Headlines: August 8, 2019
Jury Convicts Two City Hall Officers for Conspiracy and Extortion of Boston Calling Festival Founders.
The jury reached a verdict yesterday regarding the charges against Kenneth Brissette, the city’s director of tourism, and Timothy Sullivan, chief of intergovernmental affairs. Both were alleged to have threatened to withhold liquor licenses from the Boston Calling festival organizers if they did not hire union stagehands. [Boston.com]
Tax Free Weekend Is Coming.
This year's sales tax holiday will be the weekend of August 17th and 18th, giving Massachusetts consumers an opportunity to make some larger purchases without the usual 6.25% sales tax. The annual tax holiday is not a given; it was skipped in 2016 and 2017 due to the state budget gap. [Boston.com]
PSA: Don't Drive Your Big Truck on Storrow Drive.
Friends, that time of year is upon us. September 1st is the dreaded move-in day for most, but it's never too early to get storrowed. A lane of traffic was blocked off on Storrow Drive yesterday while crews worked to extract a truck that got stuck under an overpass in Allston. [Patch]
Preparations for Rising Sea Tides in Coastal Cities.
Boston is one of the five U.S. cities most at-risk due to rising sea levels. Here's an overview of the flood preparedness plans and actions taken by cities including Boston, Miami, New York City, New Orleans, and Tampa. [ScienceNews]
Brookline Woman Demands to Know "Are You From This Country?"
A man named Mohamed recorded a woman asking him this inane question and threatening him with pepper spray because he was walking his dog off-leash at Wards Pond in Brookline. [Patch]
Mayer Walsh's Movie Nights Return, Starting This Week.
As of August 5th, you can catch a free movie outdoors at 11 public parks around the city. Shows begin around 7:45 pm. Check out what's showing and where. [Boston.gov]