Sidecar Shutting Down
Ridesharing app Sidecar, a competitor to Uber and Lyft, “will cease ride and delivery operations at 2PM Pacific Time, December 31,” Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul disclosed in a Medium post Tuesday. He said the company has had a number of achievements in ridesharing “despite a significant capital disadvantage” (to Uber and Lyft, obviously). “Long ago we conceived of the technology that gave rise to the rideshare movement. And nearly four years ago we invented what is now known as ‘ridesharing’ with an app that connected riders with everyday drivers in their personal vehicle,” Paul wrote. Sidecar had raised $35 million from investors including Avalon Ventures, SV Angel and Union Square Ventures, according to TechCrunch, and Union Square’s Fred Wilson had been involved with the company. Read more on TechCrunch.
DraftKings Gets Illinois AG Agreement on Court Schedule
After Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week said daily fantasy sports constitutes “illegal gambling,” DraftKings said Tuesday that it’s reached agreement with the AG to get an “expedited court schedule” in the state in connection with its lawsuit against Madigan. Here’s the full statement from DraftKings: “We are pleased that we have reached agreement with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office today on an expedited court schedule ?for determining the legality of the daily fantasy sports contests that DraftKings is offering in Illinois. We remain committed to providing DFS to the hundreds of thousands of loyal Illinois fans who love the game, and we look forward to our day in court, where we are confident we will prevail.” The schedule says that Madigan will have to respond to the complaint filed by DraftKings by Jan. 22, while pretrial proceedings must be done by April 28 and a trial will be set for June 27 or soon afterwards.
Less Than 1″ of Snow This Morning in Boston; MBTA Delays
Speeds on the Massachusetts Turnpike were reduced to 40 miles per hour Tuesday morning as the winter’s first snowfall swept across the state. The storm left only a light coating of snow in Boston as of early morning, but the sleet and freezing rain that are following it are making for slippery conditions. Accidents have been reported (Globe) on 495 North around Chelmsford, Route 3 north in Hingham, Route 24 in Brockton and on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Switching problems are blamed for delays on the Green Line and Red Line.
Howard Leibowitz, 63, Aide to Menino and Flynn Administrations
The Boston Globe has an obituary of longtime Boston politico Howard Leibowitz, an aide to mayors Raymond Flynn and Thomas Menino, who died Sunday at the age of 63 after suffering a heart attack at his Jamaica Plain home. Friends and colleagues remembered a political savant with a dedication to the issues of affordable housing and homelessness. “Mr. Leibowitz, who grew up in public housing in Brighton, brought an encyclopedic, street-level understanding of the city to his job as a campaign worker, as a housing analyst for Flynn, and as a jack-of-all-trades liaison to federal and state officials for Flynn and Menino,” writes the Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie.
The Best Art in Boston, 2015
WBUR’s Artery blog rounds up the best art in Boston, with an emphasis on public art: “The most exciting thing about art around Boston in 2015 was how it broke out of museum walls and took to the streets,” writes author Greg Cook. He cites installations at the Lawn on D and Janet Echelman’s “As If It Were Already Here,” the lacy canopy stretched over the Rose Kennedy Greenway this summer. WBUR reports.
Bill Clinton Is Coming to New Hampshire
Former President Bill Clinton will be stumping for spouse and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire next week. He’ll be there Jan. 4. Supporters of Donald Trump are calling it a “dream come true.” The Herald reports.
Donald Trump in N.H.: ‘This Is a Movement’
Speaking of Trump, the larger-than-life Republican candidate was in Nashua, N.H., Monday night, for a rally that filled the Pennichuck Middle School gymnasium and then some. “This is a–an unbelievable thing happening,” Trump said. “I don’t even use the term ‘silent majority,’ because they’re really a noisy group of people.” In his speech, Trump mocked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and said the GOP could broaden its appeal to voters by supporting expanded gun rights and an end to Common Core education requirements. He blamed New Hampshire’s opioid addiction crisis on illegal immigration. “We’re going to build a wall,” he said. The Globe reports.