A vape shop located in a Danvers mall Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s four-month ban on the sale of vaping products, saying it is unenforceable and enacted without sufficient notice. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court, comes two days after Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency and applied the ban to both tobacco and marijuana vaping products. Vapor Zone, which sells e-cigarettes and components in the Liberty Tree Mall, wants the court to void Baker’s declaration and find that state officials cannot enforce the ban, according to the court filing. … [Read more...] about Danvers mall vape shop sues state over temporary ban
For our article in this Sunday’s magazine about Ron Douglas, a “self-reliance” entrepreneur, we asked him if we could take his huge stash of disaster-preparedness supplies, lay them out on his family’s front lawn and have our photographer Dwight Eschliman shoot them from a 35-foot-high lift. Amazingly, Douglas agreed. (See Eschliman’s time-lapse photography above.) Eschliman says that it took all day and required 15 peopleÂ to set up the photo shoot: Douglas, his wife, his six children, two volunteers from his church, two missionaries, Eschliman himselfÂ and his two assistants. “Most of the supplies were in his basement,” Eschliman told me in an e-mail. “We created a bucket brigade that started in the crawl space in the back of the basement.” It took almost six hours for the team to transfer the bulk of Douglas’s stockpile to his front lawn. Of all the stuff Douglas has stored in preparation for the … [Read more...] about Let’s Put Hundreds of Things on Your Front Lawn, O.K.?
The only limerick I have ever really appreciated was written in Bob Marshallâs 1981 book, âDiary of a Yankee-Hater.â It was about Billy Martin, the former Yankees manager who in a drunken rage attacked an honest-to-goodness marshmallow salesman. It was Martinâs last transgression in a Yankees uniform (for a few years, at least) and the limerick went like this: There was a marshmallow salesmen named Cooper Then I encountered the work of Larry Eisenberg, appropriately enough, while reading the comments on a colleague’s blog post. There are many ways to describe Eisenbergâs contributions to The Timesâs online community, but the best one is also the most accurate: pure poetry.Â Eisenberg adds clever limericks to many of the posts on this blog, but he has clearly made an impactÂ in many other places where reader responses are encouraged. His posts aren’t … [Read more...] about The 6th Floor’s Poet in Residence
LONDON — You can get odds on almost anything here. But Coral, the British bookmakers, have suspended betting on the identity of the next James Bond after the odds on the actor Tom Hiddleston shortened sharply in recent days. Ever since Mr. Hiddleston played a hotel-manager-turned-spy this year in the BBC series âThe Night Manager,â rumors have been swirling about his potential move to the Bond franchise. After the Mirror newspaper reported on Thursday that Mr. Hiddleston had been seen with the Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and the director Sam Mendes at Soho House here, a flurry of bets moved Mr. Hiddlestonâs odds from 2-1 to 1-2. âWe’ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market,â Nicola McGeady, a spokeswoman for Coral, which suspended the betting on Mr. Hiddleston on Sunday, said in a BBC report. âThere is no smoke without fire,â she said. … [Read more...] about Think You Know the Next James Bond? Don’t Bet on It
Members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which under the leadership of the conductor Ivan Fischer has become a world-class ensemble and one of Hungaryâs most important cultural exports, is planning a demonstration on Saturday to protest a steep cut in funding from the city of Budapest. While the orchestra gets most of its support from the state, it also receives aid from the city. The orchestra said that its municipal aid was reduced by more than three-quarters last month, cutting its overall budget for the current year by 7 percent. The orchestra said that it planned to cancel some concerts in Budapest and community and education projects. Mr. Fischer has emerged as an outspoken figure in Hungary as the country has drifted rightward in recent years. In 2013 he performed his opera âThe Red Heiferâ there that served as a rebuke to what some saw as a growing tolerance for anti-Semitism in the country. In The Times of London this … [Read more...] about Hungarian Orchestra to Protest Municipal Grant Cuts