Local Headlines: September 30, 2019
Mystic Brewery Announces It Will Cease Operations.
The Chelsea brewery announced on Friday that it plans to shut down permanently in the coming weeks. Founder Bryan Greenhagen posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was proud of all that the crew had accomplished, but did not give a reason for the closure. [Eater]
New Report Suggests Most Vaping-Related Deaths Linked to Illicit Pot Products.
On Friday, the CDC issued new information on its warning about vaping-related illnesses, suggesting that illicit marijuana vaping products may be the cause in the majority of cases. Governor Baker said he stands by his decision to ban all vaping related products, for both marijuana and tobacco, in Massachusetts for the next four months while the health impacts are investigated further. [Boston Globe]
DA's Office to Investigate Hundreds of Cold Case Files.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced an initiative to revisit unsolved murders in the Boston area. According to the DA's office, there are 1,367 open murder cases in the district that go back as far as the 1960s. [WBUR]
Environmental Protest Blocks Congress Street Bridge for Hours.
On Friday during the afternoon commute, hundreds of protesters blocked traffic on the Congress Street bridge to hold signs demanding political action to combat climate change. The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots movement that aims to inspire climate change response. [Boston Globe]
Beacon Hill Pub Turning Into Fancy Dining Establishment.
The building that houses the neighborhood dive bar has reportedly been purchased for over $5.5 million. Beacon Hill Pub will be converted into a high-end restaurant, with short-term suites above it for business executives and families of patients at Boston hospitals. [Beacon Hill Times]
Man Dies Following Police Standoff At a JP Bed & Breakfast.
When police went to investigate a report of a disturbance at 21 Wyman Street in JP, a man fired a handgun at police officers, then barricaded himself inside. He died of a gunshot wound during the exchange. Over 20 guests were evacuated from the B&B. [WCVB]