Brickbat: Like a Candle in the Wind


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Fire officials showed up at the UpperWest wine bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, telling the owner the restaurant could no longer use candles at tables, citing a city ordinance. The ordinance turned out to be a new paragraph on the fire department's website that had been posted without public comment or notice. "Some person put a sentence on the website," said said UpperWest owner Kim Courtney. "That does not create a law." The city's license commission disagreed, suspending the bar's alcohol license for violating the law.