Boston Headlines: August 14, 2019
Newton Judge Shelley Joseph Will Collect a Paycheck.
The state's Supreme Court ruled that Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph can resume being paid her salary while her criminal case is pending. Joseph is charged with helping a man evade a federal immigration officer in her courthouse. She has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice. [WHDH]
Founder of MA-Based 'Barstool Sports' Threatens to Fire Employees If They Try to Unionize.
It is illegal under federal labor law for employers to discourage union activities. Dave Portnoy, founder of the media company Barstool Sports, tweeted that he would fire anyone seeking legal assistance to form a union. When someone commented that they hoped Barstool employees would go ahead and form a union, Portnoy said, “Me too. Just so I can crush it and reassert my dominance.” Sounds like a fun boss. [Variety]
Proposed Ballot Question Would Require Gun Owners to Use a Safe.
One proposed question for the 2020 state ballot would require gun owners to store their weapons in a safe in their homes. Current law requires gun owners to keep their weapons secure with a tamper-resistant lock, and gun control advocates say this is working. [NECN]
The Green Line Extension May Face Delays.
Currently, passenger service is scheduled to begin in December 2021, but transportation officials are hedging on that date, saying the project is running behind. [WCVB]
Meth Use Is on the Rise in Massachusetts.
After aggressive behavior attributed to methamphetamine use in the South End last week, concerns rise about the increasing number of meth users and the unpreparedness of treatment service providers. Since meth is a stimulant, there's little overlap in treatment with those addicted to opioids. [Boston Globe]