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 thatâ€™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.
Here's why I enjoy living in a two-newspaper town.
Maybe it's just sour grapes that his paper didn't get this month's Interview of the Century, or maybe he's really disgusted at what passes for journalism on Morrissey Boulevard these days, but whatever the reason, Herald Square doyen Jules Crittenden lays into the Globe's interview with the Suspect Formerly Known as Clark Rockefeller today with the sort of joyous vituperation not normally seen on media outlets this side of the Atlantic:
... Scribbler Maria Cramer is immediately tongue-tied as "Clark Rockefeller" dodges her clever opening "Who are you?" question. Globies allow ambulance chaser Stephen Hrones to tell them to be quiet. Also, remarkably, the bowtied bumkissers can't tell a German accent from a Brahmin one, despite having followed the Boston Herald's trail up the Alps to Gerhartsreiter's schnitzel-schnauzing roots. Apparently the Globe is having trouble finding good blueblood help these days. ...
And then he really gets started.
You'd think, in times like these, a newspaper would do everything it could to keep a home subscriber. Apparently not:
... I've had daily conversations with both the Herald and PCF [the local distributor] who have both promised to elevate my complaint. PCF even offered to drop off my paper later on in the day, which they have done 3 out of the past 9 days. Yesterday they sent someone out to deliver it but I didn't receive it until almost 5pm. Today I didn't receive it all, despite 2 calls from PCF claiming that I would. ...
Cutting back on the Globe.
Adam Reilly has the details on Tony Massarotti jumping from the Herald to the Globe, where he'll become "the face and voice of boston.com sports." He also reports on Gordon Edes' replacement.
Dan Kennedy: Massarotti is a leading reason to read the Herald, so this is a huge, huge loss. Also shows Globe is taking weei.com seriously as a threat, he says.
Adam Reilly compares the Globe and Herald coverage of our own little Zelig, to see who had the most scoops.
The Herald digs deep and uncovers Blue Mass. Group's nasty little secret: It's run by - you are sitting down, I hope - people who want to elect Democrats:
The Blue Mass Group bloggers have never tried to hide their lefty allegiances, but their latest stunt puts to rest any misconception that the site is anything other than an activist network.