And will city councilors Charles Yancey, Sam Yoon, Stephen Murphy, and John Connolly do likewise? You may recall they made a point of not endorsing anybody in the 2nd Suffolk state-senate race after their horse lost by a nose in September. Now that said horse has made them look like, at best, tools, you think they might make the best of a bad situation and endorse their fellow Democrat?
I wonder if Sandy Tennant wants his money back? According to state campaign records, on Oct. 15, the Republican fundraiser and former executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party donated $500 to Wilkerson. His wife, Cynthia, donated another $303.
Two bloggers went on an eating tour of four classic Boston dining spots: Durgin-Park, the Union Oyster House, (the new/old) Cafe Marliave and the Parker House (home of Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie, of course), report being disappointed by both the rolls and the Boston cream pie.
Alicia goes down to the Quincy Market Starbucks with a gift card, buys one of its new fruity Vivanno drinks, reports:
... The smoothie had a unique taste to it; it definitely didn't taste like oranges, mangoes and/or bananas, but it was sweet and I became slightly nostalgic drinking it. About halfway through the drink, I realized what it tasted exactly like: amoxicillin! Amoxicillin is the pink bubblegum flavored medicine I used to take for ear infections, and it was delicious (for a medicine.) I'm not sure if drinking Vivannos will cure a bacterial infection, but they sure taste like they will.
J reports on her commute from hell this morning on the Green and Red lines:
... It started with a very slow train ride from Coolidge Corner to Kenmore, with extended stopping time at each station. And in the process the train got more and more crowded. Then the train decided to break down at Kenmore. We all got off the train just when another train was coming through, so I managed to squeeze myself in. Then another slower than snails commute to Park Street where I changed to the Red Line. The platform was packed! Then another slow commute to South Station. ... No wonder the rat race kills people. It's not work. It's the damn commute!!!
Michael Jonas makes the case.
John Keith posts an image superimposing a street map of Haymarket Square in the 1930s with a more modern street map. Some things do change.
John Keith reports a developer is proposing to build two office buildings atop the Haymarket MBTA station (now occupied by a parking garage) - one 52 stories high, the other 42 stories - and would also throw in several, shorter, residential buildings.
The Phoenix reports on two more issues involving Wilkerson:
One involves a questionable personal loan from a powerful developer who has dealings with the State Senate, and the other involves, yet again, failure to file tax returns, this time for a nonprofit she has run.
Dianne Wilkerson's campaign Web site is now www.diannedelivers08.com instead of www.diannedelivers2008.com, so don't even think of going to the latter, especially since the campaign simply pulled the plug on it, rather than doing anything so radical and risky as redirecting people who click there to the new site.
On Monday, the Herald reported the old site still listed endorsements from pols who no longer back Wilkerson, now that she's no longer the Democratic nominee for the 2nd Suffolk State Senate seat. The new site lost the endorsement list, along with the "20" in the URL.
Sonia Chang-Diaz, could be on her way as the first Latina-American to become a state senator, representing the 2nd Suffolk District of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and others.
Meanwhile, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner (African-American) blasted the "Soon-To-Be" first ever Latina on her way to becoming the next State Senator; calling Chang-Diaz "A Non-Latina" with no kind of Latino blood background in her whatsoever.
Saturday, October 18th, hundreds of residents "spotted" the duo knocking on doors in Roxbury and Dorchester. Is that Sonia whatever-her-name-is? And is that MC Spice? The conversation is sparked, and the pitch to get support at the polls is made. Residents are wowed to have Ms. Diaz at their front door showing her normality and human side. Most were especially glad to see an old friend of the community supporting the Democratic nominee for state senate.
The Patriot Ledger reports a Somerville man was charged with some groping and exposing on the Red Line during the Tuesday afternoon commute.
Erald Pasholli, 28, started making trouble as soon as he got on an outbound train at Downtown Crossing, staring with yelling obscenities at some women and ending with exposing himself between North Quincy and Wollaston, the paper reports.
The Globe reports on efforts by Tom Menino to deal with shrinking investment income and cuts in state aid (hmm, the story doesn't mention it, but you gotta think revenue from the auto excise tax is also dropping).
In addition to a hiring freeze, the city is looking at scaling back $120 million in planned capital improvements over the next year - such as repairs and upgrades to parks, schools and sidewalks. Also on the potential chopping block: The proposed move of City Hall to the South Boston waterfront, for which the city had budgeted several hundred thousand dollars this year just in planning costs.
In an effort to jumpstart the local economy, Menino also asked the BRA to speed up its approval for $1.9 billion worth of construction projects in the Back Bay, near South Station and Downtown Crossing, the Globe reports.