kiosks in the Boston Area so that shoppers can research products while they are shopping, but if you can’t get to Boston you can still give the website a try.

Inside The Mind Of A Liquidator

Inside The Mind Of A Liquidator

Interesting facts from a Boston Globe article profiling a member of the Tweeter liquidation team, David “The Junkyard Dog” Spehar:

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