Boston Headlines: August 22, 2019
Former MA State Police Union President and Top Union Lobbyist Arrested By FBI on Wire Fraud Charges.
Dana Pullman, who resigned last year as the president of the union for the Massachusetts State Police (called "the State Police Association of Massachusetts," or SPAM), has been arrested by the FBI for alleged embezzlement of funds from the union. Pullman is accused of using tens of thousands for personal expenses. Union lobbyist Anne Lynch was also arrested for allegedly sending kickback payments to Pullman for pushing companies to do business with her lobbying firm. [Boston.com]
Signs of South End's "Methadone Mile" At Boston Common.
The problems of drug addiction and homelessness in our city are not just in the South End. They're very apparent at Boston Common, where it's not unusual to find discarded needles and syringes on the ground or homeless people camping out at night. [CommonWealth]
Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Comments on Operation Clean Sweep.
Last month, the Boston Police Department cleared out the area known as Methadone Mile, arresting drug dealers and violent offenders as part of Operation Clean Sweep. Yang says this was the wrong approach because addiction is not a criminal justice problem. He argues that more addiction treatment services are needed. [WGBH]
Maria's Pastry Shop in the North End Will Close in September.
Locals may now have to join tourists in line at Mike's or Modern Pastry, as the lesser-known local gem Maria's Pastry will be closing its doors next month. Maria Merola bought the shop in 1982 from Modern, and she says she is now ready to retire. [Eater]
Man Rescues American Flag From Traffic.
James Deely saw an American flag lying in the middle of Route 24 on his drive home last Friday. The thought of this symbol of patriotism being run over like dead roadkill made him go back and dodge traffic to rescue it. [CBS Boston]
Wayfair's First Brick-and-Mortar Store Opened Yesterday at Natick Mall.
Wayfair, the online furniture and home accessories retailer, has opened a real-life full-service store in the Natick Mall. The store offers digital styling, which shoppers can experience in virtual reality. [CBS Boston]
Bobcat Spotted in West Roxbury.
A woman snapped a photo of a bobcat while she was out on a walk in Millennium Park in West Roxbury. MassWildlife confirmed the sighting. [Patch]