Brawls at Everett casino? You bet.

Were the brawls that became the main attraction at Encore Boston Harbor early Monday morning an unfortunate aberration, or is this just the cost of doing casino business?  

We’ll know in time. But for now it’s certainly not a good look for the Wynn Resorts gambling palace less than two months into operation. 

No fewer than three separate melees broke out at the casino complex between 2 and 3 a.m. The first came just after 2 as patrons were leaving one of the casino’s nightclubs. An Everett man was arrested and charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. 

Soon after, another fight broke out in the hotel lobby. The police report summed things up as follows: “Troopers from the [Gaming Enforcement Unit] and State Police-Medford located a Lynn man, who allegedly became involved in a verbal altercation with two women, then pushed one of them and grabbed her cell phone from her hand and threw it across the lobby. Further investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly inappropriately touched one of the women.” The 25-year-old Lynn man was arrested on multiple charges. 

A third fight unfolded on the casino floor, with a Lynn man slapped with an assault and battery charge. 

The nightcap came around 3 a.m., as police were “escorting” multiple patrons who had been involved in the disturbances from the casino, when a man who was “highly intoxicated and continually yelling” was taken into protective custody.

The state gambling commission says it will carry out a “review of the facts and circumstances” of the incidents. The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission will also investigate, and its director said sanctions could be imposed on the casino, if deemed warranted. 

Celeste Ribeiro Hewitt, an anti-casino activist, told the Herald there was nothing surprising about the unrest. 

“That’s the business model for casinos: Keep plying people with alcohol so they keep spending. Along with all the other promises they made, they promised to avoid or contain this kind of thing. As long as there’s no robust plan to monitor, investigate or dole out any repercussions, we can expect more of these incidents.”  

While bars statewide must close no later than 2 a.m., the casino is allowed to continue serving alcohol until 4 a.m. to those who are gambling, who can also be given free drinks under special rules catering to the casino. 

Free booze until 4 a.m.? What could possibly go wrong? 

As long as the $28 million Popeye sculpture wasn’t harmed by the late-night ruffians, we can all rest easy. 

MICHAEL JONAS


MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins pens an op-ed calling for a comprehensive approach to the problems with homeless people and drug users in the Newmarket Square area. (Boston Globe)

Adding sidewalks to communities is an underappreciated way to boost local businesses, heath, and civic connections. (MetroWest Daily News

Developers with plans to build a 20-apartment building In Quincy, which sparked concerns from neighbors about parking, are coming back before the community next week with a revised proposal. (Patriot Ledger) 

Bruce Spinney resigned from the Grafton Select Board on Monday, 24 hours before Spinney Enterprises Inc., of which he is listed as president, is scheduled to appear before the board to seek a host community agreement with the town to open a marijuana facility in the town. (Millbury-Sutton Chronicle/Worcester Telegram) 

As Worcester grows, can it retain what makes it unique? WGBH tackles the question as the city prepares to be the future home of the Paw Sox. 

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

New rules proposed by the Trump administration will make it harder for immigrants who have received various kinds of government aid — or are deemed likely to do so in the future — to gain permanent resident status. (CommonWealth

The Trump administration is relaxing rules protecting endangered species, measures that have helped revive the country’s bald eagles and protected humpback whales. (Boston Globe)

ELECTIONS

Bernie Sanders is going all-in on Medicare-for-all, increasingly emphasize the plan as his signature issue on the campaign trail. (Washington Post)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

General Electric and the union representing 1,253 workers at its plant in Lynn have reached a tentative contract agreement a month after union members rejected an initial proposal. (Lynn Item

The longstanding drama over efforts to redevelop the 22-story Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge continues tonight before the city’s planning board. (Boston Globe)

EDUCATION

The Pittsfield School Committee has unanimously approved a spending plan of $1.3 million in state funds for local schools. School leaders plan to add a restorative justice center at each middle school, an autism consultant, and expand the district’s alternative education program. (Berkshire Eagle) 

The Southbridge public schools’ turnaround plan will be renewed for another three years, according to state-appointed receiver-superintendent Jeffrey Villar. (Telegram Gazette) 

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

Southcoast Health has launched its first online Community Health Survey to run during the month of August and is urging residents of New Bedford  to participate. (Herald News) 

The Deterra Drug Deactivation System kit allows for pills and opioids to be thrown away safely. Westford substance abuse coordinator Ray Peachey says it’s a good first step to an epidemic that has killed over 2,000 people in Middlesex County since 2010. (Lowell Sun)

ARTS/CULTURE

A new nautical-themed mural has been unveiled across from the Custom House in downtown New Bedford. (Standard-Times) 

TRANSPORTATION 

Six new MBTA Orange Line cars will be put into service tomorrow, the first installment in the complete replacement of all cars on the line that is now scheduled to happen by December 2021. (CommonWealth) T Notes: Board approves weekend subway closures; Green Line Extension on track despite snags, says manager; still no word on cause of Red Line derailment. (CommonWealth)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

After saying any further permitting delay from federal officials could kill the project, Vineyard Wind reacted to Friday’s news of a hold on a critical environmental impact review by vowing to move forward after all with the massive offshore installation, “albeit with a delayed project schedule.” (State House News Service) 

Testing of nearly 30 Cape Cod ponds for cyanobacteria is underway by the health departments of several towns and water quality groups with help from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, backed up by researchers at the University of New Hampshire Center for Freshwater Biology. (Cape Cod Times) 

CASINOS

The state gambling commission and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission will investigate series of brawls that took place the Encore casino in Everett in the wee hours on Monday morning. Critics say free booze for gamblers and liquor service until 4 a.m. make such occurrences inevitable. (Boston Herald)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

A federal appeals court has ruled that the University of Massachusetts violated a former student’s right to due process when it suspended him, without prior notice or an official hearing, after allegations that he had assaulted and harassed his girlfriend. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

The Globe was given — prematurely it turns out — a search warrant and affidavit justifying the search of the Lawrence apartment of 47-year Carlos Rivera, who faces multiple felony charges in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl, but could end up charged with many more crimes. (Boston Globe)

MEDIA

New research suggests paywalls, which 76 percent of newspapers use, should be tightened to stave off freeloaders. (Nieman Lab)