T Service Suspended From Wage Protestors
As part of a national movement, demonstrators collected in front of the Statehouse today to advocate raising wages to $15 an hour, WCVB reports. Additionally, earlier today, protestors blocked off part of the Green Line in front of Northeastern University as they rallied for higher salaries for adjunct professors. These academics technically work at universities on a part-time basis with low compensation, little job security and no benefits. Demonstrators for the latter group temporarily suspended T service from Prudential to Heath Street.
The Princeton Review Left out MIT Because It Had to
The Princeton Review released its list of Top 25 Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2016. As expected, some Boston-based universities came out on top. Babson landed on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists – taking first and second places respectively. Harvard secured the top spot for graduate schools, while Northeastern was named the fifth best for undergrads. But MIT was left completely out of the mix. It turns out, only schools that participated in a survey were eligible for ranking. According to The Princeton Review, MIT chose not to do it.
“We have very high regard for MIT and do work closely with them on many other projects and rank them in various categories for both undergraduate and graduate studies,” said David Soto on behalf of The Princeton Review.
Spark Capital Adds 1st Female General Partner
Megan Quinn, formerly a a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has joined Spark Capital as a West Coast-based general partner in the Spark Capital Growth fund. Quinn disclosed the move to Spark, which is based in Boston and has the majority of its partners here, in a Medium post Tuesday. “Spark has ten years of profound success in venture investing, but our growth fund is only a year old. The firm is well established in Boston and New York, but our physical footprint in Silicon Valley is still fresh,” she wrote.
Quinn, who also previously was Square’s director of products and before that spent seven years at Google, is Spark Capital’s first female general partner. She is following the addition of Kevin Thau as a general partner at Spark’s San Francisco office, in May. Quinn wrote in the Medium post, “I am excited and energized by the opportunity to help shape the future of the firm and expand our reach in Silicon Valley. So excited, in fact, that I started yesterday.”
Texas BBQ Joint Hill Country Barbecue Headed to Fort Point
Low and slow Texas BBQ joint Hill Country Barbecue is officially headed to Fort Point, slated to open in late 2016. Known for a host of tender meats and sides, the spot at 374 Congress St. will also feature a full bar serving beer, whiskey and the like. Since opening in 2007, Hill Country has been one of the top 10 barbecue joints in the country by The Wall Street Journal and was named one of his top five favorite restaurants by former New York Times food critic, Frank Bruni.
New Tesla Stores Planned in the Boston Area
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors (TSLA) is planning to add another two locations in the Boston area, in Chestnut Hill and Hingham, in the near future following the opening of a Tesla store at the Prudential Center on Friday, according to a report from Boston.com. The Hingham location will be at the Derby Street Shoppes and will debut next month, while a date hasn’t been set for the Chestnut Hill location, according to the report.
Restaurants to Get Letter Grades
Copying a page from New York and L.A.’s city services menu, Boston will begin assigning letter grades to restaurants based on their health inspection results. The program will begin early next year and in its first year will post the grades online only. Eventually, the city will require letter grades to be posted in restaurant windows. Establishments getting a “C,” the lowest grade, will get a re-inspection within 30 days. The Boston Globe reports.
100 Wind Turbines Pitched off Martha’s Vineyard
A Danish energy firm that bought rights to build offshore wind turbines near the controversial Cape Wind development is proposing 100 of them in Nantucket Sound, 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. In May, DONG Energy of Denmark bought the development lease spanning about 293 square miles from RES America Development. Cape Wind, meanwhile, is in troubled water financially after Eversource and National Grid pulled out of agreements to buy 75 percent of its electricity. “It’s absolutely a better plan” than Cape Wind, Audra Parker, president of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a Cape Wind opposition group, told the Globe. “We find these areas to be far more superior” for offshore wind farms.
Uber Rolls Out New Safety Feature in Boston
Uber is starting to roll out a new safety feature for its ridesharing app, and Boston has become one of the first cities where users are receiving the update. The feature, called SafetyNet, lets users “pre-select up to five contacts who will receive information about their trip, including their location on a map, as well as the first name and vehicle information of the driver-partner bringing them to their destination,” according to an Uber blog post. Once the five contacts are selected, a user can hit the “Send Status to Contacts” button while on a ride to automatically send that information. The SafetyNet feature is expected to be rolled out nationally “in the coming weeks.”
Kendall Square Is Getting a Massive Sculpture of a Neuron
BioMed Realty commissioned the 25-foot-tall, 2.5-ton sculpture of bronze and glass, which is to be unveiled today in South Plaza Park at 450 Kendall St. “I am very passionate about putting life into my work and creating installations that are both recognizable and yet provoke further thought,” said its New England-based sculptor, Chris Williams, in a statement. Boston Magazine reports.
Fenway Park Was Erroneously Used On the Washington Nationals’ Calendar
In a truly bizarre turn of events, Fenway Park made a surprise appearance on the cover of a Major League Baseball team’s annual calendar. The only problem is that it wasn’t the Red Sox’ calendar, it was the Washington Nationals’. Clearly this is a truly head-scratching error on the part of the Nationals, except that it technically isn’t the team’s fault. The blame falls to another company that was tasked with producing the calendar for the team. More on this, including a statement from the league, in an article from USA Today sports blog For The Win.
Baker Plans Legislative Push to Support Self-Driving Cars
State officials in the Baker administration are planning to to make a legislative push that would let companies like Google, Tesla Motors and Toyota test self-driving cars on Massachusetts’s roads, according to the Boston Business Journal. Citing “sources,” the BBJ reported that “officials in the state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development are seeking a legal roadmap to make it easier for companies … to operate their autonomous cars around the state.” The news comes just after Toyota last week announced a $1 billion investment to open research facilities for artificial intelligence and robotics near the MIT and Stanford University campuses.
‘Fight for $15’ Minimum Wage Protest Rolls Through Boston Tuesday
If you’re planning your typical morning pitstop at Dunkin’ Donuts, hold the phone: A national minimum wage movement called Fight for $15 is set to roll through Boston, affecting establishments such as McDonald’s, Burger King and, yeah, Dunkin’ Donuts. A picket line is planned for a Dorchester McDonald’s, and Faneuil Hall will see an afternoon rally. The Boston Globe has more.