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Players’ perk may come to an end 
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BOSTON — For decades, Boston Red Sox players, their families and team staff have had free parking on a public street abutting Fenway Park on game days.

That perk may soon come to an end.

New Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration is reviewing a deal agreed to by the previous administration and may ask the Red Sox to pay for use of Van Ness Street on game days.

The Red Sox say former owner Tow Yawkey signed a deal with the city in 1945 allowing for the game-day closure of Van Ness Street, although there appears to be no paper records of the pact.

The team also says it’s a public safety issue, allowing ambulances easy access to Fenway along Van Ness and giving players safe access to the park.

15-story, 175-unit building to be constructed at Lovejoy Wharf

BOSTON —Boston regulators have approved construction of the city’s first condominium complex with no parking for residents’ cars.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Thursday approved the 15-story, 175-unit building at Lovejoy Wharf in the West End.

In recent years, Mayor Thomas Menino‘s administration has begun backing away from city requirements that all new residential buildings come with parking spaces.

The developer says parking and transportation demand could be met by surrounding garages and public transit services, including commuter rail and the Green and Orange subway lines.

Some area residents and business owners are skeptical. Scott Nogueira tells The Boston Globe the dearth of parking in the area makes it inhospitable to short-term parkers and visitors who stay overnight and patronize area businesses.


Richard Sinotte, 53, facing charges

MANCHESTER, N.H. —A Manchester man is facing charges after police said he pulled out a gun during an argument over a parking space Tuesday morning.

The man he was arguing with had a young child in the car, police said.

According to police, a man was parked near the front of the Hannaford Supermarket in Manchester around 10:30 a.m. He was inside the SUV with his 2-year-old daughter when a man, 53-year-old Richard Sinotte, tried to pull into the space beside him, it was tight fit, and an argument started, police said.

Police said Sinotte was upset that the man with the child was encroaching on the spot he was trying to pull into. The two stayed in their vehicles but continued to argue about it.

The victim said as the argument got more heated, Sinotte allegedly picked up a shotgun and showed it to him.

“The victim does not allege the gun was pointed at him, but it was brandished in a manner during a heated argument, while making threats, and he felt the man may start shooting,” said Lt. Maureen Tessier of the Manchester Police Department.

Police said Sinotte did have a shotgun in his truck when police arrived, but it was unloaded, and that they have no reason to believe it had been loaded at the time of the incident.

Sinotte was charged with one count of felony criminal threatening.