Boston Globe

By - 7/10/14 - 11:44 am

A City Council committee next week attempts to bring Globe Direct to task for its unceasing efforts to plaster Boston's porches, sidewalks and shrubs with its advertising circulars.

The hearing, by the council's Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs, starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) called for... Read more

By - 6/23/14 - 8:23 am

The other day, our local crank shook his fist at a cloud and wrote how he hates soccer. Yawn. What's interesting is the Deadspin report that chronicles how he's written pretty much the same exact column about soccer for 25 years now, right down to the part where he complains about how soccer players can't use their hands.... Read more

By - 6/20/14 - 8:20 am

Looks like the Globe's Shirley Leung has a one-way ticket on the express train to Olympicsville. Today, she quotes David D'Alessandro, you know, of the John Hancock D'Alessandros, on why a 2024 Olympics in Boston makes so much sense:

"Is it technically feasible? Of course it is," said D’Alessandro, who has attended eight Olympics. "If Atlanta can do it, Boston can do it, please.

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By - 6/6/14 - 11:39 pm

Over at the Globe, Ty Burr loves Tom Cruise's latest movie:

The fact is that this is a pretty good summer-kablooie movie, and Cruise is better than pretty good in it.

Over at the Herald, though, James Verniere couldn't wait to get out of the theater:

“Edge of Tomorrow” is two hours of sci-fi, rewind-repeat eye-agony.

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By - 6/4/14 - 6:38 pm

Suck it, Shank.

Dan Shaughnessy had his yearly Ortiz hategasm today, erupting in a paroxysm of disgust for the player whose fundamental evil for some reason only he is able to recognize. But he was apparently a paragraph short in his recounting of every last horrible thing David Ortiz has ever done, so he threw this in at the end:

Last, and least, the rules

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By - 5/19/14 - 10:04 am
What happens when you leave Globe Directs in the street

What happens when Globe Directs wind up in the street, get wet and then run over.

Well look at this: The Cambridge Department of Public Works reports (bottom item) it's managed to get John Henry's little circular company to agree to stop befouling the city:

Due to concerns raised about unwanted deliveries, excessive deliveries and plastic bags, the company has instituted the following changes regarding their weekly advertising circular:

  1. All calls to 781-646-6769 to stop delivery will be immediately
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By - 5/14/14 - 8:18 pm

Dan Kennedy ponders whether the Globe should have revealed the names it found thanks to bad PDF redaction - a few months after WBUR found the names but didn't publish them. Does the fact that the FBI agent had some major issues in his past change the calculation?... Read more

By - 4/4/14 - 11:07 pm

Not long after fire and law-enforcement officials finished a press conference in which they blamed welding sparks for the fatal Beacon Street fire but declined to say much about the welders themselves, Michele McPhee, currently at ABC News, reported:

Sources said that the investigators believe the welders were aware of the fire and did not call 911 or alert anyone occupying the building

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By - 4/2/14 - 11:39 am

Neither the Globe nor Kirsner have a problem with him running forums that rake in money from local high-tech entrepreneurs of the sort he writes about as a freelancing Globe columnist, but the Boston Business Journal noses around.

The Dig, meanwhile, goes full rant on the Republican hacks who double as Herald columnists, using numerous words derived from old English that would not... Read more

By - 3/19/14 - 4:35 pm

The Globe made it kinda, sorta official today: boston.com is becoming their BuzzFeed/Huffington Post/Upworthy clone - people who want straight news should head immediately to bostonglobe.com.

The move's been in the works for some time now. First came the slide shows and the listicles. The Globe recently hired a couple of reporters to do pretty much the same thing I'm doing here with social-media scouring... Read more

By - 3/4/14 - 2:18 pm

Poynter posts the memo from Globe editor Brian McGrory. Most immediate impact: You'll be able to read up to 10 Globe stories a month before being hit up for a subscription. Also announced: A bunch of staff changes and additions for the Globe's new Catholic and high-tech sites.

Dan Kennedy has some thoughts on what it means.... Read more

By - 2/18/14 - 2:18 pm

Boston Magazine does an interview through e-mail with John Henry on his thoughts on saving the Globe and journalism. Among other things, he acknowledges plans to sell the Globe's 16 acres on Morrissey Boulevard, move the Globe to "a smaller, more efficient and modern facility in the heart of the city."

Also noteworthy: More details on Henry's specific plans for the Globe and boston.com,... Read more

By - 2/14/14 - 4:08 pm

Some people talk about Globe Direct, but Jonathan Kamens is doing something about it: He's contacting all the advertisers he sees in the weekly red-bag-of-unwantedness. He posts a transcript of the voice-mail response he got from Shaws:

We have had several complaints about their alternate delivery and we are working with the Globe and our media company to try and persuade them to go

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By - 2/8/14 - 6:00 pm

The Cambridge City Council on Monday considers a proposal to have the city manager try to get the Globe to stop littering the streets with those Globe Direct circulars that many residents never asked for in the first place.

The proposed measure, sponsored by councilors Leland Cheung, Marc McGovern and Dennis Carlone, says the red plastic bags the ads come in is turning... Read more

By - 2/7/14 - 11:00 pm
By - 2/1/14 - 11:38 am

An annoyed citizen complains about Globe Direct bags (now in new clear plastic!) befouling Sumner Street in East Boston:

I've called the globe to have my name/address removed and they keep appearing. There are 3 in the street in front of our single family. Please contact the globe as I will continue to as well.

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By - 1/23/14 - 8:46 pm

The Bay State Banner is very angry with a Globe story questioning whether the city should ever have loaned the weekly paper $200,000.

The crux of the Banner's argument is that it never took city loans, because the loans - for which it's made one payment in four years - actually came from "the Boston Local Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation with an... Read more

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