Corporate welfare is under attack from left, right and center. A risky multi-billion dollar investment in what the critics loved to call "a three-week party for the international eliteâ€ť with ticket prices unaffordable to most was always going to be a tough sell in a community that may be on the economic rebound, but still struggled with antiquated infrastructure, struggling schools, unaffordable housing, lack of resources to treat drug abuse, etc.
Market Basket is thriving more than ever, and Boston's flirtation with the Olympics will quickly become a historical footnote. But the message of both stories is clear.
Resist the temptation to say this confirms Boston is a "just say no" kind of place. Those like Shirley Leung will do it (again) but you don't have to be that way. This episode is an example of civic engagement and tough questions that ultimately had inadequate answers. That's it. It is not connected to any past episode of us doing whatever we did when other things happened in the past. Our narrative is whatever we want it to be. It is not a destiny that makes us naysayers. Calling us that is cheap headline writing and just plain old beneath us.
It's about an A-list brigade of gunslingers whose aims and aspirations were at once inspiring and altogether self-defeating. They are the city's captains of industry whose collective vision pushed the boundaries of what's possible in a 400-year-old city, but whose self-assured missteps were worthy of The Three Amigos.
No, not Shank - he claims to be happy. We're referring, of course, to Shirley Leung, whose post-Olympics column is petulant, exasperated, cranky. We can almost picture her, head down on the bar as she orders up another shot and complains about those ungrateful wretches she's forced to share an area code with.
Keita Freeman, 44, of Dorchester, received the sentence today after a Suffolk Superior Court jury found him guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and witness intimidation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
His girlfriend, Pamela Ferrie, 45, got two years probation for her role in trying to keep the victim from testifying, the DA's office says.
Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning proved during three days of trial last week that Freeman approached the victim, who was then 30 years old and three and a half months pregnant, on the front porch of a Williams Street apartment building, where the victim was visiting a friend. In the apparent belief that the victim had entered that buildingâ€™s basement and disturbed items belonging to Ferrie, Freeman beat her repeatedly with a steel chair.
Testimony at trial suggested that the victim attempted to defend herself with a knife but was disarmed by Freeman.
Working at Freemanâ€™s direction, the evidence showed, Ferrie told the victim that she and her baby would be â€śdoneâ€ť if she continued to cooperate with police and prosecutors. Knowing that she wrestled with addiction, Freeman and Ferrie later developed a plan to buy her silence with drugs.
Prosecutors had asked for six to eight years in state prison for beating the woman and a year in a county jail for trying to keep her from testifying - and one year in jail for his girlfriend.
The Boston Stress Study hopes to outfit large numbers of Bostonians with wearable stress monitors so that it can come up with accurate numbers on just how crazed life is in this never-say-stop 21st-century city - and how that breaks down across professions, locations and, who knows, maybe even T lines.
WBUR's CommonHealth has more on the study, an effort by local startup Neumitra, which, you'll not be surprised to learn, hopes to sell "embedded biomodules to accurately and continuously measure the autonomic nervous system throughout daily life demands."
At a press conference at which he confirmed the decision, Gov. Baker said the state had a review schedule set in March and USOC knew that in March, so, meh. "I've never planned an Olympics before" and wanted to know how to do it right, he said. We can still use some of the Olympics proposals - like fixing "K Circle" in Dorchester, he said. Also, the Brattle Group report will have helpful hints.
Baker wouldn't strongly criticize the USOC but suggested they just don't understand how we do things here. He said he's lived here all his life, and one of the things he likes about Massachusetts is that "we do have loud and robust policy and political debates on stuff like this."
I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston. However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result. We always anticipated having the time to do our due diligence on the guarantees required and a full review of the risk and mitigation package proposed last week. This is a monumental decision that cannot be rushed, even if it means not moving forward with our bid for the 2024 Summer Games.
Notwithstanding the promise of the original vision for the bid, and the soundness of the plan developed under Steve Pagliuca, we have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Bostonâ€™s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto.
Boston 2024 has expressed confidence that, with more time, they could generate the public support necessary to win the bid and deliver a great Games. They also recognize, however, that we are out of time if the USOC is going to be able to consider a bid from another city. As a result, we have reached a mutual agreement to withdraw Bostonâ€™s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.