Remember the judge who won a libel suit against the Herald and then rubbed it in by using his official stationery to threaten Herald publisher Pat Purcell? The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today he was nothing more than a bully. Oh, sure, they didn't put it in quite those words, but the net effect is the same:
In sending the letters at issue, Judge Murphy did not meet the high standards required of judges.
The Herald's Dave Wedge goes through Deval Patrick's 32-page wish list of infrastructure projects he hopes to have his pal Obama stimulate and finds several "potential pork projects," including:
$6 million to replace 20,000 trees damaged by "beetle infestation."
Nice use of quotation marks there, Dave. Never heard of the Asian Longhorned Beetle and how the feds are trying to prevent it from spreading from Worcester to, oh, every single maple tree in New England? Perhaps, as Worcester cuts down all those trees (well, the ones that didn't fall down last week), some enterprising arborists will save all the beetles they find and mail them to Wedge. After they've been killed, of course.
Or did she just feel like taking it easy and tossing out a column on nudie teen pix that adds absolutely nothing to the discussion? She should leave the cranky-old-person stuff to Alex Beam - he's much better at it (although I do like the related poll that includes this option: "Nobody ever sends me sexy photos"). Maybe she's still getting over the journalistic disappointment of not being groped on the Red Line the other day or something.
David Wedge picks himself up off the floor from the shock of learning that people who get out of jail aren't simply shot in the head and then dumped into the ocean and so sometimes actually manage to get jobs doing what they did before their convictions - such as working as truck drivers in the local movie business.
In any case, Adam Reilly wonders why Wedge didn't note that the tax breaks that began bringing moviemakers here en masse were first signed into law by Mitt Romney, not Deval Patrick. And no doubt Wedge was very anxious to tell his readers how vociferously the Herald supported those tax breaks - if only the Herald hadn't shrunk its pages a few weeks back:
In short: if you're incensed that ex-con Teamsters are making big bucks on "taxpayer-subsidized movie sets" (to use Wedge's phrase), there's plenty of blame to go around.
Sure, sure, that's pure speculation based on the news today that Herald publisher Pat Purcell is becoming executive chairman of the Ottaway Newspapers, which Murdoch got as a side dish when he bought the Wall Street Journal. The chain includes the Cape Cod Times, the New Bedford Standard-Times and the Portsmouth Herald.
"There is a great team in place at Ottaway. I think it's heading in the right direction," said Purcell, who added that he'll still be based at the Herald.
But he did say there are possibilities the Ottaway papers, especially those based in Massachusetts, could work more closely with the Herald in the future. ...
Purcell, of course, has worked with Murdoch before - and he bought the Herald from him during all that unpleasantness involving Channel 25 and Teddy Kennedy.
Herald photographer Mark Garfinkel reports that a couple of readers contacted him about a photo he took at a five-alarm fire on Prince Street in Cambridge last week: One thought the flames looked like Mother Teresa, the other thought they looked like the devil. Judge for yourself.
Both saw daily circulation drops of 10% for the past six months when compared to the same period last year, the Boston Business Journal reports.
A staggering $3.2 billion IOU to pay off health and other benefits lavished on city worker unions has come due in Boston as the city grapples with a budget crisis that’s raising fears of massive layoffs and service cuts and even tax hikes for Hub residents and businesses.
...the best part for those of us without unionized government jobs...
Joe Dwinell at the Herald reads a lot of depressing news and says if he has to, you should, too:
... Too many good people die and it's too easy to turn the page. How can you? ...
Dan Kennedy bought a copy of the new, smaller Herald today at 3 pm, only to find it had no story on last night's Red Sox playoff victory.
What other news will the Herald no longer report in a timely manner, now that its printing press is 90 miles further from Boston?
... It's going to be strange walking past the ancient and abandoned printing presses tomorrow. I'm optimistic the Herald will be around for a while. But it won't be the same without the presses and the cast of characters who somehow made them run.
Alicia, a librarian, reports why she made a point this morning of putting the Herald back cover face up on the shelf in serials.
The Boston Business Journal reports somebody this morning damaged the conveyor system that moves newspapers from the printing presses to waiting delivery trucks. The incident comes about two weeks before the paper is due to shut the presses and move printing to Chicopee.
The Journal also reports that you'll be able to instantly identify the new Chicopee Herald because the pages will be smaller.
Ron Borges moves to the Herald after a whole month at WEEI.com.
Jay Fitzgerald reports fellow business reporter Scott Van Vorhis has left the paper to freelance fulltime:
... His depature is a huge loss, but the Herald will bounce back as usual. Well, sort of. ...
If you're the Herald, it's a juicy sex scandal involving a Globe reporter (albeit one that allegedly happened before her time at the Globe).
Howie must be working on another book about the Bulgers, or maybe he spent too much time at Fenway with Castig and Obie last night, because based on the amount of time he put into today's CHB-like column about loser Patriots fans, he clearly is too busy to do any actual reporting for the Herald. Or maybe, he just needs a hug.