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August 2, 2013

For police, it was a wild goose chase


As of midday yesterday, Wallace remained in critical condition at a Boston hospital.

Tavern talk

This was not a good week for Tavern in the Square.

The Licensing Board handed them a five-day suspension — two days to be served — for a May incident in which a patron suffered a fractured skull after being taken to the ground by a bouncer, according to police reports.

That suspension is in abeyance, however, until the matter is sorted out in court.

However, that is not the only penalty hanging over the head of Tavern.

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission handed the restaurant a three-day suspension last December for serving a minor. The minor was a 20-year-old girl using someone else’s ID.

That suspension also was held in abeyance — for two years — provided there are no further incidents.

That raises a question. If the restaurant’s bouncer is found guilty of assault, does that mean Tavern will have to serve a five-day suspension — three days from the state and two from the city?

Catch 22

Two Salem boys made a big splash in the recent Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race.

Former School Committee member Andy Lippman and Tom Vander Salm, a heart surgeon at North Shore Medical Center, took home the double-handed trophy in the 360-mile race to Nova Scotia.

“Double-handed,” for you land-locked legions, means there were two guys in the boat.

Their victorious vessel was Catch-22.

News from Zimbabwe

Our own David Williams got a mention this week in The Economist, the magazine for people with a degree from the London School of Economics and a lot of time on their hands.

Seriously, this is a big deal.

The Essex Street resident goes all over the world doing voter polls and monitoring elections. In this case, the magazine mentions his polling firm in an article about the presidential election in Zimbabwe.

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