Rihanna Visits the Pour House.
Boston pub The Pour House has a celebrity fan. According to an Instagram post by the owner of Pour House featuring photographic evidence, Rihanna stopped by twice this week. [WHDH]

Amazon Store Opens in the Natick Mall.
Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but a physical Amazon store has opened in the Natick Mall. "Amazon 4-Star" will offer only items with the highest ratings on the site. This is Amazon's fifth brick-and-mortar location in the U.S. [Boston.com]

Despite Concerns, Everett Has Seen Little Traffic Impact Since Casino Opened.
The traffic mitigation plan seems to be working quite well, as CommonWealth reports that traffic has not gotten any worse since Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors in Everett three months ago. [CommonWealth]

Massachusetts Will Begin to Collect Sales Tax From Online Purchases.
Online shoppers in Massachusetts will begin to see the state sales tax showing up on their online purchases from large online retailers (those who sell more than $100,000 in a calendar year to consumers in the state). Lawmakers say this will level the playing field for smaller in-state businesses who are already required by law to collect state sales tax. [WBUR]

Emerson College Student Dies After Head Trauma During Weekend Scuffle.
After getting into a fight with another group of college students over the weekend, Emerson College sophomore Daniel Hollis never regained consciousness. Police are still investigating the incident that led to the young man's death. [CBS Boston]

State Backlog Means Marijuana Stores Are Low on Bud.
Before cannabis products can be sold in Massachusetts, they must be tested and approved by a state lab. Due to a testing backlog in the two testing labs that have been licensed by the state, there is a shortage of recreational marijuana available at New England Treatment Access in Brookline and Northampton. Medical marijuana users will receive priority. [CommonWealth]

Police Search for Driver Who Damaged Bluebikes.
The Bluebike bicycle docking stations are strategically placed around Boston so that anyone can rent a bike and get where they need to go. On Wednesday morning, a driver rammed their car into a bike dock at South Station, and police are searching for the person responsible for the destruction of several bikes. [Universal Hub]

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