To 400 workers, in the hopes that 20 will actually take the paper up on it; publisher says paper is in the black for the current fiscal year.
So Republicans held a protest against the proposed gas tax on the steps of the State House and a few people showed up.
But how few? The Globe reports several dozen people showed up. The Herald puts the number at two dozen in the headline and a more precise "25" in the story.
Ed. Note: The Herald seems to have replaced its initial story... Read more
As Boston's two major dailies head towards a seeming financial death spiral, it's time once again to ask whether they should be charging for access to online content.
When the computer age dawned, a "hacker ethic" emerged, holding that information should be free and accessible to all. (Steven Levy's fascinating book, Hackers, is especially recommended.) That ethic has permeated the Web, which in less than... Read more
Remember the judge who won a libel suit against the Herald and then rubbed it in by using his official stationery to threaten Herald publisher Pat Purcell? The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today he was nothing more than a bully. Oh, sure, they didn't put it in quite those words, but the net effect is the same:
In sending the letters at issue, Judge... Read more
The Herald's Dave Wedge goes through Deval Patrick's 32-page wish list of infrastructure projects he hopes to have his pal Obama stimulate and finds several "potential pork projects," including:
$6 million to replace 20,000 trees damaged by "beetle infestation."
Nice use of quotation marks there, Dave. Never heard of the Asian Longhorned Beetle and how the feds are trying to prevent it from spreading... Read more
Or did she just feel like taking it easy and tossing out a column on nudie teen pix that adds absolutely nothing to the discussion? She should leave the cranky-old-person stuff to Alex Beam - he's much better at it (although I do like the related poll that includes this option: "Nobody ever sends me sexy photos"). Maybe she's still getting over the journalistic... Read more
David Wedge picks himself up off the floor from the shock of learning that people who get out of jail aren't simply shot in the head and then dumped into the ocean and so sometimes actually manage to get jobs doing what they did before their convictions - such as working as truck drivers in the local movie business.
In any case, Adam Reilly... Read more
Sure, sure, that's pure speculation based on the news today that Herald publisher Pat Purcell is becoming executive chairman of the Ottaway Newspapers, which Murdoch got as a side dish when he bought the Wall Street Journal. The chain includes the Cape Cod Times, the New Bedford Standard-Times and the Portsmouth Herald.
"There is a great team in place at Ottaway. I think it's... Read more
Herald photographer Mark Garfinkel reports that a couple of readers contacted him about a photo he took at a five-alarm fire on Prince Street in Cambridge last week: One thought the flames looked like Mother Teresa, the other thought they looked like the devil. Judge for yourself.
Both saw daily circulation drops of 10% for the past six months when compared to the same period last year, the Boston Business Journal reports.
A staggering $3.2 billion IOU to pay off health and other benefits lavished on city worker unions has come due in Boston as the city grapples with a budget crisis thatâ€™s raising fears of massive layoffs and service cuts and even tax hikes for Hub residents and businesses.
...the best part for those of us without unionized government... Read more
Joe Dwinell at the Herald reads a lot of depressing news and says if he has to, you should, too:
... Too many good people die and it's too easy to turn the page. How can you? ...
Dan Kennedy bought a copy of the new, smaller Herald today at 3 pm, only to find it had no story on last night's Red Sox playoff victory.
What other news will the Herald no longer report in a timely manner, now that its printing press is 90 miles further from Boston?... Read more
... It's going to be strange walking past the ancient and abandoned printing presses tomorrow. I'm optimistic the Herald will be around for a while. But it won't be the same without the presses and the cast of... Read more
Alicia, a librarian, reports why she made a point this morning of putting the Herald back cover face up on the shelf in serials.
The Boston Business Journal reports somebody this morning damaged the conveyor system that moves newspapers from the printing presses to waiting delivery trucks. The incident comes about two weeks before the paper is due to shut the presses and move printing to Chicopee.
The Journal also reports that you'll be able to instantly identify the new Chicopee Herald because the pages will be smaller.... Read more