By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print 3/1/2017, 12:43 p.m. Watch this Harlem Globetrotter Nail a Shot from the TD Garden Rafters We can’t stop watching it. Well, this is incredible.Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes showed off his superhuman skills and made history Wednesday when he drained a shot from all the way up in the TD Garden rafters.“23 banners hang from the rafters of the TD Garden between the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins… but they’ve never seen this before!” the Globetrotters wrote in a Facebook post that’s turning heads today.According the Garden, the feat was a first. “It’s our understanding nobody has attempted a shot from up there,” says spokesman Eric Nemeth. The catwalk is 95 feet in the air.Buckets has a reputation for making impossible shots from extraordinary heights. In December, he broke the record for highest-ever shot in North America when he sunk this one from 583 feet up at San Antonio’s Tower of the Americas.“That’s what we do, we get buckets,” he says in the Boston video. “Everywhere.”The wise-cracking, stunt-performing team is playing at the Garden March 5 and March 11.
Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Wellesley High School Track Coach Arrested for Child Porn The former Harvard coach is facing federal charges. Photo via iStock/artolympicA Wellesley High School track and field coach arrested Thursday is facing federal child pornography charges.Walter Johnson, 69, of Framingham, was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a release. His arrest follows a months-long investigation into child pornography traded by a Craigslist user. Federal agents searched Johnson’s home, where he allegedly admitted to sending and receiving child porn with other Craigslist users.“A preliminary on-scene forensic analysis confirmed child pornography on devices in his home,” prosecutors said.Johnson, a former Harvard track coach and alum, was “immediately terminated” from Wellesley High, where he served as an assistant coach for indoor and outdoor track teams, as well as the head girls’ cross country coach. Johnson also worked as a special education teaching assistant at Wellesley Middle School from 2008 to 2015.“Wellesley Public Schools and officials from the Town of Wellesley are working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other investigatory agencies,” the school district said in a statement. “Given the seriousness of these charges and the impact of this news, we will be ready to offer our support to students, families and staff in the days ahead.”Johnson was detained following an appearance in federal court Thursday, and is due back for detention and probable cause hearing on May 1. By Kyle Scott Clauss· Print 000 4/28/2017, 10:39 a.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee!
314 5/1/2018, 8:00 a.m. By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Welcome to Building Boston, where we chat with local developers, builders, architects, and change-makers about our city.Photo via Cottonwood Management, LLCMeet Alexander Shing. He’s chairman and CEO at Cottonwood Management, a California-based real estate development company working on one of the Seaport’s newest residential towers, EchelonSeaport.My favorite building in Boston’s skyline is…the MacLaurin Building on the MIT campus. Every time I see it, it reminds me of my time at school and how I started my career here in Boston. But by next year, my new favorite will of course be EchelonSeaport.If there’s one thing I could change about Boston, it would be…the winter weather. After those back-to-back Nor’easters the city recently experienced, it reminded me of my dislike for the days of having to dig my car out of the snowbanks on the street and the struggle to scrape my windshield clean after winter storms.I’m working on…EchelonSeaport, one of the largest development projects currently under construction in Boston. Designed by world-renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, we are introducing three 21-story residential towers showcasing a stepped-tower design that will be unique to the Seaport District. Our goal wasn’t to just deliver a place to live, but to offer a new way of life and to bring a greater sense of community to the neighborhood. Beyond EchelonSeaport, we are working on several other milestone projects including an Echelon property in New York as well as additional projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other gateway cities in the US.In 15 years, I hope Boston will…continue to establish its place as a leading global city in innovation even more than it is today. Boston is undergoing a historic development boom, attracting leading corporations across all industries. Companies like Amazon, GE, and Reebok are seeing the value in relocating here or expanding their footprint—especially in the Seaport District. It’s a city rich with innovation, academic energy, and international flair.To help ease the housing crisis, I’m…focused on delivering much-needed housing options to