Steve Lynch of two minds on refugees?

Yesterday, the Dorchester Reporter posted parts of an interview with US Rep. Steve Lynch in which he seemed to indicate he was fine with the president's plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US:

His take: Of course the US can - and should - accept its share of Syrian asylum-seekers, which, considering the scope of the most acute refugee crisis since World War II, is actually quite modest.

"We can easily handle 10,000 Syrian refugees," said Lynch in an interview. "I've been to a number of these camps on the border and these are regular families: doctors and lawyers, barristers and business-owners. These are not poor and uneducated people. A lot of them are young kids and their moms. The average age is nine years old."

Then in the afternoon came the news that Lynch was one of 47 Democrats in the House to vote for a Republican measure to suspend the refugee plan. He was joined by Rep. Bill Keating; other Massachusetts representatives voted against the measure.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Sean O'Malley criticized the proposed refugee suspension:

Public officials face very difficult challenges in an obviously dangerous world today. But proposals to simply exclude Syrian refugees as such lack the balance and humanitarian perspective needed at this time. For many months now we have watched Syrian individuals and families – Muslim and Christian alike – be driven from their homes and homeland and set adrift in a chaotic world, unprepared to provide for their safety or honor their humanity. The barbaric attacks in Paris, which demand a strong response and require policies that as best possible prevent recurrence, should not be used to efface the memory of Syrians and others from the Middle East and Africa who are desperately in need of shelter, support and safety.

Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston will continue its efforts to support a national policy on immigration based on humanitarian need regardless of place of origin. We pledge our cooperation with civic officials at all levels and ask the wider support of our communities as we seek to respond to our brothers and sisters who are indeed yearning to breathe free.

O'Malley is joined by the leaders of several other churches in Massachusetts, who signed an open letter to refugee-doubter Charlie Baker:

As Christians we try to live our lives in accordance with Jesus’ Great Commandment - to love our neighbors as ourselves. We want safe homes, the freedom to worship, stable governments and opportunities to thrive. Our Syrian neighbors desire the same. Our faith also teaches us to welcome the stranger. Syrians seeking refuge, as well as the Somalians, Bhutanese, Iraqis, Central Americans and others, are neighbors worthy of our welcome and in need of our care. Our nation is founded on this welcome. We must make sure that we do not allow fear to overwhelm us, crowd out our compassion, or fundamentally change our character. We refuse to live as a Commonwealth scared of those unlike us.

Imagine: A Boston-based movie that doesn't involve Southie, the North End or Charlestown

Ryan McDonough is trying to crowdsource a short film called Last Night in Rozzie.

McDonough, long over his days as the alcohol-infused Cuervo Man, describes the film:

When New York lawyer, Ronnie Russo, gets a surprise call from his childhood best friend with a dying wish, he apprehensively returns to the formerly beat-up Boston neighborhood of Roslindale for the first time in 25 years. On their last night together when they were both 12, after their final Little League baseball game together, Joey had proved how far he would go to protect him when Joey’s drunken father attacked them both. They haven't spoken since.

Finally, a drug company we can call our own - even if it is headquartered in Cambridge

The Boston Business Journal reports on the unveiling of Boston Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge drug company headed by a guy a French drug company fired as its CEO last year - in part because they didn't like the idea of him running the joint from his new home in the Boston area.

The company is, of course, fully buzzword compliant:

Our mission is to provide novel strategic alternatives to companies and academics wishing to further de-risk and unlock the value of life improving medicines. We combine our team’s extensive clinical and business experience and a long-term capital base to efficiently develop programs to key clinical milestones for partnering and commercialization.

Fire rips through Oak Square triple decker; 11 displaced

A fire that broke out around 1:30 a.m. at 40 Champeney St. went to two alarms, did an estimated $500,000 in damage and sent one firefighter to the hospital for evaluation, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The cause of the fire, which broke out in the rear of the building, is under investigation, the department says.

Photo by BFD:

Firefighters at the scene
Fri, 11/20/2015 - 01:30

Sharon teen killed in West Bank attack

Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, was one of three people killed by a Palestinian with an Uzi in a West Bank attack today, Yeshiva World reports.

Schwartz was spending a year studying in an Israeli yeshiva. Several other American students at the school were injured in the attack. Ha'aretz reports a Palestinian man got out of a car in the Gush Etzion region around 4:30 p.m. and fired an Uzi at other cars; he then got back in the car, drove away and crashed the vehicle.

BPD document confirms use of cell-phone trackers

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports Boston Police signed an agreement with the FBI under then Commissioner Ed Davis to use "StingRay" devices that can be used for real-time tracking of cell phones.

Perhaps the most controversial provision requires the BPD to notify the FBI if any prosecutor intends to disclose sensitive information in court, and to seek dismissal of those cases if the FBI determines that such disclosure might compromise the technology.