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Biggest Cambridge Deals; Smoking Ban; Southie O.K.; More!

CAMBRIDGE—Charles Cherney runs down the top home sales in the People's Republic in 2013, including the epic over-ask at 66 Sparks Street: "2013 was a year unlike any other in the history of Cambridge real estate. Multiple offers. Over asking sale prices. No financing contingencies. Such realities became commonplace in Cambridge in 2013." [Charles Cherney]
MASS.-WIDE—It's ante-up time for the likes of Wynn and Mohegan Sun: "At the finish of a year of ups and downs for would-be casino developers in Massachusetts, the deadline has arrived for final resort casino applications to be submitted to the state gaming commission with no more surprises expected." []
SOUTH BOSTON—Groundbreaking could come in the spring for 340 West 2nd Street: "[P]lans call for the construction of a four-story building for 29 residential units, 1,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 43 resident parking spaces in an at-grade garage. Of the 29 units, 18 will be one-bedroom residences and 11 will be two-bedroom residences." []
BOSTON—Mayor Menino kicks tobacco one last time on the way out: "The ban approved Monday takes effect immediately and applies to tobacco, marijuana and other 'lighted or vaporized' substances. Violators face a fine of up to $250. The ban covers the 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and other spaces run by the Parks and Recreation Department, including Boston Common, the Public Garden and Franklin Park." [Mass. Live]