Despite Financial Uncertainty, The Lawn on D Will Return This Spring
The Globe reported not so long ago that The Lawn on D was facing financial troubles – spending far more than it was bringing in, causing it to question whether it would be back the following year. Now, it appears its fate has been sealed. “The goal is to keep Lawn on D open while moving toward self sufficiency,” said Massachusetts Convention Center Authority chief strategy officer Johanna StorellaLepore. That means an increased effort to improve operations for the next three to four years – which means your favorite public playground for adults gets new life.
Tsarnaev Case Returns to Court This Week
Lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will try this week to convince U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. that Tsarnaev deserves a new trial. The hearing, the first since O’Toole sentenced Tsarnaev to death in June, will also include prosecutors’ bid to learn more about Tsarnaev’s living conditions inside the Supermax penitentiary in Colorado. Tsarnaev, 22, is not expected to appear. Meanwhile, Stephen Silva, Tsarnaev’s friend who lent him the pistol he used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier, will face sentencing. Silva is also 22. The Boston Herald reports.
Police Officer Killed in Colorado Was a Melrose Native
Officer Garrett Swasey, killed in a gunman’s attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday, was a Melrose native who graduated from Melrose High School in 1989. Swasey, 44, had moved west to pursue a figure-skating career and eventually taken a job as a police officer at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The Associated Press reports (via Wicked Local Melrose).
Wegmans to Open 4th Boston-Area Store
The Rochester-based grocery chain known for its prepared foods reportedly has Medford set in its sights for a fourth store in the Boston area. Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn reportedly made the announcement in his final state of the union address last night. Wegmans already has stores in Burlington, Chestnut Hill and Westwood, according to its store locator. The Globe reports on McGlynn’s speech. Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the planned Medford Wegmans.
Patriots Lose Gronkowski, Perfect Record in Game Vs. Denver
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left the field in the fourth quarter last night with a right-knee injury following a hit by Broncos safety Darian Stewart on an incomplete pass. Gronkowski’s injury isn’t serious, USA Today reports, citing an unnamed person with knowledge of his condition. That’s a relief because the Patriots have already suffered season-ending injuries to left tackle Nate Solder, running back Dion Lewis and receiver Aaron Dobson, not to mention Julian Edelman’s indefinite absence with a foot injury. The Broncos won last night’s game in overtime with a 48-yard touchdown run by running back C.J. Anderson. Highlights. Write-up.
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (as well as other sources), Gronkowski has a “minor knee strain.” This will apparently only keep him out for a “week or two.” It’s basically as good a scenario as the Patriots could’ve hoped for.
Shareholders Push For Changes to Dell-EMC Deal
Dell’s planned $67 billion acquisition of EMC is getting some pushback from a number of shareholders in EMC and VMware, who are proposing changes to the deal in return for a vote in favor of it, according to a Re/code report. Shareholders are reacting after a drop in share price for both companies since the Dell-EMC acquisition plan was announced on Oct. 12. Shareholders from VMware and EMC are reportedly asking for measures including a $3 billion buyback of VMware shares by the company; a spin off of the Virtustream cloud computing unit; and an adjustment to the rights associated with tracking stock. Shortly after the report, Reuters reported that EMC is now planning to keep a majority stake in Virtustream rather than running it as a joint venture with VMware.
Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Is Closing Down
Dann and Martha of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project announced Tuesday via a company blog post that they are closing the seven-year-old company and moving on to other things. “We hope our beers brought you joy and brought you closer together,” they wrote. “There’s no greater goal for a batch of beer or a project like ours.” No news on where they’ll go next, but expect Pretty Things to be available through at least 2016.