The weapons found in East Boston last week are just the latest seized this year, Mayor Tom Menino and Police Commissioner Ed Davis say in a plea for tougher federal action on guns.
"Let's make it tougher for felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous criminals to get guns," Davis said in a statement. "We need federal legislation that would require gun buyers to pass criminal background checks and prohibit any private citizen from owning military style high capacity firearms. It is clear these types of weapons have one purpose, to kill large numbers of people quickly, and it is essential we get these guns off our streets."
Menino and Davis said 60% of the illegal guns seized in Boston arrived from out of state. They also pointed to an October raid in Roslindale that netted "seven high powered weapons and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition."
News folks at other stations in town are fuming over the way WCVB's Susan Wornick got first dibs on video from an interview with Tom Menino at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. As one newsie at another station tells us (on condition of anonymity, natch), Channel 5 didn't score some great scoop - the mayor was just gracing them for its live coverage of the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on the Common.
This newsperson says Channel 5 at first told other stations it had the video and said it would provide a copy as part of a "pool" arrangement - common with stories where stations share video due to limited space, for example, at courtroom hearings.
Which you can't do. Pool video has to be talked about ahead of time. Then they said the mayor's office was giving Channel 5 the exclusive for 6 p.m. and then other stations, the Globe and Herald could have it. 5 said the mayor's office was holding it back and the mayor's office said, "because of their partnership with Channel 5, and the tree lighting."
They been giving stuff to Channel 5 for a long time and screwing everyone else, but yesterday was the worse! The Globe was crediting WCBV last night for the video - not WCVB. Wonder if it's a error or deliberate.
A task force looking at ways of revamping how Boston kids get assigned to elementary and middle schools says it needs more time to let experts from Harvard and MIT run simulations and analyses of various options, from no assignment zones at all to 23.
The External Advisory Committee on School Choice had originally hoped to have a proposal to city official by year's end, but the mayor's office announced yesterday the committee would continue its work through at least January:
The Mayor's decision supports Superintendent Carol R. Johnson's recommendation that her technical team work with Professor Parag Pathak, director of the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII) at MIT, and experts at Harvard's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Together, the team will conduct an in-depth analysis on zone-based and non-zone-based models to simulate how families would choose schools under a new system. The analysis is based on several years of assignment data and used to project choice patterns in the future.
If Menino's not really running things, who is? Dot Joyce? Devoted wife Angela? Dapper O'Neil weighing in from The Great Beyond?
But Menino gets away with this disappearing act because no one wants to get caught crassly speculating about his health should the irrepressible mayor come back 150 percent - like Glenn Close shooting out of the "Fatal Attraction" bathtub.
Tom Menino's doctor, Charles Morris, announced today the mayor has been moved to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to get his strength back after nearly a month at Brigham and Women's dealing with continuing back problems, an ongoing infection and newly diagnosed type-2 diabetes.
At a press conference this afternoon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Morris said that Menino also suffered complications from the medications he was taking for Crohn's Disease.
"It is a run of bad luck and nothing that concerns me," Morris said. "He will rebound from this."
Morris added that, should Menino choose to run for re-election again, "I don't see his medical issues being an obstacle there at all."
Morris had no estimate when Menino would be well enough to leave Spaulding, saying that's up to Menino's new treatment team there.
Now it's not so much the virus as the back problem he developed while in the hospital for the virus, Gintautas Dumcius at the Dorchester Reporter tweets.
Tom Menino called the Globe to say he's getting better even as he remains in the hospital.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports that Bridging Forest Hills, which unsuccessfully tried to get the state to replace the crumbling Casey Overpass with a new overpass instead of surface roads, hasn't given up its fight and is now trying to get Mayor Menino to help it convince MassDOT to change its mind. Menino had previously spoken against replacing the overpass with surface roads.
The Herald offers a penetrating look at efforts by City Hall to stop what the city's top property-management official called Trojan's "inappropriate and irresponsible" plan to give sex toys away on the family-friendly bricks outside City Hall.
The thrust of the Herald article, though: That pesky First Amendment thing might prevent a climactic showdown between the mayor and Trojan. The mayor himself could not be reached for comment; he's on vacation out of the country, although probably not in any sleepy Newfoundland fishing villages.
The Daily Free Press reports.
A collection of photos of the mayor banging things, including a gong.
Mayor Menino Cutting Ribbons.
Tom Menino and City Councilor Rob Consalvo, however, are aghast at a law that overrides the city pit-bull ordinance.
The Dorchester Reporter updates us on the latest action over the city council's new map for the nine district seats, approved today in a 7-6 vote. At issue: Whether the plan packs too many minority voters in too few districts.
On the one hand: The sort of start-uppy people the city wants to attract to South Boston love the idea of Uber - which lets users reserve a cab-like car online. On the other hand: Cab drivers and owners are already pissed off about everything from having to take credit cards (which Uber does) to the loss of business to gypsy limos.
Uber, meanwhile, vows to kick what it says is antiquated state-regulatory ass and not shut down following a sting operation in Cambridge (Cambridge? Yes, Cambridge) that led to the state harrumphing.
Four, John Carroll reports, adding that left the Herald no space at all to cover the Mittstakes out of London.
Menino admits to Meninoism: Says he should never have said he could and would keep Chick-fil-A out of BostonBy adamg - 7/26/12 - 3:48 pm
The Herald catches up with Hizzona, who acknowledges he can't legally stop Chick-fil-A from opening up, say, in the space to be vacated by the Purple Shamrock:
"I can't do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there," Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor's wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.
The mayor added: "I make mistakes all the time. That's a Menino-ism."
Tom Menino, long an advocate of tighter controls on gun sales, says the weekend mass murder shows why - although he emphasized background checks and banning criminals from buying guns, neither of which would likely have stopped the alleged murderer from getting lots of ammo, since the guy apparently had no record of criminal or mental-health issues:
The mayor is vowing to block the chicken chain from opening a location on the Freedom Trail after its president said gay marriage could bring God's wrath down on America, the Herald reports. The chain is looking at replacing the Purple Shamrock near Faneuil Hall.