By - 10/10/14 - 12:50 am

WPRI reports that the Providence Phoenix will publish its final issue next Thursday, ending nearly 36 years of service to Rhode Island. The Boston Phoenix stopped publishing in March 2013.

With the Providence paper's closing, only the weekly Portland Phoenix remains of what was once a large regional media empire: Boston Phoenix, Providence Phoenix, Portland Phoenix, Worcester Phoenix, Stuff@Night magazine,... Read more

By - 10/9/14 - 4:59 pm

The station wishes them well. Shortsleeve had been with the station for 20 years.

By - 10/7/14 - 9:55 am

The WBZ meteorologist explains why he was holding a mug upside down the other day: He wanted to see if anybody would notice (they did). Seems he's supposed to do morning chitchat while holding a mug, but there's never anything in the mug.

By - 10/5/14 - 9:43 am

This photo of Barry Burbank is spreading across the Twittersphere this slow Sunday morning, so the question becomes: Why was Barry Burbank holding a coffee cup upside down one morning? One of the more awake local twitterers has reached out to Barry, but in the meantime, one can only guess.

By - 10/1/14 - 9:07 pm

Fire destroyed the Plainfield, NH home owned by Bay State Banner publisher Mel Miller Sunday night and now fire officials are trying to figure out what caused the fire, the Valley News reports:

All that remained of the house on Monday afternoon was the stucco and stone foundation spanning the perimeter of the home and a massive chimney standing some 50 feet high.

Miller... Read more

By - 10/1/14 - 10:11 am
Watermelon cartoon in the Herald

This is today's Herald editorial cartoon. As Greg Reibman writes:

Would it have been so bad to just say "peppermint" or "bubblegum"?

UPDATE: The Herald has issued a sorry/not sorry statement:

As Jerry Holbert discussed on Boston Herald Radio this morning, his cartoon satirizing the U.S. Secret Service breach at the White House has offended some people and to them we apologize.

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By - 9/25/14 - 11:58 am

Be sure to check out the latest Arlington Public News "Arlington in 2" segment hosted by Hannah Perlmutter. Arlington in 2 keeps you updated about things happening in and around Arlington, Massachusetts. This refreshing new show will help you keep up with dynamic situations in your local community. Follow the hashtag #Arlingtonin2 and our twitter handle @arlingtonpublic to stay informed. Arlington in 2 will try... Read more

By - 9/22/14 - 1:24 pm

UPDATE: NECN reports the three were found trying to cross into Canada at Niagara Falls.

At Blue Mass Group, David compares how the Globe and the Herald wrote up the initial story of those three Afghan army officers who disappeared from the Cape Cod Mall over the weekend. One guess which paper mentioned how rogue Afghan soldiers are now killing Americans in Afghanistan.... Read more

By - 9/22/14 - 10:12 am

So have you noticed WGBH-FM coming in even feistier than usual? The station reports it finished replacing its 36-year-old antenna on top of the hill that gave it its call letters a couple weeks ago. The new antenna now

Broadcasts at 100,000-watt power and provides a stronger signal to downtown Boston and reaches more Massachusetts communities and all six New England states.

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By - 9/17/14 - 9:31 pm

David Bernstein, formerly of the Phoenix and currently of Boston Magazine, reports:

Big personal news to relate: after the November election I am moving to Richmond, VA, where my wife is starting an exciting new job.

I expect to still write and comment about Massachusetts politics beyond 2014, and am pleased to say that Boston Magazine and WGBH have expressed interest in finding continuing

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By - 9/14/14 - 9:59 am

The Globe reports both it and Boston Magazine found some major ish with its recently released ranking of area high schools.

Boston Magazine gave major weight to SAT scores, even though 26 of the 65 schools wouldn’t disclose them. So those 26 were assigned an average of the scores for schools that did report, thereby placing them safely in the middle of the

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By - 8/23/14 - 10:54 am

WRKO is advertising for a full-time host:

Do you have what it takes to be in a top ten market, with 50,000 watts of power at your command and working under these legendary call letters that gave birth to the talk format? WRKO is looking someone who lives and breathes the news cycle. Not just politics, but pop culture as well. Can you discuss

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By - 8/22/14 - 7:36 pm

Shirley Leung's column about why she and her husband left the South End for the suburbs is actually a decent enough piece about the problems faced by people who live in the South End who decide to have children.

My problem with her column (granted, as the president of the Center for the Easily Annoyed) is that she conflates the South End with the... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 6:21 pm

Seems Steward Health Care didn't like what it was hearing about a Globe story coming out this Sunday focusing on one family's struggles with a mentally ill member who received care at several Steward facilities so it sued the Globe and the patient to try to get an advance look at the article and release the patient's medical records.

Steward lost and now it's... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 3:12 pm

I can't believe this Super Secret Project video featuring all the jingles you still remember from way back when hasn't been featured on Universal Hub yet! The voices might leave a little to be desired, but the jingles are just as good (or bad) as you remember them, and they're pretty thorough. The WGBH logo sound effects are right on, although it's more focused on... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 6:42 pm

Jim Romenesko notes a Harvard Crimson article that criticized a proposed Thai program at Harvard as a potential propaganda mill for the country's military junta was taken offline "due to concerns about the personal safety of the author" - in the form of a rather specific threat from a Thai microbiologist at UCLA.

Thai king has a rather personal connection to Harvard.... Read more

By - 8/18/14 - 3:46 pm

WBZ reports Williams, who has been with the station for 39 years, will continue to serve as a substitute anchor and will continue his work on "Wednesday's Child."

By - 8/16/14 - 11:01 am

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on the content of messages to and from Post editors over the photo of those two local high-school kids fingered as Marathon-bombing suspects on the paper's front page who turned out to have nothing at all to do with the bombing.