Boston. The city’s population is continuing to grow and with that comes an increased demand for living options. We are eager to help meet that demand with EchelonSeaport by delivering a wide range of condominium and rental options—including affordable housing opportunities—over the next few years.Honestly, I hate it when…I don’t have enough time in the day. Something that I have learned over the years is that no matter the success level of a person, the one thing we all share in common is that we never have enough time. Whether that’s time for work, time for family, time for health and wellness, or just time for yourself, it never seems to be enough. So I try to make a conscious effort to find the time for the things that really matter in my life. The true essence of luxury is time.Rising sea levels are…a global issue and something that cannot be ignored. Locally, as a matter of policy, the city of Boston has required all projects that are being built within the Seaport Square master plan area (where EchelonSeaport is located) to comply with resiliency design practices. It’s about being proactive and forward thinking for what will come instead of being reactionary to what happens. As a community, we are making strides but we still need to come together and map out the future for Boston’s waterfront.EchelonSeaport / Rendering via Cottonwood Management, LLC Print Building Boston: A Chat with Alexander Shing of Cottonwood Management He’s working on one of the largest developments under construction in Boston. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*
Print By Ellen Gerst· Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor, center, departs federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. A former pharmaceutical executive accused of joining in a scheme to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful painkiller once gave a lap dance to a doctor the company was pressuring to get his patients on the drug, her onetime colleague said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Good morning America. The sun is out, the weekend is in sight, and in Boston, the snow is still (in some places) a pristine white.Oh, and here’s a music video featuring a rapping and dancing fentanyl nebulizer, because that exists. Internal vid of #PhRMA reps from #Insys rapping about pushing fentanyl spray – complete with sales VP in costume as a Subsys bottle. I’ve needed fentany, absolutely nothing about it was funny. We need to start seizing the IP of PhRMA bad actors.pic.twitter.com/Jb2xbc5M3y— Matthew Cortland @ RebLawCon 2/15-16 (@mattbc) February 14, 2019The bizarre video was made by pharmaceutical company Insys, which is on trial for bribing doctors to unnecessarily prescribe opioids to patients. It was originally shown to Insys sales representatives at a national meeting in 2015, in an apparent attempt to harness the power of song and dance to encourage pushing prescriptions. The company is a leading prescriber of fentanyl, an opioid originally created to ease pain for cancer patients.CBS reports Insys paid over $2 million in bribes to doctors to prescribe the medication in 2016. The company’s founder, John Kapoor, is currently on trial for racketeering in the U.S. District Court in Boston. To a beat ripped from an A$AP Rocky song (“F*ckin’ Problems,” if you were wondering), young Insys employees in suits, sunglasses, and backwards hats rap about the company’s success and encourage a higher dosage. The video’s main characters, two salesmen in a playground, are named A Bean and Z Real. They’re joined about midway through the five minute production by a larger-than-life Subsys nebulizer—Insys’ brand of fentanyl.They are now playing a video in court set to the tune of A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin’ Problems” that features Insys sales reps dancing around former sales VP Alec Burlakoff, who is dressed as a life-size bottle of the largest available dose of fentanyl spray (I swear I’m not lying)— Chris Villani (@ChrisVillani44) February 13, 2019The man in the Subsys costume is revealed to be Alec Burlakoff, former Insys vice president of sales. He pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy in November, and is expected to serve as a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial in exchange for a reduced sentence.The costume itself, a purple and white nebulizer bottle, is marked “1600 mg,” the maximum dosage of fentanyl allowed. In 2018, nearly 2,000 people died of opioid overdose in Massachusetts. The number is down 4 percent from the previous year thanks in part to more accessible treatment options, but the epidemic continues to rage on, and a number of high profile lawsuits involving opioid manufacturers are currently working through the court system. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 36036 2/14/2019, 11:16 a.m. News Insys Used a Dancing, Rapping Fentanyl Bottle to Encourage Opioid Prescriptions The horrifying rap parody video was shown at the company’s ongoing trial in Boston. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.*