Both the Globe and the Herald parachuted reporters into exotic and beguiling Jamaica Plain yesterday to cover the news - broken last week by the Jamaica Plain Gazette - that the Hi-Lo is being replaced by a Whole Foods. Both stories read like dispatches from foreign correspondents earning a bit extra by writing something for the travel section, for audiences looking for the next... Read more
Fitzgerald's maudlin Christmas column today (about some woman who hasn't talked to her daughter in years) got me to thinking: Hey, waitaminnit, what about his annual The Jew Who Loves Christmas column? Why, his column about a Jew fighting the War on Christmas is as much a part of Christmas in Boston as
the Enchanted Village the tree at the Prudential Center Santas in... Read more
Carr kvetches the Ware report on the corrupt probation department didn't come out before the election. The Massachusetts Liberal, who notes Carr's 'plaint shares the front page with Bristol Palin, also notes the politically aware in Massachusetts knew about the probation problems because they read about it in the Globe, which broke the story and then kept following it:
We know... Read more
Gabrielle Gurley interviews Herald Editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca on everything from the paper's leanings ("populist," he insists, not conservative) to the future of online to the new columnist brought in to make the paper a bit hipper.
The cable news network today suspended Keith Olbermann for making campaign donations to three Democratic candidates last month.
This contrasts with the Herald's Howie Carr. In addition to speaking at and hosting Republican fundraisers this year, the columnist last month gave $100 to Wellesley state Rep. candidate Royall Switzler, according to records on file at the state Office of Campaign and Political... Read more
Mike Ball considers the case of the now convicted city councilor, concludes Chuck Turner fell victim to his own myth:
He has long been great on bluster as well as leveraging his race, age, class and whatever tools he finds lying around. Unfortunately the 70-year-old Harvard grad has often done so without those messy facts or provable details.
No, not Matt Amorello. A local blogger. Christine Koh reports a Herald reporter called her yesterday to ask about that court ruling on maternity leave. By itself, no big deal, since she's pretty well known in local mommy-blogger circles. Except the reporter called her on her home phone number. The one she doesn't give out and which isn't even under her name,... Read more
John Carroll calls unnecessary roughing.
Ed. note: The Herald has changed the story, but you can still see the original headline by looking at the URL (same as you can here when I change a headline).... Read more
The not-yet-one-term at-large city councilor is already fundraising for next year's election, with a little help from the Herald. In a fundraising e-mail today, the Arroyo campaign dourly warns:
... Now he is under attack from the right wing media for keeping his promise to us. Their goal is obvious: stop Felix's momentum right... Read more
Back in the day, newspapers had employees who would check for "adjacencies" like this, because they knew the advertisers would refuse to pay for their ads. Looks like Pat Purcell owes Aer Lingus a do-over.
Tip o' the scally cap to the actual Herald reader who forwarded this.... Read more
The Herald reports today that Geoffrey's, which started out in the Back Bay and South End and then moved to Roslindale, is planning a second outlet, back in the Back Bay. Or as the Herald proclaims:
Geoffrey's Cafe preps for return to Hub
Got your attention, no?
The Boston Herald is rolling out a new feature on its website, this Friday.
The Friday Throwdown will be a unique, weekly event taking place in our Herald Square community. Each week, Boston Herald editors will select a topic for discussion on the Friday Throwdown. The topic will be posted on the web for readers to debate in a live chat,... Read more
Earlier this week, you may recall, Boston Police asked newspaper distributors to remove their boxes from areas where hopped-up Celtics revelers/mourners might be tempted to use them to put holes in plate-glass windows. The Phoenix reports the Boston DPW apparently thinks plastic boxes for free papers are more of a risk, because it sent crews out to remove them while leaving the potentially... Read more
I wish I could figure out why the Boston Herald prints letters to the editor which are so mind-numbingly stupid that they leave the reader agape, his jaw dropped so far that it spills his morning coffee.
Both the big local dailies wrote about an IRS processing center in Andover over the weekend. See if you can guess which paper wrote which story: