Boston Headlines: August 16, 2019
Massachusetts Qdoba Restaurants Fined For Violations of Child Labor Laws.
The state attorney general's office has issued a fine of over $400,000 after finding the chain restaurant operator in violation of state child labor laws at 22 Massachusetts locations. [Eater]
Big Winnings for Encore Boston Harbor.
Encore Boston Harbor, the new casino that opened in Everett at the end of June, made $48.5 million in gambling revenues for the month of July. And $12.1 million of that goes toward state taxes. [MassLive]
Upcoming Food Festivals in the Boston Area.
If you are a foodie (and aren't we all, really), there are some great food festivals you won't want to miss in August and September, including the Fermentation Festival (all things pickled) and the Great Boston Rib Fest at Dorchester Brewing. [Boston.com]
MBTA Bus Schedule Changes for Fall 2019.
If you use the MBTA buses on a regular basis, make sure to review the schedule changes planned for this fall. Some routes were altered as part of the Better Bus Project, trying to make a better world for public bus riders. [MBTA]
List of 50 Safest Places to Raise Children Includes 2 Massachusetts Cities.
Newton and Somerville were included (at #2 and #34, respectively) on Safewise's recent ranking of the 50 safest cities to grow up in. Nashua, NH also made the list at #38. [WHDH]
RMV Slogs Through Backlog to Issue License Suspensions.
After a review of out-of-state violations that should have led to suspensions of MA driver's licenses, the RMV has now issued over 2,400 license suspensions over the past six weeks. This catchup effort comes after a fatal crash that killed 7 in New Hampshire, caused by a driver who should have had his license suspended, but the RMV's backlog of out-of-state violations had been neglected. This has led to calls for increased oversight at the RMV. [WBUR]
MBTA Ferry Runs Aground - 2 Injured.
This morning, an MBTA ferry that operates from Hull to Boston ran aground in Boston Harbor, injuring two. [WHDH]
Gorgeous Full Moon Last Night.
Today in Old News...
In 1870, Nellie Burns was kidnapped from her parents' home. Researchers at the City Archives recently found the ransom note that was sent to her parents. While the full story remains a mystery, it would seem that she was eventually returned, as a man collected a $500 reward for providing information leading to Nellie's return, and a woman was sentenced to six years for the kidnapping. Check out the original letters on [Boston.gov]
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